The fact that affirmative action coughed up a president, sufficiently devoid of accomplishment as to leave no doubt to the method of his ascension, has no effect on the usefulness of any form of rhetoric. The race card remains firmly intact.
It seems a leap worthy of an Olympic Gymnast is necessary to miss the metaphor with the original cartoon. If the stimulus package were the monkey and he were "put down" by those charged with serving and protecting the electorate, or the economy, it wouldn't be racist at all. It would simply be in contradiction to the stated objectives of the administration. Something a watch dog media might print.
In this instance the race card is the Obama administrations' "bad dog! no bone!" to the watchdog media.