Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What took them so long?

Rudy Giuliani is up today calling Obama soft on crime. He has one of these charming robocalls I've been hearing so much about claiming that Obama opposes "mandatory prison sentences for sex offenders, drug dealers, and murderers.' Now, if we put aside the wildly misleading conflation of mandatory minimums with 'mandatory prison sentences' (implying Obama doesn't think rapists, drug dealers, or murderers should be sent to prison at all) my only question is, what took them so long with this line of attack?

I mean, it can't be that they were so afraid of being called racists that they held this one back. Can it?

And yes, this is a racist line of attack. It would be racist whether or not Obama were a black man. The fact that he is a black man makes this all the more overtly racist. It's no surprise, now that a number of Republican surrogates (Giuliani being one of them) are wanting to focus on Obama's teenage drug use, that they would decide to go the good old fashioned soft on crime (Read: Black People) argument.

Oh well. I've already voted. Couldn't take it back if I wanted to. Ho hum.

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