David Gergen this weekend described the Republican strategy towards Obama perfectly:
The best dog whistles are the ones most people don’t hear. The reason McCain’s ad works is because, at the root of it, there are a significant number of whites who see a successful, confident, intelligent black man. And they hate him for that, and that alone. He is everything they are not. But because he’s black, they can latch onto that. As the old Southernism goes, “If you ain’t better than a n—-er, who is you better than.”
I guess the Coalition of the Sane should be fortunate that the McCain camp wasn’t quite subtle enough.