Oct 21, 2008

The Code

According to a recent John McCain radio address, "Barack Obama's tax plan would convert the IRS into a giant welfare agency, redistributing massive amounts of wealth at the direction of politicians in Washington," The operative word here is, of course, "welfare." It's bad enough that McCain and Sarah P., in their best Joe McCarthy impersonations, have resorted to yelling "socialist" in reference to Obama at every turn, but to invoke the coded term "welfare" at this juncture is beyond pitiful.

One of McCain's heroes, Ronald Ray-gun, wore out the stereotype of the Cadillac-driving welfare cheat some years ago, but desperate times call for desperate measures, I guess. Reagan's use of the welfare queen and the "strapping young buck" as foils for his neo-conservative race baiting in the 1970s and 80s seems to have been reborn in the contemporary McCain campaign. McCain wants to have it both ways. He gets a great deal of television coverage for rebuking a woman who says Obama is an Arab, but out of the other side of his mouth, he relies of the coded racial language of a previous era to further rile up his soon-to-be-very-disappointed base.

Commie pinkos and welfare queens are so last century. Come on, John, you can do better than this!

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