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    kerry_headdress.2.jpgOoh, it’s getting nasty! From Ask Figaro:

    Quote: “It’s probably not something that appeals to him, but I like the fact that his name is Barack Hussein Obama, and that his father was a Muslim and that his paternal grandmother is a Muslim. There’s a billion people on the planet that are Muslims, and I think that experience is a big deal.”

    Dog whistle politics?  Bringing up a “bad” fact and saying it’s good?  What is the real deal?


    Dear Arthur,

    It’s a form of innuendo, Latin for “make a significant nod.” The classic campaign innuendo makes a vicious accusation against an opponent by denying it. Richard Nixon did it when he ran for governor against Pat Brown in 1962. He repeatedly denied that Brown was a communist, which of course raised the previously moot issue of whether Brown actually was a communist.Brown denied it, too, but his denials just repeated Nixon’s innuendo.

    This time, it’s not the Republicans doing the sleaze. It’s Democrats. Former Senator Bob Kerrey, campaigning for Hillary, said it.

    What can Obama do? Redefine the sleazebag’s quote: “Even Senator Kerrey, who’s for Hillary, thinks I have more international experience.”

    Then let’s see ol’ Bob wriggle out of that one.


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    Reader Comments (4)

    How about paralipsis? Thanks.
    December 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMark
    PARALIPSIS, the no-pun-intended figure, distances the speaker from his own statement. "He's one of those sneaky Mormons--not that I'm against Mormons or anything." Bob Kerry isn't quite doing that when he repeatedly mentions Obama's Muslim ancestry.
    December 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterFigaro
    Bob Who?
    December 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKathy Adams
    Wounded Vietnam vet, Medal of Honor winner, former US Senator from Nebraska, possible future Senator from NY, possible future member of Hilary's cabinet, and current disappointment. Still searching for an honorable politician, but not under his rock.
    December 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRTM

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