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John Lewis Condemns GOP Campaign Tactics

By Shailagh Murray
Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a Civil Rights-era leader, condemned GOP campaign tactics as "sowing the seeds of hatred and division," drawing an immediate and angry response from Sen. John McCain.

Although McCain and his Republican running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, have toned down their rhetoric against Sen. Barack Obama in the past day, Lewis warned of "another destructive period in American history" if the negative attacks from both the candidates and their surrogates don't cease.

"As one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign," Lewis said in a statement. "Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse."

The veteran Democrat even invoked one of the most divisive figures in recent U.S. history. "During another period, in the not too distant past, there was a governor of the state of Alabama named George Wallace who also became a presidential candidate. George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights. Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama," said Lewis.

He warned, "As public figures with the power to influence and persuade, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all. They are playing a very dangerous game that disregards the value of the political process and cheapens our entire democracy. We can do better. The American people deserve better."

McCain hit back hard with this statement: "Congressman John Lewis' comments represent a character attack against Governor Sarah Palin and me that is shocking and beyond the pale. The notion that legitimate criticism of Senator Obama's record and positions could be compared to Governor George Wallace, his segregationist policies and the violence he provoked is unacceptable and has no place in this campaign. I am saddened that John Lewis, a man I've always admired, would make such a brazen and baseless attack on my character and the character of the thousands of hardworking Americans who come to our events to cheer for the kind of reform that will put America on the right track.

"I call on Senator Obama to immediately and personally repudiate these outrageous and divisive comments that are so clearly designed to shut down debate 24 days before the election. Our country must return to the important debate about the path forward for America."

Posted at 3:19 PM ET on Oct 11, 2008  | Category:  John McCain
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Whatever you may think about John Lewis' comments, he is a REAL hero. He was beaten close to death on that bridge during MLK's campaigns and he still bears the marks. When you have put your life on the line for human rights, then you may criticize.

John McCain signed phoney admissions of guilt to get better treatment. Not a bad idea either. But life on the line it was not. He got captured because he was a lousy pilot. That has been documented.

Lewis got beaten because he had the courage to lead people across that bridge with certain negative repercussions.

Posted by: kelwien | October 14, 2008 6:12 AM

This guy toritto... if I were the head of a major news syndicate I'd make him the Will Rogers of the 21st century.

Keep posting, paisan!

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 13, 2008 12:01 PM

CNN is always pulling for McCain ... Listen to Dobbs and the one sided debating panel ... first they were talking up Clinton ... then they never really stopped with their skepticism about Obama ...All their talk about the Bradley Effect is what they are hoping for. They really do lack objectivity ... except for the Wolf man.

Posted by: amitchell13 | October 13, 2008 9:57 AM

McCain is a good man, that unfortunately in his desire to be president, sold his soul to the republican handlers he disliked so much in 2000.
McCain is not running his campaign, that is why what comes out of his mouth,
'Obama is a good family man, etc.. ' doesn't go with the nasty instigations started by Palin last weekend.
I think that last Friday night, after he corrected the poor, ignorant lady, who was honest and said she was afraid of Obama because he was an arab, he was able to sleep better than he has since this campaign got nasty.
McCain is a great man who would be a great president, if it weren't for eveyone else we would get as part of the package.

Posted by: isainmiami | October 13, 2008 9:30 AM

See Sarah Palin Impersonators, see clips of them very funny vote for your favorite. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMebGbcC2Sg

Huckabee's Says, Terrorist may be be minipulating the market. http://www.HuckabeeShow.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 13, 2008 12:01 AM

CNN is busy playing the race card for McCain. No wonder he decided to stop his foul attacks. They’re doing his dirty work for him.
Ostensibly, they are debating the Bradley effect but what they are really debating his delectability. In addition they are now quoting Castro in Cuba, this is disgusting.
Even Fox would not stoop this low.
Now they are quoting that paragon of virtue, Palin.

THE FIX IS IN AT CNN.

Posted by: seemstome | October 12, 2008 10:47 PM

I love all the chatter about “reverse racism” and how blacks have “a chip on their shoulders” and should “get over it”.

I’m an old retired “wop”. When I was a kid I lived in an Italian neighborhood in New York and never saw a black face. In public school every kid’s name ended in a vowel. I learned nothing of Jim Crow or segregation in the South. I learned nothing of black history other than they were slaves before the Civil War and Booker T. Washington.

I got a job in a bank mail room when I was 16 and met my first black man. I’ll call him J. J.
I cringe to this day when I think of the fact that I called him “boy”. Why? Because I had seen it in the movies and thought it was acceptable.

After I did it several times he quietly but firmly asked that I not call him that. His name was “John”. His dignity made me understand that I had done something dreadfully wrong. He looked at me like a disapproving father.

I learned from that man his struggles and his family’s struggles and what it meant to be a black man in America.

I left that job and went on to college and watched the country erupt in flames. I spent four years in the Army during Vietnam and learned some more.

Then came the murder of civil rights workers in Mississippi and the death of Viola Liuzzo.

:Liuzzo was one of “my people”.. She left her home to travel to Selma because she had been horrified by the TV coverage of the march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. She went to help.

While driving marchers home she was spotted by Klan members, chased 20 miles and shot dead in her car. Her funeral was held in Detroit attended by many prominent members of the civil rights movement and the Michigan state government, including M. L. King, James Farmer and Roy Wilkins.

It was later revealed that there was an FBI informant in the car with the Klan. He did nothing to stop the murder. J. Edgar Hoover didn’t care for the civil rights movement.

Two weeks later a burning cross was placed in front of Viola’s old home.

We have come along way since those days. We still have a long way to go.

If you want to know what 1940s America (not 1860s America) was really like for black people read Gunnar Myrdal’s “An American Dilemma - The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy”.

“Walk a mile in another man’s shoes.....”

Posted by: toritto | October 12, 2008 9:42 PM

WATCH THIS VIDEO...
THIS IS GONE MAKE YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND ON HOW TO VOTE...
GUARANTEED!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5z9lD4C2Io

Posted by: schneemans | October 12, 2008 9:33 PM

Bigger Than Ayers [Mark Hemingway]


I've stayed largely silent on the William Ayers controversy because, while associating with someone of that nature is completely reprehensible, I'm not altogether convinced it's a poltically effective attack. (I also wish McCain was putting a better economic message on the table right now as well.) Further, if associating with criminals is a problem — there are more relevant associations with ties to his campaign that everybody ought to be concerned with.

I've been screaming into the abyss for some time about Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois state treasurer that Obama endorsed when he ran for office despite no previous political experience, who has been personally mixed up with organized crime via business dealings with his family's bank. Well, guess what — this little nugget turned up in a column in the Chicago Sun-Times:

Sneed hears rumbles political fund-raiser/fixer Tony Rezko, who is now singing sweetly to the feds from his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, has been talking about his "dealings" with a Chicago bank, which has political connections.

Now that's throw away item in a political gossip column, so I would suggest taking it with a grain of salt. But if there's any truth to it the odds that Rezko is singing about Giannoulias' Broadway Bank are exceedingly high. If Giannoulias turns out to be in legal trouble again, there's no way Obama can disatance himself like he has with Ayers. Giannoulias has been out raising lots of money for his campaign, and was even given a speaking slot at the Democratic convention in August.

So Obama chose to have him associated with his campaign. This was well after it became public that Giannoulias had loaned $11.8 million to Michael Giorango, a convicted bookmaker and prostitution promoter. Giannoulias first denied he personally approved the loan, then Chicago Tribune reported that Giannoulias personally oversaw $11.8 million in mortgage loans to Giorango in 2005. Then Giannoulias said the money had not gone to finance Casinos for organized crime. He appears to have lied again: “But newly obtained records show that $3.6 million of the recent loans were used by Giorango and another convicted felon to acquire a casino boat marina in Myrtle Beach, S.C.,” reported the Tribune.

It's not like the Obama campaign can credibly say they didn't know about this before he was out raising money for the campaign. But I'd like to believe major news agencies might want to pull a few reporters out of dumpsters in Wasilla (probably starting to get really cold up there anyway) and get them to Chicago to look into a potential Rezko-Giannoulias connection toot sweet. Maybe there's nothing there, but it's worth looking into right?

I can dream, can't I?

Posted by: schneemans | October 12, 2008 9:28 PM

Cant wait till the final debate tuesday. Vote On Who You Think Should Be Debater Of The Year WatchDebate.com
Here is a Video of what everyone did not see during the second debate. Its a debate out take. Watch the video at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mng0njC1D6c

Posted by: pastor123 | October 12, 2008 3:47 PM

Mr Lewis put to words what fears I have had for weeks. Thank you very much. Let us pray they do some good before anyone is really hurt -- or worse.

Posted by: Ranger-Phx | October 12, 2008 3:07 PM


An element of the population still responds in Pavlovian mindlessness to the loaded terms that have circulated recently in reference to Presidential Candidate Barack Obama.

Deluded are the folks who see no cultural implication in John McCain’s reference to Obama as “that one.” Duped are they who find no diabolical intent in Sarah Palin’s reminder to a Republican audience that Obama “is not one of us.” Deceived are those who do catch the association “Sarah Palin is a rebel” in Patrick J Buchanan’s recent article. “He's one of them – she's one of us” is Buchanan’s defense of Palin’s incendiary remarks.

We must have no doubt: these innuendos hark back to antebellum and post-Civil War times and call forth conditioned responses from the darkness of the collective Southern psyche. These recent remarks out on the stump are no less dangerous than Georgia Representative Lynn Westmoreland’s use of “uppity” in his reference to Obama. According to Washington Post reporter Jonathan Weisman, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a Republican from Georgia, commented, "Just from what little I've seen of her and Mister Obama, Senator Obama, they're a member of an elitist class individual that thinks that they're uppity." http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/04/georgia_gop_congressman_calls.html

I am/was/recovering from being a Southerner. Not even one generation removed from LA (lower Alabama), I am in self-imposed exile here in Northern Virginia (I chuckle knowing your thoughts on that geography). I write poems about how I cannot purge the Alabama red dirt from my diction. As Hamlet observes, however, here’s the rub: I also wonder at the fortitude of my Southern ancestors, who were, after all, people who played out the paradoxes of human existence.

My ancestors, to be sure, were no superheroes. They passed to posterity all that is the human condition. They were immigrants—French Huguenots, Scots, Irish, English—and they survived by traveling in familial groups, by learning from the Indians, by settling geographically familiar areas, by working hard, by adapting. They starved for lack of food and spied for the patriots during British reoccupation of Georgia; they died of malaria and childbirth; they suffered through economic failure and prospered during economic growth. They were on the move, fleeing for their lives, fleeing toward freedom.

These same ancestors fought in the Indian wars then moved west when their intermarriage with Native Americans became a source of persecution. These same ancestors cultivated and loved the land, and they ruined the land. They loved hard, celebrated with great joy, and drank too much. They fought for their place in American history and for their children’s future, and they fought to dissolve the union for which they had fought.

The South has come hard into the present, preferring instead its ghosts and fantasies. Florida politics has changed little since Richard Call and George W. Ward manipulated land purchases in Jackson and Leon Counties in the early 1820’s (Edward E. Baptist. Creating an Old South. The University of North Carolina Press. 90-91). Call and Ward created what became the “Nucleus,” a powerful social and political force made up of supporters of their “planter” mentality (Baptist 91).

By the Civil War, Northern Florida, Southwest Georgia, and Northeast Alabama had become a center of power composed of familial connections encompassing the Southern states and associated western territories. Southerners, including their cousins that had gone west (Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas) had survived the bank failures and epidemics of the 1840’s to emerge in the 1850’s stronger than ever; then they brought war to the homeland. They were fearful of losing their autonomy.

Today, this same fear is familiar, and it manifests in phrases like “I vote my values.” All we have to do is look at the popularity of Brad O’Leary’s The Audacity of Deceit, where O’Leary observes, “Obama’s brand of change is a hostile attack on the Judeo-Christian values and freedoms most Americans hold dear.” http://shop.wnd.com/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID=2425 Such language calls to the darkness. I am saddened that an element of the population responds.

I must believe that most of us will move beyond the stereotypical thinking and knee-jerk reactions of the past. I must believe that most of us have faith in a future where the most diverse population in the history of America will send men and women to Washington.

I must believe.

Posted by: MarthaPage1 | October 12, 2008 2:46 PM

I love political misuse of the transitive property: If A=B, and B=C, then A=C.

G. Gordon Liddy, speaking about listening to Hitler on the radio: "It made me feel a strength inside I had never known before. Hitler's sheer animal confidence and power of will entranced me. He sent an electric current through my body."

John McCain to G. Gordon Liddy: "Congratulations on your continued success and adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great."

Therefore, John McCain loves Hilter, right?

Posted by: VirginiaVoter08 | October 12, 2008 2:37 PM

Actually poster123, It was Chick Norris, not Huckabee, who was making this claim. If you were more educated about the international financial system you would realize that this isn’t as farfetched as it sounds.

George Soros, a left wing loon virulently opposed to American sovereignty and outspoken Obama supporter, has a long history of unethical and criminal economic manipulations. Soros was convicted of insider trading by France, he brought down the Bank of England in 1992 and many believe he was responsible for the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Many of the leftist think tanks that fabricate the oft repeated talking points we read every day are funded by Soros and his lowlife comrades.

Soros has learned to use surrogates and cover his dirty finger prints, but the suspicious timing, motive, opportunity, and Modus Operandi would lead one to suspect that this Wall Street meltdown is more than a fortuitous coincidence for the Dems.

Posted by: dcn1 | October 12, 2008 1:29 PM

"Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, was a fixture at governor's office

The 'first gentleman' also read official correspondence and went to closed Cabinet meetings, records and an investigation indicate.

Barely two weeks after Sarah Palin had been sworn in as Alaska's governor, in December 2006, then-Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan's executive secretary got a confusing phone call from Palin's office: The first gentleman would like to schedule a meeting with her boss.

"I was not familiar with the term 'first gentleman,' or didn't hear her correctly, so I kept asking her, 'Who?' " the secretary, Cassandra Byrne, testified recently. "And she eventually said, 'Todd Palin.' "

The appointment was fixed, and Monegan arrived in the governor's office to find himself alone with the brawny, popular fisherman and snowmobile champion, who was sitting at a 12-foot-long conference table, surrounded by stacks of documents. One of the documents had the logo and letterhead of Monegan's own Department of Public Safety.

The subject, it turned out, was Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten, who had been involved in a messy divorce with the governor's sister. The Palins, Todd made clear, wanted Wooten fired for a long record of behavior they saw as inappropriate for a police officer.

"He kept using the term 'we.' 'We went to go talk to, we, we.' And so I assumed it was he and Sarah, of course," Monegan testified.

The meeting "made me a little uncomfortable," he said. "We're having it in the governor's office, and he's not the governor. I think he was trying to use state trappings to handle a personal issue.""

http://www.latimes.com/business/careers/work/la-na-todd12-2008oct12,0,6898674.story

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 12, 2008 12:53 PM

Watch McCAin Drop the F word while talking to reporters. http://www.mccanes.com

Huckabee Claims that their is Economic Terrorism Happening in the Stock Market.
http://www.HuckabeeShow.com

Watch This Debate Outtake. What you didnt see during the debate.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mng0njC1D6c

Posted by: pastor123 | October 12, 2008 12:31 PM

Watch McCAin Drop the F word while talking to reporters. http://www.mccanes.com

Huckabee Claims that their is Economic Terrorism Happening in the Stock Market.
http://www.HuckabeeShow.com

Watch This Debate Outtake. What you didnt see during the debate.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mng0njC1D6c

Posted by: pastor123 | October 12, 2008 12:26 PM

left wing and proud of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_txbl7sjubg

Posted by: toritto | October 12, 2008 12:03 PM

left wing and proud of it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfTgHQpaqEo

Posted by: toritto | October 12, 2008 11:54 AM

Good Morning!!

Anyone change their vote since last night??

No?

Thought not.

Anyway here is the latest electoral college projections:

Obama 330 electoral votes (without De., Md. and D. C. which didn't provide information - Obama 346 with these 16 votes)

:-)

http://news.yahoo.com/election/2008/dashboard

Posted by: toritto | October 12, 2008 11:21 AM

Women of America Unite!
Unite against the sexist media and Barack Hussein’s Mugging of Vice President, Sarah Palin!

Women must unite against the liberal media vicious, sexist, cruel, demeaning, contemptuous UN-AMERICAN, unfair, unprofessional, unrelenting and blatantly biased treatment against Vice President Sarah Palin and acting blatantly in favor of Barack Hussein Obama during this unprecedented historic quest for the presidency!

Barack Hussein Obama claims a mightier throne, one forged in liberal ideals of justice and equality and hope, BUT he has benefited mightily from sexism in this campaign, and has remained silent. Obama supporters seem very happy with the sexist way pundits and some news organizations treat any action or statement by Sarah Palin, and many believe that most of the "venom" in the campaign is coming from supporters of Obama.

Women of America Unite in this defining moment in American history. To ensure we can grow up from the male dominated government that has caused many of the problems our country is facing; to a country where men and women are equal partners in governance.

Women of America Unite
Unite against the sexist media and Barack Hussein’s Mugging of Vice President, Sarah Palin!
VOTE for McCain/Palin

Posted by: Manolete | October 12, 2008 10:50 AM

I am black and I can truly say that I don't believe McCain has injected racist views or remarks in this campaign. I just don't believe he understands though, just how many, if not the majority, of his fellow republican constituents are racist. Enter Sarah Palin. I mean come on republicans, they're definitely not affiliated with the democrat party.

Posted by: skynz71 | October 12, 2008 10:21 AM

To invoke the name of Farrakhan into this situation means that you lack an intelligent defense. He is not running for President. What McCain and Palin have been doing in their campaigns is inciting a riot and terrorist attacts from our own people on our own people. The very same thing they preach about with Ayers. McCain and Palin have committed acts of treason stirring up behaviors that could result in a Civil War. That is criminal and the FBI and the Secret Service should arrest them. It is not about Black or White it is about an American inciting another American to commite terrorist acts on American soil. Remember Oklahoma....he was white, and all the other Self inflicted acts of terror in America were done by white boys or men. 9/11 happened to all of us, and we all stood as one America. I be damn if you are going to push your anti Black anti Obama in my face and I accept it. Ignorance be it from Palin McCain or you is unacceptable.... and this should be stopped. A little bit of history...the 1960's were filled with attacks and Blacks were victims. This is 2008 and the victim is already dead.

African Americans will not be swiftboated.

Posted by: Revelations1 | October 12, 2008 9:51 AM

Hey vs11,"95% of blacks are voting for Obama, so who's racist?". Dude, your not a racist your just an idiot trying to make a point of justifiable racism. That's like me saying well, 95% of whites are racist because they voted for every passed president of the U.S., oh yeah, who happen to be white.

Posted by: skynz71 | October 12, 2008 9:45 AM

Minsiter Farrahkan is a racial separtist and does not deal with White Americans and anyway conservatives like Robert Novak admire him because they go into the prisons and neighborhoods that liberals and conservatives of all colors have abandoned to their fate. And Pastor Wright is not a racist because he rightfully criticized the United States as the greatest prueyear of violence and an obstacle to middle east peace because the GOP and Democratic adminstrations have waged empire on Southeast Asia and now the Middle East and Africa.

Yes we did fund and taught those same Islamic terrorists who have wrecked havoc around the world, and yes our policy towards Israel has created a greater problem in the region for over 50 years because the state of Isreal is committing ethnic cleansing of the Palestninans and Americans have maimed, killed, and committed genocide against Native Americans and continued acts of genocide and terrorism upon African - Americans. What Rev. Wright said was fact not some grand fiction of whiny politcal theatre.


And so what Obama sat in Wright's pews for 20 years Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and other evangelical have approved of their supporters bombing legal clinics performing procedures and supported racist polices towards African- Americans and now Gays and Central American immirgrants, when "you people" criticize the racism and sexism of the religious right,FOX news, Rush Limbaugh, Neal Boortz and the rest of the "White Power Regime" that is the modern Republican Party then we can talk about the so-called "black racists" you so-called colorblind white amerikkkans talk about.

Posted by: edaniels31 | October 12, 2008 9:03 AM

The fact that McCain and Palin moved away from Ayers at their events yesterday suggest that McCain, too, has heeded the wisdom of Lewis's warning, whatever his response to his somewhat unfortunate/misinterpreted Gov. Wallace analogy.

Posted by: scherzoq | October 12, 2008 8:46 AM

Lewis clarified afterward he wasn't making a direct comparison between McCain and Wallace, and the Obama campaign also rejected any such comparison.

Everything else in his statement was pretty much spot on. You only need to listen to audience comments at McCain/Palin events -- heck, only need to read some of the posts on this page -- to grasp the wisdom of his warning. SOMEBODY needed to speak out against McCain "playing with fire."

Posted by: scherzoq | October 12, 2008 8:44 AM

First, Bill Clinton is a racist, and now John McCain is a racist. Well, when Louis Farrakhan calls Obama a messiah, we know where the truth is ?? And, 95% of blacks vote for Obama. So who is RACIST ???

Posted by: vs11 | October 12, 2008 8:11 AM

First, Bill Clinton is a racist, and now John McCain is a racist. Well, when Louis Farrakhan calls Obama a messiah, we know where the truth is ?? And, 99.9% of blacks vote for Obama. So who is RACIST ???

Posted by: vs11 | October 12, 2008 8:11 AM

The message is very much on point. Some of the Republican rallies have turned into nothing more than hateful mobs. McCain to his credit has tried to lower the heat and has been booed. Obama has commended McCain on this. McCain should take a further step and get rid of Sarah Palin. She is supporter of the far right wing Alaska Independence Party and has no place in American poltics.

Posted by: bradcpa | October 12, 2008 7:31 AM

Congressman John Lewis,

You are a great American, all America admires and respects you, but on this matter you are being ill-advised. John McCain is sowing no racial animosity.

Your advisors and yourself have made it very clear you are Barack Obama supporters, and we understand that. Our Constitution says that is fine; and our Constitution also gives us the 1st Amendment, which gives us all the right to speak up and say what's on our mind. John McCain and his supporters are doing so, will continue to do so, and I'm sure will be ratcheting it up to a higher intensity --- but I think it does great harm to us all for any American to disparage another with false charges of racism, ostensibly only to gain advantage for their own candidate. There is nothing in what John McCain, Sarah Palin, or anyone on his team that is saying anything racist.

In conclusion, we forgive you Mr. Lewis. Speaking for myself, I'm sure it was only some bad advice given to you by someone in haste.

Posted by: CommonSense12 | October 12, 2008 6:55 AM

Conservatives have been playing this card for over 40 years and now after these same nut-jobs have killed Planned Parenthood Doctors and gays now everybody realizes the danger this country's in please and give me a break Americans have always known that the Republican party has played racialist politcs.

And Since Obama is coming closer maybe to a resounding victory (i thought he would lose) the raqcist neanderthals are coming out of the woodwork. I would tell every law abiding African- American to learn how to use a gun and to defend yourself by any means against this type of oppression that will surely be coming.I won't start racial violence but if any of those Republican nutjobs come at me I will send them st8 to the cemetary so they could meet Ronald Reagan, John Wayne and Uncle Ruckus in White Heaven.

Posted by: edaniels31 | October 12, 2008 6:44 AM

Malcolm X said once self-defense is intelligence against oppression, Rep. Lewis a brave man who loves his country in deed and action than these white racialist defenders of John McCain and Sarah Palin who are defending outright violence against Sen. Obama and his family.

The only thing people like Buchanan, Hannity Savage, McCain, Limbaugh and their supporters understand is when you say “I will defend myself” against racist violence and rhetoric. If the GOP wants racial violence I think African- Americans will be able to accomadate their thrist for racial blood, this goes beyond Obama and this campaign and is a sign that we as African- Americans must get our houses in order to fight the internal and external problems because the modern GOP and their racialist organs have been fighting an outright culture war for nearly 20 years and now they are upping the ante to include violence against innocent African- Americans.

I am not a supporter of Seantor Obama for President, so to those idiots who want to call me an Obamabot to defend your opposition to what I have said you better read what I have said, it does not matter if Obama wins or loses we have seen the true face of the Republican Party and it is made up of violent white racialists and their minority defenders and I say if they committ acts of violence against African- Americans we will fight back.

Posted by: edaniels31 | October 12, 2008 6:38 AM

I admire Rep. Lewis and his service to America and black people in general, But 40 Buckley/Helms/Nixon/Goldwater/Reagan conservatism has created a coalition of violent white nationalist racialist alongside the GOP'S other bases. As a people we have to be viligant against the Gangs, Cops and racialist whites who will no doubt like many posting here would use violence against law abiding African- Americans if Obama were to be elected.

We as African- Americans must use self-defense as a tool and warning to Mc Cain/Palin supporters because they are the ones ratching up the hatred not Obama supporters. Malcolm X said self-defense is intelligence and the only thing people like Buchanan, Hannity Savage, McCain, Limbaugh and their supporters understand is when you say “I will defend myself” against racist violence and rhetoric.

We need to do what Jewish- Americans do and say ‘NEVER AGAIN’will we submit to white conservative/neoracist violence, if the GOP and it's various organs want to marshal the forces of hatred and divison on law abiding African- Americans won't start it but we will defend ourselves against Mc Cain/Palin supporters and their racist ilk even if it means the country turns into another Belfast.

Posted by: edaniels31 | October 12, 2008 6:24 AM

McCain didn't start this.... he's only tapped in to it - the hatred was already there. And got news for Lewis - I HATE Obama's freaking GUTS!!!! The man is a socialist! You know what that means Lewis? Do you know!? My father fought those ba$tards for years in Europe. Have you seen what socialism did to East Europe? I find it appalling that Obama's friends bomb court houses frankly. So yea, I'm beyond angry that a freakshow like Obama could be president - and I will fight him, resist, block, demonize everything that nasty traitor pig tries to do!!

Posted by: egrib | October 11, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse
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Man, you sound like an illerate, jackarse who is in desperate need of anger managment and some couch time....you had better be careful with all of that hate you consume, you may mess around and have a massive stroke and keel over.....I hope you have a decent health insurance coverage. You sound like those angry, ranting and raving, rednecks at those McCain Rallies which reminds me of the 50's and 60's when the ignorant white folks were screaming and hollering "socialists" and bombed a church with four little black girls....You serve your constituents very well. Congrats...

Posted by: YesweCan1 | October 12, 2008 6:23 AM

McCain didn't start this.... he's only tapped in to it - the hatred was already there. And got news for Lewis - I HATE Obama's freaking GUTS!!!! The man is a socialist! You know what that means Lewis? Do you know!? My father fought those ba$tards for years in Europe. Have you seen what socialism did to East Europe? I find it appalling that Obama's friends bomb court houses frankly. So yea, I'm beyond angry that a freakshow like Obama could be president - and I will fight him, resist, block, demonize everything that nasty traitor pig tries to do!!

Posted by: egrib | October 11, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse
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Man, you sound like an illerate, jackarse who is in desperate need of anger managment and some couch time....you had better be careful with all of that hate you consume, you may mess around and have a massive stroke and keel over.....I hope you have a decent health insurance coverage. You sound like those angry, ranting and raving, rednecks at those McCain Rallies which reminds me of the 50's and 60's when the ignorant white folks were screaming and hollering "socialists" and bombed a church with four little black girls....You serve your constituents very well. Congrats...

Posted by: YesweCan1 | October 12, 2008 6:23 AM

I admire Rep. Lewis and his service to America and black people in general, But 40 Buckley/Helms/Nixon/Goldwater/Reagan conservatism has created a coalition of violent white nationalist racialist alongside the GOP'S other bases. As a people we have to be viligant against the Gangs, Cops and racialist whites who will no doubt like many posting here would use violence against law abiding African- Americans if Obama were to be elected.

We as African- Americans must use self-defense as a tool and warning to Mc Cain/Palin supporters because they are the ones ratching up the hatred not Obama supporters. Malcolm X said self-defense is intelligence and the only thing people like Buchanan, Hannity Savage, McCain, Limbaugh and their supporters understand is when you say “I will defend myself” against racist violence and rhetoric.

We need to do what Jewish- Americans do and say ‘NEVER AGAIN’will we submit to white conservative/neoracist violence, if the GOP and it's various organs want to marshal the forces of hatred and divison on law abiding African- Americans won't start it but we will defend ourselves against Mc Cain/Palin supporters and their racist ilk even if it means the country turns into another Belfast.

Posted by: edaniels31 | October 12, 2008 6:23 AM

I hope that the hateful comments depicted here on both sides represent less than 1% of the views of Americans voting in this election.

- America is in a crisis, and our quality of life is about to get a lot worst before it gets better. People are losing their jobs, homes and money. Don't lose something you can control, your integrity.

Posted by: netgreen1000 | October 12, 2008 4:45 AM

Republicans and racists share the same bed. Talk about associations, just look at your fellow republicans' comments. Nuff said.

Posted by: skynz71 | October 12, 2008 4:07 AM

Recklessness born of dispair
now spews hatred and division.
All that remains are the wingnuts clinging
to a failed campaign.
We know now more than ever the consequences of how we vote.
Barring any tradgedy you inspired
you've lost the election, not to mention your soul.

Posted by: Robert45 | October 12, 2008 3:50 AM

So Senator Obama sat on the same board as Bill Ayers. So what?! The purpose of the board was philanthropic, very much in support of public good. The same cannot be said for Senator McCain, who years ago joined an international fascist group called the World Anti-Communist Leaque (WACL), a shadowy far right organization that included fascist terrorists who were identified as being responsible for bombings in Italy that killed hundreds of innocent people. What about McCain's former asscoiation with the financial crook Charles Keating. It is a matter of public record that Keating was not only a political supporter of McCain, but also a benefactor to Cindy McCain and the McCain family. If you are going to dredge up old association, McShame, you need to check out the skeletons in your own closet.

Posted by: iaacog | October 12, 2008 3:26 AM

Mr. quinby,
You don't have to have a rope in your hand to be a racist, you also don't have to be a member of the KKK to be a racist.

Here's the proof in my pudding, Pres. Johnson
signed the equal rights bill, immediatly he states that he fears we have just lost the southern vote ( which up until then voted democratic tickets), all 11 states went republican since then. Ask your self what could possibly be their motive to change parties, these are all states with heavy black populations, it couldn't possibly be that they viewed the black vote as a threat to their political dominance, could it? .
The answer is, birds of a feather ,flock together or you are a product of your environment or you are just plain guilty by association.

Those 3 answers are exactly what you are implying about Obama

The person who screams" I AM NOT A RACIST"
THE LOUDEST, IS A RACIST

Posted by: victorlove1 | October 12, 2008 3:23 AM

I can't believe that Senator McCain had the gall to respond to Rep. Lewis with such disrespect. McCain seems to be losing his way, lashing out at anyone who dares to criticize either him or Palin. Lewis was absolutely right, the Palin-McCain campaign has been infusing their speeches with coded phrases and appeals to prejudice and anger. This is the kind of demagoguery associated with the KKK, the kind I thought we no longer tolerated in this country. Thank you Rep. Lewis for speaking up. Shame on you Senator McCain.

Posted by: janiak | October 12, 2008 2:58 AM


(See Papasmoke's response, below, to this)

ANGRY GOP RALLY SHOUTERS: ARE THEY AGIT-PROP PLANTS?

Politico reporters should spend some time on the periphery of these rallies, in the hours before the scheduled event.

They might discern that some of the most vociferous rabble-rousers hang together in packs, don't quite look like your "average Joe," and appear to be part of an orchestrated "street theater" -- not necessarily a reflection of spontaneous crowd enthusiasm. Examine closely their attire, and the electronics they are carrying.

Could they be the "stormtroopers" in a troubling offensive?

ARE THESE THE AGITATED 'CUDA STORM-TROOPERS?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens OR

members.nowpublic.com/scrivener
Posted by: scrivener50 | October 11, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse
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I saw a video of people entering a Palin Mccain rally and they were carrying what looked like professionally printed signs saying "Terrorist" and "Traitor". At the rallies you can see them waving them. If Palin and John Mccain didn't want that they would have been stopped at the door and had the signs taken away. Those rallies have very strong security. It leads me to believe they were supplied with the signs by Mccain and palin.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 11, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

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PAPASMOKE RAISES A FRIGHTENING POSSIBILITY:

...That the heated verbal incitements at McCain-Palin events are an INSIDE JOB, officially sanctioned.

Think of the ramifications...

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 12, 2008 2:51 AM

mwdr2008 said:

"WHO KILLED JFK? Who assasinated Abraham Lincoln, offering yourself as President during a tense time such as this, is risky. So, please don't blame race on the hate some have for Obama. I don't hate but I wouldn't vote for Obama if he was lily white, wore an American Flag in his cap, sang the Star Spangled Banner every morning at Breakfast and I am an American Patriot. Phonies are transparent to some of us"

It's a fair point. Supporting McCain doesn't make you a racist...unless the reason you're not supporting Obama is because he's black.

Running for president in tense times IS risky.

Has Obama or Biden said anything that could make McCain afraid for himself or his family?

Doesn't it seem to you that Obama has to have more courage than John McCain right about now?

You say you don't hate. I believe you. Shouldn't you reconsider supporting anyone who would try to win the presidency by using fear and hate to divide us?

One last comment about the blogosphere from Mark Twain:

"In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane."

As one insane poster to another, I wish you best regards.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 12, 2008 2:05 AM

So many of the posts here prove without a doubt that Representative Lewis knows exactly what he's talking about.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 12, 2008 1:25 AM

As a white, southern, Viet Nam era veteran, I grew up never really knowing or having any interaction with African Americans. I didn't develop friendships until my Army days and even now I know very few personally. I do know that racism is despicable, and I am amazed at the under the table, racism by my generation.
The McCain Campaign is very definitely coding so that whites will think it's okay to not vote for somebody because of the color of their skin. My take is that these sort of people are the lowest type of humans. I will gladly be voting for Barak Obama because he is by far the most intelligent and most likely to have the vision to guide us through the tough time ahead. John McCain would rather be a race bater and would do anything to win an election. Joe SixPack and his parrot would ruin this country. They are soooo...mavericky. I want intelligence not ignorance in my leader. The times are changing and a new generation of Americans are ready to make a difference in this election....the pendulum swings....The Reagan revolution is dead and eventually all the old racists will be pushing up daisies...there will still be some, but thank god not as many. The power abusing
gov of the great north and the old dude from olden days will be a thing of the past...in fact, they already are.

Posted by: tuttlegroup | October 12, 2008 12:39 AM

Honestly, Chicago77, you represent the problem. You have added nothing of substance to this discussion other than hatred. We, the people, are ready to move beyond lies and fear and embrace a new age of hope. I only hope that you can be saved.

Posted by: VirginiaVoter08 | October 12, 2008 12:38 AM

FANNIE MAE, and FREDDIE MAC


guarantee MORTGAGE POOLS and individual loans.....they don't make loans, nor do they encourage low income mortgages....


they are PRESSURED TO GUARANTEE THEM by corrupt banking officials...


they are also both backed by $800 BILLION DOLLARS worth of stocks and other financial instruments....


the culprits for the current fiasco? stupid BORN_rich people that have no experience with anything but influence peddling, bid rigging, price fixing, and using electoral fraud to get a hold of the government...

whoever has gotten a non compete bid from the first 6 years of the bush administration.

whoever paid Niel, George W., Jeb and George H.W.'s way through life....SAND BROTHERS in UAE, Kuwiat, Saudi

it's all a matter of record....you can attach their family holdings and anyone associated with them....

think UAE has some money? think the bushes would use it to manipulate markets????

please, SEARCH on George W. Bush, Victor Ashe, Jeff Gannon


see what they do that you don't know about.


ps. Karl Rove and his boys often post against themselves, and fill up the hopper to drive out other posters

that and the full lie are amongst their favorite tools...as is John M....he's a tool for evil...he's left the gate open to evil....and they're running his campaign and his future....yours too,


if you listen to the them.

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Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 12, 2008 12:24 AM

How long will it be before something bad happens...

"Suspicious letters sent to Times and to Palm Desert's McCallum Theatre
The letters contained a granular substance that was found to be harmless. The FBI is investigating. A similar letter was sent to a Barack Obama campaign office."

