‘Uppity’

‘UPPITY’…. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a far-right Georgia Republican, seemed to get the ball rolling a few weeks ago, calling Barack Obama and his wife “uppity.” (He later said he had no idea the word had racial connotations.) Now, the Politico’s Mike Allen has quoted a Republican insider, identified only as “one of the smartest Bushies,” who has some advice for the McCain campaign:

The tactics that got them to mid-September in a tie are not going to get them to 50 percent plus one in November. They need … an eye toward driving out the range of contrast that makes McCain different from Obama (action-oriented rhetoric v. grand prose; accessible v. uppity; humble servant of country v. arrogant).’

Seriously? “One the smartest Bushies” believes the McCain campaign should deliberately characterize Obama as “uppity”? The insider is encouraging the campaign to pursue racially-charged language to emphasize the “contrasts” between the candidates?

If this is one of the “smartest” Bushies, I shudder to think what the dumb ones are encouraging McCain to do.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.