Wednesday, October 8, 2008

That One Indeed

Of all the sound bites generated from the second presidential debate, McCain referring to Obama as "that one" is going to be the one that is played over and over again.  He might as well have called Barack boy.  It was insulting and demeaning.  Those two simple words were very revelatory about exactly the kind of man John McCain is.

When that commentary is added to his refusal to make eye contact with Barack during the first debate, and his refusal to shake Barracks hand at the end of the second debate, what else is the viewer to believe but that McCain does not believe Obama to be his equal?  He completely ignored Michelle during the meet and greet at the closing of the event as well.

The GOP party, and McCain's lackeys have engaged in racism from the start of this campaign.  John McCain has denounced these attacks, but from his behaviour at these last two debates, how can we reasonably give any weight to his denouncement?

Maya Angelou famously said, "People will always show you who they are, and you should believe them the first time."  McCain has clearly revealed to the world not only what he stands for, but exactly which bodies he feels matters; it would hubris to ignore this.  These are not simple unrelated incidents that have no basis in the race hierarchy of the United States.  His choice of address, his refusal to make eye contact, and his refusal to shake hands are all the acts of a man engaging in white privilege before the world.  Ask yourself if he would have treated John Kerry, or Ted Kennedy like that....John McCain your whiteness is showing.


14 comments:

Monica Roberts said...

All I had to do was note that he voted against the Martin Luther King holiday and look at his NAACP Civil Right report card grades (F) to know that he wasn't a 'maverick'.

Macon D said...

Right, the "that one!" moment really jumped out at me when I was watching the debate--I felt my eyes widen. His comment from awhile back about people he termed "gooks" should also be added to the list of racist McCainisms (that one is explained well in this clip by Irwin Tang, author of Gook: John McCain's Racism and Why It Matters).

McCain's handlers probably warn him about such behavior; imagine what else would slip through if they didn't. On the other hand, some of it is probably "dog-whistling" to the racist right, and even to white racism in general.

GallingGalla said...

"that one"? That sounds almost like "it" to me. McCain will not even acknowledge that Obama is human.

Sylvia/M said...

I was infuriated when I saw McCain pull "that one" on Obama. That lowlife. I felt slightly vindicated when Obama turned that "bomb Iran" song on Mister Speak Softly and Carry a Big Dunce Cap. What a morass.

Habladora said...

Huh - the idea of 'dog-whistling to the racist right' really has some merit. McCain doesn't want to be too overt, but really wants to convey to white voters that he's 'one of us' - hence slights and signs of disrespect towards Obama. Renee and Macon, thanks for the insights.

Daisy said...

I was dumbfounded he hadn't been prepped any better than that! I am wondering if it was a deliberate dog-whistle that backfired...

Queers United said...

i thought when he said that it was def racist, he referred to obama as "that one" as if he were an object. f*ck that one - ::points to mccain::

bint alshamsa said...

Yeah, I was stunned when he said that. Even The German (my spouse) was quick to identify it as absolutely racist.

Danny said...

The comment stinks of arrogance. But sadly I get the feeling he would have said it just the same if it had been Obama, John Edwards, Clinton (either one), Rice, etc.

Ojibway Migisi Bineshii said...

I can't stand "that one." McCain was completely condescending to Obama during the whole debate. He acted like a little angry boy to me.

Sarah J said...

I just saw a clip on MSNBC before changing channels where McCain was saying, "I don't need advice...and if I did, I certainly wouldn't need it from a Chicago politician." With a nice little pause before Chicago politician. You know what his audience was filling in there.

Fuck John McCain.

belledame222 said...

Yeah, I'm pretty sure he's -not- actually -that- much of an asshole with other candidates. and even if he is, by now he's received enough feedback that only someone who was -made- of douchebag would deliberately ignore it and keep right on acting the same way. The refusal to shake his hand or look at him directly--wtf? Who needs this in a world leader ffs? He's an entitled little fuck who simply can't -believe- that this jumped up -uppity-[significant pause] is up there on a stage right there with him -and beating him-, no less. He's outraged. He can't even hide it, or won't even bother to try. I hope he chokes on it.

Coolreds Rant said...

So lets jump forward and assume McCain actually gets elected...and the first time he's face to face with a foreign leader that isnt the right color are we to expect more of the same? Its one thing to spurn your political rival (even if your shooting yourself in the foot in the process)...quite another to do it while President of the United States in front of the world. Can anyone say..."international incident"?

whatsername said...

Yah I noticed that too. Honestly, wtf.