"The envelope was addressed to two Times reporters and bore no return address, said Times Senior Security Manager Larry Belkin. "Save the Babies" was handwritten on the envelope's face, and "Kill All Obama Supporters" was written on the back, Belkin said. Inside was a one-page letter and a light brown granular substance."

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-powder12-2008oct12,0,4589753.story

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 12, 2008 12:23 AM

MCCAIN HAS MADE A COMPLETE FOOL OF HIMSELF. SOMETHING LIKE THEIR BIGGOT RALLY'S WOULD BE EXPECTED FROM PALIN BECAUSE SHE DOESN'T KNOW BETTER BUT MCCAIN SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER. NOT REALLY BECAUSE HE DIDN'T LEARN MUCH FROM THE KEATING 5 SCANDAL THAT ALMOST RUINED HIS CAREER, HE'S STILL FOR DEREGULATION. MCCAIN IS REALLY AN ANGRY OLD MAN AND A WARMONGER. MCCAIN WANTS WAR NO MATTER WHERE IT IS. IRAQ AND AFGANISTAN MUST NOT BE ENOUGH OR JUST TO FAR FOR MCCAIN HE WANTS IT IN HIS OWN COUNTRY. MCCAIN IS A LOSER AND THE MCCAIN/PALIN TICKET IS THE BLIND FOLLOWING THE BLIND.

Posted by: amosdefnails | October 11, 2008 11:47 PM

Mccain/Palin should be ashamed of themselves. Their campaign rally's are totally a meeting for biggots. I can't believe the rehtoric I'm hearing from their rally's. This is disgusting and to think they are asking for votes. You would have to be either stupid or a biggot to vote for the Mccain/Palin ticket. Could you imagine what Palin/Mccain would do in the White House. They couldn't run a decent and we'll managed campaign. KEEP MCCAIN/PALIN OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. AMERICA HAS NO PLACE FOR THERE HATRED.

Posted by: amosdefnails | October 11, 2008 11:44 PM

I support John Lewis... Moose and Squirrel have gone off the rez...

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | October 11, 2008 11:35 PM

The only thing that's whimpy about racism is the FEAR that's associated with it...But you know all about that FEAR Chic77, don't cha?

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 11, 2008 11:24 PM

Community Organizers of the world UNITE!

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 11:22 PM

You Fool, Ha! I still say your blood would look GREAT on the streets. Ha!

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 11, 2008 11:16 PM

Obama wimps making threats again.

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 11:21 PM

You Fool, Ha! I still say your blood would look GREAT on the streets. Ha!

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 11, 2008 11:16 PM

You don't even have the guts to come to Chicago.

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 11:17 PM

Unfortunately idiots like Chicago77 (that don't let logic get in the way of their racism), don't realize, cuz they're just not smart enough, that they're doing their party a dis-service by posting. Chic77 is just proving that McCain's divisive hate mongering has taken America HERE! You Fool, Ha! I still say your blood would look GREAT on the streets. Ha!

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 11, 2008 11:16 PM

a monkey with an Obama hat
Posted by: Snakeheader | October 11, 2008 11:09 PM

What's wrong with that?

I'm sure there are lots of monkeys with both McCain and Obama hats going to the polls this year.

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 11:13 PM

Wah, Wah, Wah, is the wingnut version of events. Hats off the the Annenberg's for using their wealth to advance American education. Acorn got 800,000 from Obama to register over a million voters, not a bad return considering the majority will vote for him. Acorn uses ex-cons and the underemployed to canvass with the expected false duplicate results when people are paid by numbers. The amount of duplicate voting is so nominal as to not affect any race. Disenfranchisement by blanket purges of rolls affects far more votes. The Nevada raid was a joke as Acorn there reported to authorities the irregularities. Ayers held a fundraiser for Obama when he first tried politics and help from him at that time is not a game changer. Being on the education board is a sign of ability, not friendship. Who would not take a scholarship from Annenberg? If Ayers were flatulent, he would be arrested for air pollution the way he is watched. A hateful anti-semitic right wingnut alleged Ayers expert gets an hour on Hannity and many fools flock to the cause. Obama no longer knows Wright as well as he thought. Farrakan is gone too, so where is the beef?

Posted by: jameschirico | October 11, 2008 11:09 PM

An interview with the crazy old lady that called Obama "an Arab" and McCain corrected her:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/interview-with-crazy-old-lady-who.html


Even more racist McCain rally goers:

Here is the video:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/mccain-racist-rally-goers-pt-3.html

This is the worst yet...

Watch this coward, who brought a monkey with an Obama hat to a McCain rally, try and pass it off to a hapless child.

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/mccain-racist-rally-goers-pt-4-obama.html

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 11, 2008 11:09 PM

African Americans are ready for a BLOOD "Bath bring it on, we in turn will give you WAR!
Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM


Quote from Obama's violent supporters.

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 11:08 PM

Lewis is right. The conduct of McCain and his Palin is an Evangelical Dominatrix has been a DISGRACE TO AMERICA. They not only incited their mobile-home MOBS, but they stood there with a smirk on their faces while the hoodlum were shouting "KILL HIM".


Honor my ARSE!


Posted by: dogsbestfriend | October 11, 2008 11:05 PM

officermancuso:
Leave the guns. Take the cannolis.

Posted by: bokonon13 | October 11, 2008 11:05 PM

I believe Rep. John Lewis is trying to lay cover (smoke) for Obama. They don't want the truth to come out. So they call it a smear.. I guess the truth hurts! Here is some of it. There is nothing misleading about this, only facts. Obama's ties to terrorist are a national security issue and major concern. Obama has supported multiple terrorist in the past. Most recently as 2006 when Obama used U.S. taxpayer funds and his Senatorial position to campaign for one of his radical relatives, named Raila Odinga. Odinga was running for President of Kenya and lost by almost 300,000 votes. Then he called for demonstrations which resulted in ethnic cleansing and genocide perpetrated by his supporters. All of the proof is in the video. The proof is very very clear. Just watch the 8 minute video. You won't have any doubts. Titled: Barack Obama & Raila Odinga - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=S8QcpdUtxNQ&feature=related

Posted by: Octo44 | October 11, 2008 11:04 PM

African Americans are ready for a BLOOD "Bath bring it on, we in turn will give you WAR!
Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM

The above was from an earlier post from an Obama supporter.

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 11:04 PM

John McCain is such a brazen hypocrite. Let's ask the question, who started the name calling and smear tactics aftger promising to run a "clean" campaign? It was John McCain.

Who has set the bimbo VP nominee against Obama with allegations of a close relationship with a former 1960's radical and anti-Vietnam protester, and questioning Obama's loyalty as an American? Note that McCain was too coswardly to make those accusations first. A real war hero this sociopath is.

Bottom line is that McCain has chosen to try to win at all costs, and he is showing himself to be a sore loser that he is.

McCain, please retire and go back to sunbathing in Arizona. Palin, go back to your igloo trailer park in Alaska with your redneck husband and low class conservative family values. America needs to be run by people with intelligence and genuine vision. Four more years of the Bush simpleton mentality and comicbook approach to leadership has failed miserably.

Posted by: kerryberger | October 11, 2008 11:04 PM

IT'S NOT JUST AFRICAN AMERICANS that would like to see people like you's blood shed on the street...

Please keep your puerile flame needs to yourself when you try to be divisive.

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 11, 2008 11:01 PM

More hateful violent rhetoric from the Messiah Obama's flock

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 11:03 PM

African Americans are ready for a BLOOD "Bath bring it on, we in turn will give you WAR!
Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM


Obama supporters sowing seeds of division and hatred.

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 10:19 PM"

Oh, Chicago77, don't fool yourself, ya assclown, IT'S NOT JUST AFRICAN AMERICANS that would like to see people like you's blood shed on the street...

Please keep your puerile flame needs to yourself when you try to be divisive.

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 11, 2008 11:01 PM

As a white American who grew up in the South in the 1950s and 1960s it is indeed scary to me to hear the comments being made at McCain-Palin events that go unchallenged by the candidates. John Lewis is right -- it is indeed similar to what happened in the whole country during the '50s and '60s. Good men and women were slow to speak out against the fear-mongers and the bad people were allowed to believe committing violent acts of hate was acceptable behavior. For crowd members at McCain-Palin rallies to shout "traitor", "treason," and "kill him" is not acceptable. And it is time McCain and Palin said so. Or are they going to be no better than Faubus, Barnett, Griffin, Wallace and the rest of that sad lot? Thank you Congressman Lewis for saying what needed to be said.

Posted by: Charlie1 | October 11, 2008 10:58 PM

I am hoping that Senator Hillary Roddom Clinton becomes Secretary for Health.

I am hoping that Warren Buffet becomes Secretary of the Treasury

I am hoping that selections like this will make the world a better place.

However I am realistic. It is not likely to happen that way.
Just as Colin Powell should have been Secretary for Defence. If he had been Iraq would not have happened.

This is why whom you choose as President is so Important. It is a decision that literally can save lives.


Posted by: guytaur1 | October 11, 2008 10:58 PM

To call (or insist) that a U.S. Senator is keeping company with a terrorist in itself is a crime."

How is this a crime? It may be a civil violation (libel or slander), but it is not a crime. However, it seems to be a trend from the Obama supporters (the St. Louis prosecuter and Sheriff). Welcome to the world of Thoughtcrimes.

Posted by: coregis | October 11, 2008 10:54 PM

If Obama gets in, there will be many new "crimes of speech" for which you can be charged.
There is already a chill in the air, just criticizing him now will get you labeled a racist.

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 10:58 PM

Luckily, it is a weekend and not too many people care right now. The Obama campaign has been very disciplined and remarkably error-free so far. We can't afford too many blunders like this one. John Lewis should apologize and hush.

Posted by: RegisUrgel | October 11, 2008 10:57 PM

I agree with Senator Lewis. McCain's response is unreal.

Posted by: RealJakeD | October 11, 2008 10:56 PM

"To call (or insist) that a U.S. Senator is keeping company with a terrorist in itself is a crime."

How is this a crime? It may be a civil violation (libel or slander), but it is not a crime. However, it seems to be a trend from the Obama supporters (the St. Louis prosecuter and Sheriff). Welcome to the world of Thoughtcrimes.

Posted by: coregis | October 11, 2008 10:54 PM

Michelle Obama referred to these words during her Democratic National Convention speech:

"She said, 'Barack stood up that day,' talking about a visit to Chicago neighborhoods, 'and spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about 'The world as it is' and 'The world as it should be…' And, 'All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won't do – that we have an obligation to, fight for the world as it should be."

Do you wonder who -- or whose values -- should determine what "the world... should be?"

Her quote was right out of the Marxist "Rules for Radicals"

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 10:49 PM

Wonderful man John Lewis. Been there, done that, don't want to do it again is a strong message to the American public. Moose queen better not go back at John for it will be the end for sure and be 350 electoral votes instead of over 300. His armed services committees work is enormous and supportive. He remembers that hate and violence he endured in fighting for his constitutional freedoms with King. He is respected by Democrats and Republicans alike and is harder to attack than Palin, whose past prior to becoming the candidate is haunting her with the abuse of power charge sticking.

Posted by: jameschirico | October 11, 2008 10:46 PM

The emotions of people here are rising quite a bit.

VIOLENCE IS NEVER the answer. Express your opinion but leave violence to the drug gangs.

Western Europe is not Socialist Egrip. That included Great Britain under the Rule of Margaret Thatcher. Yeah she too left in place Universal Medical Care and a Social Security system.

Posted by: guytaur1 | October 11, 2008 10:41 PM

Way to go with that tolerance and grace, chicago77.

Posted by: noGOP4me | October 11, 2008 10:38 PM

We can not have a real debate regarding real issues while the McCain campaign continues to make the false statement that Obama is connected to 'terrorists'.

This may seem like it's just an 'association' issue in regards to Obama's character but these statement go much deeper.

If anyone watched these rally's, you can see the hate that is stirring against Obama (it should be directed at George Bush and the GOP leading us into this mess over the first 6 years).

To call (or insist) that a U.S. Senator is keeping company with a terrorist in itself is a crime. McCain knows better than that and he should have called it off the minute it started to get out of hand.

Posted by: ssanford00 | October 11, 2008 10:38 PM

Sell me a decent cannoli, and make me sign a release: "By purchasing this trans-fat laden cannoli, I hereby promose never to sue any do-gooding politician in the event that I develop atheriosclerosis." Just sell me a good cannoli, not a politically correct one, please!

And if you think John McCain is going to allow good cannoli's, you haven't met Cindy.She intends for him to live forever, whether he wants to or not.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 11, 2008 10:37 PM

I AM SORRY, Congressman Lewis, but it is Barack Obama himself who created these circumstances with the manner in which he came to prominence: through the corruption of Chicago politics.

The politics of Rezko, Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Richard M. Daly, John Stroger and Emil Jones and all the rest.

You are not fooling anyone with your race bating, Congressman. YOU contribute to the problem. You and the likes of Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright.


Posted by: InHarmsWay | October 11, 2008 7:33 PM


Lewis is the real racist for sure.

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 10:37 PM

But more to the point, if you're that disgustingly hateful and miserable, why don't you just eat rat poison and die?

Posted by: loulor | October 11, 2008 10:30 PM


More tolerance and grace from Obama supporters

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 10:32 PM

egrib, you moron,

First of all, you don't know the difference between socialism and communism. Most European governments today take far better care of their elders and their children than we do, and they tax EVERYONE to pay for it (evil socialists that they are).

But more to the point, if you're that disgustingly hateful and miserable, why don't you just eat rat poison and die?

Posted by: loulor | October 11, 2008 10:30 PM

John Lewis should apologize for his outrageous comments.

John Lewis is stirring up racial tensions.

Remember, John McCain has an adopted black child. Racist? Don't think so.

Race has actually helped Barack Obama in this campaign. He's used race as the shield to hide behind to deflect ANY questions about him. The media has allowed and assisted Obama in this.

John Lewis is stabbing yet another friend in the back, first Hillary Clinton now John McCain. Shame on John Lewis.

The Obama campaign has increased the racism in the U.S.

Barack Obama has destroyed my Democratic party in 2008.

The media's 24/7 promotion of Barack Obama while attempting to destroy the reputations of good American citizens like Bill & Hillary Clinton and John McCain is a disgrace.

Barack Obama has done exactly NOTHING for this country. NOTHING, but harm it.

Obama has no record of accomplishment to stand on.

Let the long overdue vetting finally begin.

It's time for investigative journalists (are there any left?) to actually do their job.

American voters deserve to know the truth about Barack Obama.

Race is not the issue, we can see he's part black so stop already with this.

Obama's lack of qualifications, his lack of character and poor judgment are the critical issues for voters to contend with.

Posted by: TAH1 | October 11, 2008 8:52 PM

Excellent points All!

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 10:28 PM

Obama is now poised to take the following states won by Bush: CO FL IA NV NM OH VA WV. The far right may be howling with hate, but what they're really hating is that the GOP is going to lose this election big time - and not only on a presidential level. I think all this this hate-filled bluster about Obama is really a smokescreen to allow them to howl in pain because the last eight years have shown in no uncertain terms how wrong they and their chosen representatives have been about absolutely everything.

Posted by: noGOP4me | October 11, 2008 10:25 PM

I sure do hope Obama is a different kind of Democrat. Right now, you go to the Village in NYC for a cannoli, it's made with politically correct oils rather than the best oils for making cannolis, because you've got nutcases legislating food preferences.

I want my trans-fat cannolis back!

Signed,

Trans-fat imbibing cannoli lovers for Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: officermancuso | October 11, 2008 10:25 PM

Representative John Lewis is completely correct about the nature of the comments made at rallies and the reaction by the crowds who attend them.
Whether or not Senator McCain and Governor Palin intend to sow such hatred, they cannot deny that they provoke rage and fury because the crowds continually encourage it from the audience.
Our country is so polarized that I wonder if we will ever return to a sense of unity in my lifetime.
Every day since this senseless charade of blatant character assassination has become the hallmark of the McCain campaign in their ads and in their words, I pray for the safety of Barack and Michelle Obama and Joe Biden and Jill.
Who would have thought 8 years ago, that our country could be reduced to the state it is in today?
But it is; the stakes are very, very high.
Senator McCain should have the judgment to know better, but he has apparently lost his soul.
No political position is worth the depths to which he has sunk this week.
While Senator McCain may feign outrage, he surely must know you are speaking truth to his power to reshape his campaign.
It is up to Senator McCain to put a muzzle on his pit bulls, address the issues and get off this contemptuous road he is on.
Thank you, Congressman Lewis, for having the courage to speak so forthrightly.
You are doing the nation an invaluable service as you try to draw these candidates back to political sanity.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | October 11, 2008 10:25 PM

..."his segregationist policies and the violence he provoked is unacceptable and has no place in this campaign." This is the McShame response; why they have to repeat the same when Rep. Lewis lived this ordeal?

If you hear your constituents screaming "kill him" "terrorist" etc.. and do nothing to stop the VIOLENT out pour, then you are condoning it.

Posted by: LMM48 | October 11, 2008 10:24 PM

John McCain told Rev. Warren at Saddleback that John Lewis was one of the men he most admired. Was he lying to Rev. Warren, or does he have no choice but to turn on him now that he has been called out?

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 11, 2008 10:22 PM

John Lewis is being an egomaniac by injecting himself dramatically like this. Barack Obama can fight for himself, thank you! We don't need this kind of disproportionate statement. The star of this show is Barack Obama, not John Lewis.

Posted by: RegisUrgel | October 11, 2008 10:21 PM

"African Americans are ready for a BLOOD Bath bring it on, we in turn will give you WAR!
Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM"
A note to the Washington Post: Look, I figure you guys are busy, but for crying out loud...will you police this nonsense! (At least after you record it. Man, if you guys die who the heck will be paying attention?). Free speech, sure, but you and I are both clear on the reality of the situation. Why the hell would so, so many black men and women stand up for this nation, over all these years, despite the way they have been welcomed. I still have trouble understanding that.

Posted by: bluemonday | October 11, 2008 10:19 PM

McCain didn't start this.... he's only tapped in to it - the hatred was already there. And got news for Lewis - I HATE Obama's freaking GUTS!!!! The man is a socialist! You know what that means Lewis? Do you know!? My father fought those ba$tards for years in Europe. Have you seen what socialism did to East Europe? I find it appalling that Obama's friends bomb court houses frankly. So yea, I'm beyond angry that a freakshow like Obama could be president - and I will fight him, resist, block, demonize everything that nasty traitor pig tries to do!!

Posted by: egrib | October 11, 2008 10:19 PM

All the rightwing posters railing against the European Socialism Obama will bring need to realize two things:
1. Obama is no socialist; even his healthcare plan isnt socialistic but maintains private insurance. His advisors like Robert Rubin, Warren Buffet,and Paul Volker can hardly be described as socialistic.

2. Europe is not really socialistic. All the banks that are causing trouble in Europe--are owned privatly. They have stock markets in Europe. So what does Europe do differently and how bad off are their citizens? Actually a lot better off than we are--just look at their per capita incomes and lack of debt. Secondly, they have a social saftey net that would be nice in times like these--guarenteed health coverage, with medical care that yeilds a higher lifespan than the US--which ranks only 32nd worldwide, unemplyoment insurance, much better guarented pensions(aka social security), and much less income inequality--where the US has the greatest income inequality since 1928!(which is why Wall Street types pay the most in tax revenues--no one else really makes that much anymore, in relative terms. Socialism means state owned industries across the board, not social safty programs that help ordinary people through tough times, help make life less insecure than it is for so many here in the US, and makes sure that as the economic pie grows it isnt only the the few who benefit through mechanisms such as labor unions, and a progressive tax code.
Those are all inventions of capatilstic societies, as they dealt with the harshness of capitalism's focus on individual self-interest, and were the product of much suffering. Here in the US, weak versions of all those things were enacted following the Great Depression, but have been rollbacked since Ronald Regan and the radical Conservative revolution and death of Nixon-Eisenhower Conservatism.

So it is wrong to talk of Europe as socialistic, and it is wrong to imply that our uniquely insecure debt-ridden lives here in the US are so much better!

Posted by: as3607 | October 11, 2008 10:19 PM

African Americans are ready for a BLOOD Bath bring it on, we in turn will give you WAR!
Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM


Obama supporters sowing seeds of division and hatred.

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 10:19 PM

"African Americans are ready for a BLOOD Bath bring it on, we in turn will give you WAR!
Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM "

Some amateur wanna-be Karl Rove, is my guess. There's a term for that - "agents provocateurs".

Posted by: officermancuso | October 11, 2008 10:19 PM

Anyone change their minds yet as to how they will vote?

Thought not.

Me neither.

Here however is the latest Electoral College project -

http://news.yahoo.com/election/2008/dashboard

Obama 330 electoral votes - without Md, Del and D. C. (lack of information). Since those are Obama wins, projection is 346.

:-)

Barack Hussein Obama will be the next President of the United States.

Oh Happy Day!

Posted by: toritto | October 11, 2008 10:13 PM

African Americans are ready for a BLOOD Bath bring it on, we in turn will give you WAR!
Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM


Voter intimidation by Obama supporters

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 10:13 PM

Appealing to the lowest common denominator is fraught with risks.

At the extreme is what Hitler did. Look where that got Germany.

I am not saying that McCain campaign has reached that point. I am saying that Lewis is right to point out to McCain the direction he is going.

McCain did end up realising he had to address some of the extreme elements in public after some pigeons came home to roost.

The problem is that the McCain campaign seems to be out of control now. Even Republican Office holders are starting to express so publicly.

An example of this is that now Sarah Palin has moved on to Abortion as her next issue to attack on.

Yet another attack that has nothing to do with the costs of average people around the kitchen table.

If McCain is to have any chance of winning he needs to change his campaign people. That is if the right wing evangelical neocon base will let him.

Posted by: guytaur1 | October 11, 2008 10:13 PM

Oh, who are we kidding with this? What else are John McCain and Sarah Palin going to talk about?

Their vision for the country?

I still don't know why they're running. McCain looks like he doesn't have a clue what to say now that his phony town halls are over, and Palin is a know-nothing.

You thought these two were policy wonks? Why?

Posted by: kay5 | October 11, 2008 10:12 PM

African Americans are ready for a BLOOD Bath bring it on, we in turn will give you WAR!
Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM

- - - - - - - - - - - - -
Apparently johndoe121 has more than one identity to blog with.

Posted by: noGOP4me | October 11, 2008 10:12 PM

I have studied enough about social movements (and the history of the civil rights struggle) to know enough to be scared about the kind of ignorant hatred that the McCain-Palin campaign is stoking. I am also a doctoral student in language and literacy, and I understand how powerfully words can impact people's actions and carefully politicians choose their words to activate their base. For instance, Palin knew EXACTLY what she was doing when she walked onto the stage after someone had referred to "Barack Hussein Obama." She also knew EXACTLY what she was saying when she asked her audience to "connect the dots" between Obama and very vague associations between a sixties radical and the candidate. Does anyone doubt what "dots" she was acting her audience to connect? That she said she said he is "packaged to look pretty and mainstream" but that -- as she said -- "he is not"? That he is "palling around with terrorists" when this is a man that he worked with professionally on a handful of occasions and fundraisers along with Republicans the mayor of Chicago? That he "does not see the world as you and I do"? Who do you think is "you and I"? She is trying to create an image of Obama as scary, foreign, dark, ominous, and risky. Why else would McCain supporters be claiming that Obama is an Arab? Chanting death threats, calling African-American Americans cameraman "boy," and screaming "terrorist"? Because the McCain campaign has signaled that it's okay to use language like that... McCain can try to diffuse now, but I fear that it's too late.

Posted by: jessica5 | October 11, 2008 10:11 PM

This is rich. Obama's campaign and the rest of the left can savagely attack Palin however they want, but when McCain and Palin go on the attack, it is "sowing the seeds of hatred and division." Basically, Lewis is saying that there is no way for anyone to attack Obama's experience, character, or policy positions without his side shouting, "Racism!"

Who is the racist again? If we accept a simple definition that racism is treating members of on race differently than members of another, then the preferential treatment that Lewis is advocating for Obama is some of the more racist rhetoric we have heard so far this campaign.

Posted by: blert | October 11, 2008 10:11 PM

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit:

"NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE? So we've had nearly 8 years of lefty assassination fantasies about George W. Bush, and Bill Ayers' bombing campaign is explained away as a consequence of him having just felt so strongly about social justice, but a few people yell things at McCain rallies and suddenly it's a sign that anger is out of control in American politics? It's nice of McCain to try to tamp that down, and James Taranto sounds a proper cautionary note -- but, please, can we also note the staggering level of hypocrisy here? (And that's before we get to the Obama campaign's thuggish tactics aimed at silencing critics.)

The Angry Left has gotten away with all sorts of beyond-the-pale behavior throughout the Bush Administration. The double standards involved -- particularly on the part of the press -- are what are feeding this anger. (Indeed, as Ann Althouse and John Leo have noted, the reporting on this very issue is dubious). So while asking for McCain supporters to chill a bit, can we also ask the press to start doing its job rather than openly shilling for a Democratic victory? Self-control is for everybody, if it's for anybody. . . .

UPDATE: Well, here's an opportunity to see how they do.

Plus, days of rage.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Hey, it's not my rage. Remember, I lack fire. "Reynolds, at his most, barely reaches the level of mildly peeved."

Posted by: aloysius1 | October 11, 2008 10:11 PM

African Americans are ready for a BLOOD Bath bring it on, we in turn will give you WAR!
Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM


...and Lewis has the gall to lecture McCain

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 10:11 PM

Time for the Weekly Obama campaign charge to Hillary, Bill, McCain (fill in the blank)

1....2.....3.....

RACIST!

Don't forget, you are ALL RACIST if you question the black man Obama!

Posted by: pgr88 | October 11, 2008 10:10 PM

Palin and her McShameful escort are far worse than George Wallace on George's worst day.

Never once did anyone ever shriek during a Wallace stop that Wallace' opponent should be killed.

Nor did Wallace or his 68 running mate, Curtis LeMay, ever tell outright and baldfaced lies about their opponents.

Palin's a nasty little Nazi, hellbent on inciting hatred, and it seems everyone is afraid to call her out for her fascist, racist rhetoric.

For his part, McShameful, until Friday, just stood by and let the bigots run wild in Waukesha, Wisconsin and elsewhere in the Midwest.

And now he's got the gall to be outraged. Give me a break!

The Secret Service should officially reprimand those Republican bigots for creating an unsafe campaign environment. They should both face criminal charges for a second offense.

Posted by: loulor | October 11, 2008 10:09 PM

Fresh out of kindness and tolerance, my friend...

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 11, 2008 10:07 PM

The rules Lewis and Obama live by:


Always remember the first rule of power tactics:

1. "Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have."

2. "Never go outside the expertise of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear and retreat.... [and] the collapse of communication.

3. "Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

4. "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than t he Christian church can live up to Christianity."

5. "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage."

6. "A good tactic is one your people enjoy."

7. "A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time...."

8. "Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose."

9. "The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself."

10. "The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign."

11. "If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside... every positive has its negative."

12. "The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative."

13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 10:07 PM

I think we should be talking about what's truly historic in this election: the McCain-Palin ticket.

First time in US history both the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate on a major ticket have both been found culpable in ethics violations!

That's reform we can believe in!

Posted by: kay5 | October 11, 2008 10:06 PM

Hey Chicago77...

I've got nearly 20 years in Chi-town, but I can't tell whether you're an agent for the McCain campaign or trying to help Obama...

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 11, 2008 10:05 PM

Lewis isn't the only one bringing up this issue. David Gergen has as well. And Frank Rich wrote about it at NYT today. I'll give McCain the benefit of the doubt(though not the benefit of my vote.) John McCain may have considered Palin's positives, but failed to realize how much her lowbrow rightwing guns-n-jesus schtick would appeal to people who share that KKK mindset that anything different, anything "that's not us" needs to be hyperboized, demonized and executed. But I'll bet his Rovian campaign advisers knew exactly what kind of Halloween witch they were unleashing on the public.

Posted by: noGOP4me | October 11, 2008 10:05 PM

Three cheers for former Rep. Lewis!!!

As for McCain, you know what they say about shoes and wearing them...? Your quickness to continue the attack by attacking Lewis shows the shoe must fit pretty snugly.

It's obvious McCain has no shame, no honor, and no sense of decency. There is NO excuse to doing anything you can to win at the expense of the health of the country you are attempting to serve.

We must all be on our toes. The GOP will stop at nothing to keep their greedy filthy hands on the White House, we must be prepared for ANYTHING.

Hopefully, America will make it unscathed the next 24 days. The election can't come too soon!

Posted by: ethanquern | October 11, 2008 10:04 PM

Now johndoe121...

Don't make me come down there and teach y'all a lesson agin. Cuz I will. HP in da skull is a gooood place to start.
Seriously, yer an IDIOT and I will break your nose if I run into you on the street.
Posted by: JustinMcC | October 11, 2008 9:58 PM

More Obama supporter kindness and tolerance.

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 10:03 PM

Look anybody who stands around booing their own presidential candidate for
dismissing ridicules claims that his opponent is not an Arab, is simply just
a racist plain and simple. And you know what republicans, those are just your bedfellows, whether you are or not. Guilt by association, as most republicans like to say. How about every known racist organization in this country that republicans shake hands with, including John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Posted by: skynz71 | October 11, 2008 10:01 PM

I have never cared for Congressman Lewis, finding his general views more suited to a poet than a realist. However, he makes valid points, in the sense that the questions raised by the GOP will actually hurt them in November, not help them. Preaching to the choir will not win this election for the GOP, (no one else is running, just the GOP and that other group of parrots.) Here is a statement just posted: "The brainless leftists in this country need to wise up and remember that reasonable people can disagree on issues." Is "Kill Him" a statement made by reasonable people? The poster didn't stay "kill him", far from it. Their statement represents a reasonable response. I place very little creedence in "Ayers being a major influence on Obama", as LipBalm put it the other day. Any more than I believe McCain is beholden to the likes of Rove. I think McCain, for all his faults, is his own man. I believe the election of the President and VP should be a separate election. I'd vote for MC for Pres, and Biden as VP. But as it stands, I guess I'll have to record a vote of "NO CONFIDENCE". We need to take a good look at what the hell is happening to us. And we need to take an honest look at OURSELVES.

Posted by: bluemonday | October 11, 2008 10:00 PM

African Americans are ready for a BLOOD Bath bring it on, we in turn will give you WAR!
Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM


The message here is vote for Obama or else.

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 9:59 PM

JohnDoe, I have a question for you.

Do you think that a wealthy and powerful nation of 300 million people could be marshalled, by good leadership, to handle a natural disaster like Katrina better than your man did? Were those scenes in the SuperDome an example of great leadership bringing the best out of a good people?

Don't blame the mayor, don't blame the governor. Let's assume both were grossly incompetent.

Is what George W. Bush did, the best a president can do? Or not?

And how is McCain different?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 11, 2008 9:59 PM

Now johndoe121...

Don't make me come down there and teach y'all a lesson agin. Cuz I will. HP in da skull is a gooood place to start. You'll probably be smarter then.

Seriously, yer an IDIOT and I will break your nose if I run into you on the street.

Ya, but your a keyboard gangster...real tough behind a screen name like johndoe.

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 11, 2008 9:58 PM

Hey John Lewis: Obama is WINNING! Your comments are not needed. What's more: your disproportionate statements give Obama and his supporters TROUBLES. Obama is running for President of the United States. He is NOT running for congressman in a predominantly African-American congressional district. Now go retract, apologize or wathever, and don't interfere any more. This race is about Barack Obama and the United States. It is not about John Lewis and his congressional district.

Posted by: RegisUrgel | October 11, 2008 9:58 PM

lint: Who is suggesting that those who do not vote for Obama are racist? I am sure somewhere in the vast lands of America you could find a few. What most (if not all of us) are considering racist talk are the comments made at rallies for McPalin . The McPalin duo to allow this talk to go unchecked is to allow racism and words of violence to prevail.

Posted by: leah1946 | October 11, 2008 9:56 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Minutes_Hate

oh boy, looks like we made it past the year 1984, but it's looking more and more like we're not going to get past Orwell's prophecies.

Posted by: khote14 | October 11, 2008 9:54 PM

In 1966, while in the Army, we "checked out" a KKK rally. Yes, at that time, a good many "segregationists" were "southern Democrats", we now call them Blue Dogs. We went to check out the "crazies". I saw my first segregated bathrooms and fountains(a dirty hose for blacks) in Florida, not Georgia or Alabama.

I thought those days were over, until I watched the latest Palin and McCain rallies. Senator McCain spoke up for Senator Obama, but still missed the real point. He said Obama was NOT an Arab or Muslim, "He's a good man and father" McCain said. Exactly WHY does that still leave the implication that Arabs or Muslims CANNOT be good men or fathers.

I'm not a fan of any bible religion, Judaism, Christianity, or Islam, because they ALL have the same god of Abraham, and the same old testament "laws", such as stoning a son who disobeys his parents, or a non-virgin bride.

But far too many Americans are blinded by rage and hate, they ARE the new "sophisticated" Klansmen.

There was good reason Article VI was placed in the Constitution stating there shall NEVER be a "religious test" for any position of trust in the government.

There was also good cause to say the government will NOT endorse a religion, but the people are FREE to practice their own religions. That includes Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Bahai, Animism, or any other "pagan" religion. Likewise NO creed, national origin, race, or political belief is cause for attack, accusation, or discrimination.

We've attempted to improve the Constitution with the "Civil Rights Act", and other pieces of wisdom toward greater freedom.

The cross doesn't have to be on fire to enflame the emotions of those addicted to intolerance, and stupidity.

Americans wonder why "they" hate us, like in Germany, England, Iran, or even Iceland. It is because of arrogance, intolerance, and the illicit and immoral use of military force, and the sin of misplaced pride.

If we REALLY want to be proud of our country, it is time to demonstrate some pride in the human community, in its entirety.

Posted by: dtroutma | October 11, 2008 9:54 PM

This is the worst yet...

Watch this coward, who brought a monkey with an Obama hat to a McCain rally, try and pass it off to a hapless child.

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/mccain-racist-rally-goers-pt-4-obama.html

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 11, 2008 9:53 PM

African Americans are ready for a BLOOD Bath bring it on, we in turn will give you WAR!
Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM


From the comments on this forum like the one above, it appears Lewis and the lunatic left are the real racists and reactionaries.

They all support Obama.

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 9:53 PM

JohnDoe121 wrote, "6. Kennedy drives over a bridge with a woman who mysteriously dies".

Still working that old saw, eh?

God forbid you ever have a traffic accident.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 11, 2008 9:53 PM

With each day that passes, it becomes more and more clear that Sen. McCain has no shame.

Posted by: ACM2 | October 11, 2008 9:50 PM

I have no respect left for John McCain. And I'm confident that John McCain would be deeply ashamed to realize that people like JohnDoe proffer themselves as his supporters. I think it's the "distributive property" they teach in math, which enables you to figure what I think of Mr. Doe.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 11, 2008 9:50 PM

Let's see what Democrats have accomplished:

1. Charles Rangel blatantly commits tax fraud

2. Kilpatrick in Detroit is convicted

3. Spitzer pays $4000 an hour for prostitutes

4. Clinton cannot keep it in his pants and gets BJs from Monica

5. Hussein Ossama sociliazes with criminals and supports ACORN that commits voter fraud

6. Kennedy drives over a bridge with a woman who mysteriously dies

7. Al Sharpton and Jackson are racists bigots and communicate a message of HATRED

8. Pelosi insults Catholics on television to support her views on abortion

9. Oil embargo under president Carter---but at least he has brains and is a nuclear engineer unlike flunkie Ossama who will not release his Columbia undergraduate record

You are right let's vote for democrats and tear up America. Let's bring Sharpton, Jackson, and Ludicrus into the white house or is it the Black House?

Word to your mother G !

Posted by: johndoe121 | October 11, 2008 9:47 PM

johndoe121,
"... who sociliazes with criminals..."

Really now?

Let's look at Sarah:
AIP (Alaska Independence Party ).
"[Joe] Vogler has been quoted as saying, "the fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government" and "I won't be buried under their damn flag..."I'll be buried in Dawson. And when Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home." Vogler even went so far as to renounce his allegiance to the United States, which is far more extreme than anything that came out of Rev. Wright's mouth. In the course of denouncing Federal regulation over land, he said, "And then you get mad. And you say, the hell with them. And you renounce allegiance, and you pledge your efforts, your effects, your honor, your life to Alaska."

