I've been reading this sort of thing for at least a week now. On a conservative bulletin board I post to, a moderator was angry with McCain for not going with the tone set by the more rabid Republicans. It's obvious these people do not like McCain--hell, they're booing him. They're motivated by hatred and fear. This, "my friends", is how fascists think and act. Their behavior is most easily explained by racism, but it isn't just that. Not all racists are ready to kill their political enemies. They've been trained to consider everyone to the left of Mussolini to be a "socialist". There's no thought involved in this labeling; indeed, few of the people we're talking about could define socialism if asked. But they know it has something to do with the government and taxes, and it's real real bad.
Election Day and welcome the enthusiasm. But they are also traditionally monitors of sorts from the stage. Part of their job is to leaven proceedings if tempers run ragged and to rein in an out-of-bounds comment from the crowd.are accustomed to raucous rallies this close to
Not so much this week, at GOP rallies in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida and other states.
When a visibly angry McCain supporter in Waukesha, Wis., on Thursday told the candidate "I'm really mad" because of "socialists taking over the country," McCain stoked the sentiment. "I think I got the message," he said. "The gentleman is right." He went on to talk about Democrats in control of Congress.
On Friday, McCain rejected the bait.
"I don't trust Obama," a woman said. "I have read about him. He's an Arab."
McCain shook his head in disagreement, and said:
"No, ma'am. He's a decent, family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with (him) on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign is all about."
He had drawn boos with his comment: "I have to tell you, he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States."
The anti-Obama taunts and jeers are noticeably louder when McCain appears with Palin, a big draw forsocial conservatives. She accused Obama this week of "palling around with terrorists" because of his past, loose association with a 1960s radical. If less directly, McCain, too, has sought to exploit Obama's Chicago neighborhood ties to , while trying simultaneously to steer voters' attention to his plans for the financial crisis.
So where does McCain go from here? He despises his new base and they detest him. Most want him to win and then promptly die so Palin can become President and presumably bring about Christ's reign on Earth. The piece of him that is still honorable (and it's there--look at the above quote) has come to the realization that Obama should be President, because McCain can win only by the triumph of the worst impulses and worst elements in the US. But what will the yahoos who are calling for Obama's murder do if he becomes President? We know what Timothy McVeigh did. He will probably have imitators, although I hope they aren't as successful.
With all the fussing from the right about how "hate-filled" the left is concerning George W Bush, I have never, in a dozen or so protests (some of them huge and spirited) starting with his first inauguration, heard anyone say "kill him". And Bush was responsible for over a hundred thousand needless deaths. Obama is just a smart black Senator--and Democrat who is ahead in the Presidential race. The people who are most opposed to Obama are, apparently, disposed to violence and have no respect for democracy or their society. "Country first" my ass--it's party first and last for this crew.
Do you remember the feigned outrage at the "shocking display" at Wellstone's funeral? The right managed to parlay that ploy into Norm Coleman's victory six years ago. Well, where are those tender sensibilities today? Drowned in bile, it seems.
Every Obama hater I encounter (there seem to be no McCain supporters) has the same line of patter, handed to them by their masters: ACORN is stealing the election for the terrorist-loving socialist. The black guy is the racist, not us. The Media is burying the real issues because they are on the side of the socialists. When Obama is elected they'll turn America into a communist dictatorship. And so on. And on, and on. No facts are necessary. Logic need not apply.
As sad and twisted as some of these people are, they're Americans and aren't going anywhere (they don't know how and have no passports). We have to live with them. I just wish I knew how to reach them. I bet McCain does too.