(Politico):Suggesting the race card and then denying it

Suggesting the race card and then denying it

Obama’s camp recognizes there is both promise and peril in accusing McCain and the GOP of racially-tinged attacks. Yes, it energizes the Democratic base (black and white) while also raising the antennae of suburban swing voters.

Which brings us to Obama yesterday in Missouri, testing out a new line that seems unambiguously aimed at accusing the GOP of using race (something which McCain and his campaign have not done):

“Nobody thinks that Bush and McCain have a real answer to the challenges we face. So what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me,” Obama said yesterday. “You know, he’s not patriotic enough, he’s got a funny name, you know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”

Asked Thursday if Obama was referring to race, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said, “No.”

“What Barack Obama was talking about was that he didn’t get here after spending decades in Washington,” Gibbs said.