Look up "Washington insider" in the dictionary and more likely than not you'll see a picture of David Gergen. That's why it's quite remarkable that Gergen is willing to come out in public and point out the racial subtext to McCain's latest viral ad making fun of Obama as The One, a point that's not likely to endear him to other members of the village:
Gergen's southern provenance is important here. He knows the language that's being spoken. And the Brawler would suggest that we'll be seeing a lot more of this code given that Obama is doing better than Democrats in recent memory in places like Virginia,North Carolina, and Georgia. Not that all white folks in these states are racists; but there are plenty of white folks with racial anxiety (Republican or Dem, the Brawler would add) who may respond to these attacks. And McCain can't afford to let a single Old South state fall to the forces of Obamafascism.
Meanwhile, how could anyone ever accuse Republicans of race-baiting when the button below was for sale at at Texas Republican confab (yes, the vendor -- who had sold controversial items before -- was bounced after said button was highlighted in the blogosphere. But if we are to believe in the power of the free market and entrepreneurs, shouldn't we take seriously his assumption that he'd find a ready market for this pin?