McCain Campaign Responds to Obama’s Straw Man

The McCain campaign just released the following statement:

“Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.”

I wonder if the McCain campaign would have been better off letting the blowback play out in the media, rather than officially accusing Obama of playing the race card, regardless of the fact that it’s pretty clear that’s what Obama is doing.