I can think of a better word than “threaten.”
Race Threatens to Become a Weapon in the Campaign
The 2008 campaign was remarkably free of racial talk, as the first serious black candidate for president sailed to victory in a largely colorblind campaign that emphasized his personal qualities and proposals.
Obama refrained from making his race an issue, and his opponents mostly left it alone too.
But events in the past week raise concern that race is being inserted into the 2012 campaign, particularly as a means to slander those who attack the president.
Left-leaning members of the mainstream media on numerous times in recent days have made race a part of the political equation, with many raising questions about whether conservatives are racially motivated in their treatment of President Obama.
The introduction of racial issues threatens to create a new and pernicious element of divisiveness that could create racial tensions during the campaign and induce a dangerous racial backlash after it, no matter who wins.
Why so Debbie Downer? To me, this is a feature, not a bug. Bring it on.
As ole Limey Ike once said, for every action…though our reaction might not be so equal and opposite.