If she loves America so MUCH, then why is she 'paling' around with successionists? That is treason.

And let's look at McCain:
"Kemper Marley. Kemper Marley was a wealthy liquor distributor and Arizona rancher who had close ties to the Hensley family, namely Cindy McCain's father. He was long suspected of being involved in the bombing and murder of Don Bolles, an investigative reporter for The Arizona Republic who specialized in crime reporting. According to Marley's 1990 obituary in the New York Times, "John Harvey Adamson, the only person whose conviction in the slaying has been upheld, said in court documents that he had been hired by Max Dunlap, a wealthy contractor who had been reared by Mr. Marley, to kill Mr. Bolles for writing articles damaging to Mr. Marley."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-lux/guilt-by-associations_b_133758.html

More on AIP
http://www.236.com/feed/2008/10/08/palin_and_the_successionists_9421.php

Posted by: VA_Voter83 | October 11, 2008 9:46 PM

Hey Johndoe121:
isn't a hypocrite someone who says they love America and then they vote for people who destroy our economy, deceive us into wars, and alienate our allies? Please tell me that you get what I'm saying here. And can you please stop with the grade school taunt of "I love America more than you!" Do you really believe that those of us investing so much time and energy in changing the course of this country actually hate America?

On a related note--if you can't spell "hypocrite," should you even be using the word?

Posted by: jlepore1 | October 11, 2008 9:40 PM

Sitting here this evening and mulling this over in my mind after dinner I reread this several times. I don't like going here but I feel I have to say something. These segregationist remarks start blood boiling! A lot of these folks screaming bomb, kill, terrorist, etc have a way of whipping up the fringe elements. I am 70 years old and a disabled vet, I know what I’m hearing here, As a student of history I can very well connect the dots to a certain German Leader in the 20th century who could whip up the folks.. This campaign has just gone too far in my opinion!! I am hoping with all my heart the folks especially in South Florida pay attention to the words of congressman Lewis, This whole thing borders on mass hate, I will say it now, I am wondering when the Republican Party will adopt the "Cross of Topsy Turvey" for their symbol!! I am mad as hell at the Republican Party and I am ASHAMED of saying I was in the same navy as Sen. John Mc Cain. A 20 year sailor

Posted by: jetphixer1 | October 11, 2008 9:39 PM

JustinMcC:

Point well made and well taken.

Thanks for the clear perspective.

Posted by: gschultens | October 11, 2008 9:39 PM

IIntgrty:
What kind of nonsense is it that you're spouting?

"...the libs have embraced their inherent intolerance and are labeling anybody who doesn't agree with Obama as a racist."?????

How in Heaven's name did you ever come up with this interpretation of reality? What John Lewis was referring to was both his own experience with racist violence and that the Republican party is lowering itself to racist appeals. If the Republican party could focus on issues, well, that would be helpful.

And, John Lewis isn't every liberal. What you are engaging in is catagorical and stereotyped thinking. Which, unfortunately, is typical of racists. You're post shows evidence of racist guilt.

Posted by: gschultens | October 11, 2008 9:37 PM

Stirring up the radical right fringe as Governor Palin has done recently is unmistakably a validation by her in support of physical violence against Barrack Obama.

She didn't only question the relationship between Barrack Obama and Mr. Ayers when he was running for public office, which is fine, she suggested that Barrack himself is a terrorist. At a time when America is prosecuting a war on terror in two nations and American troops have died as a result of it. Such a suggestion by the governor was a validation of violence against him from the top of their party.

Politics is not summer school, and nobody is suggesting that it is, but America deserves more than rheteroic designed to incite violence. Those who participate in such antics have no place in any U.S. government office. Even in Alaska.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 11, 2008 9:34 PM

Gschultens

You're doing a good job, my friend, and are very rational...But don't even bother with jackas*'s like johndoe...The only thing these asshats understand is the barrel of a gun. Ya know, I thought we already took care of this inbreds back in the 1860's.

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 11, 2008 9:33 PM


"He who accepts evil (racism) without protesting against it...

Is really cooperating with it."

Posted by: jamdn463 | October 11, 2008 9:33 PM

Gschultens: Raising taxes does not work. The top 10% of income earners in America pay the bulk of the US taxes to the IRS. Did you know this? Rasising taxes will cause massive unemployment for Hussein's loyalists as these people have a penchant to be low income and uneducated and have no discernable skills. Look at Germany and other Europeans countries with high taxes and socialist ideologies and how high their unemployment levels are and they cannot find a job anywhere. This is where Ossama will take us. How despicable.

P.S.-Unions between man and a woman are the only ones that are acceptable.

But again continue sucking the toes of the liberal hippies. That will get you far in life.

Posted by: johndoe121 | October 11, 2008 9:32 PM

Obama is biracial, he spent 9 months in the womb of a white woman. He was raise by his white grandparents. It is sad that his white mother is not alive today to see the accomplishments of her son. Accomplishments any parent would be proud of.

In reality, Obama is the embodiment of all of us. A child anyone would be proud of irregardless of race. Vote the best candidate into office.

America! YOU ARE BETTER THAN THAT.

Posted by: netgreen1000 | October 11, 2008 9:32 PM

johndoe121:
You'd still make a good Hitler Youth.

Posted by: gschultens | October 11, 2008 9:30 PM

We AGREE WITH THIS COMMENT:
John Lewis is the racist. It is clear that the libs have embraced their inherent intolerance and are labeling anybody who doesn't agree with Obama as a racist. The brainless leftists in this country need to wise up and remember that reasonable people can disagree on issues. I reject the notion that if I do not vote for Obama that somehow makes me racist. I am no McCain fan, but the intolerant followers of Obama are not going to intimidate people into voting for their candidate. He has to win them over with his ideas or he will be illegitimate.

Posted by: IIntgrty | October 11, 2008 9:30 PM

Congressman Lewis statements are surprising because I thought Barak Obama was so far ahead in the polls he is uncatchable by McCain.

I guess the internal polling of the Obama organization must be showing unknown weakness thus the series of over the top attacks on Sarah and John by Obama insiders.

I am speaking of the odd characterization by the Obama press of Sarah's very large enthusiastic and boisterous crowds as "angry " and now this series of Farrakhanesque paranoid "it's racism accusations.

The same kinds of boisterous enthusiastic crowds were offered as proof that Barak Obama is beloved by all.

The reason many people prefer McCain is his experience and his willingness to take on the establishment to stand up for real change.

They see Obama speaking of change and bipartisanship but his record is one of voting straight party line 100% of the time with the old ultra partisan divisive party-over-people crowd led by the Reid and Pelosi.

Posted by: msmithnv | October 11, 2008 9:29 PM

IIntgrty wrote:
Comments sections of every political story are RIFE with liberals insulting anyone whose opinion supports Republicans--THAT is what is causing division.

I take it you haven't seen a McCain ad or rally the last week or so? Yeah, he's really trying to bring people together, huh.

Posted by: mbacha1 | October 11, 2008 9:28 PM

johndoe121,

"3) If I am white and don't trust a sociliast candidate Hussein Ossama this is considered hatred and racism."

Saying "Hussein Ossama" IS considered hatred and racism.

Posted by: VA_Voter83 | October 11, 2008 9:28 PM

Comments sections of every political story are RIFE with liberals insulting anyone whose opinion supports Republicans--THAT is what is causing division. They do not consider ideas and issues, only the personality, words, clothes, features of the opponent. They name-call, use personal insults, and disrespect every candidate who is not BLACK. THAT is what causes divisivness!!!!
Posted by: IIntgrty
-----------------------------------
Stop!!!!!!!!!!!!

Conservatives with "megaphones" (e.g. Limbaugh, Hannity, Boortz) are vastly more likely to engage in snide and vicious personal attacks than their "liberal" counterparts.

Palin is engaged in far more vicious and personal attacks than anything uttered by Biden.

I don't hear Biden or any "liberal" member of the media calling McCain a collaborator or in the pocket of big oil or anything comparable to the nasty venom being spewed by Palin and, on ocassion, even McCain.

Bloggers of both persuasions can be a little over the top. So what?

Posted by: mnjam | October 11, 2008 9:26 PM

Posted by: kbuckingham777
If you were the boss who would you hire???

OBAMA: Harvard law professor, Juris Doctor of Law degree, constitutional law expert, Senate committees: foreign affairs, homeland security, veterans affairs, health, education.

BIDEN: Juris Doctor of Law degree, Senate committes: foreign affairs (chair), crime, education, women's affairs, technology, environment and health

McBUSH: graduated from the naval academy in the bottom 0.5% of his class, crashed 5 planes, Senate committees: economy, environment, official conduct (arguably the Republican party's biggest failures particularly the last one considering Troopergate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

PITBULL PALIN: went to 6 different universities before finally getting a BA in journalism, no domestic or foreign policy experience but can see Russia from her house.
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Considering that you use the actual names for Obama and Biden and use made up epithets for the other two, you just tore your credibility into shreds!

Posted by: rohitcuny | October 11, 2008 9:26 PM

I'm a former Republican and an Obama partisan. It looks to me as though there is a "race card" to be played by desperate underdogs like Hillary Clinton and John McCain, in search of, for instance, the Appalachian white vote.

On the other hand, to constrain Obama opponents from making any argument, however good, which might inflame those people is to ask Obama opponents to fight with one hand tied behind their backs.

It's a very tough call, where the line ought to be drawn here.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 11, 2008 9:26 PM

Obama is NOT and has NEVER BEEN a Muslim. Even McCain said this, so GOP supporters take note: stop spreading lies, they are not working. How about being truthful for once?

Posted by: kbuckingham777 | October 11, 2008 9:25 PM

Obama, and his gang, will say and do anything to get elected. L_D_M is correct. We don't need that hate. We have too much hate already.

Posted by: IIntgrty | October 11, 2008 9:25 PM

The only CHANGE OSSAMA will bring to America is a muslim terrorist into the white house. I think we can all live without this so-called CHANGE. How sad that a Columbia flunkie who will not release his undergraduate record, who has never served in the military, who sociliazes with criminals, who supports voter fraud, can even be considered for a senate seat. Let America fall down like the Roman Empire if Hussein Ossama moves into the white house.

Posted by: johndoe121 | October 11, 2008 9:25 PM

I must say that Mr. Lewis has a point. McCain and Palin are such a discrace to this country and give the US a horrible name. They are making such fools of themselves in the worlds eye. McCain/Palin = terror, hatred, lies, war, poverty, anger and immorality. It isn't only the American people who see this now, it is the world!!

Posted by: LKM2 | October 11, 2008 9:23 PM

I don't think McCain realized what he was getting into when he picked up some of Karl Rove's key people to manage his campaign. It looks to me like McCain is taken aback by the mess the Rovian smear tactics have wrought. I think McCain is only doing what his campaign managers wanted him to do. However, these Atwater/Rovian tactics are hurting McCain.

Posted by: sketchpada | October 11, 2008 9:23 PM

johndoe121:
You're homophobic too?

Speaking of taxes, who's going to pay down the $11.6 trillion (that's $11,600,000,000,000.00 and rising) Federal debt, if not the taxpayers through the taxation system. Or, have you bought into the right-wing fantasy that you can run up infinite debt and never have to pay for it.

Ronald Reagan: "The debt doesn't matter" Dick Cheney: "The deficit doesn't matter". Now the U.S. is facing financial insolvency, thanks to the good work of the Republican neocons.

Posted by: gschultens | October 11, 2008 9:22 PM

Obama has NO experience, Obama consorts with known terrorists, Obama allowed his friend Franklin Rains to grow rich on government mortgages, Obama is associated with an organization involved in VOTER registration FRAUD. A person of this character is not to be counted upon to run America's government.

Posted by: IIntgrty | October 11, 2008 9:22 PM

>>>Posted by: Dodgers1 | October 11, 2008 9:12 PM

As the election nears, we must continue to praise Obama. Hail to Obama. He is our path to the new socialist order. We must work hard to insure his election. Obama will save the world, heal the sick, and feed the poor. He, and only he, will be able to accomplish unity, peace, happiness and freedom. Bow down and praise Obama. He will change things and rearrange things.

You really should thank your clueless and gutless President Bush and his sidekick Secy Henry Paulson for trying to socialize the spoils from the financial mess after their cronies stripped the riches.

Posted by: ldsw | October 11, 2008 9:21 PM

I'm a white Republican woman who has voted Republican for most of my life but now I'm voting for the Democrats and Obama, why, because he is the best person for the job.

People....enough, please walk into that polling booth November 4th and vote for the ticket you think would do a better job whether it be McCain or Obama.

Our country and legacy depends on it.

AND PLEASE STOP THE RACIAL NONSENSE, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Posted by: netgreen1000 | October 11, 2008 9:20 PM

Comments sections of every political story are RIFE with liberals insulting anyone whose opinion supports Republicans--THAT is what is causing division. They do not consider ideas and issues, only the personality, words, clothes, features of the opponent. They name-call, use personal insults, and disrespect every candidate who is not BLACK. THAT is what causes divisivness!!!!

Posted by: IIntgrty | October 11, 2008 9:19 PM

"You can't call yourself a maverick if all you've been is a sidekick"-- Joe Biden.


Vote McCain for more of Bush's failed policies. He voted with Bush 90% of the time and will continue the policies.

McCain = McBush

Where's the change?

One car
One house
One spouse
Obama 08

Posted by: kbuckingham777 | October 11, 2008 9:19 PM

Congratulations Mr McCain. You have succeeded in throwing whatever dignity, honor, and respect you ever possessed right out the wondow. I was at that rally in Clearwater and heard the vilest & most divisive, hate-filled comments I've ever witnessed in my life. I had 3 little old ladies in front of me sighing that it was a shame lynchings were illegal. I heard Obama referred to more by the "N" word than by name (when they weren't calling him a Muslim terrorist that is) I saw t-shirts depicting Sen. Obama hanging from a tree, and some with his face in a bullseye. When the guy next to me was saying they'd have to call it "The Black House" if Obama were elected, his friend said he'd never make it there because someone would "blow his black a$$ to hell".

You & your unvetted VP pick, Sarah Palin have caused this vicious environment by YOUR actions & words. YOUR campaign has given permission to these racist people to behave in this way. Weren't you taught, as most children were, that hatred is like a cancer? What happened to "Country First"?

You & Palin have become the very "agents of intolerence" you once decried. You have divided the very country you sought to lead. Not exactly the actions of a "war hero" are they?

This country needs a President that seeks to unite us & provide REAL solutions to our problems. Not one that stokes the fires of racism & hatred to achieve a desired goal.

You are no longer that man Sen. McCain...I don't know who YOU are anymore but the man from 2000 is long gone.

Posted by: fedupinfla | October 11, 2008 9:19 PM

gschultens: Feel free to lick the bottom of the shoes for Sharpton, Jackson, Rangel, and Ossama if that makes you happy. Feel free to destroy America and give in to the Muslims and terrorists. Let me know what country you will move to after Ossama destroys America.

Posted by: johndoe121 | October 11, 2008 9:19 PM

johndoe121,
You are a great example of why Americans should, and will, vote for Sen. Obama. Thank you, and keep up the good work!

Posted by: mbacha1 | October 11, 2008 9:18 PM

In this country, racism wins elections, plain and simple.

Posted by: mcleangirl | October 11, 2008 9:17 PM

Why did McCain wait several days to ask his supporters to back off?

Posted by: vannw1 | October 11, 2008 9:17 PM

BO-Joe vs. McPal, Dems-Pubs and Campaign Oh-Eight:

"Did too!"

"Did not!"

"Did too!"

"Did not!"

"Did too!"

"Did not!"

...just like Campaign Oh-Six and Campaign Oh-Four and Campaign 0h-Two and Campaign Oh-Oh...

Posted by: srb2 | October 11, 2008 9:17 PM

"Remember, John McCain has an adopted black child. Racist? Don't think so."
Posted by: TAH1 | October 11, 2008 9:05 PM
******************************************

I don't know why I'm even bothering...but McCain's adopted daughter is from Bangladesh. Sort of funny, sort of sad, that the poster is someone who bought into the lies used against McCain by Bush in South Carolina in 2000.

Posted by: ExpatAsia | October 11, 2008 9:15 PM

Let's see if I can discern this:

1) If I am black I will vote for Obama even though most blacks don't agree with the lifestyle of homosexuals yet I will vote for Obama--This is acceptable to DEMOCRACTS and Liberal Hippies

2) If I am black and wealthy even though Ossama will raise my taxes I will still vote for Obama Hussein because he is black-This is acceptable to DEMOCRACTS and Liberal Hippies

3) If I am white and don't trust a sociliast candidate Hussein Ossama this is considered hatred and racism.

What a load of hipocrisy. Vote for McCain for President 2008 and honor America.

Posted by: johndoe121 | October 11, 2008 9:15 PM

Yes...I've seen and heard the over the top things that people said at the McCain rallies. What McCain is probably worried about now is that these rallies will become the face of his campaign. Many people can't remember a thing about what McCain talked about, but they definitely know that derisive shout outs were everywhere about Obama. McCain, and Palin in particular, stoked that fire and even they were in danger in getting burnt because they did not anticipate that their campaign antics were turning against them in a big way.

But, while we are on this topic, it was Hillary Clinton's campaign that started down this road. So...you can thank Hillary for providing the play book that McCain is trying to use against Obama, against with little success.

Posted by: ldsw | October 11, 2008 9:15 PM

johndoe121:
You've had a good drink of the right-wing's kool-aid and you're really tripping out on it.

Socialism? What you've been witnessing for the last 8 years has been the socialization of losses for the rich and the funneling of massive amounts of wealth through the government to Republican insiders: corny capitalism by any other name is crony capitalism.

Posted by: gschultens | October 11, 2008 9:13 PM

As the election nears, we must continue to praise Obama. Hail to Obama. He is our path to the new socialist order. We must work hard to insure his election. Obama will save the world, heal the sick, and feed the poor. He, and only he, will be able to accomplish unity, peace, happiness and freedom. Bow down and praise Obama. He will change things and rearrange things.

Posted by: Dodgers1 | October 11, 2008 9:12 PM

RISE UP and stand up to these right wing jacka*s's that have ruined our country because they're easily duped!

Posted by: JustinMcC | October 11, 2008 9:11 PM

McCain calls on OBAMA to repudiate someone who has made offensive comments? 4 days after his campaign publicly announces that it is unleashing the hounds? The same week that surrogates stoke fear and bigotry at every public appearance? Before his pulls his own attack ads? Before he muzzles the pit bull? Is he kidding?

Posted by: fmjk | October 11, 2008 9:10 PM

Wow! The right-wing wack jobs must have gotten wind of this article and are swarming to it.

Or, maybe it's a full moon and the right-wing loonies are coming out in droves.

All those misfits sitting in their mother's basements in their PJs, banging away on their keyboards.

Posted by: gschultens | October 11, 2008 9:10 PM

gshultens: I am NON WHITE nor do I believe in Hitler and I detest all forms of racism. But what I am seeing is the destruction of AMERICA that I so dearly love by an ANTI AMERICAN Sociliast in Hussein Ossama and it's up to the people law abiding citizens not fraudalent voters from ACORN to stop this. Again do you want Al Sharpton/Jesee Jackson telling you what to do? OSSAMA's father is a Muslim and so is Hussein Ossama and we are in the midst of a war with Muslim countries do we want a president that will align with the interests of the American public or Muslims. Please use your brain and vote American for McCain.

McCain for President in 2008

Posted by: johndoe121 | October 11, 2008 9:08 PM

If you were the boss who would you hire???

OBAMA: Harvard law professor, Juris Doctor of Law degree, constitutional law expert, Senate committees: foreign affairs, homeland security, veterans affairs, health, education.

BIDEN: Juris Doctor of Law degree, Senate committes: foreign affairs (chair), crime, education, women's affairs, technology, environment and health

McBUSH: graduated from the naval academy in the bottom 0.5% of his class, crashed 5 planes, Senate committees: economy, environment, official conduct (arguably the Republican party's biggest failures particularly the last one considering Troopergate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

PITBULL PALIN: went to 6 different universities before finally getting a BA in journalism, no domestic or foreign policy experience but can see Russia from her house.

SERIOUSLY THIS IS A NO BRAINER!!!!!!

Are people seriously still considering voting for McBush??

VOTE for the QUALIFIED guy with ACTUAL EXPERIENCE (OBAMA) than the unqualified STUPID guy AMPING UP that he's "patriotic" and knows "how to fix our problems" WITH NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT (McBUSH)--he's been in Washington for 26 years, what has he actually done????? What change will he bring given that he's part of the scenary??????

"You can't call yourself a maverick if all you've been is a sidekick"-- Joe Biden.

McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time and will continue Bush's failed policies.

McCain = McBush

Posted by: kbuckingham777 | October 11, 2008 9:07 PM

John Lewis should apologize for his outrageous comments.

John Lewis is stirring up racial tensions.

Remember, John McCain has an adopted black child. Racist? Don't think so.

Race has actually helped Barack Obama in this campaign. He's used race as the shield to hide behind to deflect ANY questions about him. The media has allowed and assisted Obama in this.

John Lewis is stabbing yet another friend in the back, first Hillary Clinton now John McCain. Shame on John Lewis.

The Obama campaign has increased the racism in the U.S.

Barack Obama has destroyed my Democratic party in 2008.

The media's 24/7 promotion of Barack Obama while attempting to destroy the reputations of good American citizens like Bill & Hillary Clinton and John McCain is a disgrace.

Barack Obama has done exactly NOTHING for this country. NOTHING, but harm it.

Obama has no record of accomplishment to stand on.

Let the long overdue vetting finally begin.

It's time for investigative journalists (are there any left?) to actually do their job.

American voters deserve to know the truth about Barack Obama.

Race is not the issue, we can see he's part black so stop already with this.

Obama's lack of qualifications, his lack of character and poor judgment are the critical issues for voters to contend with.


Posted by: TAH1 | October 11, 2008 9:05 PM

Hussein Ossama: Please release your undergraduate Columbia record. What are you hiding sir? Is it possible that you got in as a racial quote into Columbia and less on your merits?

Also exactly how much weed have you inhaled sir? And how much voter fraud has ACORN that you sponsor with money committed?

Posted by: johndoe121 | October 11, 2008 9:04 PM

johndoe121:
Your posting is a good example of what I was referring to in my posting. You represent the racist underbelly of American at its seemingly worst.

Racism is must self-loathing turned outward onto an identifiable "other" And, in the U.S., the most readily identifiable "other" are Blacks.

johndoe121, you have all the makings of a good member of the Hitler Youth.

Posted by: gschultens | October 11, 2008 9:04 PM

Who would you rather hire?

An affirmative action crackhead smoker, who threw his grandmother under the bus, attended a black anti-white, anti-Semite church, arranged no-show jobs for his wife and campaign manager, has no published papers nor legislative accomplishments, and hates his country.

Or, a Naval Academy grad fighter pilot decorated veteran with a lifetime of service to his country, and a proven Senate record on top of a military career.

Uhh, I'll take Top Gun over a wimpy Hugo Chavez any day. Lump and all.

But, hey, Obama will make a great Jimmy Carter II.

Posted by: 7thDayNonConformist | October 11, 2008 9:02 PM

It's pretty sad that McCain's support is down to the racists, provincials and ignorant xenophobes who have caused all this garbage to be raised. If McCain had any solutions to offer the country, this would not be what we're talking about.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 11, 2008 9:02 PM

Someone commented that the Democratic Party was the party of racism, and that some of its members terrorized Republicans. Yes, that is true; the Democratic Party WAS the party of racism. In the South, Yellow Dog Democrats would vote for a Democrat even if the party ran a yellow dog. A major reason, other than being poor and disadvantaged by Republican economic policies is that the Democratic party WAS the racists party. The operative word is WAS. That began changing in the late 40s when the Dixiecrats walked out of the convention to nominate their own candidate, Strom Thurmond, in protest of Truman's policy of desegregating the military. In the following decade and one half, Democrats embraced integration and racial equality. This culminated with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In regard to positions on racial equality, the two parties did a flip flop. After 1964 Southern Yellow Dog Democrats ran pell-mell to the Republican Party, which accepted them with open arms. Ever since the Republican Party has used coded messages to racists to assure them they still have a home with them. Not all Republicans have been so craven; John McCain was considered to be a man of honor and integrity who would not stoop so low. We can only pray that he still is, and has only momentarily lost his bearing. He needs to sit Sarah down and have a serious talk with her about the principles of democracy, the rule of law. honor and integrity. It is one thing to say that Obama is unfit to be president becasue of his views of policy, it is quite another to say "He isn't one of us." Yes, by all means, attack his policy, but stay away from personal assassination. Hate mongering is the sign of a loser. Along with being woefully inexperienced in foreign affairs and national politics, she exhibits little comprehension of the true meaning of the constitution. She needs to quite listening to Todd and his Alaska Independence Party friends and pay attention to a man that hopefully still puts country first.

Posted by: csintala79 | October 11, 2008 9:00 PM

The welling up of racism in the Republican ranks is a sign of the complete desperation that is being felt in the Republican ranks. The Republicans have shown themselves more than willing to sink to the lowest levels to try and derail an Obama victory. Unfortunately, there is a solid core of racist bigots in the Republican party that is more than willing to have their most base instincts validated by the likes of Sarah Palin. And they've got there droves of e-mailers sending out their racist filth.

The Republican's Southern strategy has now come to fruition. They have embraced the racism of the Old South and are now reaping the whirlwind

Posted by: gschultens | October 11, 2008 9:00 PM

I am NON WHITE BUT WHITE people should exercise extreme caution in playing a role in getting an anti American like Barack Hussein Obama into the white house. Let me guess Ludicrus, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Charles Rangel, and Nancy Pelosi will now be telling you what to do and how to do it? WHITE PEOPLE DO YOU WANT THIS ? Please have some pride in your race, and ethnic background, respect your ancestors, and your forefathers and vote American vote for McCain. I think I'd rather vote for a recently release inmate into the White House than for Hussein Ossama.

God bless and help America.

Posted by: johndoe121 | October 11, 2008 8:58 PM

If you were the boss who would you hire???

OBAMA: Harvard law professor, Juris Doctor of Law degree, constitutional law expert, Senate committees: foreign affairs, homeland security, veterans affairs, health, education.

BIDEN: Juris Doctor of Law degree, Senate committes: foreign affairs (chair), crime, education, women's affairs, technology, environment and health

McBUSH: graduated from the naval academy in the bottom 0.5% of his class, crashed 5 planes, Senate committees: economy, environment, official conduct (arguably the Republican party's biggest failures particularly the last one considering Troopergate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

PITBULL PALIN: went to 6 different universities before finally getting a BA in journalism, no domestic or foreign policy experience but can see Russia from her house.

SERIOUSLY THIS IS A NO BRAINER!!!!!!

Are people seriously still considering voting for McBush??

VOTE for the QUALIFIED guy with ACTUAL EXPERIENCE (OBAMA) than the unqualified STUPID guy AMPING UP that he's "patriotic" and knows "how to fix our problems" WITH NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT (McBUSH)--he's been in Washington for 26 years, what has he actually done????? What change will he bring given that he's part of the scenary??????

"You can't call yourself a maverick if all you've been is a sidekick"-- Joe Biden.

Posted by: kbuckingham777 | October 11, 2008 8:56 PM

Greenspan book: Gay Old Partay 'swapped principle for power'

Story Highlights

Greenspan: Bush deprived nation of checks, balances by failing to veto bills

Treasury secretaries not included in economic policymaking, Greenspan points out.

White House responds that its "economic policy was right, as our records will show"

(CNN) --

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan slams President Bush and today's Republicans, while calling Richard Nixon and

Bill Clinton "the smartest presidents" he worked with,

according to an advance copy of his upcoming book.

He further says the GOP deserved the stomping it took in November's congressional elections --


a ballot that saw both houses of Congress wrested from Republican control --


because the party "swapped principle for power."

His book, "The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World," is scheduled for release Monday. CNN obtained a copy Saturday.


In the book, Greenspan wrote that Bush essentially left an unbridled GOP Congress to spend money however it saw fit,


and by not vetoing a single bill in six years,


the president deprived the nation of checks and balances.

"The Republicans in Congress lost their way,"

Greenspan wrote. "They swapped principle for power. They ended up with neither. They deserved to lose."

Treasury secretaries not included in economic policymaking, Greenspan alleges

White House responds that its "economic policy was right, as our records will show, the economy is in great shape!"

(CNN) -- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan slams President Bush and today's Republicans, while calling Bill Clinton "the smartest president" he worked with, according to an advance copy of his upcoming book.

He further says the GOP deserved the stomping it took in November's congressional elections --

a ballot that saw both houses of Congress wrested from Republican control --

because the party "swapped principle for power."


In the book, Greenspan wrote that Bush essentially left an unbridled GOP Congress to spend money however it saw fit,

and by not vetoing a single bill in six years,


the president deprived the nation of checks and balances.

"The Republicans in Congress lost their way,"

Greenspan wrote. "They swapped principle for power.

They ended up with neither. They deserved to lose."

Greenspan, an 81-year-old Republican who retired last year after five terms as Fed chairman, wrote that he made no secret of his view that Bush should reject some bills.

"It would send a message to Congress that it did not have carte blanche on spending,"

Greenspan recalls telling the administration.

"But the answer I received from a senior White House official was that the president didn't want to challenge House Speaker Dennis Hastert. 'He thinks he can control him better by not antagonizing him,' the official said."


Alan Greenspan,


called Bill Clinton the BEST PRESIDENT THE ECONOMY HAS EVER SEEN....


call me a liar about that ????


I will call, you, war profiteering members of bushCO and CRONYs liars about


caring about AMERICA,


the proof is in the pudding....AMERICAN lives have never been this lousy...

in my lifetime...


empty factories, housing market in the dump...


the occupation, hoovering the economy as out infrastructure and future is compromised by filthy greedy perps s disguised as "caring," citizens....

.what they care is about not losing their spots at the feeding trough....

sell the pigs for sausage....take them down w/predjudice...jailtime.

yowzah...

.


how is spending

$760 MILLION DOLLARS a day to keep


Halliburton/KBR/Blackwater
the DichCHeenies companies

Carlyle Group
Saudi Royals, bin Laden families, Kuwiat, UAE and the bush families as investors..

Bechtel
Donald Rumsfelds company...


funded, a good thing? these are all companies that were awarded contracts with non compete clauses...


don't these guys make a buncha money everytime CONGRESS SENDS MONEY INTO THE OCCUPATION,


falsely labeled a war?


$760 MILLION DOLLARS a day to keep


Halliburton/KBR/Blackwater
the DichCHeenies companies

Carlyle Group
Saudi Royals, bin Laden families, Kuwiat, UAE and the bush families as investors..

Bechtel
Donald Rumsfelds company...


funded, a good thing? these are all companies that were awarded contracts with NON-COMPETE clauses...

don't these guys make a buncha MONEY, everytime CONGRESS SENDS MONEY INTO THE OCCUPATION,


FRAUDULENTLY propagandized aka reframed as a ?war?


who attacked us??? oh yeah, the bush family and the saudis


Marvin Bush had the security contract at Dulles and the NYC WTC

so he could slip the saudis into DULLES under ambassadorial privelege and drive them their "destinations"

while dumbbrother marvin drove their suitcase full of ID's to an airport in Maine...these guys have more bologna in their short sthan the american public.

.

Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 11, 2008 8:56 PM

If you were the boss who would you hire???

OBAMA: Harvard law professor, Juris Doctor of Law degree, constitutional law expert, Senate committees: foreign affairs, homeland security, veterans affairs, health, education.

BIDEN: Juris Doctor of Law degree, Senate committes: foreign affairs (chair), crime, education, women's affairs, technology, environment and health

McBUSH: graduated from the naval academy in the bottom 0.5% of his class, crashed 5 planes, Senate committees: economy, environment, official conduct (arguably the Republican party's biggest failures particularly the last one considering Troopergate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

PITBULL PALIN: went to 6 different universities before finally getting a BA in journalism, no domestic or foreign policy experience but can see Russia from her house.

SERIOUSLY THIS IS A NO BRAINER!!!!!!

Are people seriously still considering voting for McBush??

VOTE FOR THE QUALIFIED GUY WITH ACTUAL EXPERIENCE (OBAMA) THAN THE STUPID GUY AMPING UP THAT HE'S "PATRIOTIC" AND "KNOWS HOW TO FIX OUR PROBLEMS" WITH NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT (McBUSH)--he's been in Washington for 26 years, what has he actually done?????

Posted by: kbuckingham777 | October 11, 2008 8:53 PM

John Lewis should apologize for his outrageous comments.

John Lewis is stirring up racial tensions.

Remember, John McCain has an adopted black child. Racist? Don't think so.

Race has actually helped Barack Obama in this campaign. He's used race as the shield to hide behind to deflect ANY questions about him. The media has allowed and assisted Obama in this.

John Lewis is stabbing yet another friend in the back, first Hillary Clinton now John McCain. Shame on John Lewis.

The Obama campaign has increased the racism in the U.S.

Barack Obama has destroyed my Democratic party in 2008.

The media's 24/7 promotion of Barack Obama while attempting to destroy the reputations of good American citizens like Bill & Hillary Clinton and John McCain is a disgrace.

Barack Obama has done exactly NOTHING for this country. NOTHING, but harm it.

Obama has no record of accomplishment to stand on.

Let the long overdue vetting finally begin.

It's time for investigative journalists (are there any left?) to actually do their job.

American voters deserve to know the truth about Barack Obama.

Race is not the issue, we can see he's part black so stop already with this.

Obama's lack of qualifications, his lack of character and poor judgment are the critical issues for voters to contend with.

Posted by: TAH1 | October 11, 2008 8:52 PM

We must take every opportunity to say with our words and show with our actions that hate is not an American value. We value love, empathy, mercy and compassion. We are gentle souls here to help each other.

Posted by: Hresz | October 11, 2008 8:50 PM

Wait a second here ... this is the same John Lewis that called Obama racist when he was supporting Hillary Clinton!

Oh give me a friggin break on this racist crapola ... enough is enough.

Posted by: debera109 | October 11, 2008 8:49 PM

I will not say that everyone that votes for McCain is racist but I will say this they are completely and utterly deceived. Look at the mess the Republicans have gotten this county in. I am a Democrat but if we had a Democrat in office that has done has much damage to this country as George W. Bush I would without a doubt vote for a Republican if he had any sense of direction to get us out of a mess. We are in desperate times, we are in two wars that are draining our treasury to the tune of 10 billion a month, an economy that is on the brink of bottoming out, joblessness at an all time high, unscrupulous money speculators that have had a field day destroying the economy under this administration. Do you really want 4 more years of the same? Has McCain said anything that remotely sounds like a viable plan to get us out of this mess, is Sara Palin getting the popularity vote because she has pluck and "she's hot? Is this serious business or American Idol? Think people, it is later than you think.

Posted by: archcookies | October 11, 2008 8:47 PM

Who the hell is Lewis anyways? Who is he? He is the second coming of Al Sharpton/Jesee Jackson. Hussein Obama is encouraging voter fraud through ACORN and will do anything to steal this election. I am non white but if I were white I WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR A SOCIALIST ANTI-AMERICAN like Hussein Obama. Hussein will single handlely destroy America in his first 4 years of office. I beg all of you to use your brains and vote American for John McCain. Fellow voters in OHIO, FLORIDA, PENNSYLVANIA, MICHIGAN, WISCONSIN, MINNESSOTTA, New Hampshire PLEASE VOTE FOR McCain and don't get hoodwinked by Hussein.

Posted by: johndoe121 | October 11, 2008 8:47 PM

Thank you Congressman Lewis for your eloquent summary of the McCain/Palin tactics. They and their supporters are so awash in anger and hatred that they can't see straight. They can't win on the issues, and now they're learning that fear and smears aren't working either.

