In 1960, the MSM/DNC used religion instead of race, but the tactic was the same. Richard Nixon compiled a list of headlines from the 1960 race for his book, Six Crises:
DEMOCRATS HIT BACK ON RELIGION (New York Times). JACK'S BROTHER SAYS RELIGION TOP ISSUE (Columbia, S.C., State). RELIGIOUS ISSUE STRESSED AT KENNEDY CONFERENCE (Nashville Banner). JOHNSON BLASTS 'HATERS' ATTACKS ON CATHOLICS (Washington Post). BOB KENNEDY SCORES STRESS ON RELIGION (Cleveland Plain Dealer). CREED ISSUE MUST BE MET, BOB KENNEDY SAYS HERE (Cincinatti Enquirer). BOB KENNEDY SAYS CATHOLIC ISSUE WANES (New York Herald Tribune). MRS. FDR HITS RELIGIOUS BIAS IN TALK TO NEGROES (Baltimore Sun). UAW PAMPHLET LIKENS KENNEDY FOES TO BIGOTS (Washington Star).p. 366 
Remember this the next time that some Obama critic is accused of bigotry, racism, etc. The script was written decades ago. Only the names change.
Six Crises - 1962