So, as the campaign becomes nastier it's hard not to see Sarah Palin's inferences that Obama is different as the equivalent of a wolf howling at the moon as a call for the pack to go hunting. In fact, Lewis Matthews of Wolf Song Alaska, a website about Alaskan wolves says the following:
Once a wolf begins howling, other pack members often show a strong tendency to approach that animal and join in. Lois Crisler has said, “Like a community sing, a howl is a happy occasion. Wolves love to howl. When it is started, they instantly seek contact with one another, troop together, fur to fur. Some wolves will run from any distance, panting and bright-eyed, to join in, uttering, as they near, fervent little wows, jaws wide, hardly able to wait to sing.”
In that piece, I made the point that that line of attack was aimed at a particular type of white person that isn't a racist in the stereotypical sense. They get along fine with blacks in their neighborhoods. They joke with their black co-workers and may even go to the local soul food restaurant where they call the cook by her first name. But push the right buttons and they'd throw the "N" word out like an Eli Manning hail-Mary. These aren't base voters and they aren't part of the wolf-pack. They don't respond to the howl... They respond to the dog whistle... phrases like "who is the real Barack HUSSEIN Obama?" or "pals around with terrorist" or 'Tony Rezko, they Syrian slumlord'. With that said, it appears that the latest attack strategy is aimed at pushing those same voters over the edge by getting the republican base to howl so loudly that, like The Call of the Wild, they tap into their base/primitive instinct to fear and decry that which is different.
On the other hand, there's a portion of the republican base, the wolf-pack that operate in the exact opposite fashion. The dog whistle aggravates the hell out of them. They want the howl. They don't want Pedigree dog food purchased from Wal-Mart, they want red meat. So, in much the same way that Obama's candidacy embodies "we shall over come" to black people, for some of Sarah Palin's supporters, her candidacy is beginning to embody the latent racism and bigoted sentiments that have been searching for a voice, a champion... a hero.
Article by: LAW