The use of "that one" by Sen. McCain to indicate Sen. Obama last night during the Presidential debate has created some controversy.
Some idiots are making a big deal of this, even insinuating that there is something "racist" in saying "that one".
When I heard that phrase "that one" last night I was instantly reminded of a very common usage still to be heard in the northeastern part of the US, perhaps under the influence of immigrants who spoke Italian or other languages.
In Italian you will often say "quello" for a person, "that one". I heard this "that one" fairly often in New Jersey and New York.
In any event… it seems to me to be an emphatic way to direct your attention.
It has no racial over tones at all.
It is sheer idiocy to suggest that.