It began with his Big Lie in 2004 as he climbed on the national stage:
â€œEven as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide usâ€“the spin masters, the negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of â€˜anything goes.â€™ Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative Americaâ€“there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian Americaâ€“thereâ€™s the United States of America.â€â€“state senator Barack Obama, Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2004
But the truth is that it was always going to be about identity politics:
â€œIn the video message to his supporters, [President] Obama said his administrationâ€™s success depends on the outcome of this fallâ€™s elections and warned that if Republicans regain control of Congress, they could â€˜undo all that we have accomplished.â€™ â€˜This year, the stakes are higher than ever,â€™ he said, according to a transcript of his remarks provided by Democratic officials. â€˜It will be up to each of you to make sure that young people, African Americans, Latinos and women who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again. . . .â€™ â€œâ€“Washington Post, April 26, 2010
Once again, the key was always the church in Chicago. That’s why it had to become a taboo in the mainstream media. No honest person could say in good faith what was said in the first quote, from 2004, as he still sat in the pews of a church based in a racialist “theology.” Why did the media refuse to go there?