Friday, October 10, 2008

The Dark Side: McCain Defends Threats Made at His Rallies

I'm not big on framing the world in stark terms of good and evil, but the McCain campaign just put out a statement defending the outbursts of "Traitor!" "Terrorist!" and "Kill him!" by crowds incited by McCain and Palin that seems to fall pretty clearly on one side of that divide:
McCain senior adviser Nicolle Wallace released this statement, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports. "Barack Obama's assault on our supporters is insulting and unsurprising. These are the same people obama called 'bitter' and attacked for 'clinging to guns' and faith. He fails to understand that people are angry at corrupt practices in Washington and Wall Street and he fails to understand that America's working families are not 'clinging' to anything other than the sincere hope that Washington will be reformed from top to bottom."

"Attacking our supporters is a new low for the campaign that's run more millions of dollars of negative ads than any other in history."

McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers adds in another statement: “Barack Obama’s attacks on Americans who support John McCain reveal far more about him than they do about John McCain. It is clear that Barack Obama just doesn’t understand regular people and the issues they care about. He dismisses hardworking middle class Americans as clinging to guns and religion, while at the same time attacking average Americans at McCain rallies who are angry at Washington, Wall Street and the status quo."
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This is just mind-blowing cynical and evil. This shit has no place in American political discourse. This is the wise and thoughtful leadership that we need at this time, the "cool hand on the tiller"?

McCain is slumming below Nixon. It is now obvious that in his desperation, there is no depth to which he will not sink. And we know Palin is cheering him on to go even lower. This is plain horrific and unforgivable.

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