Last time, the complaint was that Mitt Romney’s slogan was formerly used by the Ku Klux Klan – a claim that turned out to be complete fiction. Now Romney’s latest slogan is being criticized for supposedly promoting racial stereotypes. The phrase? “Obama Isn’t Working.” How anyone sees racism in that is beyond me, but Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher somehow managed:
When I first saw the banner this afternoon, the multiple meanings were clear: President Obama‘s policies aren’t working, the Obama presidency isn’t working, President Obama…isn’t working, as in, doing any work. That’s not a nice thing to say about any president, but like it or not, it becomes a more loaded accusation when leveled at our first black president.
Just to be sure it wasn’t just me, though, I asked several friends about the banner, and four out of four pointed out, unprompted, the stereotype of the “lazy,” “shiftless” black man. One of the people I called was cable news fixture Goldie Taylor, who, upon hearing my description of the banner, said “Are you kidding me? You have got to be kidding me.”
Christopher backs up his thesis by talking to four friends who agree with him, for whatever that’s worth. I had sort of hoped we were past all these fallacious and unprovable hidden racism allegations, but obviously some people are anxious to revisit the lunacy of 2008 (remember McCain’s “Celebrity” ad, which was deemed racist because it featured pictures of Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Obama – supposedly with some hidden message about interracial relationships? Every hack who called McCain a racist for that ad should be ashamed).
If there’s been any bigotry so far this election cycle, it’s been directed at Mitt Romney’s religion. But for whatever reason, liberal pundits seem far less concerned about real anti-Mormonism than they are about imagined racism.