The Republicans loves it some "That One" talk (via Ben Smith at Politico):
A Republican official emails, on background:And here's the exchange that caused the phrase "That One" to immediately enter the forefront of the American lexicon:The most memorable line of the night belonged to John McCain. McCain pointed out that “That One” vote for the 05 energy bill. Look for Republicans to note in coming days that “That One” also voted for higher taxes at least 94 times; “That One” has associations with unrepentant terrorists, etc…
There's going to be some idle examination of "that" phrase over the next day or two, but I don't really think it's that big a thing. And I don't buy the idea that the phrase is in any way racist; it can just as effectively been used by Obama to describe McCain if he wanted to go down that road. The "That One" thing reminds me slightly of the supposed pejorative "The One" used by the GOP to imply that Obama is too popular or something, but it fell way short. What it does show is the obvious contempt that John McCain feels for Barack Obama in a very non-classy way. It hurt McCain more than it helped him.
Obama won the debate last night by sticking to the issues, and we'll see even more desperate tactics by McCain and the GOP over the coming week.