Gergen, not exactly a radical leftist, apparently said on TV this weekend: "When McCain's camp calls Obama "The Messiah" and "The One", he's really calling him "uppity." I'm from the South, and we understand what that means. That's code."
I'm not from the South and yet it's been totally obvious to me. This is the whole point of the "celebrity" dig. Why would McCain consider this a telling criticism, when we live in a celebrity culture, and when McCain himself, self-evidently, has long been a celebrity as well? Because, coming from him, it isn't "uppity." Indeed, not even "presumptuous" (another absurdly thin coding for the racial epithet).