Is Barack Obama Too Black to be President?

If the above question offends you, you wouldn’t be alone. But it is exactly the sort of stereotypical garbage that Barack Obama personally trucks in.

My Way News – Obama accuses McCain of ‘losing his bearings’
NEW YORK (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Thursday that Republican John McCain was “losing his bearings” for repeatedly suggesting the Islamic terrorist group Hamas preferred Obama for president.

That brought an angry response from McCain’s campaign, which accused Obama of trying to make an issue of McCain’s age.

Age is a touchy subject for McCain, who turns 72 in August and would be the oldest person to be sworn in as president if elected.

Obama’s point is as follows

(a) John McCain possesses a non-trivial degree of age, and this cannot be changed
(b) It is known that age correlates negatively with intelligence
(b) Therefore, is some statement by John McCain evidence that he is too old?

Of course, if one replaces “age” with “African ancestry,” the attack, this prejudicial line of reasoning would still work. Barack Obama’s insinuation that McCain is ‘too old’ is analogous to if John McCain claimed that Obama was ‘too black.’

Obama’s already a race-baiter, so I suppose his age-baiting shouldn’t come as a surprise. Still, as I was stupid enough to think Obama would be an improvement, Obama’s latest bigotry it is dispiriting.

What’s ironic, of course, is that Obama’s bigotry might well be besides the point — even if his specious conflation of group and individual levels of analysis is ignored. Yesterday, I wondered if the luckiest nations have intelligent populations and unremarkable leaders. If so, we could do worse than an affirmative action hire.

Certainly, our legacy pick has been worth the trouble.