The Democrats have unveiled Barack Obama’s re-election strategy. They’re going to insist all Republicans are — wait for it! — racists.
The most recent ad hominem attack comes after Mitt Romney released an advertisement underscoring Obama’s dismal economic record. Veteran Democratic strategist Tad Devine told the media last week the commercial is “clearly an attempt to bring back Rev. Wright and race.”
How precisely is that, Tad?
Devine claims the ad shows two scenes featuring only black people. One shows black women walking in the background, and another “appears to be a congregation of African-American people,” Devine claims. “In the first scene there are no white people at all, in the second…it is all African-Americans except possibly one person, [whose race] you can’t really tell.”
In fact, Devine assures us, “There is no other rational explanation for that scene other than to suggest a racial reference, and most likely invoke Jeremiah Wright.”
Other race-baiters have jumped on the bandwagon. Emory University professor Drew Westin claimed the spot’s racism is “subliminal,” as Romney’s scenes show him speaking to all-white crowds. “For Romney, there isn’t a black person in the background in any of the scenes he’s in,” Westin alleges. “It’s inconceivable that his team didn’t think to make sure there was at least some diversity in the crowds he was speaking to unless the goal was to juxtapose subliminal black people against white people for Romney.”
The only problem is these claims are thematically and factually fraudulent in the most obvious way. The ad is clearly about the nation’s deteriorating economy. Since this is a subject Obama’s handlers understandably wish to change, the Democrats predictably clutched the race card.
More to the point, both Devine and Westin’s comments are bald-faced lies.
The first “offending” scene may be seen in the video above at the 17-second mark. It lasts approximately 2.5 seconds. The second is a dizzying pan-shot of an indeterminate crowd at the 20-second mark that lasts less than one second. A video capture proves this scene includes at least one white person.
As to Westin’s allegations, in Romney’s speech at least one black woman is clearly visible behind him for five unbroken seconds, from :52 to :57. She appears to be sitting in front of a man of East Asian ethnicity.
Romney’s ad again features the requisite, coveted “diversity” during the voice-over, “I’m Mitt Romney, and I approve this message.” In its concluding scene, the background seems to contains a black woman and a black man in a hat.
Apparently to err is human, to lie Devine.
Devine’s comments raise an interesting question: What if the Obama campaign had released a 30-second ad about Jeremiah Wright? If Republicans should be considered “racist” for allegedly raising Obama’s membership in an all-black, Afro-centric church, how racist must Obama have been for belonging to it?
How racist is Obama for….