Posted by: bamccampbell | October 11, 2008 8:46 PM

John McCain made it crystal clear that he was interested only and solely in the "legitimate criticism of Senator Obama's record and positions." All the rest of this horsepuckey is just that, horsepuckey. I don't care if you think Obama is a racist; I think McCain is a racist, too. I don't care if you think Obama's associates are bad; I think McCain's associates are bad, too. I don't care if you don't like Cindy's plasticized personality, I don't like Biden's plasticized personality. Whether you like the ACORNS or the NUTS is immaterial to my country's future. None of these solves our problems in foreign policy, domestic energy policy, economic policy, monetary policy, educational policy, transportaiton infrastructure policy, property, health or casualty insurance, workmens' compensation or personal injury law, selection of a Supreme Court Justice, Roe v. Wade, etc. Leave it alone. If you cannot argue the merits of "record" and "position" quit contaminating this planet's air supply. I know you have the right to free speech, but how about putting a "mute" button on your forehead? That way, you can speak but I don't have to wade through what you say to get at something important enough to hear.

Posted by: deucebollards | October 11, 2008 8:45 PM

No doubt McCain camp trying everything to seed the hate into the society. Their week political link, unfavorable political environment for republicans, measurably failed policy, and mismanagement of economics are the major drawbacks for republican. On top of that republican week candidates, and heavily exposed status quo, and most people know who they really represent in the social contest is sending clear message to the shrewd, wise and rational voters. But the game here to fool the stupids and increase in the percentage support which republicans have done cunningly in all previous elections. This election will be reflection of Americans fair attitude and politics of fair. Hope issues will sort out itself. Wrong doers must get what they deserve.

Posted by: yadisharma | October 11, 2008 8:43 PM

I think it's right for John Lewis to remind Americans that when folks are yelling "kill him" and "terrorist" at a perfectly respectable presidential candidate, that is over the line.

You don't have to agree w/ Barack Obama or his positions on the issues to know that using that kind of language is a throw back to some violent times are country has gone through.

Posted by: fiddle25 | October 11, 2008 8:41 PM

McCain and Palin have been running the dirtiest smear campaign anyone has ever witnessed. Now that they are being called on it from all quarters McCain acts indignant. Give me a break! If you throw mud straight up in the air, guess where it's going to land?

Posted by: AJBF | October 11, 2008 8:40 PM

John Lewis is a Version 1.0 black racist. Barack comes to us as a 2.0 "progressive." His race card is played by the Old Guard, who will usher in the Jocelyn Elders, the Mike Espeys, and the Raines bankers of the black millenials.

The Black Jimmy Carter, sans the nuclear engineering smarts, will break new ground in partisan incompetence and racism.

Gay marriage in military chapels, a humpback lesbian dwarf as Attorney General, and other means of social indoctrination of the "progressive" agenda have been on the slate for the last 18 months.

Brought to you by the MSM. The same ones who brought us "What You Can Get for $15 Million" houses and suppressed John Edwards's story.

Bill Clinton was the only good African American President.

Posted by: 7thDayNonConformist | October 11, 2008 8:36 PM

So, anyone who doesn't support The Marxist Messiah is a racist?

How's that for post-partisanship?

This is a change for the better?

Actually, by his own words, Barack Obama is a racist who engages in the worst sort of stereotyping that if applied to any group other than European Americans, would result in a media frenzy and general public uproar.

From Dreams From My Father

“It's just how white folks will do you. It wasn't just the cruelty involved, I was learning that black people could be mean and then some. It was a particular brand of arrogance, an obtuseness in otherwise sane people that brought forth our better laughter. It was as if whites didn't know they were being cruel in the first place or at least thought you deserving of their scorn.”

“So I read the book to help me understand what it is that makes white people so afraid, their demons, the way ideas get twisted around. It helps me understand how people learn to hate.”

“The point I was making was not that my grandmother, uh, harbors any, uh, racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is, uh, a typical white person who if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know, you know, there's a reaction that's bred into our experiences that -- that doesn't go away and that sometimes come out in -- in the wrong way.”

“The emotions between the races could never be pure. Even love was tarnished by the desire to find in the other some element that was missing in ourselves. Whether we sought out our demons or our salvation, the other race would always remain just that: menacing, alien, and apart.”

“Black Nationalism provided that history. An unambiguous morality tale that was easily communicated and easily grasped: a steady attack on the White race, the constant recitation of black people's brutal experience in this country served as the ballast that could prevent the ideas of personal responsibility into an ocean of despair. Yes, the nationalists would say, Whites are responsible for your sorry state, not any inherent flaws in you. In fact, the nationalists would continue, whites are so heartless and devious that we can no longer expect anything from them. The self-loathing you feel, what keeps you drinking or thieving, is planted by them. Rid them for your mind and find your true power liberated. Rise up, ye mighty race! All this was painful to consider. It's painful now as it had been years ago. It contradicted the morality my mother had taught me a morality of subtle distinctions between individuals of goodwill and those who wished me ill between active malice and ignorance or indifference. I had a personal stake in that moral framework. I discovered that I couldn't escape it if I tried. As it turned out, though, it was questions of effectiveness and not sentiment that caused most of my quarrels with Rafiq.”

Let the excuse making begin.

Posted by: PauvrePapillon | October 11, 2008 8:36 PM

It seems as if McCain is, belatedly, trying to stanch the fires of hate that are in danger of becoming a fire storm. However, Palin seems to be more than eager to fan the flames. Poor John, he thought he would pull of a coup by picking the cutesy ex-beauty queen with conservative credentials, but he clearly underestimated her hunger for power and what lengths she will go to to achieve it. It now seems that her inexperience is less of a problem than her megalomania. She is a demagogue that sees creating fear and divisiveness as the road to victory. John had better watch his back and not take any beverages from her.

Posted by: csintala79 | October 11, 2008 8:35 PM

I don't think that Senator Obama needs to repudiate anything that John Lewis has said because what he is saying the the truth. McCain and Palin have been using veiled racial language to rile up their supporters. There has been nothing of substance coming out of the McCain camp for weeks and he and Sara Palin have been using lies and inuindoes to discredit Senator Obama. I don't know how Sara Palin thinks she is a born-again christian with as much lying as she has been doing during this campagin. The scripture says "what does it profit a man to gain the whole world (or the white house) and lose his soul, or what can he give in exchange for his soul?" She has proven over and over again that she doesn't know what she is doing and has been allowing the Republicans to use her as a mega-phone to denounce Senator Obama. She has not come up with any substitive solutions for any problems this country is facing. I am sorry if this team get in the white house this country I fear is doomed. Just goes to prove that if you tell a lie often enough some knuckle head will believe it. Some of these people don't want change if a black man is trying to bring it about. It's sad when people can see that Palin is not qualified to be VP and still chose to vote for her just because she represents what some voters think is the real Americans. African Americans have contributed greatly to this country since it came into exsistence but are seldom given the credit they are due. It takes a brave man to go and fight for the cause of democracy on other shores and were not afforded the same democracy on their home turf. I pray that people will wake up and see the great harm that the ambition of John McCain and Sara Palin is doing to the democratic process.

Posted by: archcookies | October 11, 2008 8:34 PM

McCain/Palin '08 hoods, anyone?

Posted by: jfern03 | October 11, 2008 8:34 PM

WOW...WHILE READING THESE COMMENTS TONIGHT I JUST FOUND OUT THAT JOHN MccAIN'S MIDDLE NAME IS SIDNEY, ON THE OTHER HAND I HAVE KNOWN OBAMA'S MIDDLE NAME SINCE THE PRIMARIES,AND I NEVER ASKED...MUST HAVE SEEN IN IN A NEWSPAPER SOMEWHERE!
OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

Posted by: puredemo | October 11, 2008 8:33 PM

WE NEED LEADERSHIP

NOT THE JERRY SPRINGER SIDE SHOW THAT IS THE MCCAIN/PALIN CAMPAIGN!!

SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS !!

Posted by: misssymoto | October 11, 2008 8:33 PM

Besides the fact that Obama is a leader whatever his color, and that neither McCain nor Palin are leaders, the fact is that when it comes to people's pocketbooks, they do not care what color you are as long as you have solutions to help them.

Posted by: skolniks | October 11, 2008 8:30 PM


BRAVO John Lewis!!!

Thank you for your candor and truth. John McCain is making Bush look competent right now, and that is saying A LOT!!

GOD BLESS YOU MR LEWIS!!

Posted by: misssymoto | October 11, 2008 8:30 PM

I intensely hope that Barack Obama wins the election. I can't wait to see the racists, fascists, the religious freaks, and other lowlifes gnash their teeth and BITTERly rage and rail against cruel fate. Even better if the Democrats capture the Senate with enough votes to close down rightist filibusters. Then where will they be, the sh!tty right-wingers, racists, and nazis who howl for Obama's blood at the McCain rallies? In the garbage, that's where - the place they were born and raised.

Posted by: hfisher1 | October 11, 2008 8:29 PM

Once again today in Iowa, McCain's introducer infers that Obama is a Muslim. Obama is not like any candidate before him as he is black and therefore particular attention must be made to the type of rhetoric taking place on the trail.Given the penchant for violence by many extremists it is dangerous to continue to use these virile comments in the campaign.
Frank Rich in NYT's oped today wrote an exceptionally insightful article on this very topic.
One quote was of particular relevance: "All’s fair in politics. John McCain and Sarah Palin have every right to bring up William Ayers, even if his connection to Obama is minor, even if Ayers’s Weather Underground history dates back to Obama’s childhood, even if establishment Republicans and Democrats alike have collaborated with the present-day Ayers in educational reform. But it’s not just the old Joe McCarthyesque guilt-by-association game, however spurious, that’s going on here. Don’t for an instant believe the many mindlessly “even-handed” journalists who keep saying that the McCain campaign’s use of Ayers is the moral or political equivalent of the Obama campaign’s hammering on Charles Keating. "
As Rich notes,It is unfair for any responsible journalist to try to equate the rhetoric on Obama's campaign to the hatefulness expressed particualrly by Palin and their crowds.So please dont do so out of some false sense of needing to ensure no bias is shown...
speaking out against what is morally wrong isnt being biased...its being responsible and decent!!!

Posted by: Goose3 | October 11, 2008 8:28 PM

Just as the financial mess the country is as much a fault of the Democrats as it is the Republicans, any racial/gender tensions that are surfacing are just as much the fault of the Democratic Party, the Obama campaign, and the mainstream media as they are of the Republican party. John Lewis is unfair in criticizing McCain-Palin. It was not John McCain who labeled Bill Clinton a racist. It was not Sarah Palin who first questioned Senator Obama's connections with Rezko. Perhaps if the mainstream press had been more objective in the manner in which they covered and scrutinized Senator Obama's campaign, there would be far less anger and distrust as now exists. McCain has not made race an issue even though race is the reason why 98 percent of Black Americans are voting for Obama. It makes sense to most Americans that a black American would vote for Obama just as it made sense that most Irish Catholic Americans voted for Kennedy. But it is wrong to suggest that any one voting against Obama is voting against him because of his mixed race and it doesn't make sense that the mainstream press has not treated candidates equally in their scrutiny and their coverage. Obama didn't need this kind of PR help from the mainstream press and it hasn't served the nation well. In the democratic primary, Hillary Clinton supporters first noted the ridiculous press bias and it has just continued with McCain/Palin. No matter who wins in November, America loses and shame on the mainstream media and shame on both the Democratic and Republican Parties that have irresponsibly divided Americans by gender and race. It would be good for America if both candidates would end their campaigning right now, pull all their ads, and sit down across from one other at a table like the French Presidential candidates did and for two or three hours just talk about the problems facing America and how they want to address those problems.

Posted by: krutkow75 | October 11, 2008 8:28 PM

That's it. I found the word I was looking for. BIPOLAR disorder. I urge anyone to come up with a better way to describe John McCain's campaign.

Posted by: ramsistla | October 11, 2008 8:27 PM

What a bunch of hypocritical BS this McCain is. He's been attacking Obama to the max and then is yelling unfair when someone expresses their opinion. His lips say "Our country must return to the important debate about the path forward for America." but his actions are exactly the opposite. The man is out of touch, arrogant and just does not get it.

Posted by: skolniks | October 11, 2008 8:27 PM


STAND DOWN JOHN McCAIN---


And let the adults in the room lead.

NEVER has America seen more desperate, erratic and dangerous candidates, than you and Moosalini!!


It is time TO GO!!!!!

Posted by: misssymoto | October 11, 2008 8:27 PM

It's sad that Palin proclaim to be a Christian, and knowingly flamed a very sensitive topic, not just nationwide, but worldwide!

One, just one crazy mind can change the history of this country and add another dark chapter to it. Is it what McCain and Palin are trying to do?

Posted by: Eopinion360 | October 11, 2008 8:23 PM

This campaign has shown us, the American People, the ugliness that still lurks under the facade of a color blind society; it has shown us that while most of us would like to believe that we are a free society with an equal opportunity for all citizens to achieve the American Dream, there are still lingering doubts as to whether African-Americans and other minorities have a right to the American Dream.

McCain's campaign, with its innuendo that minorties, be they Arab or African-American, are "un-American" does a dis-service to our society by promoting ignorance, prejudice, and discrimination.

For this, Mr. Lewis should be commended for calling McCain and his colleagues on their complicity in breading suspicion and hatred.

As for those that do not see the rallies' attitudes as racist, should consider the incognizant racism that persists in today's society, and the role of white privilege that still persists, even in our color-blind society. The following site highlights what we take for granted everyday: http://mmcisaac.faculty.asu.edu/emc598ge/Unpacking.html#daily

Posted by: the1jem | October 11, 2008 8:22 PM

Those video links rcc_2000 posted are disturbing. I'm thoroughly disgusted.

Posted by: dmahon | October 11, 2008 8:22 PM

GOP bigots have been circulating assinine viral emails for months, they come out to these rallies like little match sticks waiting to be set on fire, and McCain sends in "Napalm" Palin. And then McCain has the gall to act surprised?

Posted by: JWAL1 | October 11, 2008 8:21 PM

scruffy1970: when did black people and other minorities "tread" on white people??? and why shouldn't obama be allowed to run for president of the united states? the US constitution spells out who is eligible to run for the office of presidency and apparently obama meets the requirements... just come out and be honest-you don't believe any minority should be president and should just stay in their place... beliefs i believe held by the nazi party- one race above all others...

Posted by: shaisdadraw1 | October 11, 2008 8:20 PM

Huh? Did sen.Obama ask Joe lewis to do this? Did Sen. Obama say anything about dropping the debate? Am I losing something here because I don't understand John McCains response to all of this.Well anyway GO OBAMA!

Posted by: puredemo | October 11, 2008 8:18 PM

God please bless America and put the R's out of their misery on November 4th. Good grief. They've given us enough of it the past 8 years. Insanity has been defined as doing the same thing, but expecting different results. American dreams (jobs, homes, retirement incomes) have been lost and more are slipping away because of the current party in charge. I refuse to believe the majority of Americans are insane...perhaps a tad bit less than genius...but not insane. Vote for your choice, I guess, but before you do please make sure you consider what the past 8 years have brought us and think rationally. Vote with your mind. Don't let irrational thinking lead you to make a bad decision. Again...God please bless America.

Posted by: stillirise | October 11, 2008 8:18 PM

AlexZ83: anyone with a brain can answer your question. neither group is racist. supporting a candidate of your race because you think he speaks for you is not racist. not voting for someone just because they are black is. blacks have been voting for whites for decades, so they aren't racist.
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Let X be the number of black votes that a typical Democratic candidate (say Clinton or Gore) gets and Y be the number of black votes that Obama gets. If Y is much bigger than X, then clearly black voters are voting racially at least in part.

Those black voters who plan to vote for Obama who would not vote for a White candidate with the same positions are indeed racist. So are white voters who won't vote for Obama who might have voted for, a White candidate with similar views.
So there are two racist groups here.

Which racist group is bigger? I don't know.

Posted by: rohitcuny | October 11, 2008 8:17 PM

AlexZ83: anyone with a brain can answer your question. neither group is racist. supporting a candidate of your race because you think he speaks for you is not racist. not voting for someone just because they are black is. blacks have been voting for whites for decades, so they aren't racist.
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Let X be the number of black votes that a typical Democratic candidate (say Clinton or Gore) gets and Y be the number of black votes that Obama gets. If Y is much bigger than X, then clearly black voters are voting racially at least in part.

Those black voters who plan to vote for Obama who would not vote for a White candidate with the same positions are indeed racist. So are white voters who won't vote for Obama who might have voted for, a White candidate with similar views.
So there are two racist groups here.

Which racist group is bigger? I don't know.

Posted by: rohitcuny | October 11, 2008 8:17 PM

KKK members support McCain/Palin. Watch McCain answer questions by his fanatic white suprimacist supporters at rallies for the proof.

Posted by: MumboJumboo | October 11, 2008 8:17 PM

jmcgill1,

90% African Americans have voted against Bush. A great majority of whites voted for Bush. Did African Americans vote because one candidate was whiter than the other or did they listen to the issues. Which of these two groups made a better choice?

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 11, 2008 8:15 PM

IF THEY CONTINUE THIS, PURSUE LITIGATION.....

McCain and Palin are not protected under Executive priveledge.

There is enough evidence before the American Populace and on THE Internet and in the INTERNATIONAL press of THE CRIME OF (COVERT PROPAGANDA AND DISINFORMATION)

I say pursue it. FEDERAL LITIGATION ought to be pursued.

THE RNC/JOHN MCCAIN/SARAH PALIN/ AND ALL WHO WERE INVOLVED WERE ACCUSING AND ARE CURRENTLY ACCUSING A U.S. SENATOR OF THE THE TREASON OF BEING A DOMESTIC TERRORIST OR BEING IN AGGREEMENT WITH THE IDEAS OF A DOMESTIC TERRORIST OR WORSE.

THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IN THESE COMMERCIALS. IT'S NOT HARD TO CRACK THE CODE.

THE LANGUAGE USED IN THE 'AYERS' PROPAGANDA AD LITERALLY IMPLIES THIS.

THE PROPAGANDA AD ACCUSSES SENATOR BARACK OBAMA OF ILLINOIS, OF BEING, 'THE IDEOLOGICAL ALLIE' OF 'DOMESTIC TERRORIST WILLIAM AYERS'. HOW OBVIOUS CAN IT GET?

IF THAT'S NOT A CHARGE OF TREASON BEFORE THE PUBLIC, IN THE AMERICAN MEDIA AND INTERNATIONAL MEDIA (IT'S ON THE INTERNET AND WORLD WIDE WEB)I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE IS.

IT'S A BLATANT CHARGE OF THE TREASON OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM OR DOMESTIC TERRORISM.....THAT'S WHAT'S BEING IMPLIED.

WHY ELSE WOULDN'T JOHN MCCAIN ACTUALLY SAY IT TO SENATOR OBAMA HIMSELF? WHY DIDN'T JOHN MCCAIN SAY IT DURING THE DEBATE?? BECAUSE HE COULD'VE POSSIBLY BEEN PROSECUTED FOR SUCH AN ACCUSATION. MCCAINS AN OBVIOUS COWARD. THAT'S WHY HE'S INVOLVED IN THESE SNEAKY UNDERHANDED DIRTY TRICKS. IT'S 'JIM CROW' ALL OVER AGAIN.

I'LL REMIND EVERYONE THAT NOT ONLY HAS SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN SERVED (WHILE IN THE SENATE, MIND YOU) ON THE NOTORIOUS, 'US COUNCIL FOR WORLD FREEDOM', FOR 4 YEARS FROM 1981-1986. HE WAS IN TEH SENATE IN 1982-1986, WHILE SERVING ON THIS BOARD, ACCORDING TO THE huffingtonpress.com.

THE USCWF WAS A SUBERSIVE GROUP AND HAVEN FOR ANTI-SEMITISM, RACISM AND OTHER UGLY SCANDLOUS ACTIVITIES INCLUDING THE IRAN CONTRA SCANDAL. MCCAIN CLAIM HE RESIGNED FROM TEH BOARD IN 1984 AND DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE INVOLVED IN. YEAH RIGHT!! IT WAS A WHITE SUPREMIST GROUP WITH TIES TO MEO-NAZIS. MCCAIN WAS INVOLVED WITH DR. ANTHONY BUSCARAN VETERAN of 'PIONEERS FUND' ANOTHER WHITE SUPREMIST ORGANIZATION. DR. BUSCARAN WAS RESEARCHING WHITE SUPERIORITY. MCCAIN WAS ALSO INVOLVED AND SAT IN ONE OF THEIR MTGS AUG 30, 1993, 'THE OREGON CITIZENS FUND' AN ANTI-GAY/LESBIAN HATE GROUP. MCCAIN'S A POSSIBLE WHITE SUPREMIST OR WAS. THERE'S RECORDED EVIDENCE ABOVE...

YET SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN AND GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN AND THEIR CAMPAIGN, THE REPUBLICAN, NATIONAL COMMITTEE, FOX NEWS, SEAN HANNITY, AND ANYONE ELSE INVOLVED WITH THE AUTHORITY OF AUTHORIZING ALL INVOLVED TO SAY THESE THINGS IN THESE ADS ARE IMPLYING THIS CHARGE AGAINST A U.S. SENATOR. THE CHARGE OF BEING AN TERRORIST' AND OR DOMESTIC TERRORIST OR TERRORIST SYMPATHIZERS, OR THOSE IN AGGREEMENT WITH THE IDEAS OF A DOMESTIC TERRORIST.

'IDEOLLOGICAL ALLIE'

REFERRING TO PALESTINIANS WHO HATE THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL ie TERRORIST....

citing, Itimar Marcus' report in israelenews.com. The storie entitled, 'the ideological allies of a future Palestinian state.'

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN AND GOVERNOR SARAH AND SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS, THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE AND ANYONE ELSE WITH THE AUTHORITY TO AUTHORIZE THESE CAMAPIGN ADS WHICH SEEM TO BE IN VIOLATION OF THE UNITED STATES STATUATORY BAN AGAINST THE USE OF 'COVERT PROPAGANDA' AND DISINFORMATION AGAINST UNITED STATES CITIZENS.

While I was researching the term "Ideological Allie", on GOOGLE, IT WAS INTERESTING TO SEE this SCANDALOUS TRAIL WHERE IT LEADS WHEN YOU LOOK IT UP LIKE I DID. These stories came up under this term:

1. obamaacorn.com. When I clicked on this tab I found this site, ://URLFAN.COM, which led me to this....obamaacorn.com....

scroll for updates new mccain ad ayers....

THIS SEEMS LIKE A COORDINATED PLOT BY HATE GROUPS AND RACIST DOMESTIC TERRORIST.

John McCain and Sarah Palin and the RNC and Sean Hannity and FOX NEWS have been proporting this CHARGE AGAINST Senator Obama, sort of underneathe the radar, unless of course you actually finished High School. It is as BLATANT AS, my Mom used to say, "BLATANT AS SIN".

When Chris Matthews put this to a Republican srategist on Hardball, Chris asked him, "What is McCain saying, in these ads and with these types of speeches?" Chris gave him the look of 'come on man you know what they're doing.' THE REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST CHANGED THE SUBJECT, AND WOULDN'T ANSWER CHRIS.

THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND THEY KNOW IT'S ILLEGAL

Posted by: need4trth | October 11, 2008 8:15 PM

IF THEY CONTINUE THIS, PURSUE LITIGATION.....

McCain and Palin are not protected under Executive priveledge.

There is enough evidence before the American Populace and on THE Internet and in the INTERNATIONAL press of THE CRIME OF (COVERT PROPAGANDA AND DISINFORMATION)

I say pursue it. FEDERAL LITIGATION ought to be pursued.

THE RNC/JOHN MCCAIN/SARAH PALIN/ AND ALL WHO WERE INVOLVED WERE ACCUSING AND ARE CURRENTLY ACCUSING A U.S. SENATOR OF THE THE TREASON OF BEING A DOMESTIC TERRORIST OR BEING IN AGGREEMENT WITH THE IDEAS OF A DOMESTIC TERRORIST OR WORSE.

THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IN THESE COMMERCIALS. IT'S NOT HARD TO CRACK THE CODE.

THE LANGUAGE USED IN THE 'AYERS' PROPAGANDA AD LITERALLY IMPLIES THIS.

THE PROPAGANDA AD ACCUSSES SENATOR BARACK OBAMA OF ILLINOIS, OF BEING, 'THE IDEOLOGICAL ALLIE' OF 'DOMESTIC TERRORIST WILLIAM AYERS'. HOW OBVIOUS CAN IT GET?

IF THAT'S NOT A CHARGE OF TREASON BEFORE THE PUBLIC, IN THE AMERICAN MEDIA AND INTERNATIONAL MEDIA (IT'S ON THE INTERNET AND WORLD WIDE WEB)I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE IS.

IT'S A BLATANT CHARGE OF THE TREASON OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM OR DOMESTIC TERRORISM.....THAT'S WHAT'S BEING IMPLIED.

WHY ELSE WOULDN'T JOHN MCCAIN ACTUALLY SAY IT TO SENATOR OBAMA HIMSELF? WHY DIDN'T JOHN MCCAIN SAY IT DURING THE DEBATE?? BECAUSE HE COULD'VE POSSIBLY BEEN PROSECUTED FOR SUCH AN ACCUSATION. MCCAINS AN OBVIOUS COWARD. THAT'S WHY HE'S INVOLVED IN THESE SNEAKY UNDERHANDED DIRTY TRICKS. IT'S 'JIM CROW' ALL OVER AGAIN.

I'LL REMIND EVERYONE THAT NOT ONLY HAS SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN SERVED (WHILE IN THE SENATE, MIND YOU) ON THE NOTORIOUS, 'US COUNCIL FOR WORLD FREEDOM', FOR 4 YEARS FROM 1981-1986. HE WAS IN TEH SENATE IN 1982-1986, WHILE SERVING ON THIS BOARD, ACCORDING TO THE huffingtonpress.com.

THE USCWF WAS A SUBERSIVE GROUP AND HAVEN FOR ANTI-SEMITISM, RACISM AND OTHER UGLY SCANDLOUS ACTIVITIES INCLUDING THE IRAN CONTRA SCANDAL. MCCAIN CLAIM HE RESIGNED FROM TEH BOARD IN 1984 AND DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE INVOLVED IN. YEAH RIGHT!! IT WAS A WHITE SUPREMIST GROUP WITH TIES TO MEO-NAZIS. MCCAIN WAS INVOLVED WITH DR. ANTHONY BUSCARAN VETERAN of 'PIONEERS FUND' ANOTHER WHITE SUPREMIST ORGANIZATION. DR. BUSCARAN WAS RESEARCHING WHITE SUPERIORITY. MCCAIN WAS ALSO INVOLVED AND SAT IN ONE OF THEIR MTGS AUG 30, 1993, 'THE OREGON CITIZENS FUND' AN ANTI-GAY/LESBIAN HATE GROUP. MCCAIN'S A POSSIBLE WHITE SUPREMIST OR WAS. THERE'S RECORDED EVIDENCE ABOVE...

YET SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN AND GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN AND THEIR CAMPAIGN, THE REPUBLICAN, NATIONAL COMMITTEE, FOX NEWS, SEAN HANNITY, AND ANYONE ELSE INVOLVED WITH THE AUTHORITY OF AUTHORIZING ALL INVOLVED TO SAY THESE THINGS IN THESE ADS ARE IMPLYING THIS CHARGE AGAINST A U.S. SENATOR. THE CHARGE OF BEING AN TERRORIST' AND OR DOMESTIC TERRORIST OR TERRORIST SYMPATHIZERS, OR THOSE IN AGGREEMENT WITH THE IDEAS OF A DOMESTIC TERRORIST.

'IDEOLLOGICAL ALLIE'

REFERRING TO PALESTINIANS WHO HATE THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL ie TERRORIST....

citing, Itimar Marcus' report in israelenews.com. The storie entitled, 'the ideological allies of a future Palestinian state.'

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN AND GOVERNOR SARAH AND SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS, THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE AND ANYONE ELSE WITH THE AUTHORITY TO AUTHORIZE THESE CAMAPIGN ADS WHICH SEEM TO BE IN VIOLATION OF THE UNITED STATES STATUATORY BAN AGAINST THE USE OF 'COVERT PROPAGANDA' AND DISINFORMATION AGAINST UNITED STATES CITIZENS.

While I was researching the term "Ideological Allie", on GOOGLE, IT WAS INTERESTING TO SEE this SCANDALOUS TRAIL WHERE IT LEADS WHEN YOU LOOK IT UP LIKE I DID. These stories came up under this term:

1. obamaacorn.com. When I clicked on this tab I found this site, ://URLFAN.COM, which led me to this....obamaacorn.com....

scroll for updates new mccain ad ayers....

THIS SEEMS LIKE A COORDINATED PLOT BY HATE GROUPS AND RACIST DOMESTIC TERRORIST.

John McCain and Sarah Palin and the RNC and Sean Hannity and FOX NEWS have been proporting this CHARGE AGAINST Senator Obama, sort of underneathe the radar, unless of course you actually finished High School. It is as BLATANT AS, my Mom used to say, "BLATANT AS SIN".

When Chris Matthews put this to a Republican srategist on Hardball, Chris asked him, "What is McCain saying, in these ads and with these types of speeches?" Chris gave him the look of 'come on man you know what they're doing.' THE REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST CHANGED THE SUBJECT, AND WOULDN'T ANSWER CHRIS.

THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND THEY KNOW IT'S ILLEGAL

Posted by: need4trth | October 11, 2008 8:15 PM

McCain and Palin, oinking their way through the campaign have become a sty, so filthy and stinkingly low that the only ones left supporting them will be the Christian right nut cases, the bigots and the idiots.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | October 11, 2008 8:13 PM

McCain/Palin supporters are white suprimacists.

Posted by: MumboJumboo | October 11, 2008 8:13 PM

John Lewis knows of which he speaks, and he's right about this. "Playing with fire" is exactly the right way to put it. When McCain, Palin and their surrogates attempt to link Obama to terrorism (yes, he knows Ayers. Any link to the activities of the Weather Underground is preposterous), say he "isn't like us" or that he doesn't love America the way real Americans do, they are stirring up emotions and antipathy and yes, hatred, that is hard to contain.

Look at the footage from the rallies. McCain is booed when he tries to stuff the genie back in the bottle and calls Obama "decent" and a "family man." A woman tells McCain, emotionally, that she is "frightened to raise her children in an America where Obama is president." When McCain tells her, "You don't have to be afraid of him being president" she responds, "But he's an Arab terrorist." All McCain can do is look at his shoes and say, "No ma'am. He's a family man."

It's the right thing to say, but it's a little late, because those feelings have been stoked by a desperate assault since the financial meltdown designed to paint Obama as an unacceptable alternative no matter how much people agree with him or mistrust the Republicans.

And it won't work at the ballot box, not this year. I really believe that, but you know what happens when you play with fire. There are 200,000,000 guns out there in the US, and this sort of talk can feed into all sorts of psychosis and paranoia. You know, up until this week, I have brushed off my friends who have worried about Obama being assassinated, but this week I started to worry.

Is that what McCain wants? Of course not. Lewis didn't say it was. What he said is that McCain and Palin are playing with fire, creating a climate of hatred, and when I watch those rallies, I believe it. I'm not the only one. In a Fox News poll out this week, 67% of those surveyed thought McCain was running a "negative campaign." 21% said the same about Obama. Former GOP Michigan Governor and McCain supporter Michael Milliken said, "this is not the John McCain I endorsed."

And don't write off Representative Lewis. If there's anyone in the Democratic Party with hero credentials that can come close to matching McCain's, it's Lewis. No, he was not in the Hanoi Hilton and he wasn't tortured, but he was beaten on the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma marching for the right to vote in his own country. He went to jail many times and stood up to the white power structure in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia at a time when doing so often meant death. If you're reading this, it's 99% certain that he is braver than you and has done more for the cause of justice than you or anyone else you know. He also has a long historical memory, which more Americans could use. He knows what happens when this sort of talk starts flying around. Men like Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers and Bobby Kennedy end up dead from bullets fired by small men with huge hatred and the twisted illusion they're saving their country or the world from something deeply dangerous.

So before you dismiss this as more partisan posturing, think about whether you want to relive the horrors of those days. I'm not saying John McCain or Sarah Palin can stop an assassin, but they can, with their rhetoric, stir up fear and, yes, hatred, and when the powder is dry and the sparks start flying, something could easily blow up.

History is happening right now, folks, fast and furious, and it doesn't happen completely by accident, even though it sometimes seems to. John McCain seems to realize that. He has been actively trying to tone down the anger at his rallies and Obama has thanked him for it. Probably John Lewis should take that as a sign to tone his criticisms of McCain down, too, but I'm glad he said what he said. Somebody had to.

Posted by: ultimattfrisbee | October 11, 2008 8:12 PM

mccain is xenophobic and anti-immigrant.his election campaign is now spreading hatred and divisiveness. in 95 and 07 mccain voted against benefits for legal immigrants and against reuniting their families.

http://www.votesmart.org/voting_category.php?can_id=53270&type=category&category=40&go.x=16&go.y=11

Posted by: sd71 | October 11, 2008 8:11 PM

paulnolan97 said, "Conservatives cant stand that people like Obama more than McCain and that is why he is leading."

But that is not the reason. Only 2-3 weeks ago McCain was leading by 2%. But Bush has made such a mess of things, both in Iraq and in the economy that it is difficult for a Republican to win. Indeed, the fact that McCain has done relatively well is a sign of the respect that many people (not here of course) have for the man.

Don't forget, the NY Times, a rather liberal newspaper, endorsed McCain (as the Republican nominee).

It IS ironic, because Bush beat McCain out of the presidency in 2000, and it looks like Bush is doing it again in 2008.

Posted by: rohitcuny | October 11, 2008 8:09 PM

bob111. I find your comments a bit predictable. Would to consider a "speech writer" position for McCain/Palin ticket? It takes real talent to see things the way you see. John McCain/Palin mob are shouting "Kill Him" and you see that as"Barack Obama is dividing this country". I am sure you also see Hannity and O'Riely "fair and balanced"

Posted by: ramsistla | October 11, 2008 8:07 PM

John McCain will do ANYTHING, anything to come to power. He has a history of a violent temper as this video will attest to, Its a real authentic voice from a woman John McCain assaulted a Jeannette Jenkins cousin of a pow a nine minute national press, please read and open your eyes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1AWeZrdxfQ

Posted by: grdn_nell | October 11, 2008 8:05 PM

AlexZ83: anyone with a brain can answer your question. neither group is racist. supporting a candidate of your race because you think he speaks for you is not racist. not voting for someone just because they are black is. blacks have been voting for whites for decades, so they aren't racist. whites who will vote for a black despite his race aren't racist. you left out the real racists, whites of either party who won't vote for a black just because he is black.

and speaking of bigots, what's over the line is having a pastor at your rally give an invocation calling on the lord to vindicate his reputation by making McCain win because if Obama wins all the people praying to Allah for Obama to win will think Allah is the true god. you can't make this up, it happened. it's absurd on its face that god needs to win elections to save face, but to have a pastor keep up the slander that Obama is anything but a christian is despicable. whatever you may say about rev. Wright, you can't deny it's not a muslim church. where's McCain's denunciation of this hate speech?

so much for the muslim slander and idiotic religious bigotry. on the terrorist front. Obama was appointed to the board with Ayers by Leonore Annenberg, widow of Walter Annenberg, Nixon's ambassador to Great Britain. The Annenberg estate in the CA desert near Palm Springs was the host of Reagan's vacations, and to the Fords, Eisenhowers, and Bushes and countless other republican leaders. She is a stalwart and iconic republican. She would be absolutely insulted at the suggestion that Obama should be ashamed to have accepted the board seat she approved on the conservative, republican dominated board of her charitable education foundation. John McCain owes her, and countless true republicans who adore her, an apology. what a hypocrite

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 11, 2008 8:05 PM

"If 90% of all Blacks support Obama regardless of party affiliation and 45% of all Whites also support Obama regardless of their party affiliation, which one of the two groups is racist?"

It's you, for truly believing that question has some sort of legitimate merit. You are racist. You are considering race as a primary indicator in an electoral scenario, and it is the basis of your question.

Posted by: jmcgill1 | October 11, 2008 8:05 PM

Rep. Lewis is right (to echo the other comments).
If McCain were just attacking Obama's policies and legislative record he wouldn't have lost the respect of those moderates who once supported him. He can have the wingnut base.
Posted by: JPRS | October 11, 2008 4:37 PM
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How many of the wingnuts have tried to blow up the Pentagon?

