Just thought I'd share this.
Well done to McCain for striking a difficult conciliatory note, against a soundtrack of obvious rancour amongst his supporters (though if he's serious, he should probably have a word with the people who shoot his ads).
One of his responses, however, is illuminating:
"Questioner": I can't trust Obama. I have read about him, and he's not... he's an Arab.
McCain: No ma'am. He's a decent, family-man, citizen.
Pardon? Am I the only person who finds this hideously offensive? We've all heard the "Obama's an Arab" canard before, but what about McCain's response?
If the Obama camp wanted to do something decent, they might take McCain to task on the fact that he evidently thinks the category "decent, family-man, citizen" necessarily excludes Arabs.
However, it's extremely unlikely that anyone in the Obama camp would think he should dwell on any issues of ethnicity or race anymore than he absolutely has to.
How rotten, though, that such latent racism should go unscrutinised. And how awful and primitive and exclusionary is McCain's evident vision of "citizenship".