Obama wants to play chaffeur? Republicans need to sit at the back of the bus, err, car? It looks as of the TOTUS Metaphor Masher has driven into that ditch Obama is always going on about; here is an abbreviated account of Obama at yet another fundraiser:
He said Republicans had driven the economy into a ditch and then stood by and criticized while Democrats pulled it out. Now that progress has been made, he said, "we can't have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."
Dave Poff at RedState deplores the racialy divisive imagery, and I certainly agree that if any Republican ever suggested Dems need to sit in the back of anything all we would be hearing about is Rosa Parks and unreconstructed racist redneck Republicans.
However, let's give our speech-impaired President the benefit of the doubt. I'm sure he is tired after focusing all year month week lunchbreak on jobs, jobs jobs. And let's not fall into the trap that has ensnared him by thinking that everything is always about race - sometimes a dumb metaphor is just a dumb metaphor.
AND WHAT I SHOULD HAVE NOTICED... Stuart Taylor at OTB notes a grievous problem with the Poff headline, which is "And Even STILL I Am Not Allowed To Make A Racial Slur About Our President? After THIS? AYFKM!?!?!?"
The thing, however, that is remarkably striking is the headline and the sentiment it conveys: “And Even STILL I am not Allowed to Make a Racial Slur About Our President?” The suggestion seems to be that a) Poff really, really has wanted to use racial slurs in the past, but simply hasn’t been “allowed” to deploy such, and b) that it is possible for a racial slur to be an appropriate response if, in fact, the President says something that really upsets Poff.
Well, yes, I wish I had noticed and commented on that. I read the headline in the context of the stale lefty meme that sm that all of Obama's critics are motivated by racism and everything they say is racist, but of course, Taylor is right and that is not what the Poff headline says.
AND A BACK-HANDED DEFENSE: Dan Riehl thinks Poff is on the "wrong track" but delivers a kinda-sorta defense:
Obama was talking cars, not buses - I don't think there's anything racial in it at all. However, it causes me even greater concern than if he had been. He's a Democrat and he was in New England. We all know what happens to people who ride in the backseat with those bastards. I have no intention of being in the back when this idiot Obama drives Democrats off the bridge on Nov 2nd.