Posted by: EliPeyton | October 11, 2008 8:05 PM

bob111. I find your comments a bit predictable. Would to consider a "speech writer" position for McCain/Palin ticket? It takes real talent to see things the way you see. John McCain/Palin mob are shouting "Kill Him" and you see that as"Barack Obama is dividing this country". I am sure you also see Hannity and O'Riely "fair and balanced"

Posted by: ramsistla | October 11, 2008 8:05 PM

Alex 783 you dont get it. Irishmen vote in block for Irish mayors, and Italians for Italian mayors. Block voting has been a fact of life for Americans wanting to have one of their own win elected office. Now that its a black man's opportunity, its hypocritical to say that block voting by by blacks is racist. Its not. Its as American as apple pie, and while you cons can try and stop everyting else you cant stop people for voting for Obama

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 11, 2008 8:05 PM

Palin and McCain are using dangerous tactics. If they weren't this article would have not been writtern. John Lewis is somebody who ought to be respected for what he's been through just as McCain should be respected as a former POW. If McCain says waterboarding is torture than there must be some truth to it. If congressman Lewis said that seeds of hate are being sown than that is what's happening. Therefore it must cease.

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 11, 2008 8:05 PM

This is a fitting end for the Republican Party - in the mud, spewing vitriol and hatred. Its character is evident to everyone except those blinded by hatred. Yes, a vibrant political system needs opposition, but the Republican Party long ago was discredited as a party of ideas. Now, it is revealed to be a party without honor or dignity. Those who still possess a shred of integrity should flee this corrupt and vile organization. Consider a complete change in attitude an approach. The Republicans servile attitude toward corporate masters has failed to even benefit them, because of the party's lack of integrity.

Posted by: novgorodva | October 11, 2008 8:00 PM

AlexZ83 said: Here is a simple math question for the general public:

If 90% of all Blacks support Obama regardless of party affiliation and 45% of all Whites also support Obama regardless of their party affiliation, which one of the two groups is racist?

A. The Whites

B. The Blacks

=============================

Me, me, Alex!!! It's, it's McCain and Palin!!!!

Right?

Posted by: JC505 | October 11, 2008 8:00 PM

I still believe in a place called Watts.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 11, 2008 8:00 PM

Conservatives cant stand that people like Obama more than McCain and that is why he is leading. Obama is smarter, more articulate, a better problem solver who people trust more than McCain. You cant stop the majority of people putting an end to GOP rule and it just drives you nuts.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 11, 2008 7:59 PM

Can we be witnessing the closest thing we have had to "revolution" since 1776?

Think about it.

Several years ago I read Obama's books. Liberal that I am I said to my daughter "You know, this guy could be President"

She laughed at me. "Right - a black guy with a funny name! You're dreamin pops! Go back to your shuffleboard."

While in Arizona visiting right wing cousins they asked if I was for Hillary. I said I was for Obama. They laughed their heads off.

Yet here we are - on the verge of something truly astonishing.

Millions upon millions who like me felt dismayed with the Bush Administration took to participating for the first time in a campaign.

It is PEOPLE who have put Obama where he is - on the verge of becoming President-elect of the United States of America.

Now the bile is coming to the surface as the lunatic fringe realizes what is happening. The level of hysteria is truly remarkable. If the GOP is routed in this election it will wander like the Israelites for 20 years.

Maybe that is best. It will allow the rebuilding of a Grand Old Party that is fiscally conservative and socially moderate, devoid of excessive influence from bible thumpers and neo-fascists.

The Party that made the passage of the Civil Rights Act possible when Southern Democrats wouldn't support it was the party of Senator Eveerett Dirksen of Illinois who, with moderate Republicans joined with Lyndon Johnson and Northern Democrats to defeat a 50+ day Southern Democrat filibuster and pass a bill that was right and just.

Senator Dirksen didn't have to bring Republican support to a Democratic bill.

He truly put country ahead of Party.

That was the Republican party of my youth and if a crushing defeat in this election brings it back it will be a good thing for this nation.

Blue revolution........

Posted by: toritto | October 11, 2008 7:58 PM

Here is a simple math question for the general public:

If 90% of all Blacks support Obama regardless of party affiliation and 45% of all Whites also support Obama regardless of their party affiliation, which one of the two groups is racist?

A. The Whites

B. The Blacks

Does any one dare answer the question?

Posted by: AlexZ83 | October 11, 2008 7:56 PM

John Lewis is right. McPalin are throwbacks to 1968 and Wallace. Their campaign is an appeal to the racists and that's about it. No apology required for telling the truth.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 11, 2008 7:55 PM

Seems Hanoi John does not like the obvious being pointed out about he and his campaign. It's really sad to see how low he has gone in his campaign for the presidency. But then again what do you expect out of this tired old man.

Posted by: justjunkemail | October 11, 2008 7:55 PM

Blacks should realize that White Americans are getting tired of being tread upon by Blacks and other minorities. When John Lewis talks about "fire" he should really watch it. Barry Hussein Obama has no right to be President, but because he is Black the Dark People are demanding that Obumma be anointed President of the US. Obama should have never been allowed in this race because we could all end up in a civil war because of him. Go Palin Mccain 08 Save America

Posted by: Scruffy1970 | October 11, 2008 7:54 PM

We aren't talking about anyone who is a critic. We are talking about demagoguery by McCain and Palin. Obama is as much or more American than the two of them combined. He has as much a right as anyone to be running. But to listen to McPalin they got some god-given right from someone to appear to be more American. They incite hate and violence by pretending that Obama is some sort of unknown or threat to America. He's not, but their tactics are, and they have caused people to say things that are a threat. This GOP hate mongering needs to end now.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 11, 2008 7:51 PM

mwdr2008 says all the racists in the South were Democrats during Wallace's era, which is true, but it's well-documented that now they're Republicans.

After LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, reportedly he quipped to a fellow Dem: "We just lost the South for a generation."

Nixon and Reagan both had Southern Strategies that succeeded in siphoning off Dems angry at their party for sponsoring the Civil Rights Act. That strategy turned the South into a GOP stronghold, which it remains to this day.

In other words, mwdr2008, Southern racists today are Republicans not Dems.

Posted by: jhbyer | October 11, 2008 7:51 PM

Iron-Fistgate - Sarah Palin ruled her small town Wasilla with an iron fist. Can we say "female Dick Cheney"?
Censorgate. She asked her town librarian if the library "could live with censorship of library books.”
Mayberrygate: Palin fired the Wasilla police chief because he was trying to clean up drinking and concealed weapons in the town.
Hockeygate. The Hockey rink she built in Wasilla required raising taxes and sinking the town in debt. Can we say "George W. Bush"-style conservatism?
Bricknergate. Palin's preacher invites a speaker to spew anti-semitic nonsense while she sits in the audience and listens
Bridge-to-Nowheregate. She was for it before she was against it.
Porkgate - Palin lobbied Washington for frivolous funds.
Oilgate. She's vetoed legislation for wind and solar energy and is securely in the pockets of big oil (her husband works for British Petroleum). She's even willing to let polar bears die for oil.
Troopergate. She fired her public safety commissioner because he refused to fire a state trooper who was the ex-husband of her sister and engaged in a bitter custody battle. Can we say "Bush Administration"?

Posted by: pixiedust1 | October 11, 2008 7:49 PM

I'm just curious as to why Obama should "personally repudiate" these comments. I believe that yes, Obama should defend John Mccain's character; However, Mccain's plea for repudiation seems almost like a dare. It's not exactly a secret that Lewis isn't a staunch supporter of the GOP, so I don't see why his comment deserves a personal apology or reprimand from Obama.

Posted by: MKSblue2010 | October 11, 2008 7:48 PM

sealanie: No one accuses someone of being a racist because they say that Obama went to Ayers house, but then you know that. At the rallies, the one in Florida with Palin whipping the crowd into a frenzi of rage, one of Palin supporters turns to a black camera man and says "sit down boy". At another rally of McPalin a support calls out "kill him" another "hang him" (veryKKK). The emphasis on Barack Hussein Obama's middle name to associate him with the negative part of Middle eastern people....is racist. Having a McCain supporter say to McCain that Obama is Arab and McCian saying "no he is not".....and then McCain followers Boo'ing McCain, is showing that many McCain followers are racist. The very limited association Obama has had with Ayers is nothing racist and nothing compared to the things shouted out by McCain followers. Up till last evening....racist and violent words were allowed to get by with out the Mc/Palin duo denouncing them.

Posted by: leah1946 | October 11, 2008 7:47 PM

John McCain and Sarah Palin are trying every dirty trick in the book to win this election. It does not surprise me at all that Sarah Palin is inciting hatred.It is too rich to expect Sarah Palin to have some insight.

But it is disappointing to see John McCain to take the same road. A honorable war veteran to stoop so low is very sad. John McCain's reaction to Lewis is also strange. Nobody is upset with John McCain bringing up Bill Ayers into the conversation. Such tactics are fair game in an election season.

It is the hatred that they are inciting at their rallies that is being questioned. i am sure he is intelligent enough to understand the difference.

Posted by: ramsistla | October 11, 2008 7:47 PM

John Lewis on the McCain Campaign
"What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history," Lewis wrote in a statement first posted on Politico's website. "Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse." – John Lewis
The personal attacks of Governor Palin, calling Obama an associate of terrorists and stating he is "not like us" is what provoked the cries of "Kill him" and other venomous crowd responses at so many Republican ticket campaign rallies. John Lewis was right. McCain has a history of insensitivity to issues of racial justice. He even had the poor judgment and callousness to vote against the establishment of the Martin Luther King Holiday in his early years of the Senate, legislation which was begrudgingly signed by Ronald Reagan.
Last year McCain campaigned in Tennessee alongside Republican candidate Bob Corker whose campaign was running the most overtly racist campaign advertisement in recent memory against the Democrat candidate Harold Ford, an African American. It featured an apparently nude white woman speaking directly into the camera the words “call me Harold, Call me". McCain did not say one word about these nasty ads which were running as he campaigned alongside Mr.Corker. At the times these advertisements were being criticized by the media and some members of the Republican Party. McCain was silent.

John McCain's political hero is Ronald Reagan, who launched his first presidential campaign in the small town of Philadelphia Mississippi in 1980, the location of the murder of three civil rights workers. In that speech Reagan invoked the phrase "states right" the calling card phrase of segregationists. This speech was an obvious appeal to southern racists and was following the script of Richard Nixon’s infamous “southern strategy” of 1968 which led him to victory over Hubert Humphrey.

I am not saying that McCain is a racist. In his 2000 campaign however McCain dropped his earlier opposition to continued presence of the confederate battle emblem which was in the South Carolina flag and was and is a symbol of anti-black sentiment. McCain later apologized for this change of position.

John Lewis is speaking out of a historical context which is being confirmed by McCain's campaign in this election cycle. John McCain, like George Wallace will appeal to racism and racial fears if he feels it will win an election. He has done it in the past, he has supported others who have engaged in this type of behavior and he is doing it now.
Obama has distanced himself from Lewis's comparison of McCain to the venal George Wallace, fair enough. John McCain has not called for segregation but the difference between McCain and Wallace has historically been a difference of degree more than a difference in kind. We must ask is this the behavior of an American patriot? Is this acceptable behavior for an American Presidential candidate in the 21st Century? I think not.

John H. Armwood

Posted by: armwood1 | October 11, 2008 7:47 PM

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/10/fear-and-loathing-in-town-hall.html

Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Fear and Loathing in the Town Hall: A Predictive Fantasy

(The camera looks at the hall from above, into the hall, from the POV of the stage. Red meat has been hung from the walls and rafters, along with dollar bills which, upon closer inspection, are prop money.

The crowd is seated. They are strangely quiet. Their manner is that between those who are waiting for their instructions, post-op surgical recoverees, and post-war survivors. They are slightly slumped, in the same posture.

The candidates enter from opposite sides of the rear of the stage and walk to their podiums. The crowd rises as one and cheers with a loud, aggressive fervor reflective of their desperation.

Obama is standing tall in stride, looking a bit overcome by the experience, although genuine. McCain is smiling--his cheerful public grimace, although there is some genuine pleasure. His eyes have the slightest glaze of a gradually oncoming fog.)

MODERATOR: Tonight is a different format--one where you, the public, can ask your questions directly to the candidates. None of the questions have been screened in advance, and the candidates have been given no advance notice of what the questions, or who the questioners, might be. And with that, we begin. Our first question:

CITIZEN 1: My name is Jan, I'm from Murfreesboro? I've been watching the news, and I'm scared. I can't say that I've listened much about the stock market before? But I know that it's going down, and that's bad. I don't know what's going to happen to my job, or my house, or my kids. My question is for Mr. McCain? What will you do to help us understand what is going on, and to make it clear just what you will do about it?

(Crowd applauds vigorously as Jan sits down with a bit of embarrassment).

MCCAIN: (Holding the top of the rostrum with both hands and smiling): Well, first, I want to welcome each of you here tonight. You know, I know what each of you are feeling. I think that each of you must be scared--as I am, of not verifying myself in my father's and my grandfather's eyes. But, that's not so important today--or, at least saying it isn't. What is most important is to appear that I understand an economy that just months ago I said that I had little understanding of at all. I want to win. I need it, frankly, as a way of overcoming my own personal horrors and demons, of overcoming the anger that was bestowed and thrust, unwillingly, upon me. And that's why I'm still willing, even as the sharpest edges of mental function fade, to propel myself through this mass of insult. I understand how to respond to insult. With anger. And impulse. And that's what I'll bring to the White House, come January of 2009.

(Crowd applauds vigorously)

MODERATOR: The next question is for Senator Obama.

CITIZEN 2: Thanks. My name is Ross, from Shreveport. First-time caller, long-time listener. My question is: Senator Obama, it's not an error that you were given the middle name "Barack". We know that that is the same name of the murderous. Communist leader of Iran--and that's no accident. (A slight murmur from the crowd. The moderator looks vaguely stunned, but does not interrupt). Now, when you were going to Russia, with Bill Ayers, and dodging the draft--just like William Jefferson Clinton--(speaking more quickly now, more aggressively, turning to the crowd)--why weren't you here at home, saving our banks from the Liberals and the Socialists who want to take our money away from us and just give it to the terrorists?

SARAH PALIN: (Poking her head out from the wings, with a big smile): You betcha'!

(She withdraws).

OBAMA: Well. First of all, I also want to welcome you all here tonight. You know, I know that this is a difficult time. Many of you are worried about your jobs, your families, your homes. There are times that test a man's soul, and every woman's as well. And I know that this may be one of those times. I can understand why you would be frightened, even angry at what this nation has done. But we are a nation that has risen up in adversity even in the best of times, we found our strength, and honor, and courage, our ability to work as one, when faced with the most difficult situations. And I want to call on each of you, in that spirit of patriotic sacrifice, to join with me in that effort in the days ahead.

(Silence. Then applause, as the recognition of actual thought begins to spread through the crowd. It swells, and finally, subsides).

MODERATOR: The next question is for Senator McCain.

CITIZEN 3 (He is a man who appears to be in his early 40's wearing blue jeans that are stiff and obviously brand-new. They are perfectly creased. He is wearing a tight fitting, also obviously new T-Shirt that says "Average American...And Black With Rage!" beneath which is an American flag. He is wearing black wing-tip shoes. ). Senator McCain, I'm just an average American, just an average Joe, just your Average Joe-Sixpack (Blackberry begins ringing)...Oh...
excuse me...just...a...sec...my boss's phone...(whispering tensely into phone:) "No...I said sell. Sell. Yes, the entire portfolio. No, not Ghanan timber, for god's sake, gold, the lot of it. Jesus H....(tucks Blackberry back into pants pocket and then readjusts his stance to that of average Joe, slumping to one side again and changing his voice back to it's original tenor). Like I said, just an average Joe Sixpack. And I'm wonderin'. I heard what Mr. Hussein just said about "rising up", and I'm wonderin' if that's exactly what he wants to do! Oh, sure, he wants us to band together to rise up--where have we heard that before? Socialists! That's what they do! (crowd begins to murmur, and in the rising heat, the smell of the fresh meat begins to waft faintly through the hall). Rise up! That's what he wants to do! Well, we need to rise up! Against those kind of Socialist, Communist, Fascist, Atheist, Marxist policies! (the crowd is talking, some nodding their heads). And so what I want to ask you, Sen. McCain (crowd quiets), as an average everyday American, is this: What is it like, being a fighter pilot and all, when you know that Barack Hussein was out there, palling around with his Communist friends?

MCCAIN: Well, my friend--and by that, I mean that all of you are my friends--I'm glad you asked. Not everyone has had the luxury of gaining an education merely on the basis of their own talent, or the opportunity to travel the world learning how to be separate from important family members without their having significant pull, or to be able to experience the variety of foods that one has the chance to consume when they are paid for by the State. And, I can say that, in that way, I haven't been quiet as lucky. But I will say this--I will not look such fortune in the face and say: 'Fine, I'll work on education with the Bill Ayers of this world', "I'll be at the top of my class at Harvard", when I can be down, down there with you at the bottom! I know what it's like to be at the bottom when I've had all the opportunities--and I want to share that experience with those of you who have had none. You're angry. I'm angry. We have that in common. Let's be angry together, satisfied that, for another for four years, we've put those who have the arrogance to think for extended periods in their place, content in knowing that we're right--even if we're wrong.

CITIZEN 4: Hiya. My name is George, from Midland, altho' some would say Kennebunkport, heh, heh. I have a question for ya, John, and it's this. Listen: I'm goin' to be out of a job soon. Oil futures aren't lookin' that good, and I've got to tell ya', I didn't have too much luck there in the first place. So I'd like to ask ya, one flyin' man to another--what do you think I oughta do?

PALIN: (emerges from wings with purposeful strides to McCain's podium): I've got to take this one, John. Mr. Bush, if you can't figure out what you want to do after you leave and we move in, take a little time off, and then you come right up to Alaska. They love hunting just like you--and you can fly, you can learn to do it from a plane! The pipeline's big enough for any number of mistakes. So you come up here when you're finished--we've got plenty of bars with plenty of bowls of nuts and plenty of televisions right on Wasiila Main street--we'll take care of you right!

(Bush smiles and sits, crowd applauds, Palin, smiling and waving, exits).

CITIZEN 5: Well, look. This is a serious question. I'm John, from Carpenter. It's for both of you. I've got two kids, 4 and 6, a boy and a girl--so sweet. You know. My wife, she was working for the WaMu branch, center of town. It's closing next week. She's been looking in the ads, the newspapers, online--nothing. It's all she can do to keep a smile on her face for the kids. Myself, I built a commerical trucking business from the ground up. Sixteen years. Sweat everyday, grease on my hands, I can never get it out. We were never rich, but I made a good living. I didn't know about investing--who does, you're not born with it! Anyway, I went to an investment advisor, it seemed like the safe thing to do, protect the kids, plan for the future, not use my own dumb head (smiles). Well, he was so smart, and he was so sure, and he had it all planned out. And it looked so impressive on paper. Now--all of a sudden--it's gone. Everything is changing. It's changing so quickly. It seems like nobody--nobody knew. Not even the people who were supposed to! Everybody was talkin', makin noise, thinkin' of one thing: Themselves, themselves, themselves. Never worrying to think about someone else, about the future, about the next moment.

Well, now the next moment is here. And I wanna know--what are the two of you really going to do about it?

(The room is quiet as his last word echoes in the hall. The raw meat is rocking, slowly in the air, and the paper bills are gently fluttering). You can see Palin in profile, standing in the wings, holding her chin in her hand. The two candidates stare straight ahead, holding the podium. They are silent).

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/10/fear-and-loathing-in-town-hall.html


Posted by: robthewsoncamb | October 11, 2008 7:47 PM

Right wing hate mongers can't stand to lose. They pretend that Obama, who is clearly the smarter, better candidate, is somehow a "risk", when they are the only risk to our security. People like Obama. They don't like you crazy righties who sawed yourself off from America. The FBI should investigate the GOP and search the files of the RNC, McCain and Palin. In 1968, the Chicago 7 were prosecuted for basically similar circumstances of stirring up a mob. Of course right wingers think its ok for their own to cause trouble, incite hate for political purposes, but not for the hippies. The right wing pretends to be above the law.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 11, 2008 7:47 PM

it is telling of mccain's cowardice that he would pass the ball to obama.

lewis would have been remiss had he not made such a statement...a sentiment that has been expressed by republican and democratic officials alike this past week...numerous articles have come out this week by many republicans stating that mccain's supporters have become that of a mob mentality, a party out of bounds.

mccain's rally's have shed a light on an america that i can't believe still exists...hateful and ignorant rants that mccain, as an american, as a statesman, should have immediately called to task...he didn't.
in fact, he seemed to gloat in the skewed adulation and...this is shameful. as a man who speaks of honor, he should know better and react accordingly.

now is a fine opportunity for our congressmen and representatives to rise above the partisan fray and do what is both honorable and right by what we, as americans, stand for...call out this behavior together, IN UNISON, as unacceptable, and beneath the values of the american people.

Posted by: jazzgrrrl25 | October 11, 2008 7:46 PM

How short a memory !!!!!!. Not long ago, we all were talking about decend being unpatriotic (Remember Bush), now any critic of his almightly, Hussian Obama is now a racist.
Give these 2 bit crocks the country and kiss your A&% good bye.

Posted by: gbapu | October 11, 2008 7:44 PM

Barack "Hussien" Obama is dividing our country like no one before. He has set Christian against Muslim, young against old, black against white, and conservative against liberal. At this point you must think that if he is a true American and loved his country he would think about stepping aside and letting Hillary Clinton take his place for the sake of our country so that he would not be sowing so much hate and discontent and threats like this would not be coming from John Lewis. Do you think that John Lewis, and all of the black supporters would allow this to save the country from whatever dire circumstances John Lewis is threatening? The answer is NO, he did not even want Hillary Clinton as his running mate because he did not want to share any of the glory.

Posted by: bob111 | October 11, 2008 7:44 PM

MorganaLeFay ,

"Palin incites a crowd to scream "Kill Obama!!" and the Republican controlled portion of the press, e.g., Fox News, AM radio, the Washington Times, etc., remains silent. In fact, Hannity currently cuts the mike of anyone who tries to bring this up."

Hannity cuts the mike because it is a lie. I was at the Bethlehem rally. I know. How do you know what you think you know????

Posted by: alanr1 | October 11, 2008 7:44 PM

If it walks like a duck & quacks it is a duck. The people at Palin rallies look (and sound like) just like the people who came to the schools during the 1960's when integration was taking place. Angry, dangerous and ready for violence. The expressions on their faces are the same. Google some old footage or go to the library. Look at the Hitler crowds. She "gins them up". Lewis is spot on.

Posted by: shirleypettaway | October 11, 2008 7:39 PM

The FBI should investigate the GOP and search the files of the RNC, McCain and Palin. In 1968, the Chicago 7 were prosecuted for basically similar circumstances of stirring up a mob. Of course right wingers think its ok for their own to cause trouble, incite hate for political purposes, but not for the hippies. The right wing pretends to be above the law.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 11, 2008 7:39 PM

How about this quote from Obama, talking to an elite group in San Fran about those white working class in Penn.
Paraphrased because I can't remember exactly his words.
Posted by: bnw173 | October 11, 2008 7:31 PM
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A paraphrase is not a quote IDIOT!

Posted by: harried | October 11, 2008 7:38 PM

Since we will be called racist no matter what, let's play name games. McCain's middle name is Sydney. Sydney, Sydney, Sydney. If I wrote the middle name of Sen. Obama that many times, I guess I'd be a multiple racist.

Don't you liberals feel pretty silly right about now?

Posted by: alanr1 | October 11, 2008 7:37 PM

Right wingers hate that Barack is a better candidate more articulate and winning over more people. He's doing it without the help of the media, and with the free choice of Americans. Those who preach hate can't stand it that no one cares what they say, but we do worry that the hate reflects unstable right wing minds.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 11, 2008 7:36 PM

Said it before a few times and will say it again: Threatening a sitting United States Senator with physical violence is a violation of Title 18 of the United States Code and a felony. The Mccain campaign, as an organization, has encouraged such threats. His running mate, Governor Palin, herslef an unethical troll, has specifically encouraged them and should be sued for slander by William Ayers for the simple reason that she called him a "terrorist" and has no evidence that he was ever indicted, prosecuted, or convicted in any court of law as such. A terrorist throws a bomb, and kills people. Guess who has been investigated and prosecuted for murder? Members of Operation "Rescue", a domestic terrorist organization by any sane definition. McCain's campaign, with its encouragement of comments like "kill him" directed toward Senator Obama, has provided probable cause to have its offices searched, including its computers and e-mail messages. And McCain's feeble, half-hearted attempts to cover his fanny on such comments is nothing more than an effort to protect himself. Country first? Since when, Mr. McCain?

Posted by: pookiecat | October 11, 2008 7:36 PM

The very nature of rallies is divisive - "I'm great, my opponent sucks!" They should be outlawed and replaced with get to know the candidate barbecues and debates. Rallies are simply an exercise in mob mentality, period.

Posted by: treetopflyer | October 11, 2008 7:35 PM

Until today, I thought the democrat strategy of simply blaming republicans, starting with Bush, for everything that could possibly be wrong or unfair in the universe was a tactic. Now I think democrats are just so self-deceived that they simply can not see things differently. They are incapable of seeing or admitting that for the past eight years they have been steadily escalating the rhetoric of hatred, anger, insult and blame, diminishing the value of integrity and honesty, concentrating on acts of vengence rather than works of government, and actively ignoring the truth that their accomplishments in the House and Senate are less appreciated by the american people than any other american government ever. Blaming the other guy what they themselves have done or, worse, are preparing to do, is not, as I thought, a clever though cynical strategy. It is an act of ignorance, stupidity and irresponsibility. Folks, the campaign fires, aroar on both sides, are snapping off sparks that threaten to ignite the dry fuel that our political and social environemnts have become into a conflagration that will easily be put out. In his comments today about Obama being a decent person, McCain threw a small buck of water on his campaign fires. Obama took his turn to empty his buck on his fires today as well, but his bucket was filled with excellerant.

Posted by: paulinparadise | October 11, 2008 7:35 PM

Annenbergs of Regan era are not the Annenbergs of today. They are wealthy beyond belief, socialist promoters in public Schools. They made their money, but you won't be so fortunate as the Annenbergs, because America is no longer a place to get rich. We have too many social obligations to illegals, immigrants, programs for the lazy, free lunches and Raines executives, You know Raines, the CEO of FANNIE MAE? He got rich on your IRA accounts, just now collapsing due to greed.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 7:35 PM

No one cares about Palin except the narrow minded jerks. What the anti-Obama posters don't like is that Obama is a better candidate than the GOP's McCain and that none of the arguments spun out by the hate mongers of the right resonated beyond their lackeys. Its not the media fawning, its the fact that Obama is better and that people like him more than McCain. More people like Obama than care about the narrow minded, predjudice. The right wingers have trouble that people in a free country could vote freely for Obama. Thats the deal.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 11, 2008 7:34 PM

I AM SORRY, Congressman Lewis, but it is Barack Obama himself who created these circumstances with the manner in which he came to prominence: through the corruption of Chicago politics.

The politics of Rezko, Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Richard M. Daly, John Stroger and Emil Jones and all the rest.

You are not fooling anyone with your race bating, Congressman. YOU contribute to the problem. You and the likes of Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright.

Posted by: InHarmsWay | October 11, 2008 7:33 PM

What the anti-Obama posters don't like is that Obama is a better candidate than the GOP's McCain and that none of the arguments spun out by the hate mongers of the right resonated beyond their lackeys. Its not the media fawning, its the fact that Obama is better and that people like him more than McCain. More people like Obama than care about the narrow minded, predjudice. The right wingers have trouble that people in a free country could vote freely for Obama. Thats the deal.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 11, 2008 7:33 PM

I can only encourage Congressman Lewis and the likes of him to continue spewing out inflammatory and radical threats like these. Those kinds of statements are definitely going to swing moderate and independent voters away from the Obama campaign and are the surest way from him to loose the elections.

"Elect Obama or the country will burn" -- oooo I am really scared...

Posted by: AlexZ83 | October 11, 2008 7:32 PM

AND MWDR2008 YOU ARE SO FAKE UNPATRIOCTIC AND UPSURD IN YOUR THOUGHTS YOUR FUNNY AND NEED TO FIND A SHAK IN ANTARTICA

Posted by: goterps4 | October 11, 2008 7:32 PM

Senator McCain and Governor Palin continue to try to make this election about character, as it's all they got left. All I can say is what goes around comes around: i.e. neither Senator McCain nor Governor Palin can credibly complain about character attacks coming at them.

Posted by: UnPatriotic | October 11, 2008 7:31 PM

"Say ANYTHING critical of Obama and "you beez a race-ist."
Posted by: mdore1 | October 11, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse"

Can you cite a single example of anyone saying that not voting for Obama is a necessary and sufficient condition to be labeled a racist? No, you can't. So put your straw man argument where it belongs.

By the way, your lame attempt to transliterate ebonics does smack more than a little of racism.

Posted by: PutDown
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How about this quote from Obama, talking to an elite group in San Fran about those white working class in Penn.

Paraphrased because I can't remember exactly his words. But he said "these bitter small town folks won't vote for me because they cling to their guns and religion, and have antipathy for those who don't look like them" (which has to mean they wouldn't vote for him because they were white and he was black)
That is just a refined elitist way of calling them racists.

How about them apples?

There's your exam[ple. Now how are you going to spin it?

Posted by: bnw173 | October 11, 2008 7:31 PM

Palin is an All American Icon, she represents American Women and families of long term citizenship better than anyone we know. She is genuine and she is telling the truth, how do I know? THE TRUTH MANY OF US HAVE KNOWN AND FORCED PEOPLE TO LEARN ABOUT ON BLOGS, IS JUST NOW BEING SPOKEN BY PALIN. WE HAVE BEEN READING MORE THAN OTHERS, AND RESEARCHED OBAMA. TRY RESEARCHING SUBJECTS AND LEARN MORE ABOUT PEOPLE AND QUIT VOTING FOR SKIN COLOR.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 7:31 PM

Obama was appointed to the board with Ayers by Leonore Annenberg, widow of Walter Annenberg, Nixon's ambassador to Great Britain. The Annenberg estate in the CA desert near Palm Springs was the host of Reagan's vacations, and to the Fords, Eisenhowers, and Bushes and countless other republican leaders. She is a stalwart and iconic republican. She would be absolutely insulted at the suggestion that Obama should be ashamed to have accepted the board seat she approved on the conservative, republican dominated board of her charitable education foundation. what a hypocrite.

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 11, 2008 7:29 PM

We don't need to replay 1968 again. DOJ should see a search warrant to search GOP national offices and John McCain's national offices to see if they are aware that the potential consequences of their rable rousing may lead to violence? I think the McCain/Palin campaign has reached the point where some legal action and investigation should be taken pre-emptively to see whether they are aware of the possibility that their comments may cause violence or at the least impede people from exercising the right to vote in some areas.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 11, 2008 7:29 PM

"A pastor delivered a partisan invocation at the McCain rally today, casting the presidential election as a battle between the world’s religions and raising questions about Barack Obama’s faith.

“I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god-whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah-that (McCain’s) opponent wins, for a variety of reasons,” said Pastor Arnold Conrad, formerly of the Grace Evangelical Free Church, during his introductory remarks.

“Lord, I pray that you will guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their God is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and election day,” he added."

http://embeds.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/10/11/pastor-delivers-controversial-invocation-at-mccain-event/

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 11, 2008 7:29 PM

WHO KILLED JFK? Who assasinated Abraham Lincoln, offering yourself as President during a tense time such as this, is risky. So, please don't blame race on the hate some have for Obama. I don't hate but I wouldn't vote for Obama if he was lily white, wore an American Flag in his cap, sang the Star Spangled Banner every morning at Breakfast and I am an American Patriot. Phonies are transparent to some of us.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 7:28 PM

Palin incites a crowd to scream "Kill Obama!!" and the Republican controlled portion of the press, e.g., Fox News, AM radio, the Washington Times, etc., remains silent. In fact, Hannity currently cuts the mike of anyone who tries to bring this up.

Now close your eyes and imagine how the Republican controlled portion of the press would have responded if Obama had led a crowd in a chant of "Kill McCain!".

Would there be a difference?

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 11, 2008 7:28 PM

Obama's camp did the most gracious and pragmatic thing & denounced that Mc/Palin should be compared to George Wallace. They and many voters however have seen the kind of rage stirred up at anti-Obama rallies. This rage has millions of the American people concerned about where this could lead. Last night McCain's supporters at his rally BOO'd him for saying Obama was NOT an Arab and that he was a good family man & senator. McCain tried to point out that two people can have differences of opinion and still respect each other. The "Booing" should be a wake up notice that the work to build up rage is now expected in the McCain rallies and his supporters are disappointed when it doesn't happen. The same as George Wallace? No, not yet anyway, but that was a direction the McPalin campaign was heading in.

Posted by: leah1946 | October 11, 2008 7:28 PM

paulnolan9,

"How about a search warrant to search GOP national offices and John McCain's national offices to see if they are aware that the potential consequences of their rable rousing may lead to violence?"

First of all the McCain-Palin ticket is not inciting violence. Second of all, your solution is right out of the Nazi ( Reichstag ) playbook.

Posted by: alanr1 | October 11, 2008 7:28 PM

THANK GOD MWDR2008 ONLY GETS 1 VOTE IN THERE STATE WE HOPE

Posted by: goterps4 | October 11, 2008 7:27 PM

OMG! He's Black!!!

That Democrat librul, pinko, commie, leninist, marxist, trotskyite, anarchist, nihilist,arab muslim islamo fascist terrorist, friend of terrorists, harvard educated foreigner, reader of Malcolm X, Chicago Pol, disciple of Rev. Wright, funny named unexperienced BLACK GUY is gonna be PRESIDENT of the United States of America!!!!

Oh Happy Day!!


Did I forget anything? Any insult?

Oh Yea - HUSSEIN!!

:-)

P. S. We are sooo gonna enjoy giving neo-cons agita. (smile) Think about it...waking up the day after the election and everywhere the message: Barack Hussein Obama is President-elect of the United States of America.

Watching the entire world celebrate on cable news....watching Hannity, Limballs and Orally take gas.......:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 11, 2008 7:26 PM

Racism cuts both ways. Congressman George Lewis raises the race card. Obama turns around and denounces Lewis's comments.

I guess angry blacks are ok, but not angry white folks. Anger is not racism. This is over the top!

Posted by: Drillbit | October 11, 2008 7:26 PM

Okay, let me get this straight. McCain and Palin attack Obama's character. Lewis calls them out on it. McCain complains that his character is being unfairly attacked.

Am I the only one who thinks that there's something not right about this?

Man, I need this election to be over. I almost don't care who wins anymore. Just make it end.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | October 11, 2008 7:25 PM

Mr. Lewis is not calling McCain/ Palin racists. He is saying that they are encouraging HATE and DIVISION and trying to scare voters into voting for them. That is something I have learned about the republican party after reading so many posts and listening to their rhetoric on Fox news, Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, ect. When someone does not agree with them or their views, they get ANGRY and attack in a vicious manner. I am not saying all republicans are that way, but I think the way that they get people to continuely vote against their self interests is because they are bright enough to see that they are being manipulated by the fear. lie and smears tactics. They just repeat the lies over and over and over again.... and hope some ignorants believe it. Palin is just a puppet for the campaign. McCain is willing to try anything to win.... even if it means selling his soul and ruining his reputation for ever. Its SAD.

Posted by: realamerican2 | October 11, 2008 7:25 PM

I admit it. I hate Obama. Not so much because of him, but because of the over-the-top fawning and protection provided to him by the media.

The GOP has a extremely week candidate that can't articulate the argument that would sink Obama. That is why McCain has resorted to this scorched earth strategy. This is something the press should have looked at.

That's ok. The so called independents will get what they deserve after four years of Obama, Reed, Pelosi, Frank and Dodd.

