I think ThinkProgress has it wrong. It's not an "anonymous 'Bush insider'" who is calling Obama "uppity." It's reporter Mike Allen using a sock puppet to call Obama "uppity." Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?
Think Progress: In his Playbook this morning, Politico’s Mike Allen relays “a Bush insider’s prescription” for how Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) can change the dynamics of presidential race. The McCain campaign needs to drive “out the range of contrast that makes McCain different from Obama,” said the insider, whom Allen refers to as “one of the smartest Bushies.” Giving examples of those contrasts, the Bushie then used the racially-load term “uppity” to describe Obama:
The tactics that got them to mid-September in a tie are not going to get them to 50 percent plus one in November. They need … an eye toward driving out the range of contrast that makes McCain different from Obama (action-oriented rhetoric v. grand prose; accessible v. uppity; humble servant of country v. arrogant).”
This isn’t the first time a Republican insider has used the racial epithet to refer to Obama. Last month, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) told reporters that Obama and wife, Michelle, were part of “an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity.”