Below is a video blog I did about this so-called “Obama phone” that has become the vocal point of new attacks on the President:
My final takeaway: there’s some kind of political point to be be made about the way some people have become too dependent on government or how unrealistic people have become about what government can or should do in their lives. I get that. But there’s an emotional level – beyond any rational thinking – that this clip (and the sentiment behind it) can reach. When people repeatedly push this kind of imagery, it appears (to me) to stir up racial fears.
Decent people whose rational minds would reject explicit racial material can be emotionally manipulated. They get their fears stirred up. If this is what Romney supporters think they need to do to get their man elected, I hope they fail. And, frankly, I think they will fail. We already know how the left respond. But if people in the middle (like how I try to be, though I freely admit I have my liberal leanings) get the impression that fear of black people is supposed to be the reason to vote for Romney, we’re going to vote for Obama. Romney needs to distance himself from this, and do it quickly.