Posted by: bvwood | October 11, 2008 7:25 PM

I think my now 85% of us already know who we will be voting for in this election. I just received my investment statement and I'm not happy like I suspect most of you share my sentiments. Let us focus on the best candidate who can get us out of this mess we currently find ourselves in. The world and America is in the middle of a financial crisis. People are losing their jobs and would subsequently lose their homes. GM, which employs thousands of people could go under, and we are fighting with each other, it is a shame and a smear on American, we are better than that. There is no room in either campaign for hatred and threats made to people life. I want the best candidate to restore our country in the eyes of the world and the candidate who can restore my 401k before I retire. I see hints of black and white but overwhelmingly, I've been seeing GREEN, green in my 529 to pay for my child education, and green to pay my mortgage, and green to buy food and green to heat my house this winter....On November 4, 2008, I will be seeing GREEN!!!!!

Posted by: netgreen1000 | October 11, 2008 7:24 PM

If a Southern white person was running for President and he or she went to the home of a KKK member for a meeting or visit. THE MEDIA WOULD BE ON HIM OR HER LIKE WHITE ON RICE. BUT, Obama can go to a known terrorists house for ?? and if you call him out on it then you are a racist.

Well, then call me a racist, because I would want an investigation on the person who visited the KKK or a known terrorist no matter if they were white, black, red green, purple.

Posted by: Sealanie | October 11, 2008 7:24 PM

"Please, Please, Please do not forget DEMOCRATIC Governor, George Wallace, in 1967, who barred BLACK STUDENTS From entering the schools in Albama, to integrate them? He was a big white racist DEMOCRAT. Don't forget this children!!"

...and don't forget that the two major parties flipped sides in the south when Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. Johnson, upon signing the Act even stated, "I've cost the Democrats the South for a generation"... History has proven this to be true.

Posted by: elvis68 | October 11, 2008 7:24 PM

Due to the Accorn fraudulent registration of voters being investigated in 7 states, the election will not be over Nov. 4, but will just begin. The Supreme Court will most likely appoint the President after they check the jailbirds registrations, the graveyards, fast food adresses and the other fake addresses and Ids. No decent person will be willing to work with the obama fellow comrades.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 7:23 PM

Look, Obama has been threatened with death twice (at least the ones caught on tape), once with "kill him" and "off with his head." He's been called "terrorist." Someone has yelled out "treason." Now this goes way beyond the usual partisan booing and lambasting of a candidate a voter does not agree with. Once a candidate has been threatened with death coupled with other inflammatory remarks, Lewis has a point.

Posted by: jabreal00 | October 11, 2008 7:23 PM

William Ayers, obama's close friend is married to a known terrorist because she was on the FBI MOST WANTED LIST. Look her up. :D

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Ayers is not a terrorist, he is a college professor.

Where is your proof that he is? Nowhere, that's where!

Even the former prosecutor of Ayer's case says Obama is not a terrorist.

But for you or anyone to claim Obama is breaking the law when he isn't, is not only slanderous and libelous, it is unconstitutional.

Why do you hate the Constitution?

Posted by: kevinschmidt | October 11, 2008 7:21 PM

McCain and Palin have a grasp on what tickles your average, bitter small town Republican. Mindless, drooling, hate and rage.

Of course, you could have figured that out by just listening to AM talk radio. They know their audience.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 11, 2008 7:21 PM

MWDR2008 YOU ARE A RACIST WE DON'T NEED YOUR KIND HERE

Posted by: goterps4 | October 11, 2008 7:21 PM

I knew that ACORN allows for multiple voter registrations. Which is why Obama will probably win. I just did not think there would be so many right here. I'm looking for Dick Tracy and Jive Turkey. Those are the typical ACORN voters. Is this a racial slur?

Posted by: alanr1 | October 11, 2008 7:21 PM

paulnolan, For inciting violence, we would have to arrest all of Obama's associations. hahahahh
The Capitol building bomber would be at the top of the list, next might be Khalid al-Mansour who was associated with the Black Panthers of Berkeley........

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 7:19 PM

Thank you Mr. Lewis for your remarks.

Thank goodness this nonsense will be over November 4th; after which the real work starts - trying to get everyone to work together to fix the mess(es) we are in.

Since I'm an optimist, I'm hopeful that all the idiots spewing hate and divisiveness are just small minority.

We're all Americans. We can, and must, do better.

No matter who you are voting for, just make sure you - and all those you know who are registered - vote on election day.

It is how our great country works.

As a 30+ year registered independent who supported McCain in 2000, and a fellow veteran, I thank Mr. McCain for his service.

I just do not want him - and particularly his running mate, anywhere the white house as our leaders.

Hope that we'll be supporting President Obama and VP Joseph Biden as they try to get us back on track. All of us: that is what it will take to 'right this ship."

Posted by: patrioticvet | October 11, 2008 7:19 PM

How about a search warrant to search GOP national offices and John McCain's national offices to see if they are aware that the potential consequences of their rable rousing may lead to violence? I think the McCain/Palin campaign has reached the point where some legal action and investigation should be taken pre-emptively to see whether they are aware of the possibility that their comments may cause violence or at the least impede people from exercising the right to vote in some areas.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 11, 2008 7:18 PM

I'm 40 year old white guy I'd had hoped this country would have progressed beyond color by now. Alot of you need to move out of our country or grow up.

Posted by: goterps4 | October 11, 2008 7:17 PM

so McCain has to feign outrage at being compared to Wallace? as if he is only challenging Obama's health care plan? give me a break. he should watch his ads, not just approve them. the folks at his rallies are calling Obama a muslim terrorist because his ads accuse him of being a terrorist sympathizer who "isn't one of us," not because Obama wants health care for the uninsured. shutting down debate? as if anyone could do that. McCain doth protest too much. Lewis is dead on, and McCain is desperate and has been called on it from all quarters.

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 11, 2008 7:17 PM

Please don't tell me obama will fix the economy since he has Raines on his staff as financial advisor. Was Raines the CEO of Freddie Mac or Fannie mae? OMG. Who else will help him fix our country? Khalid al-Mansour, the personal friend of Prince Abdullah, the radical from Berkely once known by another name, Harden? Donald Harden? yikes.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 7:17 PM

McCain's latest line is "you're angry and I'm angry too"

Maybe the Secret Service should investigate John for for inciting violence? Its irresponsible for a national politician to be playing this game.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 11, 2008 7:15 PM

McCain tries to repair with band-aids the ugly wounds that were ripped open by his TV smear ads and by the Nazi-style race baiting of Palin. He has gained little by selecting Palin, since she merely rouses people who would have voted for him anyway. Undecided voters will certainly not be attracted by his smear and hate tactics.

Posted by: dunnhaupt | October 11, 2008 7:14 PM

he Palins are close to the AIP which is a Nazi-like association with many links to other Nazi-like associations around America.

I'm sorry for McCain, but he probably knew it, and if he didn't, it's his fault. Help these extremists enter into the White House for a bunch of votes is the greatest error in McCain's honourable life.

Posted by: stearm | October 11, 2008 7:14 PM

William Ayers, obama's close friend is married to a known terrorist because she was on the FBI MOST WANTED LIST. Look her up. :D

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 7:14 PM

Call Obama a terrorist? Or call his friends a terrorist? You are the kind of people you associate with, my mother taught me at an early age. I don't know enough about Obama yet, but I can tell you a great deal about his terrorist friends. I do know them, I lived in Chicago!

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 7:12 PM

Obama is trying to nulify our constitution. On top of that, we aren't hearing any plans for fixing the economy...just that it's bad. He is a "the sky is falling" candidate and he is trying to run out the clock.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyspCRmJv7w

Posted by: ontheblvd | October 11, 2008 7:12 PM

The only thing I have left to say Obama is the Man to lead us into the next stage of America not a republican 8 years is enough.

Posted by: goterps4 | October 11, 2008 7:11 PM

Does none of this make McCain take a cold hard look at himself in the mirror? When the media, the public, someone McCain has claimed to admire (like Lewis), and even politicians from his own party... start expressing horror and utter outrage at the hateful tone of his campaign, does this make no impression on McCain? So much for honor and courage. Not much of a "hero" if you ask me. McCain should be given a dishonorable discharge from the Senate. Seriously, he should resign when this election is over.

Posted by: DogBitez | October 11, 2008 7:11 PM

losthorizon10

The problem is that Obama doesn't know what his policies are.

They change like the sparkling, revolving ball at the ballroom. We do know that he is going to be "pragmatic" and "experimental" (check his recent speeches). These words are "Progressive" (Liberal Fascist) speak for we don't really have a program we are just going to try all kinds of socialist stuff from the 30's and pc academia and hope something works and we can hold on to power.

Posted by: JoeDBrown | October 11, 2008 7:11 PM

Please, Please, Please do not forget DEMOCRATIC Governor, George Wallace, in 1967, who barred BLACK STUDENTS From entering the schools in Albama, to integrate them? He was a big white racist DEMOCRAT. Don't forget this children!!

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 7:10 PM

continental46@aol.com

"Some Repubs complain that McCain added his name to a bill that would have reined in FMae and Fmac in 2005 but that Dems would not support it. Who controlled both houses of Congress and the White House in 2005 and 2006? Here's a hint for those who have severe problems with their memory: it wasn't the Democrats."

Just because Dems did not out right control Congress, it did not mean that Sen.s Dodd, Schumer, and Rep Frank could not block reform. Dodd especially. Check it out on something other than a leftwing blog. I double dog dare you.

Posted by: alanr1 | October 11, 2008 7:08 PM

I love it when racists get mad for being called racist. Or, as in McCains case, manipulators get mad when they use racists and get called on it.
Attack Obama's credentials. Attack his policies. But when you start calling him 'osama' or listening loving as your crowd chants 'kill him', you are a racist. Stop whining about being called into the open for it. Endorse it. Admit it. You'll get some votes that way. This country, in all its infinite, flawless glory, is still pretty screwed up.

Posted by: 3cats1 | October 11, 2008 7:07 PM

I lived in North Caorlina for 18 years THe hated anything North when I live there as a 9 year old I saw the war first hand with my fist defending my self everyday

Posted by: goterps4 | October 11, 2008 7:07 PM

To answer mwdr2008, I dont care about Ayres because the Weathermen were something that happened 40 years ago and Obama doesnt get to pick who he serves on a charitable board with. Included on that board were also conservative Republicans and business leaders. To me dragging up Ayres is like trying to fight the Vietnam War era all over again and that is completely pointless in 2008. The McCain attacks on this subject do exactly what they are accusing McCain of doing...selectively pick a few facts from the puzzle and ignore the rest.

I think Obama downplays Ayers because there is no way to have a subtle discussion in the midst of a mudslinging campaign. Obama denounced Ayers and I dont believe for one second that the GOP believes their is a substantitive relationship there. They just want to play politics and imply one.

As far as anyone who actually thinks Obama is a terrorist...the only word that applies is "nutcase".

Posted by: MarcMyWords | October 11, 2008 7:07 PM

goterp. Ask some of the Advisors of the Obama staff, who were head of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, one of them abscounded with 90 million in 6 years of bonuses and perks for stealing your future money?
We bailed out 5 million illegals who had no down payment and not enough income to make the payments. All of us should make the government buy us houses.......Hooray. Should we riot if they wont bail out our retirement accounts and pay off our mortgages?

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 7:06 PM

It's not about race per se, it's about the hateful personal attacks the McCain/Palin campaign is resorting to. Lewis correctly points out that this sickening strategy reminds us of the segregationists. Lewis is right -- McCain has mortgaged his honor and integrity to try to get elected.

Posted by: simpleton1 | October 11, 2008 7:06 PM

I give it two weeks before Obama campaign implodes! Yes, you read it correctly. The present economic crisis has turned into a full blown recession. There will be massive financial losses across the board with the broken government guaranteeing phantom credit so the businesses can continue its activities. Meantime, what has Obama/Biden campaign done? Sen. Obama has upped his anti-Bush rhetoric, despite the fact that he supported the Bush’s bailout plan. During his two presidential debates Sen. Obama has repeated his slogans from the campaign without offering any plan of action. Somebody should tell Sen. Obama that the USA is in a historic financial and economic crisis that will get worse before it gets relatively better. Sen. McCain has offered a bailout of foreclosed homeowners with government guaranteeing mortgage buy outs. Sen. Obama response two days later is to ridicule the plan laying blame on the Wall Street. Somebody should tell Mr. Obama that it was two weeks ago that we blamed the Wall Street. Now we are scrambling to rescue everybody else before we all go under. What are Sen. Obama’s plans for this weekend? He has plans to have two day fundraising bacchanalia in Chicago led by Ms. Oprah where the entrance ticket is sold for over $30K (thousand). It is distasteful in a present economic environment when millions of Americans are losing houses, losing jobs; many more millions are threatened by the recession. My question is who those people are paying for these tickets. Is this the middle class that Sen. Obama has been talking about during his campaign? I am sorry, but I have not seen more disconnected politician from reality than Sen. Obama. I have to add to it the Democrat-led Congress that betrayed our confidence in its ability to deal with any sort of crisis. Our tragedy is that it is unable to even admit to its impotency and its role in the present crisis. I am asking all voters in the USA to vote all these who betrayed our trust out of offices on November 4th. We need a steady and experience leadership that will put the country first before its own selfishness.

Posted by: Wiel | October 11, 2008 7:05 PM

This has gotten out of hand. This six degrees of separation can go all 8 ways (since it seems that wives are included). Next there will be nowhere to go but who the kids play with.

I want to talk about issues that pertain to the kitchen table, the transportation, the education of my son and the other kids in his middle school, the brave soldiers.....

That in mind I need some concrete, on paper, shoot pinky swear if you have to. Just give me detailed and precise information that pertains only to how these and other things will be affected if elected. Stay focused and stick to "If elected I will do A...B...and C..."

Posted by: Princey | October 11, 2008 7:04 PM

Does anyone know why Democrats are racist? I lived in the South for 2 years, everyone was democrat and they all hated blacks.
This was about the time the Alabama Democratic Governor, George Wallace, stood on the steps of the school and was holding back the black students from Immigration into White Schools. What a poor memory these Democrats have. haha

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 7:03 PM

What does color have to do with my 401 K unless it's GREEN

Posted by: goterps4 | October 11, 2008 7:02 PM

Senator McPalin, for how many years have you been mute to the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Scott Hannity, with their multi-faceted hate campaigns, yet you're outraged by a respected statesman's comments? Your hypocrisy is stinking up the planet. I've never seen a more narcissistic candidate such as Sarah Palin, nor have I ever witnessesed a once-respected man's scruples unfurl so quickly. McPalin, don't you realize that blood may be spilled because of your recklessness?

Posted by: slrabbit | October 11, 2008 7:02 PM

The right wing echo chamber (among its members, Fox News, Limbaugh and countless idiot radio hosts) is getting more and more ugly as they see that defeat is coming. And for them to get uglier was no small feat.

What sort of people are so scared and ignorant that they can't just disagree with Obama's policies (they really don't know what they are) and have to shout death threats?

They cheered Bush on as he lied us into the Iraq war, made America the nation of torture, violated countless citizens' rights, and as our troops died in Iraq for a neocon fantasy.

Today's conservatives = the American Taliban. They are the worst Americans in history.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | October 11, 2008 7:02 PM

The kneeling before a witch doctor bit really makes one wonder about Palin, from the beginning. Now, her continuing inability to go beyond the "Hockey Mom" airhead act really makes McCain look bad......

Posted by: aeaustin | October 11, 2008 7:01 PM

Black and White

Posted by: goterps4 | October 11, 2008 7:01 PM

Does anyone know why Obama turned to a terrorist like William Ayers, who bombed the Capitol Building and the Pentagon for friendship? He surely wasn't that hard up for friendships?
His wife, Michelle has a dilly of a thesis Princeton hasn't relieased ( by request of the Obama campaign) why she dislikes America so much.
She did ok as a black girl from an ordinary poor family with a free education and special assignments living in a mansion in Chicago? She doesn't speak like an educated woman, and wonder what her SAT scores were? Who sponsored her slipping into Princeton?

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 6:59 PM

There you guys go again. Accuse, accuse, accuse Republicans of RACISM. Hey guys, it's a campaign. Every single time Senator Obama is criticized, his opponents are accused of racism.

When Rep. John Lewis says "there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse." is he kidding? What isn't negative or hostile in Obama's campaign? What hasn't been negative or hostile in the Democrats treating of President Bush???

Show us where there has been any racial context in the campaign, except by Senator Obama. Who said, "by the way did I mention he's black?"??? Obama said that.

Posted by: alanr1 | October 11, 2008 6:59 PM

ekim53, like most Republicans you want to pretend Bush and the Repubs did NOT control Congress and the White House from January 2001 through January 2007. If Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were engaged in bad practices all that time, why did they not put a stop to it? Well?

Some Repubs complain that McCain added his name to a bill that would have reined in FMae and Fmac in 2005 but that Dems would not support it. Who controlled both houses of Congress and the White House in 2005 and 2006? Here's a hint for those who have severe problems with their memory: it wasn't the Democrats.

Posted by: continental46@aol.com | October 11, 2008 6:58 PM

hey, i don't think it's racism so much as fear, what the Repubs are crazily stoking. if you go to the fox news website and read the comments, you'll see a lot of crazy stuff about the antichrist, the new world order, the devil, the secret overthrow of our gvt., obama's secret connections to foreign gvts., all sorts of nutty things. sarah palin and fox news, probably at the behest of karl rove, got this nut parade marching in earnest with the whisper campaigns about obama and his secret ties to terrorists, his secret socialist agenda, his secret unpatriotic feelings, well, the whole mudpie designed to scare the weak, the paranoid, the superstitious, the ignorant and naive.

it is a dangerous, ugly game and if something terrible happens, it will be on the Republican Party's head. it needs to stop.

Posted by: sowhirlygirly | October 11, 2008 6:56 PM

John Lewis is a Democrat who wants to elect a Democrat as President.
It's not McCain who's playing with fire in fact he hasn't even found the matches yet.
It's the establishment media who are playing with fire.
In a democratic country there should be fair reporting on all candidates.
In this country, the establishment picked their candidate over a year ago and since then the "press" has campaigned against opponents of their choice to be president.
First they attacked the Clintons even to the point of calling Bill Clinton a racist and now it's the turn of McCain. and Palin.
McCain and Palin are being attacked by the establishment and by Democrats like Lewis for daring to tell the truth obout their selected mouthpiece-Sen. Obama.
Which candidate appointed an anti-American and racially divisive reverend to his campaign as an advisor on "race"?
Which candidate had a long and involved relationship with an unrepentant terrorist?
Which candidate started his political career at a fundraiser thrown for him at the home of a terrorist?
Which candidate had his home financed by a convicted crook?
It wasn't Clinton, McCain or Palin.
It was the candidate for president that the establishment media has been campaigning for in the past year-Obama.
Now Lewis and the establishment want McCain to stop speaking the truth and let Obama win?!
Just tell the truth McCain. Someone ought to because the media has no reporters anymore.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | October 11, 2008 6:56 PM

Do you people realize the Man's mother is WHITE.Quit thinkin about skin color he's the picture of America. The man for the job and thow it should not matter I'm a White male.

Posted by: goterps4 | October 11, 2008 6:56 PM

John Lewis is absolutely right. By trying to associate Obama with terrorism, McCain and Palin have created a dangerous situation. They should heed Lewis's warning and make a visible effort to dial down their false accusations and incendiary rhetoric.
ED

Posted by: eddorn | October 11, 2008 6:56 PM

The White Democrat Governor of Alabama was a true racist! He stood on the steps of a School in 1967 and held back black students attempting to enter White Schools for the first time and screamed, "NO". White Democrat racist. SHAME ON THESE RACIST DEMOCRATS.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 6:45 PM |

He's right!

DO NOT GO BACK IN TIME FORTY YEARS AGO AND VOTE FOR GEORGE WALLACE AGAIN!!!

Meanwhile, it was a Democratic president who ordered the desegregation.

Then all the racist Democrats in the South switched parties and became Republicans.

Now days, the vast majority of nonwhites are Democratic, not Republican.

The solid white RNC made it painfully clear that they are indeed the party of intolerance to anyone not 100% white KKKristian.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | October 11, 2008 6:55 PM

Doesn't matter if chickoi30 is an Obama supporter or a Republican agent, making threats against the US, even idle ones, nowadays will land him straight in jail, perhaps Guantanamo even. And some of his posts can be construed to be terrorist threats against the US, making him a follower of Osama instead of Obama.

Posted by: bobte | October 11, 2008 6:55 PM

I am proud to say I turned in many names from chickens who threatened on the internet, and I know at least some of them were taken into custody. So, never refrain from reporting a name on the internet, the FBI gets many leads from people like us who cherish our country and want to rid ourselves of the criminals, like illegal chicks

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 6:54 PM

"Say ANYTHING critical of Obama and "you beez a race-ist."
Posted by: mdore1 | October 11, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse"

Can you cite a single example of anyone saying that not voting for Obama is a necessary and sufficient condition to be labeled a racist? No, you can't. So put your straw man argument where it belongs.

By the way, your lame attempt to transliterate ebonics does smack more than a little of racism.

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | October 11, 2008 6:53 PM

My, my, my.

Isn’t this interesting? McCain and Obama met at the Saddleback Civil Forum on Presidency in August and when Obama was asked to name three wise people they would listen to, Obama named his wife, Michelle; his maternal grandmother, who lives in Hawaii; and, not limiting himself to only a third, named several Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

McCain named Gen. David Petreaus, head of U.S. troops in Iraq; U.S. Rep. and veteran civil rights leader JOHN LEWIS, D-Ga.

So senator, kindly STFU and heed your own words from August.

Posted by: kuvasz | October 11, 2008 6:53 PM

Palin's image as a reformer and newbie to Washington politics shattered by troopergate:
http://www.pubrecord.org/component/content/386.html?task=view

Posted by: anothervoice2 | October 11, 2008 6:52 PM

TRYING TO MAKE OBAMA," A MAN WITHOUT SANCTUARY!" We all knew at some point that it was going to get to this, sooner or later. It's the only way some or most white Americans act, when they can't get what they want. They turn to terror and the horror of it all. Get the towns people in a up roar and lynch the black man. It doesn't make a difference weather he or she did it or not, let's lynch em! I think it's something that's deep in their DNA, those who lynch! The GOP could not stand Hilary before the elections, then told all GOPs to vote for her against Obama and that didn't work. Rev. Wright, Ayers, Gov.Palin who by the way, with her Husband wanted to break Alaska away from the U.S. to have their own country, and that didn't work! So the only thing that's left is to get all the good towns folk and have a big lynching party! Before the main event you could whip em, cut him here and there and maybe set his feet on fire, doesn't that sound like fun. The towns baker, barber, candle stick maker, the sheriff and maybe even the towns mayor. Come one,come all" my friends" "My friends let me tell you, it will be the time of your lives, here take a ear, maybe a finger for old grandma and grandpa! That seems to be the mood and tone of the McCain and Palin town hall meeting and rallys. We will show this man called Obama he will be "Without Sanctuary"! Go Obama and Biden 08!

Posted by: skywriter1 | October 11, 2008 6:52 PM

I support Obama, but this post is not based on my support of Obama. I am honestly thankful that John Lewis spoke out, and based on what he saw, what many of us saw. I am shocked. I have no problem at all with disagreement of Obama's policies or simply disagreeing with the idea of him being president. I do have a problem with "certain behaviors" being acted out, in action. I am thankful for all of McCain and Palin's efforts to set a different tone, and take more command of their rallies.

It would help if they told the people the truth. It would help, if they not feed the already existing discontent, with the baseless implications, to encourage such hateful actions. They need to refrain these tactics, instead of encouraging the hate through their own actions behind the stump. I understand that it is not all of McCain's supporters, but the groups we saw in those clips, they were embarrassing.

Obama talks about one America and our supporters are so diverse, collective. I think McCain and Palin should encourage the same theme, while making their case for why they're the better ticket to vote for in regards to this whole country, rather than encouraging hateful behavior even if unintentionally. They should be careful. I honestly believe that Mr. Lewis had complete grounds to speak of discomfort, seeing what we saw at some of McCain and Palin's rallies. It's alright to disagree, but that behavior should not be encouraged intentionally or unintentionally anywhere, and it should not be tolerated in 2008, going on 2009. I think McCain should be humble, express humility, and let us all know that he will take leadership in setting a different tone. I couldn't believe my eyes.

Posted by: Obama2008 | October 11, 2008 6:52 PM

What this shows is that blacks will do and say anything to make sure that Obama wins. People of other races will have to make their own decision as to how they will act and vote.

Posted by: commonsense21 | October 11, 2008 6:51 PM

McCain outraged? He should be more outraged that David Brooks called Sara Palin "a fatal cancer on the Republican party". He did not demand an apology from Mr. Brooks. I can hear the backfiring of mcCain's old Model T one more time.

Posted by: quick2no | October 11, 2008 6:50 PM

You would have to be Pollyanna to think otherwise. I live in Alabama, and see far more "NObama" stickers than I do "McCain-Palin" bumper stickers.

A retired school teacher just told me that the only reason she's voting for McCain is that she doesn't want "to see a n_gg_r in the White House."

Posted by: cthehill | October 11, 2008 6:49 PM

"Black Immigrants? Since when do Democrats bring up immigration? Only angry, paranoid Republicans talk like that.
Posted by: kevinschmidt | October 11, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse"

Exactly. There can be little doubt that chickoi30 is a Republican troll. A disgusting little freak, too...

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | October 11, 2008 6:49 PM

John McCain has endorsed and encouraged the most viral campaign language since George Wallace. The flippant and irresponsible use of 'terrorist' has stirred up the skin-heads, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists. These are exactly the radical extremists the Greatest Generation fought against in WWII. McCain has disgraced the honor and memory of the Greatest Generation. ...................
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/11/mccain-disgraces-greatest-generation/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 11, 2008 6:48 PM

I CONDEMN ALL THE DEMOCRAT PRACTICES

Yes you can thank the Democrats controlling the Governments Mortgage programs for this. Ken Lay, rather Franklin Raines(who walked away with 90 million) and numerous Democrat accomplices turned this mortgage program into a welfare program(even allowing loans to illegals) and STUCK ALL AMERICANS with this monstrous bill when the laws of economics hit this house of toothpicks with a sledge hammer.
Thanks Barney Franks, Christopher Dodd, Chucky Schumer, Maxine Waters and a cast of many Democrats who praised the virtue of this plan, blocked reform and claimed EVERTHING WAS JUST FINE TO THE VERY END...ENRON X 1,000,000!
Where the hell are you media in bed with Obama? The biggest story this century and your sitting on your collective a##es.
Yes the worthless media is no longer a news outlet but has turned into a worthless propaganda machine. It's great to see less Americans getting the news from these corrupt sources.
Obama- shady friends, no experience, no mayor, no governor, no business, no military, no security, NO OBAMA

Posted by: ekim53 | October 11, 2008 6:47 PM

Palin was a poor choice and should have not been accepted by McCain. Her recent irresponsible crowd incitement is indicative of her lack of substance and character. The continuing Alaskan stories add to the fact that she should not be anywhere near the Presidency during these serious and very trying times..............

Posted by: aeaustin | October 11, 2008 6:47 PM

Obama predicted the negative campaign tactics of McBush and Mooselini back on July 30,2008. See youtube link for his rally speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH2iufUU1f4

Posted by: anothervoice2 | October 11, 2008 6:46 PM

Say ANYTHING critical of Obama and "you beez a race-ist."

Spare me.

Posted by: mdore1 | October 11, 2008 6:46 PM

The White Democrat Governor of Alabama was a true racist! He stood on the steps of a School in 1967 and held back black students attempting to enter White Schools for the first time and screamed, "NO". White Democrat racist. SHAME ON THESE RACIST DEMOCRATS.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 6:45 PM

We have enough African Americans and Blacks Immigrants in america

SO WARNING BE CARFUL!
WE ARE ALIVE AND WELL
WE WILL START BY KILLG DIPLOMATS AND DESTROYING AMERICAN INTREST ABROAD!

Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse


chickoi30,

A word to the wise or perhaps foolish. You are starting to sound like a terrorist. They have laws for people like you. And don't think for a moment you are anonymous. The FBI can track you down in 5 minutes and be at your door in 15.

Posted by: bobte | October 11, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Unless Chico is an agent provocateur for the GOP blogging here to stir up hatred for Obama.

Black Immigrants? Since when do Democrats bring up immigration? Only angry, paranoid Republicans talk like that.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | October 11, 2008 6:45 PM

>What was the Governor of Alabama who blocked the black students from integration into the Schools in Alabama in 1967?
Ahhhh, yes it was no other than DEMOCRAT, George Wallace, standing on the steps of the school, holding back 2 young students who tried to enter the school. Democrat? YES, DEMOCRAT.>
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Do yourself a favor and educate yourself on Nixon's "Southern Strategy" in 1968. In no uncertain terms, it targeted southern whites who thought the Democratic party was going "too far" with regards to civil rights, and offered a subtle but effective message that let them know that the Republicans agreed with them. It actually HOPED to have the Democratic party identified as the party of blacks, knowing that this would only help chase some white Dems away from their party.

Ironically enough, this was a near about-face from the relatively progressive civil rights stance of east coast Republicans earlier in the decade. But hey, Nixon, like Republicans today, knew it was about doing what you had to do to win.

Posted by: Marcus3 | October 11, 2008 6:45 PM

Check out the video of this coward McCain supporter holding a monkey with an Obama sticker and when seeing he's been caught on camera pawning it off to a young child.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4515218n&tag=centerColumn;centerColumnContent

You neo-cons make me sick.

Posted by: CHICO13 | October 11, 2008 6:45 PM

"BUSH + Mcacin +Palin ARE Republican DOGS.
KILL a RACIST!

REPUBLICANS ARE NEO-NAZI RACIST DOGS!
THE BUSH HITLER ADMINISTRATION."

Do me a favor and take it somewhere else.
Why do I get the feeling you are a TROLL?

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 11, 2008 6:43 PM

black democrats are attempting to intimidate conservatives by calling this a race issue. We would be happy to have a clean resume of Condoleeza Rice, a Colin Powell, but to think we are going to support a black radical, is asking too much. If osama was white, I wouldn't vote for him, either.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 6:40 PM

black democrats are attempting to intimidate conservatives by calling this a race issue. We would be happy to have a clean resume of Condoleeza Rice, a Colin Powell, but to think we are going to support a black radical, is asking too much. If osama was white, I wouldn't vote for him, either.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 6:40 PM

McPalin are a liar.

They want to have both sides of the argument and it doesn't even exist. They say that Obama pals around with terrorists and then claim they're making legitimate comments about his record.

Horse sh*t. That's the pure, unadulterated ingredient in McPalin's campaign. They have no issues to talk about, so they keep repeating lies and then deny they're saying it.

A couple of months back I predicted that by the third week of October McCain's campaign would look like Bob Dole's campaign. I think I got it wrong. I think it's looking like a cross between Adolph Hitler and the Keystone Cops.

-Wexler

Posted by: WWWexler | October 11, 2008 6:39 PM

NOTE: Pegler's quote "some white patriot of the Southern tier will spatter his spoonful of brains in public premises before the snow flies." was purportedly in reference to Bobby Kennedy and his support for civil rights.

Posted by: costaricanet | October 11, 2008 6:39 PM

'TRAIL' READERS: This link, an interview with Naomi Wolf, offers compelling insight into what may be happening in America right now:

http://www.infowars.com/articles/bush/fascist_coup_owes_to_bush_nazi_grandfather_wolf.htm

Posted by: scrivener50
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It tells us more about Wolf's imagination than about the reality. The Republicans lost badly in 2006. If Wolf were right that could not have happened.

"Republicans never lose because they manipulate the elections?" Then why is McCain worried about losing the election?

Posted by: rohitcuny | October 11, 2008 6:39 PM

Thank you John Lewis for speaking up on this issue! Once again, as you did during the 1960's, you've displayed real courage, the courage to stand up to bigotry and hate.

Whether they intended to (and I believe that at least one of them intended to) or not, John McCain and Sarah Palin have unearthed the barely concealed racial bigotry, the fear and the hate that has lurked beneath the surface for much of our nation's history.

So desperate are McCain and Palin to win and so bankrupt of a compelling message, they have been resorting, as many Republican Presidential candidates have before them, to the politics of fear and divisiveness; the fear of those who are different from 'us' - blacks, non-evangelicals, gays, the media, the 'elite', foreigners.

We've seen this horror movie before - the Nazi Party rallies in Germany in the 30s, the KKK rallies in the U.S. at various times in our history, the witch hunts of the McCarthy era. This is not a movie worthy of a remake. This fear mongering should not be tolerated and as supposedly moral Christians, John McCain and Sarah Palin should know that they should never even have contemplated going down this road.

Posted by: laSerenissima2003 | October 11, 2008 6:38 PM

No one needs to ratchet up any information on Osama, it is all on the internet, in archives of Libraries, in biographical sketches and his history. HE has a dispicable history of associations with radicals, one who bombed the Capitol and Pentagon, by the name of William Ayers. I heard the man in an interview recently and he, neither apologized nor recanted his hatred of the America who allows him to spew his hatred for our Freedom. He should be deported, like some of the rest of the beatniks from the 60s that bombed, set fires, robbed, rioted and caused a whole lot of trouble for the conservatives, who are not know as rioters.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 6:36 PM

The charges against McCain by Lewis are laughable at best ... the race card appears to be the ace up the sleeve anytime anyone questions Obama. It was played against the Clintons and it will be played against anyone and everyone who opposes Obama. If being called a racist is the price I pay to vote for McCain ... I will gladly pay the price!!!

Posted by: paris1969 | October 11, 2008 6:36 PM

I do not believe that John McCain is a racist and that is probably why Sarah Palin was needed to fill the ticket to pick up the racist and anti Semites and extremists who believe that a woman must give birth even in the cases of rape and incest. (many of these same people have generations of family members who fit that description).
One only need look at her quoting one of the most notorious fascist racists of the past century Westwood Pegler who predicted that "some white patriot of the Southern tier will spatter his spoonful of brains in public premises before the snow flies."
Now, think about it. OF ALL THE PEOPLE that Sarah Palin could have quoted in her acceptance speech, she chose this spewer of hatred.
Why? Most Americans have no idea who Westwood Pegler was. But, to help the get the "So called base" behind them, to support them and rally (with or without white sheets over their heads) they included Pegler's quote.
Do you think picked that quote for her and why?
Mr. Lewis is sounding alarms here and it does not matter if you are a white racist, a black racist or a yellow racist, the types of baiting going on at these Palin rallies are dangerous and it is good that people are standing up and bringing attention to send the bigots a message that their intolerance is intolerable.

Posted by: costaricanet | October 11, 2008 6:35 PM

Sarah Palin – A Disguised Conspirator against America?

If guilt-by-association becomes a political measure in the presidential race, Sarah Palin would the guiltiest. She is currently roaming around the country on a campaign that is funded by taxpayers parading a man who is an ‘underground’ member of the Alaskan Independence Party. AIP aims to tear America into pieces and walk away with our massive land and rich oil reserves.

AIP creation was inspired by the extremely violent anti-American founder Joe Vogler. The AIP website has a statement by Joe that reads "I've got no use for America or her damned institutions." In 1992 when Vogler renounced his allegiance to the United States he said, "The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government." He cursed the stars and stripes and said, "I won't be buried under their damned flag. When Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home."

The political career of Sarah was launched by radical right-winger, Steve Stoll and the extremist Mark Chryson who directed the AIP in the 1990s. Both men played a pivotal role in the election of Palin as mayor of Wasilla and shaping her political agenda afterward. Stoll and Chryson not only contributed to Palin’s campaign financially but played active major roles. As a result, “First Dude” Todd became an active AIP member from 1995 to 2002. While Palin has been careful in her dealings with AIP as she rose through political ranks; she has privately remained in close touch with the organization and its members and leaders. She attended the 1994 and 2000 AIP conventions and in 2006 she was the convention keynote speaker. She did not personally attend the 2008 convention but she recorded and sent a video of greetings and good wishes. She asked the AIP leaders and members to keep up their good work!

Neither Sarah nor Todd has ever denounced Joe Vogler or their association with the AIP. During this campaign, Sarah has remained very silent about this dark side. Based on her own logic, it can be said that she continues to "pal around" with her unpatriotic husband and friends who not only hate America but want to destroy it. Under the same theory of “guilt-by-association,” John McCain can be accused of having a “disguised conspirator” on his ticket. It was a bad judgment of him to select someone with such tarnished background.

