Why was the tape never revealed and used? One theory is that the hardline conservatives in possession of the tape did not want John McCain to win, a plausible theory given the hard right’s reluctance in general to aid McCain’s campaign.
It’s at least as plausible as Johnson’s other theories. But why did I bring this up in the first place? One: The “whitey” hoax was a fascinating little election subplot, a race-baiting hoax that made it all the way from Johnson’s blog to the campaign rumor mill to Fox News broadcasts. Two: It’s a quaint story, in retrospect, and the effort to paint Michelle Obama as a hateful, bitter racial separatist seems almost like science fiction today.