That's the takeaway, so far as I can tell, from this Josh Marshall post, which starts with the dubious claim that this McCain ad - which Ramesh and John Weaver rightly call childish - is actually playing on white America's subliminal fears that Barack Obama wants to sleep with promiscuous white starlets, and proceeds to the claim that any pundit (like Milbank, say) who uses the word "presumptuous" to describe Barack Obama is just playing along with the McCain campaign's vile attempt to caricature Obama as an "uppity young black man whose presumptuousness is displayed not only in taking on airs above his station but also in a taste for young white women."

Look, I understand that liberals are frustrated at Barack Obama's inability to pull away in the polls, despite all the favorable tailwinds he's enjoying and the fact that John McCain is running a staggeringly inept campaign. I'd be frustrated too! But that isn't a reason to make yourself sound like a paranoid idiot.

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