So apparently the new tactic for Republican attacks on Obama is to question his intelligence in a racially tinged manner, thus implying that Barack Obama is receiving some kind of undue advantage due to his racial heritage.

Rush Limbaugh in commenting on an admittedly awkward moment in one of Obama’s recent speeches said yesterday:

I am just telling you, if this guy were Dan Quayle — if he — can I channel Geraldine Ferraro? If Barack Obama were Caucasian, they would have taken this guy out on the basis of pure ignorance long ago.

Um. Right. Isn’t Dan Quayle still active in the Republican party? Is Limbaugh really comparing Obama to Dan “Potatoe” Quayle, the man who said to the United Negro College Fund:

You take the United Negro College Fund model that what a waste it is to lose one’s mind or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.

Or who said of human exploration on Mars:

Mars is essentially in the same orbit [as earth]….Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe.

I mean, really. If anyone received an unfair advantage, it’s Dan Quayle, born into a wealthy and well-connected publishing family. Barack Obama wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth and no one can say the Harvard Law-educated brother ain’t got more than a couple of brain cells to rub together.

There’s audio over at Media Matters
. Grrr.

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