Sarah has refused to publicly share her views and opinion about this nation. Her struggle to answer simple questions by Katie Couric is a testament of her inner negative feelings about America. In a follow up interview with Carl Cameron, Sarah surprisingly said, "The Sarah Palin in those interviews with Katie Couric was annoyed.” Then she added, "I did not want to get clobbered.” What was she annoyed of and what was she afraid of being clobbered for? Simply, her longstanding association with the AIP and its members has not only made Sarah an ignorant and bitter person but also a disguised conspirator against our nation. Since the relation between Obama and Ayers has been investigated we the campaign major news media such as CNN, NYT AP and others would investigate Sarah’s association with the secessionist Alaska Independence Party as well its current and former members.


Posted by: anothervoice2 | October 11, 2008 6:34 PM

Yes..
Who started the fire..
What started the fire.
Fire against fire.
Obama is not as decent as you think, he plays Good Cop, awhile others have assignment to play bad cops. even favoristim from the media via the boss.
This is nurd type & such a discredit esp. when a person says he is the exception..& regards himself, like in a sense, Ghandi or something, not even close.
Based on my findings of true fighting & jealousy.
Remember the Lunch with Clinton, after what really started the fire?
And you better not take the Candy away from Obama or else.
Look I have been in the middle ; the true character & true standing of concerns MCCain campaign addresses.
What they are saying is to the point of Attack. Remember they were quiet but when you pick,pick (provoke) like Obama bad cops did, Well..
Obama doesn't attack he betittles & that is his stage of character development.
Belittling.] To make little or less in a moral sense;
Nurd:
1: Hey look at that dude over there.
2: Who? Andrew fox?
1: yeah, he is such a nurd.
2: Like totally

Thank you very much.

Posted by: suttons77hotmailcom | October 11, 2008 6:34 PM

Its called desperation. McBush and Failin are desperate and the Sheeple are tired of the constant LIES. Finally!

www.privacy-center.ru.tc

Posted by: clermontpc | October 11, 2008 6:33 PM

Let me be clear on this if anything happans to either one of the Obama's or Biden and family we will Kill and destroy this racist empire.
We have enough African Americans and Blacks Immigrants in america to UNITE and Kill every one of these racist PIGS and thier Offspring / family.
in the government in the healthcare, in the army ,police we are all over.
SO WARNING BE CARFUL!
WE ARE ALIVE AND WELL
WE WILL START BY KILLG DIPLOMATS AND DESTROYING AMERICAN INTREST ABROAD!

Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse


chickoi30,

A word to the wise or perhaps foolish. You are starting to sound like a terrorist. They have laws for people like you. And don't think for a moment you are anonymous. The FBI can track you down in 5 minutes and be at your door in 15.

Posted by: bobte | October 11, 2008 6:32 PM

What was the Governor of Alabama who blocked the black students from integration into the Schools in Alabama in 1967?
Ahhhh, yes it was no other than DEMOCRAT, George Wallace, standing on the steps of the school, holding back 2 young students who tried to enter the school. Democrat? YES, DEMOCRAT.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 6:31 PM

Wow! Unbelievable! McCain ratchets up the rhetoric of his campaign with false and derogatory accusations targeted at Obama, and when called to account for his egregious remarks by Congressman Lewis, McCain wants Obama to repudiate Lewis' remarks. I guess this is another example of McCain being unfit to lead the nation due to poor judgment and an unfit temperament.

Posted by: JaneB08 | October 11, 2008 6:31 PM

Only one candidate has huge crowds of hopeful people that look like the USA. Ask yourself why.

Posted by: gjcomm | October 11, 2008 6:30 PM

Well once again the anti Obama people are called racist if they try to bring up legitimate issues about Obama. the Clintons learned this the hard way when they were called racist, the Clintons of all people. These two people did more for the democratic party and promoted equal rights for all Americans more than any two white people in the last twenty five years. What a slap in their faces when people deserted them in the primaries just so they wouldn't be called racist if they didn't show support for Obama. The Manchurian candidate is the teflon candidate in this race for the White House.

Posted by: jeiken | October 11, 2008 6:29 PM

Governor George Wallace, white democrat in the South, blocked the blacks from integrating into White Schools in 1967.
Running for President is risky, Was John Kennedy black? Please refresh your memory on colors.
Obama's skin color is the least of his worries, his associations are the wrong color.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 6:28 PM

Thank you Rep. John Lewis for your accurate description of the tactics used to promote the same hatred that kept this country in the dark ages for too long. Most of the comments written gives me hope that one day, all of us will be judge by the content of our character and not the color of our skin. Today, I am more proud than ever to be an American human being.

Way to end your career McSame.

Posted by: cymp65 | October 11, 2008 6:28 PM

A more precise formulation would be exploiting the already existing intolerance in our country.

Posted by: R49Thomas | October 11, 2008 6:27 PM

Yes..
Who started the fire..
What started the fire.
Fire against fire.
Obama is not as decent as you think, he plays Good Cop, awhile others have assignment to play bad cops. even favoristim from the media via the boss.
This is nurd type & such a discredit esp. when a person says he is the exception..& regards himself, like in a sense, Ghandi or something, not even close.
Based on my findings of true fighting & jealousy.
Remember the Lunch with Clinton, after what really started the fire?
And you better not take the Candy away from Obama or else.
Look I have been in the middle ; the true character & true sportmenship go to MCCain campaign.
What they are saying is to the point of Attack. Remember they were quiet but when you pick,pick (provoke) like Obama bad cops did, Well..
Obama doesn't attack he betittles & that is his stage of character development.
Belittling.] To make little or less in a moral sense;
Nurd:
1: Hey look at that dude over there.
2: Who? Andrew fox?
1: yeah, he is such a nurd.
2: Like totally

Thank you very much.

Posted by: suttons77hotmailcom | October 11, 2008 6:26 PM

I believe a more precise formulation would be exploiting.

The strong undercurrent of intolerance in the USA predates the McCain/Palin campaign.

Posted by: R49Thomas | October 11, 2008 6:26 PM

BUSH + Mcacin +Palin ARE Republican DOGS.
KILL a RACIST!

REPUBLICANS ARE NEO-NAZI RACIST DOGS!
THE BUSH HITLER ADMINISTRATION.

Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 6:25 PM

mwdr2008 - You don't know your history. In the early sixties all the racists in the South were Democrats. The remained Democrats until Lyndon Johnson, A democrat and form racist passed civil rights legislations. In protest, those racist Democrats (known as the DixieCrats) renounced their party and became Republicans. That is why NOW the Republicans in the south are the racists.

Learn your history. It makes you sound smarter when you are making your points!

Posted by: Julescator | October 11, 2008 6:25 PM

McCain Trumpets Endorsement From Figure Of Foundation That Established Ayers Board
October 8, 2008 11:55 AM
On Wednesday morning, John McCain's campaign released a list of 100 former ambassadors endorsing the GOP presidential nominee.

Second on the list, though her name is misspelled, is Leonore Annenberg, currently the president and chairman of the Annenberg Foundation and widow of ambassador and philanthropist Walter Annenberg. Ms. Annenberg was herself the "chief of protocol" at the State Department under President Reagan.

If the last name sounds familiar, it's because it also graces the name of the Chicago education board where Barack Obama and William Ayers sat in the room six times together.

In recent days, the McCain-Palin ticket (and particularly Palin) has faulted Obama for having served on that board with Ayers, who was a founding member of the radical 60's Weather Underground group when Obama was in grade school.

Since then, however, Ayers has been rehabilitated in Chicago society, carving out a niche in education circles. As a former Republican representative in Illinois told NPR on Monday, smearing Obama for his board association with Ayers is "nonsensical."

"It was never a concern by any of us in the Chicago school reform movement that he had led a fugitive life years earlier ... It's ridiculous," Republican Rep. Diana Nelson said. "There is no reason at all to smear Barack Obama with this association. It's nonsensical, and it just makes me crazy. It's so silly."

Posted by: anothervoice2 | October 11, 2008 6:25 PM

The McCain Hate Talk Express.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | October 11, 2008 6:25 PM

listen closely,


bailing out the banks is like spraying topical disinfectant on a boil caused by an infection in the liver....


you may relieve the immediately visible symptom,


but you're going to die.


can you think past the next five minutes or are you all a bunch of two year olds' that can't put the cookie down, because you're in a


"mine" snit??????


CONGRESS and the corrupt whitehouse are emotionally 2 years old and they're holding the cookie bag.....you think they are going to share?


where's the proof simple toons? jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezeus.


.

LISTEN ! ! ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!......

the current administration has been _selling_


that the economy is okay for 7.8 years now....but the U.S. of A. she don't _PRODUCE_ anything anymore....and white collar jobs are overseas too...


and 3rd World country managers are in_country replacing managers as well, and medical/architectual/modeling jobs are now being outsourced...

that's lower upper class people/jobs being harvested for the last three years...


whose next? the rest, aka the economy D.A.'s


The gross domestic product (GDP) or gross domestic income (GDI) is one of the measures of national income and output for a given country's economy. ...

AGAIN,

lack of money isn't the problem...


the problem is that the middle class has been harvested, and their "buying ways," have been curtailed by "no money anymore."

and "rich people," who've bought their way into control of the legislative process, and write the laws that benefit them and not the country are too stupid to realize that


when there is no product in GDP, that money ceases to have real meaning...


I know that is beyond you, but trading paper produces nothing....and not have any products produced in-country means dollars go out-of-country daily...


while companies pretending to be AMERICAN have 97 PERCENT of their labor costs going to overseas companies...


no in-country employees earning money?


so AMERICAN citizens got no money, they got no jobs, no matter how cheap it gets it's too much money when you got none, comprende?


Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 11, 2008 6:24 PM

Wow folks - get a grip.

Posted by: Neal3 | October 11, 2008 6:24 PM

Some chickos should read a little more history and not the public school books, but authentic biographies!
Abraham Lincoln (Republican) was threatened for his abolitionist stand, no? Didn't he finally get assasinated for his Public Office of Abolition? So, if you run for Public Office, you can expect your life endangered.
President Reagan was shot by a lunatic, President Kennedy was assasinated by a Socialist Radical who lived in Russia for a time, and His brother was shot by a muslim. Were any of these men black? If so, I must not be reading black print in a white newspaper. Your ignorance is not excusable!

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 6:24 PM


lack of money isn't the problem...


the problem is that the middle class has been harvested, and their "buying ways," have been curtailed by "no money anymore."

and "rich people," who've bought their way into control of the legislative process, and write the laws that benefit them and not the country are too stupid to realize that


when there is no product in GDP, that money ceases to have real meaning...


I know that is beyond you, but trading paper produces nothing....and not have any products produced in-country means dollars go out-of-country daily...


while companies pretending to be AMERICAN have 97 PERCENT of their labor costs going to overseas companies...


no in-country employees earning money?


so AMERICAN citizens got no money, they got no jobs, no matter how cheap it gets it's too much money when you got none, comprende?


Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 11, 2008 6:23 PM

McKKKain's hateful, racist strategy is working!!!

Unfortunately for the Grand Gizzard, it is working to drive all the fence sitters over to Obama. Since McKKKain started his shameful white sheet smearfest, he has lost a whole two points against Obama.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/us/general_election_mccain_vs_obama-225.html

Keep it up Klanboy, your campaign is going down in flames!

Posted by: kevinschmidt | October 11, 2008 6:23 PM

_________________________________________________
McCain campaign : Clever attempt to use hate and bigotry...
____________________________________________________

So sad. Is this how McCain-Palin think is their last resort ?

Add to that this prayer at a campaign rally.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/washington/AP-McCain.html?_r

=1&oref=slogin

Rev. Arnold Conrad, past pastor of the Grace Evangelical Free

Church. His prayer before McCain arrived at the convention

center blocks from the Mississippi River appeared to dismiss

faiths other than Christianity and cast the election as a

referendum on God himself.

''I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all

that happens between now and November, because there are

millions of people around this world praying to their god --

whether it's Hindu, Buddha, Allah -- that his opponent wins, for a

variety of reasons,'' Conrad said.

''And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation,

because they're going to think that their god is bigger than you, if

that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your

own name with all that happens between now and Election Day,''

he said.

_______________________________________________
Sad day for America. There is only 1 God, irrespective of his name.
__________________________________________________

Posted by: guru21 | October 11, 2008 6:22 PM

jrubin1 - I totally agree with you. McCain and Palin know exactly what they are doing. They are doing the same thing Hillary did when she whispered that Barack was Black and couldn't win the election.

I thought McCain was better than that. He is such an opportunist who wants to "win" at all cost. When all else fails I guess he can say "Hey America don't you think it' too risky to put a Black guy in the White House in a time of crisis"? "Don't you want to stick with the old White guy who is just like you"? That's what McCain and Palin are saying. Palin says "he doesn't see America like we do."

This is a very dangerous area. It takes me back to the time of the OJ trial. That was the last time the nation was split along racial lines. I have a black friend who was fired from his consulting job. When he went to lunch, things were fine, when he came back the people were hostile and unfriendly. He had no idea what had happened until some told him that OJ was found innocent. At the end of the day they told him they had changed their minds and they no longer required his consulting services.

These things are serious and we should Never go back to or reminded of this time in our history. McCain should just resign from his campaign and go back to the Senate.

Posted by: Julescator | October 11, 2008 6:22 PM

.

FANNIE MAE, and FREDDIE MAC


guarantee MORTGAGE POOLS and individual loans.....they don't make loans, nor do they encourage low income mortgages....


they are PRESSURED TO GUARANTEE THEM by corrupt banking officials...


they are also both backed by $800 BILLION DOLLARS worth of stocks and other financial instruments....


the culprits for the current fiasco? stupid BORN_rich people that have no experience with anything but influence peddling, bid rigging, price fixing, and using electoral fraud to get a hold of the government...

whoever has gotten a non compete bid from the first 6 years of the bush VETO FREE FOR ALL REPUBLICAN SCAM ARTITES administration.....nope didn't veto jack for 6 YEARS


the first thing he vetoed? healthcare for children....

whoSOMEever paid Niel, George W., Jeb and George H.W.'s way through life....DRUG CZARS, ZIONISTSAS

das SAND BROS. in UAE, Kuwiat, Saudi...


nothing like a little IRAQI OIL disquised as Kuwiati OIL eh????


"....put that in the Halliburton ACCOUNT BOYS!!!!" says the dick

it's all a matter of PUBLIC record....


you _C_A_N_ attach their ALL OF THEIR family holdings. and anyone associated with them....

think UAE has some money? think the bushes would use it to manipulate markets????

please, SEARCH on George W. Bush, Victor Ashe, Jeff Gannon


see what they do that you don't know about.


Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 11, 2008 6:20 PM

Bush and His CRIME family are mordern day RACIST FOOLS.

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS NEO-NAZI HITLER RACIST!

BUSH-HITLER blue eyed fool !
I HATE A RACIST!
RACIST MUST DIE!

Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 6:19 PM

Who was the Democratic Governor in the South (Alabama?) that blocked the blacks from integrating into the Public Schools in 1967? Don't you remember George Wallace, DEMOCRAT, on the steps of a School in the South, blocking black students from entering? Wasn't he saying NEVER NEVER? Democrats have poor memories, no?

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 6:18 PM

Bush and the Republican party is Racist Neo-Nazi cons.

The Bush ADMINSTRATION RACIST BLUE EYED STUPID FOOLS!
with some of the uncle tom blacks like Rice.

Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 6:15 PM

Congressman Lewis thank you for sharing your concerns. I am not African-American, but I was a teenager in the days when African-Americans and white civil rights activists were being killed and threatened when they tried to exercise their right to vote. Now, we see people threatening Obama, yelling "Kill him," and "Off with his head," at McCain and Palin rallies. I was so profoundly sad to see this on tv and the Internet. Now, McCain has finally, finally spoken out, but it is too little, too late. The fire has been started and the McCain campaign is still feeding the flames with their shameful advertising. It is perfectly fine to question Obama's stand on positions and his record and, perhaps, even his supporters. But it is shameful and wrong when John McCain stands up at a rally and bellows out, "Who is Barack Obama?" Who he is, among other things, is a brave man exercising his right to run for President. Thank you again Congressman Lewis for reminding those people who are too young to remember about the days when people didn't just yell, "kill him, kill them," they followed through on their threats. Who among us wants to return to those days? I am also profoundly sad that what seemed to be one of America's finest moments has been tarnished by a calculated negative campaign that has gone much, much too far.

Posted by: awheelock1 | October 11, 2008 6:15 PM

Some of you might already have commented on this discourse in the same way I am going to describe, so forgive the redundancy.

I do not condone violence against other citizens based on their different views, period.

But, as a Wisconsinite, I was appalled at the language used at the various rallies in our state as well as those in Florida. I can understand a Packer fan having a few too many at a game an making a crass statement. But I agree with Congressmen Lewis, not because he brought up George Wallace, but because he stated some obvious facts. McCain and Palin were inciting the crowd with hatred. The stoked the fires with fuel, especially with fuel that was toxic. McCain knows the truth about Mr. Ayers, if not he should have someone on his team google it for him. Mr. Ayers was against the Vietnam war and though most others were peaceful there was plenty of violence done to us as citizens defending the right to end the war. Mr. Ayers never killed anyone. This was when Barack was 8 years old, living in Indonesia with his mother. Mr. Ayers later became a teacher and was on the board of the Annenberg Foundation, a GOP funded group to solve student problems in poor schools. He has been a scholar and a humanitarian for a long time.

Some might surely find his early years of life despicable and I might agree with you for violence was is not acceptable, but think about the times. Mayor Daily sent his police into the streets and Grant park to beat up those protesting the war. Many were hospitalized. 4 died at Kent State and other at the Columbia University were also beaten in sit-ins.

So forget the history for a moment and listen to the people in the crowd as Palin and McCain add gasoline to the fired-up crowd and suggest that Obama should denounce Congressmen Lewis' statement when they are the ones who are adding the fuel and hatred that many of us remember from the past.

No one should be yelling in the crowd, kill him, bomb him, lets get him as if this was the Jim Crow era and killing blacks was legal.

No Sen. McCain it is you and your consultants who are inflaming the issue now like others in the past and you should make many more statements like you did in Minnesota and stop throwing gasoline on an issue that is not true and then saying does anyone have a fire extinguisher.

Posted by: jrubin1 | October 11, 2008 6:12 PM

Can we stop comparing the democrats to communists? what is this the 1950s? seriously? For that matter, the republicans are not Fascists either, there is a lot of irrational (as well as fear and hate based) comments here.

Posted by: mikeswagger | October 11, 2008 6:11 PM

While I'm not sure I wold carry the comparison as far as George Wallace, I have seen footage of several of these McCain/Palin rallies and heard the rancor of the mob. And I've read more than a few entries in these newspaper blogs, and more often than not what I read is extraordinarily polarized. No, I wouldn't accuse McCain of being like Wallace, but I would certainly agree the America is as divided as it was in both the mid nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is particularly sorrowful to think how little we've grown as a people.

Posted by: tkoho | October 11, 2008 6:09 PM

What is that commie GOP McSame whining about now?

Posted by: walker1 | October 11, 2008 6:09 PM

McCain, and his gang, will say and do anything to get elected. L_D_M is correct. We don't need that hate. We have too much hate already.

Posted by: mortified469 | October 11, 2008 6:09 PM

The Stink Repug party is doomed for hell RACIST PIGS DIE!

Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 6:09 PM

Bitter McCain, man with a nefarious, badly-hidden agenda.

How this +72-year elder man needs to steep lower & lower, needs to sully & slander his political opponents with self-concocted, über-spurious connexions to prehistoric events is nothing but pitiful.

And why Gov. Palin believes (does she think?) people would accept her as US President is the weirdest element of the GOP contorted drive to continuous power.

The country, the world, in fact, has been devastated, crippled by this Republican President (W). And to satisfy GOP delusions McCain is to be the Rattenfänger to Hell.

Posted by: hchiba | October 11, 2008 6:09 PM

Congressman Lewis should be lauded for stepping up and giving voice to what many others think and were reluctant to verbalize. In addition to the race issue, the comments about "who is O'Bama" are attempts to divide along broader cultural lines. Come on now, what could be possibly left to know that is relevant?

When that Sheriff in Florida jumped on stage at a recent rally, I immediately thought “skinhead”. His disregard for lawful conduct by appearing in his uniform to lead a political rally and his rhetoric did nothing to dissuade me from that assessment. I begin to see that Sheriff and everything I associate with the skinhead/militia type as the current McCain brand. Palin clearly has the background and temperament to carry that banner.

Now, McCain is attempting to softly backpeddle. Perhaps those crowds are scaring him too – they’re already angry about the country’s economic failures. At any rate, I don’t believe he is contrite, he just realized the point spread is widening based on the hate mongering. I have heard many pundits make much more of McCain’s mild rebukes to folks who are ….well….acting like wing nuts. McCain contends that he can reach across the aisle, “he knows how to do that”. Yikes, is this an example, because this behavior is endangering not just bipartisan cooperation. Palin and McCain are seeking to divide the country at the worst possible moment in history for their own (albeit individual) blind ambition.

You can look at McCain’s conduct in 2 ways. One approach is to believe that he slipped and allowed his campaign to descend into corrosive and inflammatory rhetoric or perhaps even “lost control” of the campaign. Another perspective is to think that his reprehensible tactics were calculated and didn’t work, now he has to back the truck up. Either way, you have to ask yourself if this is a person who can effectively lead a country in turmoil? I think McCain has defined his own character, leadership qualities and temperament better than the opposition ever could hope to do, just as Congressman Lewis continues to define his in a much more admirable manner.

Posted by: Beezercal1 | October 11, 2008 6:07 PM

charlietuna.
I guess we should promote the race issue, voting for a White Presidential Candidate? I never thought that way, before, but it makes sense, now!
We can't have a man of Barrack Hussein Obama and his group running this country! Races influence the culture and we can embrace cultures, but we surely don't want to lose Our European, Judeo Christian culture. Poor Europeans are frantically trying to change their immigration laws, Denmark, Sweden, even Italy and Spain are meeting the planes and trains to return illegals to their home.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 6:07 PM

charlietuna.
I guess we should promote the race issue, voting for a White Presidential Candidate? I never thought that way, before, but it makes sense, now!
We can't have a man of Barrack Hussein Obama and his group running this country! Races influence the culture and we can embrace cultures, but we surely don't want to lose Our European, Judeo Christian culture. Poor Europeans are frantically trying to change their immigration laws, Denmark, Sweden, even Italy and Spain are meeting the planes and trains to return illegals to their home.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 6:07 PM

Incidentally, I actually support Obama for presidency over McCain. But I respect both men, and I am embarrassed at so much hate spewing.

I don't like the kind of nasty feelings which Palin has encouraged, but I also don't like the nastiness expressed on this forum by supporters of Obama.

And YES, the KKK was a part of the Democratic party. The racist governors, Wallace and Faubus were both Democrats. Life isn't simple good vs bad. Both parties have some good and some bad.

Posted by: rohitcuny | October 11, 2008 6:07 PM

'TRAIL' READERS: This link, an interview with Naomi Wolf, offers compelling insight into what may be happening in America right now:

http://www.infowars.com/articles/bush/fascist_coup_owes_to_bush_nazi_grandfather_wolf.htm

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 11, 2008 6:07 PM

'TRAIL' READERS: This link, an interview with Naomi Wolf, offers compelling insight into what may be happening in America right now:

http://www.infowars.com/articles/bush/fascist_coup_owes_to_bush_nazi_grandfather_wolf.htm

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 11, 2008 6:07 PM

Incidentally, I actually support Obama for presidency over McCain. But I respect both men, and I am embarrassed at so much hate spewing.

I don't like the kind of nasty feelings which Palin has encouraged, but I also don't like the nastiness expressed on this forum by supporters of Obama.

And YES, the KKK was a part of the Democratic party. The racist governors, Wallace and Faubus were both Democrats. Life isn't simple good vs bad. Both parties have some good and some bad.

Posted by: rohitcuny | October 11, 2008 6:06 PM

Incidentally, I actually support Obama for presidency over McCain. But I respect both men, and I am embarrassed at so much hate spewing.

I don't like the kind of nasty feelings which Palin has encouraged, but I also don't like the nastiness expressed on this forum by supporters of Obama.

And YES, the KKK was a part of the Democratic party. The racist governors, Wallace and Faubus were both Democrats. Life isn't simple good vs bad. Both parties have some good and some bad.

Posted by: rohitcuny | October 11, 2008 6:06 PM

Hey, Charley Tuna (how appropriate),

How do you know 95 percent of any race is voting for one particular candidate? Your generalization is, perhaps, an indication of your racism.

Posted by: Genefox1 | October 11, 2008 6:06 PM

John Lewis is absolutely right. I'm glad that he had the courage, yes courage, to say in public what many say in private. The faces in those McCain and Palin audiences have morphed into mirror images of the faces I saw on black and white TV years ago at Little Rock, at Tuscaloosa; the faces I saw in Boston in the 1970's.

I think that even McCain realizes that they went too far and he appears to be visibly afraid that there is no retreat option for him. If he doesn't "stay the course," he may well be ripped to shreds by the bloodthirsty crowds.

I'm glad, yes, that John Lewis called them out on this. My position has always been that even if I know I can't stop you from..."messing over" me, I will let you know that I'm aware that you are about to do it.

Posted by: eclecticelder | October 11, 2008 6:05 PM

The dixiecrats left the democratic party back in the 60's to join the republicans.
From the time of the civil war until this period these people considered the republicans to be the enemy, after all, they defeated the south, they embarrassed them.

But giving the vote to all those black people, that was just too much for them. They flocked to the republican party ... which at the time was too libertarian to be supportive of all the civil rights enforcement being taken on by the federal government.

But the times have changed. Along comes Jerry Falwell and the social conservatives. Then the neocons. The old goldwater libertarians have no place left to go unfortunately.

These dixiecrats though, these people were the ones Nixon used in his southern strategy.

Now they seem to be the core, the base of the republican party. These are the people clinging not only to their guns and their gods, but also to their hatreds.

And with McCain beginning to lose badly, their worst side is coming out. they are literally scaring off the other republicans, people who are not full of this visceral intense hatred ...

And McCain thinks he can win with these people alone? This does not strike me as the kind of thinking and intelligent man would do. he has honor. has has glory, but he has no brain.

Posted by: khote14 | October 11, 2008 6:04 PM

McCain, and his gang, will say and do anything to get elected. L_D_M is correct. We don't need that hate. We have too much hate already.

Posted by: mortified469 | October 11, 2008 6:04 PM

The Democrats and the biased media have been sowing the seeds of hatred and division for 30 years with impunity.

Lewis and his gang of instigators have been immune from criticism for far too long.

Every time there is any disagreement, they scream racism at the top of their lungs.

It's old, it's tired and no one but their shills pay any attention to them anymore.

Posted by: chicago77 | October 11, 2008 5:58 PM

Stunning. The Race Card played to the hilt. Yes, no may doubt The One. All must vote for him. No dissension. No questions. No doubt. Das Fuhrer Obama must be obeyed. Heil Obama, yell the adoring crowds at Nuremberg, Berlin, Berkeley, Buckhead, and Boulder.

Leftist dictators must never be doubted.

For, they really, really mean they are "inclusive," "tolerant," and "liberal."

Like Stalin, Chavez, Castro, and Lenin.

Posted by: 7thDayNonConformist | October 11, 2008 5:58 PM

The racial hatred is appalling enough, but add to it the anti-Islamic fervor-- It's shameful. Beyond words shameful. And most definitely NOT Christian by any definition.

Posted by: student41 | October 11, 2008 5:57 PM

Shame on who left the comment that Clarence Thomas is a member of the KKK. That was not fair.
Clarence Thomas, a black Member of the USA Supreme Court and has never belonged to the KKK, I would bet my life on it. So, give that idea up. Don't post things that are false, please.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 5:57 PM

There is one simple way to deal with these neo-facists:

vote every republican out of office: Every senator, every congressman, every governor, every state legislator, every local elected official, every dogcatcher. Demolish these Rove-loving hypocrites once and for all. Again,vote every one out of office!
Erect a statue of Karl Rove in the Mall in DC and hold a celebration each year where a chosen few gets to smear dog poop on its head! Wouldn't that be a fitting end to his political career.

Posted by: diogenes4 | October 11, 2008 5:56 PM

You want to see a racist statistic?

95% of Blacks are voting for Obama


Now that's RACIST. It seems black people are racist no matter how equal they are treated. Give them more than we give ourselves and how do they treat us? Quite a Racist Bunch these black people.
You white people who vote for Obama, what's up with you? It's time we vote for our best interests too. The black culture nothing but brings the white people down.

Remember to Win Back America:

Last census
Whites=80.2% of population
Blacks=12.8% of population

Vote what is good for your race!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by: charlietuna666 | October 11, 2008 5:56 PM

See that new Lee Atwater documentary, folks, to see where all this began. The GOP really doesn't like it when the Democrats turn the tables on them.

The Democrats' goal is clear: to teach Rove, Steve Schmidt, and the Republicans that every time they throw mud, there will be a bucketfull flying right back at them.

Then dirty politics won't be rewarded the way it has been in the past few elections.

There'll be a sort of mutually assured destruction that results in a cleaner campaign.

McCain is full of it, and he knows it. John Lewis called him out, and that's more than fair. Palin and McCain earned it.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 11, 2008 5:56 PM

"The Republican party has never been anything other than the KKK. Why are people surprised?"

Posted by: Holcombe1
----------------
Actually I have news for you, Mr/Ms Holcombel. The KKK was branch of the Democratic Party and not only lynched blacks, it also assassinated Republicans.

Also, George Wallace was a Democrat.

From the Wikipedia: "George Corley Wallace Jr. (August 25, 1919 – September 13, 1998), was a Democratic Governor of Alabama for four terms (1963-1967, 1971-1979 and 1983-1987)"

And also from the Wikipedia: "The Ku Klux Klan soon spread into nearly every southern state, launching a "reign of terror" against Republican leaders both black and white."

Perhaps you will now moderate your views a little?

Posted by: rohitcuny | October 11, 2008 5:54 PM

To PutDownTheKoolaid, I agree with your post.

Observation: The attacks on Governor Palin questioned her knowledge, ethics and ability to be VP & President.

No attack ever stated "kill her, off with her head" There was NEVER an outburst at a Democratic rally asking for physical harm to Governor Palin.

Threats of death IS NOT THE SAME as a verbal attack on a person's capabilities.

Posted by: caudaltx | October 11, 2008 5:54 PM

FU McCain!

Posted by: Honest_Abe | October 11, 2008 5:54 PM

yeah Lewis is just another radical left wing socialist media spewers of false information. Lets talk about Obama and the truth of this Radical Socialist posing as Presidential material and his left wing Accorn group submitting thousands of fraud voter applications, now being investigated in 7 states? Non partisan investigators, by the way are finding over half the registrations are fruad. Guess the Supreme Court will appoint the next President. Thank God for Clarence Thomas, Roberts, Scalia and a few brains in Supreme Court.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 5:54 PM

The Dems can't handle the truth. Oh listen to them squeal. Three questions I hope McCain asks Obama in the next election:
1. Senator Obama, why did you take over $100,000 from Fannie Mae and resist tighter oversight in 2005?
2. Senator Obama, why did you try to sabotage the recent US-Iraqi agreement on troop withdrawls?
3. Senator Obama, why are you friends with a man who bombed the Pentagon while I was in a Hanoi prison?

Posted by: delusional1 | October 11, 2008 5:53 PM

Sen. John McCain is not only losing the election, he is losing any remaining shreds of honor or dignity that he might have had.

Does Sen. McCain really imagine that anyone will take him seriously when this is over? Or trust his word about anything? It's a sad obituary that McCain is writing for himself.

Posted by: orange2 | October 11, 2008 5:52 PM

The Republican Party are responsible for freeing the slaves and most supportive of the Jewish State of Israel, so how can they be KKK? That is a group in the south of burned out white trash, not the Patriotic Americans. EXPOSE OBAMA"S associations with the accorn fraudulent voter registrations. That will be a good job for Lewis and the rest of the country. Thanks for the Supreme Court to appoint the next President. By the way, has Gore recovered from losing, the election? We know Kerry hasn't recovered, though the DNC is smart enough to keep him out of the limelight.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 5:50 PM

"This is not a woman who sees America as you and I do"

Posted by: lichtme | October 11, 2008 5:48 PM

Thank you Mr Lewis,were I come from we call it the good old boys are acting up again.SHAMEFUL

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | October 11, 2008 5:48 PM

Thank you Rep. John Lewis for expressing what many of us think and feel about Sen. McCain's recent campain tactics which foster division and fear.

We are the United States of America. United, we can overcome the challenges we face in our nation today; divided, we will certainly fall.

Senator McCain, be the leader you say you are, admit your error (in judgement) and get your campain on the right track.

Posted by: tamInDC | October 11, 2008 5:48 PM

"This is not a woman who sees America as you and I do"

Posted by: lichtme | October 11, 2008 5:48 PM

Now that Bush has taken North Korea off the terrorist list, maybe McCain will do the same for Obama.

Posted by: scientist1 | October 11, 2008 5:47 PM

"So when will the Washington Post begin reporting on Obama's ties to Rezko or the ACORN voter fraud?

Posted by: NeverLeft | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse "

They do it regularly. They just don't state your opinion.

Posted by: thrh | October 11, 2008 5:47 PM

chickoi30

Thank you for your enlightened and pragmatic comments. I look forward to seeing you in the Obama administration, perhaps as our first secretary of the US Department of Peace.

Posted by: JoeDBrown | October 11, 2008 5:47 PM

chickoi30: You must be a product of the DC school system for all you seem to know about grammar and spelling. Grow up!

Posted by: Rodin | October 11, 2008 5:47 PM

John Lewis is right in content but wrong in tactics. It is so much more effective when independent sources put down the virulence. Obama then is clearly the agreived and McCain the sinner. A partisan condemnation by Lewis, though true, doesn't bring about the same public response. The discussion focuses on whether the man making the call is impartial and accurate.

Posted by: Ceeee | October 11, 2008 5:47 PM

John McBush you are embarrassing yourself and the country with your divisive lies, innuendos and half truths. You are showing dishonor to the American people with your lies!

Is this how you will run a White House?

You are NO DIFFERENT then Comrade Bush and his communist ways!!

McCain is just McSAME...another 4 years of dividing the country for the sake of power and influence for the RICH!!!

The United States of America BELONGS to ALL of the people of America!! NOT just the RICH and connected friends of yours. NOT the Evangelical Right Wing Christians who are so filled with HATE for Obama even GOD will not forgive them for all the LIES IN HIS NAME. They are false Christians and FAKE followers of GOD!!! They have NO RESPECT for ANYONE who does NOT AGREE with their VIEW!!

They show NO tolerance, NO understanding and NO acceptance of others as GOD commands!!

They are FALSE PROFITS and FAKE Christians!!

McCain/Palin is just another term for Bush and they too are FAKES, LAIRS and FALSE Christians who use GOD to get votes!!!!

Posted by: imZandor | October 11, 2008 5:46 PM

McCain and Palin will do anything to win an election. McCain showed his hatred and disrespect for blacks when he and his state of Arizona refused to accept Dr. Martin Muther King’s birthday. Sarah Palin has recently been accused of vindictvely misusing her power as governor of Alaska to settle a domestic dispute. In Palin’s little world it is alright to unfairly fire someone because they believe in following policy and not emotions.

Now these two haters are stirring up hatred in America against Arabs. They think that Arabs are un-American. Why can’t these two low-lifes attack the German or Irish or Jew or Russian or French or British that is the other side of Obama the way they are attacking the Arabs?

Why not just bring out the white hoods and sheets and burn a cross after lynching them. Terrorist, dirty Arab and possibly kill him is shouted at their rallies. What comes next?

McCain and Palin do not deserve respect and will never and I mean never gain my respect after the disgraceful manner in which they are running their capaign.

If only they had this much imagination when it comes to the real problems of America like the terrible financial condition America is in at this time.

There are so many good conservatives and Republicans in this country who are not idiot racist. They must feel real proud about the two racist they elected to possibly run this country. All I can say with it being so near to holloween is BOOOOO.

