...I'm merely trying to make Democrats feel at home. What with them having Joe Biden on the ticket, and everything.
But back to the matter at hand. If you were wondering about whether or not the Obama campaign has been stung by the entire Palin thing, stop. He has. How do we know?
DURYEA, Pa. -- "I know that I’m not your typical presidential candidate," Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told executives and employees of the Schott glass company Friday afternoon, "and I just want to be honest with you. I know that."
"And I know that the temptation is to say, 'You know what? …The guy hasn’t been there that long in Washington.,' You know, 'he’s got funny name,' You know, 'we’re not sure about him,'" Obama continued. "And that’s what the Republicans, when they say, 'This isn’t about issues, it’s about personalities,' what they’re really saying is, 'We’re going to try to scare people about Barack. So we’re going to say that you know, maybe he’s got Muslim connections or we’re going to say that, you know, he hangs out with radicals or he’s not patriotic.'
Bolding mine, and via Hot Air.Ed Morrissey (h/t) sees this as yet another attempt to play the race card; I can see his point, although the Obama campaign can piously suggest that they hadn't brought up race at all (give us five bucks) and that those awful Republicans (give us five bucks) were the ones that injected a racial element (give us five bucks) into the discussion by equating race and religion (give us five bucks).
And, oh yes: give us five bucks.
Anyway, that's not really the issue. What's the issue here is that by now I think that we are getting a good grasp of knowing when the man's been stung on something. Falling back on his perceived status as the Other is apparently Senator Obama's instinctive defense posture; he seems to retreat to it when rattled, or when he doesn't have an obvious counter to hand. It's not actually a bad default strategy, at that. As anybody manipulated on a comments board knows, people often fold when confronted with even the suggestion that they're being insensitive or prejudiced, so you can run with a strategy like that for a while. Note "for a while:" the problem is that such things have a short half-life. Eventually, people get tired of it - so most successful politicians learn better strategies.
Alas for the Democrats, they apparently didn't vet their Presidential candidate enough before picking him; otherwise, they might have noticed that Senator Obama hasn't had the experience yet to learn that particular life lesson.
PS: Never you mind on how we're going to use this knowledge, o ye lurkers. Suffice it to say that we're aware.