First off, let’s just take a look at what she actually said. From the AP article itself:
“Our opponent … is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country,” Palin told a group of donors in Englewood, Colo. A deliberate attempt to smear Obama, McCain’s ticket-mate echoed the line at three separate events Saturday.
I quibble at the word “smear” – it’s usually reserved for charges that are not actually true – but note that this is what the AP is working off of, and note my bolding. All clear so far?
Palin’s words avoid repulsing voters with overt racism. But is there another subtext for creating the false image of a black presidential nominee “palling around” with terrorists while assuring a predominantly white audience that he doesn’t see their America?
In a post-Sept. 11 America, terrorists are envisioned as dark-skinned radical Muslims, not the homegrown anarchists of Ayers’ day 40 years ago. With Obama a relative unknown when he began his campaign, the Internet hummed with false e-mails about ties to radical Islam of a foreign-born candidate.
Whether intended or not by the McCain campaign, portraying Obama as “not like us” is another potential appeal to racism. It suggests that the Hawaiian-born Christian is, at heart, un-American.
Wow. Douglass K Daniel takes all of that from the statement “…he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country…” – which implies one of three things. The first possibility is that he deliberately misread the line and is trying to smear (this time, the word is being used correctly) Sarah Palin as a bigot. The second possibility is that he himself sees Muslims – even the perfectly loyal and perfectly patriotic ones that live in our country – as being automatically suspect, which means that he’s projecting his own bigotry on Sarah Palin. The third possibility – embrace the healing power of “and” – is one I’m still working on. It seems contradictory to combine both possibilities, but then, it’s the AP: these guys tie themselves up in knots all the time.
As the above article shows, really.