This is a bit scary. Not new, but scary that they’re actually prepared to put it in print.
The danger, according to Capehart, is that this narrative may remove the race card as a factor (emphasis mine):
By telling potential voters “It’s OK to make a change,” the RNC is acknowledging all that I mention above. It’s OK to like the guy personally but not vote for him again. This is not a popularity contest. It’s OK to vote against the black guy. You gave him a shot. He gave it his best shot. He failed. And the most effective message is: “It’s OK to make a change” — and not be thought of as a racist.
Throughout Obama’s presidency, I’ve received more than a few e-mails and tweets from folks complaining that they are branded racist if they disagree with anything the president says or does. And it doesn’t help matters that I have seen more than a few e-mails and tweets from ardent Obama supporters doing exactly that. I have also seen instances of this on television and in print.
That’s why the “It’s OK to make a change” ad is the most dangerous for Obama’s reelection efforts. It give those few, yet crucial, undecided voters the pass they might be looking for to vote against Obama.
Think about what Capehart is saying.
What keeps some voters in line for Obama – fear of falsely being accused of racism — may not work this time, and the removal of that fear is the most dangerous threat to Obama’s reelection.
That is why we are seeing an all-out attempt to portray Romney as racist, as evidenced by yesterday’s “Anglo-Saxon” feeding frenzy.
Basically, there’s an admission that false accusations of racism are (or should be) used as a way of convincing people to vote a certain way.
Utterly disgraceful. Like I say, the Obama campaign should be running a mile from this emotional blackmail tatic, but there’s no way they will, given that the Democrats have been using the “our opponents are all racists” line against the Tea Party movement and other critics for years.
It’s just a bit shocking to see such a blatant admission in print.