It wasn't a matter of if, it was a matter of when the McCain camp would accuse Obama of using the race card.
The when became more and more inevitable with McCain's sinking poll numbers.
From the LA Times article:
The exchange, which elevated tensions in a contest grown increasingly testy, arose from comments made by Illinois Sen. Obama at a stop Wednesday in rural Missouri. The Democrat said Republicans would try to scare voters by questioning his patriotism and "funny name" and by pointing out he doesn't "look like those other presidents on those dollar bills" -- all of them white and, except for Ulysses S. Grant, older than Obama when elected to the White House. In response, Rick Davis, the manager of McCain's campaign, issued this statement Thursday: "Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It's divisive, negative, shameful and wrong."
Speaking to reporters after an appearance in Wisconsin, Arizona Sen. McCain said he agreed with Davis' statement, adding, "I'm disappointed that Obama would say the things he's saying."
That's negative and shameful?
And yet, McCain's earlier remarks are not? Such as stating that Obama "would rather lose a war" in order to win the election?
No. I suppose not. Not when you're John "I make up the rules as I go" McCain.
It's not shameful, of course, because he's not questioning Obama's "patriotism." See McCain's interview with George Stephanopoulous at Professor J's Place.
And one more point of incredulity. During that interview, 4.18mins in, in reference to the Iraq war McCain actually said, "We were greeted as liberators."
Huh? Which war is he getting his updates on?