USAT fronts, and everyone mentions, Sen. Barack Obama went on the attack yesterday and discounted any idea that he would be Sen. Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Obama told supporters that “I don’t want anybody here thinking that … maybe I can get both” and said that “they are trying to hookwink you,” in a reference to how the subject of a “dream ticket” has been recently brought up by both Clinton and her husband.
“I don’t know how somebody who’s in second place can offer the vice presidency to someone who’s in first place,” he said. Yesterday, Clinton said it was “premature to talk about whoever might be on the ticket.”
While Clinton’s recent “3 a.m. phone call” ad has been criticized by many who describe it as fear-mongering, Orlando Patterson was troubled by something else. Patterson writes in the NYT‘s op-ed page that the image of innocent children and a worried mother, “brought to my mind scenes from the past.” Patterson thinks that, particularly since it doesn’t include images of black people and terrorism is never mentioned, “the danger implicit in the phone ad … is that the person answering the phone might be a black man, someone who could not be trusted to protect us from this threat.”