Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Willie Horton Reappears

If the Willie Horton ad was racist, why are Democrats using it in South Carolina against Barack Obama?

Presumably, anyone involved in politics knows how the Willie Horton ad is now viewed; it represents an unacceptable form of politicking. To specifically reference that ad in an attack such as this one would have to be seen as an attempt to stir up that hornet's nest and make a racist appeal, right?

It's unlikely that this attack would come from someone sympathetic to Obama -- trying to air the attack in a way that would tend to discredit it -- isn't it? That leaves us with one of the other Democratic campaigns -- or just some troublemaker.

Hat Tip: Marc Ambinder

1 comment:

Philo-Junius said...

It's very simple: when Democrats do it, it's trenchant social commentary; when Republicans do it, it's bigoted, pandering racism.

Here endeth the lesson.