Social scientists call it "inoculation" , when a belief is instilled, and then the belief is resistant to change through exposure to repeated mild attacks.
What the heck does that mean? In this case, it is calling the GOP racists before they've ever said anything racist, so that the Obama camp can then point to anything they don't like and cry "racism!". And it doesn't have to be a race-related comment. It could be, oh, I don't know - questioning his qualifications... Racism, they would have us believe.
We've seen the Obama camp play the race card effectively during the primary, and they played it against the GOP, in remarks Obama made in Jacksonville, FL last week.
"We know what kind of campaign they're going to run. They're going to try to make you afraid. They're going to try to make you afraid of me. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?"
How interesting that he is linking young, inexperienced and black together. This sets it up - or actually, continues what has already been instilled - that if you question his lack of meaningful political experience, you are doing so because he is black, therefore you are a racist. If you question his judgment, his thin record of legislative work, or the many places where he has embellished that work or taken credit for work done by others, it is because he is black,therefore you are a racists.
It's been wildly successful so far. Dangerously so.
Now Kansas Governer Kathleen Sebelius, is playing the race card for him. Guess this is her auditon for Obama's VP:
(From the Baltimore Sun, June 26, 2008) - Echoing comments by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius predicted that Republicans would undertake "a major effort to try and frighten people about him" because of his race.
"That has been the Republican playbook for the last eight years," said Sebelius, an Obama ally. "'He's not qualified; he's somebody who should scare you. He's too liberal.'"
Sebelius, often mentioned as a possible running mate for Obama, said those were all "code words" to try to make voters "uncomfortable.""
It evidently, in Obama's and Sebelius's minds, is okay for them to make people uncomfortable with their own race-baiting tactics. Disgusting.
Is it a manifestation of another inoculation so many in the U.S. have received all our lives - the national shame of slavery and its associated white people's guilt button - that Obama's racist labeling of the GOP is met with mostly silence? The McCain campaign, sensing the nasty trap gleaming in the tall grass, refuses to comment on this race-baiting by Obama and his followers.
The message has been clear, from the MSM to the political talking heads, that Obama owns the race card and he can play it any way and any time he likes. And he has done so, over and over.