More McCain CrapolaI guess I'm immune to the code words, because it took me until yesterday to realize what McCain/Palin actually mean when they say Obama is a socialist. They are speaking to white working class people (mostly men) who will interpret that as "Obama will give my money to teh blacks." Duh.
I mention the Bradley effect because I think, too, that McCain and Sarah Palin's attack against Obama for advocating "spreading the wealth" and for "socialism" and for pronouncing the civil rights revolution a "tragedy" because it didn't deal with the distribution of wealth is aimed ultimately at white working class undecided voters who would construe "spreading the wealth" as giving their money to blacks. It's the latest version of Reagan's "welfare queen" argument from 1980. It if it works, it won't be because most white Americans actually oppose a progressive income tax, but because they fear that Obama will inordinately favor blacks over them. I don't doubt that this argument will have some effect, but I suspect it's too late and that worries about McCain and Republican handling of the economy will overshadow these concerns.
Hopefully, its too little, too late, to too small an audience.