Some people (Arianna Huffington, say) may be wanting Barack Obama to “release his righteous rage” at all the lies, smears and negative campaigning of the Republicans - but one reader wrote into Andrew Sullivan’s blog with the following very important point (includes Sullivan’s comment):
“A Reader Gets It
This is all Rove has left:
‘Speaking of getting into Obama’s head, always remember this. This is what all this is about period. It’s all they got:
The most readily identified, most easily stereotyped, and most quickly dismissed figure is an angry black man.’
That’s what that tool Rove and his acolytes are trying to do. It’s the only card they have left. Obama must not let them get their way. If he doesn’t, he doesn’t just win. We have a chance now to defeat the forces of evil that Obama has smoked out of their cubicles.”
Very true. And not only is Obama avoiding falling into this Rovian trap by not getting angry; he may not even have to in order to win. At the rate they’re currently going, I wouldn’t be surprised if John McCain and Sarah Palin hang themselves with their own rope*.
*This is, of course, a metaphor. In the same way that ‘lipstick on a pig’ is.