It's not exactly a shocker that the mostly white GOP and its minions have decided to go after the mostly black Barack Obama over a race issue. I think we all saw that coming from the very beginning of Obama's quest to become president. What's been surprising to me, however, is the amount of traction this issue has for the American people and how much time we're now devoting to it instead of focusing on more substantial issues like the war, the economy and health care.
But, of course, this is the mostly white Republican Party's Grand Plan. That is, to make the American electorate feel that they are going to vote for an anti-American and anti-White black man who has proudly been serving his country for years. It is quite a radical and, in my opinion, discordant strategy but one that, again, has seemed to ring true, especially to those with existing political and/or racial prejudices.
The other part of that Grand Plan is to deflect attention from the devastation Republicans have inflicted on this country during the last 8 years that they've held the White House. To a populace hooked on "Deal or No Deal" and "American Idol" and who look to folks like Rush Limbaugh for their political comprehension, this "hey-lookie-over-there-at-the-angry-black-man" plan of distraction is not really a huge challenge and is working quite well, particularly among those aforementioned folks predisposed to this type of philosophy.
I urge people to keep their eye on the issues, to listen to many sources of information including people like the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne, Jr., who wrote this spot-on column yesterday [thanks, ReidBlog!] and to note what wingnuts like the folks over at babalu are NOT saying about the important issues of today and the Republican nominee for president.
That can be more revealing than any tripe that good 'ol boys at the GOP can stir up, dish out and serve up to Americans who prefer their politics delivered in sound bites and easy to digest portions.