Posted by: jimarush | October 11, 2008 5:46 PM

yeah Lewis is just another radical left wing socialist media spewers of false information. Lets talk about Obama and the truth of this Radical Socialist posing as Presidential material and his left wing Accorn group submitting thousands of fraud voter applications, now being investigated in 7 states? Non partisan investigators, by the way are finding over half the registrations are fruad. Guess the Supreme Court will appoint the next President. Thank God for Clarence Thomas, Roberts, Scalia and a few brains in Supreme Court.

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 5:46 PM

The message is that anyone who criticizes an inexperienced and unqualified candidate who owes his rapid ascension onto the national stage to gift for vacuous oratory and identity politics is a racist.

Sorry Mr. Lewis, I’m not buying this drivel. If Obama can’t stand the test of public scrutiny he should not have chosen a career in politics. The era of guilt trip politics is over Lewis, get a real job.

Senator Obama’s obvious lack of judgement when choosing friends and his dangerous ignorance of foreign policy issues raise questions that must be answered before the election.

Posted by: dcn1 | October 11, 2008 5:46 PM

Thank you, Rep John Lewis, for coming forth with this true and sad assessment of the McCain-Palin debacle in our American democracy. John McCain made a pathetic attempt to quell the angry tide of followers at his rally today, which Barack Obama acknowledged in one of his speeches today as well. How appalling to see John McCain's reaction to your words and advice! To have him actually accuse Barack Obama of inciting the racial tension, after weeks now of Sarah Palin and surogates allowing and encouraging abusive words to go unheeded at their rallies.
The teasing of a person's name is first-grade, school-house childish and to try to link a name given by parents to a child to generalized terrorism is disgusting. Perhaps John McCain, Sarah Palin, et al don't realize that in a large part of the world, the name Hussein is as common a man's name as the name John is in the our culture?
I believe it is time for the constituents in the states of Alaska and Arizona, who have to be represented by these two politicians, to have a chance to re-assess these two as being capable of holding public office in their elected offices after this election. They have allowed and shown indecent public behavior and shouldn't be trusted now that they've shown their true colors.
I hope others who hold similar offices and public positions will come forth as well to level the truth at John McCain about his dangerous and destructive path; a pathetic attempt to win at any cost. Trying to put us back 30-50 years in attitudes is something the American people just won't tolerate now.

Posted by: ehvet | October 11, 2008 5:46 PM

The Republican party has never been anything other than the KKK. Why are people surprised?

Posted by: Holcombe1 | October 11, 2008 5:46 PM

Someone said:
"When McCain supporters spew hate and bigotry at official events, McCain and/or Palin should have stopped them and said. "I am asking you to vote for me because you believe in my policies. If you are here because you are racist, you need to leave." Neither McCain or Palin have the common sense to call out hatred and reject it in a public forum. That act alone disgusts me."

But McCain DID do just what you are asking for, but you have to read what he did and give him credit.

Posted by: rohitcuny | October 11, 2008 5:43 PM

Let me be clear on this if anything happans to either one of the Obama's or Biden and family we will Kill and destroy this racist empire.
We have enough African Americans and Blacks Immigrants in america to UNITE and Kill every one of these racist PIGS and thier Offspring / family.
in the government in the healthcare, in the army ,police we are all over.
SO WARNING BE CARFUL!
WE ARE ALIVE AND WELL
WE WILL START BY KILLG DIPLOMATS AND DESTROYING AMERICAN INTREST ABROAD!

Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:42 PM

As Republicans, some of us are very very angry that McCain doesn't expose more about Obama and Prince Abdullah asking Khalid al-Mansour to get Obama into Harvard because Saudi Arabia wants more representation in America. Why would Americans want any representation of Saudi Arabia here? We don't want to be a part of the saudi empire and we don't want them here, living, teaching in our schools, building mosques or having any influence in our Free Society. Tell the Sauds to go home while we are cutting back on our fuel consumption, soon to be using other energy sources and would rather walk than buy their oil. Obama's friends are involved with Hugo Chavez, another dictator.....Please get wise to this Socialism going on here. Americans are going to cash out and stop the cycle of prosperity that draws immigrants. Smile

Posted by: mwdr2008 | October 11, 2008 5:42 PM

Our country has been driven to the brink of RUIN and all McCain and Palin can do is spew hatred and division, in a futile effort to distract the voters.

McCain--You should be so deeply, DEEPLY ashamed. How did you sink SO LOW?

Posted by: misssymoto | October 11, 2008 5:41 PM

What a crock! We are racist if we don't say sweet things about an empty suit who happens to be half-black? Shame on John Lewis for, himself, pouring the vitriol of race near burning fires of rightful disagreement. There have been at least a half-dozen black leaders (sic)who have said intemperate thngs, with nary a rejoinder by Hussein. How come?

Posted by: Rodin | October 11, 2008 5:41 PM

Senator McCain, you are wrong.

I've been watching the videos of your rallies for the past week and I am shocked at cries of "kill him, hang him, traitor ..." being shouted against a Presidential candidate. Your rallies are acting like a lynch mob. Senator McCain you can't deny your rhetoric has turned into inciting violence. You went down this path. You encouraged this rage from your followers. You should have realized how easy it is to incite racial fears.

Posted by: caudaltx | October 11, 2008 5:41 PM

Do the last 8 years of calling Bush and Cheney every rotten name in the book, editing photos to make them look bad, accusing them of every known crime, making movies about Bush's assassination, forging documents about them, biased reporting and fanatical hatred freely expressed daily count as "sowing the seeds of hatred and division"? Hmmm?

Not in the leftist loonasphere inhabited by many Democrats. Telling the truth about Democrats is hateful even if you use their own words and acts. Telling the truth about Obama or asking him the same questions asked other politicians is hateful and racist. Just look at those well known racists, the Clintons.

We must believe. we must surrender our intelligence, common sense and freedoms for the collective good.

Posted by: JoeDBrown | October 11, 2008 5:41 PM

typical republican tactics - - no, i think john mccain and sarah palin are the ones who owe the country an apology - people accross the country have seen responses from the crowd - congressman lewis is absolutely right - and no one owes mccain anything -

Posted by: muslit | October 11, 2008 5:38 PM

Representative Lewis is correct. The innuendos being thrown about by Senator McCain and Governor Palin, particularly the naive governor (to give her the benefit of doubt), are incendiary. Senator McCain, having witnessed much of the history Representative Lewis refers to, knows better. His recent remarks about treating Senator Obama with respect reveal he is uneasy about the tone of his campaign. Republicans can do better then this. Issues, please - not hatred.

Posted by: portiaperu | October 11, 2008 5:37 PM

It is an outrage that the hatemongers who have prevailed in all forms of the media for that last four years, should now be so self-righteous as to point the finger at McCain and Palin for attempting to identify the facts that the mainstream media ignore, and that the democrats spin into a different story.

This election is all but over. But in the spring, when the snow melts, the turds will appear, and America will ask, "what have we done?"

Posted by: AWWNats | October 11, 2008 5:35 PM

It is an outrage that the hatemongers who have prevailed in all forms of the media for that last four years, should now be so self-righteous as to point the finger at McCain and Palin for attempting to identify the facts that the mainstream media ignore, and that the democrats spin into a different story.

This election is all but over. But in the spring, when the snow melts, the turds will appear, and America will ask, "what have we done?"

Posted by: AWWNats | October 11, 2008 5:35 PM

Let Roger Ailes, Rush Limbaugh, drug addict, and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth try to distance the Republican Party from George W Bush. Let Karl Rove try to trick the voting machines. I want the Right Wing working double-time in the next few weeks for a 73 year old with recurrent melanoma and pre-Alzheimer's and a woman who isn't qualified to teach in a US high school

Posted by: kevten | October 11, 2008 5:34 PM

Representative John Lewis is absolutely correct. They have screamed "Fire" in the crowded auditoriums and woken the ignorant and bigotted in this country. They did this purposefully and, though I hope that they can figure out a way to calm the hatred, if they do not, it is all on the heads of the Republican Party. Shame on them.

Posted by: gilbertpb40 | October 11, 2008 5:33 PM

When McCain and Palin do more than just admonish supporters who hurl racial epithets with a "tsk, tsk" and a "now, now," they can ask for Obama to repudiate Lewis' statement. When Palin stops saying Obama, "is not one of us" and apologizes for people that introduce her going on and on stressing, "Barack HUSSEIN Obama," they can ask for an appology. McCain has the NERVE to say Lewis' comments are an attack on the character of innocent politicians just stating the facts. Palin and McCain are consciously or unconsciously fanning the flames of racial and ethic hatred and discord. First, they need to apologize. Like Lewis, I lived through that period in the deep South. I am not black, and I am sick and tired of the expressions of racism I am hearing, conscious or unconscious. We need an anti-hate speech law as Europe has, and violators need to be sent to psychological counseling to root out their irrational hatred, not punished. The Supreme Court has already set the precedent that there are limitations on free speech; speech that would incite violence is not protected.

Posted by: csintala79 | October 11, 2008 5:33 PM

McCain's response to Lewis is disingenuous at best. After all, the video of his most recent campaign rallies are all over television and the internet. Many Americans have already seen the outpouring of, well, hate and bigotry.

McCain would have garnered more respect and votes from the middle & independents if his campaign had acknowledged the recent vitriol and spoken out against it.

Posted by: EastBeach | October 11, 2008 5:31 PM

McCain and Palin's hate-based campaign can only lead to intimidation and violence. They are fanning the flames of hatred.

Look in the mirror, John McCain -- hypocrite, liar, man who puts country last.

Posted by: somerseten | October 11, 2008 5:30 PM

The people posting here make me feel proud. (Except the crazy ones.) I hope these good people represent the next generation of Americans. I hope that--this time--all the young people get out and vote!

Don't let bigotry and racism win.
Please Vote!

Posted by: John_Mc | October 11, 2008 5:29 PM

Thus sayeth one of the "three wisest men" McCain claims to have ever met. Time to go back to being a human being, John.

Posted by: notbuyinganyofit | October 11, 2008 5:27 PM

WE the Poeple of America had had enough.!
If anything was to happen to Obama.
All you RACIST PIGS WILL REGRET IT!
I Promise you we will destroy the kkk and all others one by one and thier familys along with them.
WARNING.

Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:27 PM

Dear Mr. Obama,

I am hereby applying for the job of "sending

back all the white trash to Europe, where

they came from" once you are elected.

As a person of non-color (white) I

promise to do this job with great zeal as

my hatred towards bigots "knows no

bounds"

Cordially,

Robert Blanchard
North Smithfield

PS: I LOVE Michelle!!!!

Posted by: bobnsri | October 11, 2008 5:26 PM

I agree with Congressmen Lewis. It has surprised me to see John McCain resort to gutter accusations to try and compete for votes. His choice of an immature woman like Sarah Palin has only made things worse in terms of false accusations that incite hate. We dont need to return to the 1960s where there were riots and burning in Washington, DC and National Guard. Its not too late for McCain to talk some sanity to his supporters.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 11, 2008 5:23 PM

Rep. Lewis is on the mark. He could have also mentioned Lester Maddox and Strom Thurmond. McCain Palin have beeen playing the race card for the last few weeks. Now they pretentend ot be offended. Blatant Hypocrisy

Posted by: RichfromPhilly | October 11, 2008 5:22 PM

john lewis is on the mark. labeling obama as a pal of a terrorist was intended to link him in the voters' minds to radical muslims, just as talking about "character" was meant to remind people he is a black man. the mccain/palin campaign is not-so subtly trying to appeal to the xenophobes as well as racists. but mccain, who may lack judgment, but is no dummy, realized they had been shaking a tasmanian devil in a bag and now is getting afraid of what they may have stirred up. after all, palin failed to rebuke a man in her audience when she was talking about obama and the man shouted "kill him." as www.straightrecord.com pointed out months ago, racism is the unspoken problem in this campaign and could still be obama's undoing. the extent of it is not going to show up in the polls, since even racists do not consider themselves racists, but it is real and far deeper than decent americans realize.

Posted by: rapswork | October 11, 2008 5:20 PM

Enough with the feigned outrage McCain. When you have people at your rallies screaming "Off with his head" it is pretty clear that you are sowing seeds of hate.

Isn't it time to be a true Christian McCain?

Posted by: storyofthefifthpeach | October 11, 2008 5:20 PM

ANGRY GOP RALLY SHOUTERS: ARE THEY AGIT-PROP PLANTS?

WaPo reporters should spend more time on the periphery of these rallies, in the hours before the scheduled event. Not performing a "stunt" but doing some serious observation.

They might discern that some of the most vociferous rabble-rousers hang together in packs, don't quite look like your "average Joe," and appear to be part of an orchestrated "street theater" -- not necessarily a reflection of spontaneous crowd enthusiasm. Examine closely their attire, and the electronics they are carrying.

Could they be the "stromtroopers" in a troubling offensive -- the use of organized civilians for "extra-judicial" targeting, agitation and harassment?


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens OR

members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 11, 2008 5:19 PM

"I think Democrats who have been bashing Palin for the last few weeks have no business complaining about McCain. Oh, but the Democrats were indulging in "legitimate criticism"! Gee! You could have fooled me!
Posted by: rohitcuny | October 11, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse"

The usual false equivalency from a concern troll.


Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | October 11, 2008 5:19 PM

Dear Black Panthers.

As a 50-year old White Guy, "sign me up" if

ANYTHING happens to Mr. Obama.

And it won't be the black panthers this time.

It will be the black-white panters!!!!

Posted by: bobnsri | October 11, 2008 5:19 PM

McCain: "I am saddened that John Lewis, a man I've always admired, would make such a brazen and baseless attack on my character and the character of the thousands of hardworking Americans who come to our events to cheer for the kind of reform that will put America on the right track."

I've seen the GOP events, and one thing that definitely did not feature was cheering for reform.

Cheering for negative attacks and smears, yes. Shouting "kill him", "terrorist" and "communist", yes. Calling a black camera soundman a "ni**er" and telling him "sit down, boy", yes.

Cheering for reform, no. In fact I'd say the prospect of reform is precisely what terrifies and angers the people at McCain's events.

Posted by: Bud0 | October 11, 2008 5:18 PM

...Your so-called "Christian" running mate and you better start reading your party's platform. See the part about the Ten Commandments? What does it mean to you: "Thou shalt not bear false witness?"
Wise up and quit blaming your problems on other people.
I REPEAT: John Lewis is 100% right on this matter.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | October 11, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

******************
Preach it! Mr. Tomcat3

Mr. John Lewis is right on and Mr. Obama does not need to denounce this truth.

Posted by: Vonnie932 | October 11, 2008 5:18 PM

Whattttt!!

Did I hear the "Pallin around with terrorist crowd" demand an apology from Obama because they feel John Lewis has attacked McCain's character? They are complainin....g about a character attack???

Posted by: youngo47 | October 11, 2008 5:18 PM

So when will the Washington Post begin reporting on Obama's ties to Rezko or the ACORN voter fraud?

Posted by: NeverLeft | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM

Thank You Senator Lewis for Crystalizing and

Expressing the Thoughts of a Vast Majority

of Americans Who Love Their Country and

Fear that the Un-American Thoughts of a

Few Would Ignite the Hateful Passions of

Many.

Posted by: bobnsri | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM

For all you RACIST PIGS OUT THERE THE
(BLA) & the Black Panther Movement is alive and well we will not be moved!
We will Have a civil war if somthing happens to OBAMA!
JUST a warning!
TREAD CAREFUL!

African Americans are ready for a BLOOD Bath bring it on, we in turn will give you WAR!

Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:16 PM

BUSH,McCAIN AND PIG PALIN ARE PLOTTING TO KILL OBAMA.
THE CIA MUST ACT AND MOVE TO PREVENT THIS!

ACT (CIA) THEY ARE PLOTTING!

Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

LOL. Who do you think run the CIA? Whose name is on the CIA headquarter building?

And the FBI? And the Secret Service?

The naivete of these Obama supporters scares me more than any malice from the McCain crowd.

Posted by: bobte | October 11, 2008 5:15 PM

The most poignantly true comment so far, in my opinion, was the following:

"No, Senator. I thing Congressman Lewis is correct. I am white, turning 60 in less than a month. I grew up in the segregated south. I've watched the videos of the people who are attending your rallies. Their demeanor and language is EXACTLY the same as I witnessed when my high school was integrated. It's exactly the same as the rabble who attacked Hosea Williams when he went to Forsyth County, Georgia in the late 80s. I witnessed it firsthand.
It's like an open puddle of gasoline. All that's needed is one spark and it'll be a conflagration. Keep pushing the limit and you'll see.
Your so-called "Christian" running mate and you better start reading your party's platform. See the part about the Ten Commandments? What does it mean to you: "Thou shalt not bear false witness?"
Wise up and quit blaming your problems on other people.
I REPEAT: John Lewis is 100% right on this matter."

Posted by: Tomcat3 | October 11, 2008 4:02 PM

Senator McCain, you have entered onto an evil path that will set you apart in history, I think. Your pride is even more dangerous than your impulsiveness. Beware of courting forces you cannot control.

Posted by: Publius56 | October 11, 2008 5:14 PM

When McCain supporters spew hate and bigotry at official events, McCain and/or Palin should have stopped them and said. "I am asking you to vote for me because you believe in my policies. If you are here because you are racist, you need to leave." Neither McCain or Palin have the common sense to call out hatred and reject it in a public forum. That act alone disgusts me.

Posted by: jillcashen | October 11, 2008 5:14 PM

I think Democrats who have been bashing Palin for the last few weeks have no business complaining about McCain. Oh, but the Democrats were indulging in "legitimate criticism"! Gee! You could have fooled me!

And here is something that McCain did recently.

When a man told him he was “scared” of an Obama presidency, Mr. McCain replied, “I want to be president of the United States and obviously I do not want Senator Obama to be, but I have to tell you — 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.”

BOTH Democrats and Republicans have a duty to be civilized, not just Republicans.
So Democrats, the ball is in your court!

Posted by: rohitcuny | October 11, 2008 5:13 PM

Probably the smart thing for McCain to have done would have been not to comment at all on Congressman John Lewis's comments. Everyone knows what's going on here, and no one knows the recipe for the type of violence that could occur in this situation better than Congressman Lewis, who lived it!

Posted by: jej404 | October 11, 2008 5:11 PM

Sadly Lewis is right.

Let's look at Palin talking to a predominately white group saying. "Obama doesn't see America the way WE do". Isn't she basically saying "Obama is looking at America as a dangerous black man and we're looking at America as god & decent white white folks"?

It doesn't make any difference if you say it directly or in NeoCon Code it is still racial division that they are working towards.

Has McCain walked so far away from his sense of honor that he can find this effort at division acceptable? Does he have any authority with his campaign staff or the racists girl from Alaska or is he simply unable to return to the honorable campaign he started with?

I find the Palin/McCain actions disturbing and sad, mainly because I believe McCain is (or was) an honorable man.

Posted by: KHMJr | October 11, 2008 5:10 PM

Who listens to John McCain's campaign anymore? We all (including former Republicans) owe Karl Rove a deep heartfelt gratitude for ruining the Republican party by showing how bad Republicans are at governing -- if that is what they call it. McCain made a mistake by abandoning his "maverick" status and letting "Rovians" run his campaign.

Posted by: rhideokim1 | October 11, 2008 5:10 PM

I'm a Obama supporter.
If they hurt Obama we will die for him civil unrest for shure!
we will kill all those racist fools!

Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:10 PM

It was john McCain and Palln that took one of their campaign rallies so far beyond the edge of decency to excite their crowd to the point that someone shouted "kill him" referring to Obama and now John McCain's political operatives now cry that it is John McCain's character that is being smeared when John Lewis calls his hand on hate mongering and race baiting.

Everyone should wake up and pay attention to what is really taking place here. John McCain does not put his country first.

Posted by: EastCoastnLA | October 11, 2008 5:10 PM

Mr. Lewis is correct. Down South, the lingering old-time White racists are frothing at the mouth over the thought that the country is about to get a Black President. They know that overt racism won't play in the media, so they are relying on McCain and Palin to fan the flames of dissent with lies, exaggerations and sheer stupidity. To think this is not about race is ignorant. The reason that White people in the South refuse to consider Obama is ONLY due to his race. The other stuff (accusing him of being Muslim, a socialist, a "librul," consorting with terrorists, etc.) is a smokescreen.

Posted by: whitetrash4u | October 11, 2008 5:09 PM

BUSH,McCAIN AND PIG PALIN ARE PLOTTING TO KILL OBAMA.
THE CIA MUST ACT AND MOVE TO PREVENT THIS!

ACT (CIA) THEY ARE PLOTTING!

Posted by: chickoi30 | October 11, 2008 5:07 PM

Congressman Lewis is entirely correct.

Senator McCain and his running mate have had several opportunities to stop the rabid words being spouted out at some of their campaign events, and yet they have done nothing nor said anything to stop their supporters from shouting out inflammatory words concerning Senator Obama (including in one instance someone yelling 'Kill him.'

These remarks by McCain supporters are disgusting, and McCain and Palin's silence is deafening.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | October 11, 2008 5:06 PM

McCain demands an apology from Obama and Lewis? "How dare they talk about a white man like that?!"

Posted by: thrh | October 11, 2008 5:06 PM

Now if that aint the pot calling the kettle black. McCain and his VP insighted racial hatred amoung his supporters to the point they called for him to be killed, he is an Arab, and a terroist- and thats not a KKK tactic? McCain reduced Obama to that one on national tv - thats not disrespectful? The VP saids that he is not one of us, code for he is black. McCain just got what he deserved; his attach backfired.

Posted by: Vonnie932 | October 11, 2008 5:06 PM

BUZZ 5- Reading your comments makes it crystal clear that something in your "logic circuit" is miss-wired. Your "rational thinker" ain't firing on all cylinders....
Are you sure you're ALLOWED to vote? Don't you have to demonstrate SOME BASIC THINKING PROCESSES to vote?

Posted by: Tomcat3 | October 11, 2008 5:06 PM

I reject the notion that if I do not vote for Obama that somehow makes me racist.
Posted by: Buzz5 | October 11, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse


Buzz, I reject the notion that your straw man argument has any validity whatsoever. In addition to the straw man, there is a lot of projection dripping from your ignorance laden comment.

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | October 11, 2008 5:05 PM

Rep. Lewis is to be commended for his courageous and truthful commentary. It has been a long time in this nation since such rabble rousing and fear-mongering has been so brazenly provoked. McCain's generosity in feigning a defense of Sen. Obama is just more disingenuous posturing. As for Sarah Palin, the kind of bigoted and yes, fascist mentality that she spews ought to be reason enough for any thinking American to reject her bid for VP out of hand. Rep. Lewis, you are a true American patriot and those who would move forward with our nation are grateful for your service.

Posted by: alanms | October 11, 2008 5:04 PM

Lewis was absolutely right to speak out about this. No one else seemed to have the courage to, despite all the press that these mob assemblies were getting. And the parallel between George Wallace and McCain/Palin is striking in that it is a poisonous atmosphere of prejudice and fear these candidates, albeit from different eras sought to exploit.

Posted by: tydicea | October 11, 2008 5:04 PM

Good one McCain. Your uneducated followers don't know the difference between an Arab and someone that practices Islam. They don't know the difference between a socialist govt and a communist govt. And its better for you if they don't. Educated voters are not your friend, so you've never take the time to explain basic facts to them. Instead you stoke the flames of racism and hatred.

What do you do? Turn it back to Obama and make him repudiate these very true sentiments.

McCain and Falin are first class SCUMBAGS.

OBAMA '08!

Posted by: Obama--08 | October 11, 2008 5:04 PM

To Tomcat3:
I was thinking this exact same thing. I recall video of the people who surrounded the girl who was trying to desegregate the Little Rock High School. Those people could have "spit out" the people being drawn to and incited by McCain/Palin. I can't wait for Nov 5th to get here so we can turn the page on the hateful doublespeak of the McCain campaign.

Posted by: dcampbell1 | October 11, 2008 5:03 PM

Truth hurts doesn't it John?

Posted by: AverageJane | October 11, 2008 5:03 PM

What a sad, pathetic shadow of a man McCain has become.

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | October 11, 2008 5:02 PM

McCain and Palin rallys were starting to look like Munich beer halls.....

"When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross".. Sinclair lewis.

Posted by: toritto | October 11, 2008 5:02 PM

Ouch, that must've burned, didn't it John? That's what you get when you play with fire. Out here in Joe 6 Pack land we were hearing you loud and clear. It was racist and the crowds you've been attracting lately prove it. Just ask some of the reporters who've been following you for the past year. It is obvious to them.

Posted by: AverageJane | October 11, 2008 4:59 PM

John Lewis is the racist. It is clear that the libs have embraced their inherent intolerance and are labeling anybody who doesn't agree with Obama as a racist. The brainless leftists in this country need to wise up and remember that reasonable people can disagree on issues. I reject the notion that if I do not vote for Obama that somehow makes me racist. I am no McCain fan, but the intolerant followers of Obama are not going to intimidate people into voting for their candidate. He has to win them over with his ideas or he will be illegitimate.

Posted by: Buzz5 | October 11, 2008 4:59 PM

McCain has shown poor judgment time after time in his campaign. He rushed the choice of Sarah Palin, who turns out to have abused her power as Governor. He has waffled back and forth on regulation of both the financial markets and of healthcare. He rushed a financial plan, and was shot down by his own party. With nothing left, McCain is now attacking Obama's character, day after day, causing violent reactions from his own 'base.' The Republicans have nothing to offer America.

Posted by: AKwatchman | October 11, 2008 4:58 PM

Lewis is right. McCain is working on dangerous ground.

Posted by: knutton | October 11, 2008 4:57 PM

It is so obvious on the facs of it that way too many people throwing stones have not read the easily available information on the topics that are of high interest.

Listening to yellow and sensationalized journalism does not help. By and large, the mainstream media get it right much more often than they get it wrong. One must also know the difference between factually reported information and opinion pieces. When I discover that a writer bases his/her opinion on either false or madeup facts, I stop reading the articles written by that person. When I discover that a TV commentator, pundit, or anchor presents false "facts," I move to other stations and other people for my information. I do know this, Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter (haven't seen her sassy face for a while), Rush Limbaugh, James Dobson, and the like are so far right that they basically make up facts to support their opinions.

Posted by: EarlC | October 11, 2008 4:57 PM

P. P. S - I forgot, maoist, celebrity and cult of personality figure ... oh and anti-christ.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 11, 2008 4:57 PM

OMG! He's Black!!!

That librul, pinko, commie, leninist, marxist, trotskyite, anarchist, nihilist,arab muslim islamo fascist terrorist, friend of terrorists, harvard educated foreigner, reader of Malcolm X, Chicago Pol, disciple of Rev. Wright, funny named unexperienced BLACK GUY is gonna be PRESIDENT of the United States of America!!!!

Oh Happy Day!!


Did I forget anything? Any insult?

Oh Yea - HUSSEIN!!

:-)

P. S. We are sooo gonna enjoy giving neo-cons agita. (smile) Think about it...waking up the day after the election and everywhere the message: Barack Hussein Obama is President-elect of the United States of America.

Watching the entire world celebrate on cable news....watching Hannity, Limbau and Orally take gas.......:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 11, 2008 4:54 PM

John McCain's reaction is more than erratic, it is very bizarre. For many days he allowed violent rhetoric at his and Palin's rallies. When called on it repeatedly, and when the tactic did the campaign more harm than good, he makes a fairly lame attempt to tone it down.

When John Lewis calls the rally-rousing what it is, making a more personal statement about what commentators all over the world have also called inciting violence and fueling race fear, McCain says it is a character attack on him and Sarah Palin! And he demands that Senator Obama "immediately and personally repudiate these outrageous and divisive comments that are so clearly designed to shut down debate 24 days before the election." This is astonishingly brazen hypocrisy. Where were his "immediate" and "personal" repudiations of the "divisive" remarks of Sarah Palin and the ticket's rally supporters? The level of this man's hypocrisy beggars the imagination.

Posted by: MTeagle | October 11, 2008 4:54 PM

Congressman Lewis is right, Senator McCain. Stop poisoning the wells. Tell your unethical hatchet from Alaska to cease and desist. Your hatred and venom are unAmerican and yes, Wallace-like.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | October 11, 2008 4:52 PM

The Great OB cannot be criticized in the Galactic Republic USAmerica
The Hollywood Celebrities Council led by Oprah asked the Great OB to attend it in secret as the crucial emergency matters would be discussed. George Clooney opened with stuttering voice sprinkled with anger “This Palin and that McCain criticize you our Great Leader, you are the only hope for us, you have to respond to these vicious attacks against your integrity. Any criticism against you is an attack on the race in the Republic. It is politically incorrect. You must emphasize that. Do you understand it? It is time to stop playing stupid. Get to work. Otherwise, I will have talk to my Ocean 11, no Ocean 12 about it.” Samuel Jackson repeated his mantra “we have a Leader, who will play the race card for us.” Matt Damon and Ben Affleck agreed grudgingly chanting “the Great Leader, who will play the race card for us, the Great Leader, who will play the race card for us, the Great Leader who will play the race card for us.” Barbara Streisand sang uplifting song titled “The Great Leader OB who cannot be criticized.” Steve Spielberg reminded them about the importance of this campaign “in our movies we are always politically correct amid the violence, gore, and sex. If we win we will be the rulers of the Galactic Republic USAmerica.” Matt Damon suggested responding wit the Force. They all agreed that Democs are the ones to rescue the Galactic Republic USAmerica. The Great OB will lead the Force.
The Great Ob was furious. The only thing that stands between us and the dominance of the Gallactic Republic USAmerica is the Governess Palin. “We unleash the dark forces of the media at her. She is bound to crackle under dominance and unforgiving weight of the questions from the Charlie and Kathy. These two are sweet robots for us. We will deploy columnists from the New York Times to write about her day and night. We will deploy the best team on TV to analyze the Darth Vader Mac’s campaign. We will deploy Tina Fey. She is hot”
The great OB flew out of Hollywood to the vast prairies of the Galactic Republic USAmerica to hold more of his educational rallies. “This is all the fault of the Ruler W and the Dark Vador Mac.” The media reported that the polls went up for the Great OB. The Hollywood Celebrities Council sent the Great OB congratulations and informed him that they were sending reinforcements led by the great Rockers Bruce, Billy and Bon Jovi. The Great OB was again ecstatic “This time we will not pull back. We will destroy Governess Palin and the Darth Vader Mac will fall. “The Great OB sighed with relieve “The victory is close.” Just one more speech, just one more rally, more trashing of the Ruler W and the Dark Vador Mac. There was nothing that could stop the Great OB.

Posted by: Wiel | October 11, 2008 4:52 PM

From Factcheck.org, one reads the following conclusion after an extensive referenced article on the association:

Conclusion:

Voters may differ in how they see Ayers, or how they see Obama’s interactions with him. We’re making no judgment calls on those matters. What we object to are the McCain-Palin campaign’s attempts to sway voters – in ads and on the stump – with false and misleading statements about the relationship, which was never very close. Obama never “lied” about this, just as he never bragged about it. The foundation they both worked with was hardly “radical.” And Ayers is more than a former "terrorist," he’s also a well-known figure in the field of education

Posted by: EarlC | October 11, 2008 4:49 PM

Congressman Lewis has it right. History has shown time and again that the consequence of vitriolic, race, ethnic or religious scape-goating attacks have always led to violence. Congressman Lewis cites George Wallace and the four young girls but there are many other episodes during the same period of time. Another example is Fascist Germany in the late 20s and 30s. Jews and Catholics were scape-goated, imprisoned and gassed to death.

It is disgusting and frightening that Senator McCain denies the reality of his acts, Ms Palin's acts and his campaign's acts by trying to throw the blame back onto Congress Lewis. McCain ought to know better.

I think Senator Obama should insist that the Wednesday night debate not proceed until McCain stops these attacks and gives the American people a full apology.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | October 11, 2008 4:47 PM

The American people have an ear for B. S.

They can tell when someone's mouth is moving and the clutch is not engaged.

When St. Sarah said "One thing that Americans do at this time, also, though, is let's commit ourselves just everyday, American people, Joe sixpack, hockey moms across the nation, I think we need to band together and say never again. Never will we be exploited and taken advantage of again by those who are managing our money and loaning us these dollars", people smelled gas.

Now they smell the whiff of fascism.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 11, 2008 4:47 PM

Less than a day after a report revealed that Sarah Palin abused her power as governor in the pursuit of a personal vendetta, Grampy McCain and Side Show Palin hit the campaign trail again:
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/10/AR2008101003167.html?hpid=topnews
.


MCCAIN:
"As a senator I’ve seen the corrupt ways of Washington and the wasteful spending and abuses of power ... As president I’m going to end these abuses whatever it takes.


PALIN:
"As a senator, John McCain has seen the corrupt ways of Washington and the wasteful spending and the abuses of power in Washington and on Wall Street. And as president he’s going to end those abuses whatever it takes."


There are two things to take away from these remarks: first, that irony is not dead. And second, McCain and Palin really are singing from the same sheet of "Campaign Music Designed to BS the Listener."


And on a related note, Washington Monthly points out that:
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http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2008_10/015130.php
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Congratulations Wingnuts, the McCain/Palin ticket is the first in American history in which both candidates were found to have violated ethics standards BEFORE a national election.


Mavericks!
.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 11, 2008 4:47 PM

Thank you John Lewis. You are absolutely correct and a true patriot.

Posted by: gottabeanon1 | October 11, 2008 4:45 PM

Sen McCain, the problem is your criticisms are not legitimate. They are smear tactics designed to get stupid people to react in fear. Hence, the ugly campaign rallies.

Note, when McCain is criticized, he once again reacts with over the top anger. Once again, his temperment is brought into focus. We can't have someone so erratic as President.

Posted by: dcwsano | October 11, 2008 4:44 PM

Lewis is absolutely right. There has been an unspoken fear in all of us watching these "lynch mobs", and it needs to stop. McCain's response is all the more disgusting. For him not to repudiate his supporters crying out "KILL HIM", "TERRORIST" and "OFF WITH HIS HEAD" at he and Palin's rallies is disgusting enough, but for him now to turn around release a statement like this is beyond appalling.

I don't know who McCain is anymore. Or perhaps I didn't know who he was before and I'm getting to know the real John McCain now. I used to respect him, but no more. As for Palin, her huge grin when these lynch mobs are taking place says it all. If you are so afraid that a potential "terrorist" is about to become president, why are you smiling? She has no soul.

This has gone way to far, and McCain has completely lost his marbles. If Senator Obama repudiates Rep. Lewis's statement, he will make ME very angry.

Posted by: LoopyFL | October 11, 2008 4:37 PM

Well done, John Lewis.

It makes me feel proud of America to see Democrats and Republicans standing up to the dangerously bigoted, anti-intellectual rabble-rousing by McCain/Palin.

Here's former Michigan GOP governor William Milliken:

“He is not the McCain I endorsed,” said Milliken, reached at his Traverse City home Thursday. “He keeps saying, ‘Who is Barack Obama?’ I would ask the question, ‘Who is John McCain?’ because his campaign has become rather disappointing to me.”

“I know John McCain is 72. In my book, that’s quite young,” said Milliken, 86, Michigan’s longest-serving governor. But he added, “What if she [Palin] were to become president of the United States? The idea, to me, is quite disturbing, if not appalling.

Milliken is right. Palin is appalling, and the two of them are running a disgraceful campaign. I just wish more conservatives would stand up and say the same.

As we wait for Republicans catch on to what the rest of America already knows, it's nice to see an honorable civil rights veteran point out the obvious to them.

Btw, Christopher Buckley (Son of William F.) is another GOP convert to Obama.

http://nahnopenotquite.com/

Posted by: nahnopenotquite | October 11, 2008 4:37 PM

Rep. Lewis is right (to echo the other comments).

If McCain were just attacking Obama's policies and legislative record he wouldn't have lost the respect of those moderates who once supported him. He can have the wingnut base.

Posted by: JPRS | October 11, 2008 4:37 PM

John Lewis is telling it like it is.

Cant handle a little Straight Talk McCain?

Posted by: MarcMyWords | October 11, 2008 4:35 PM

John Lewis is right.

Posted by: hitpoints | October 11, 2008 4:33 PM

John McCain wanted to run a campaign of great vision, high tone and lofty ideals. But his campaign doesn't run at all. It staggers and lurches, then wanders about the platform.

I'm sorry that Senator McCain thought he needed Schmidt and Davis to help him win through fear and intimidation. He's a better man than they are.

And Sarah Palin is just the frosting on this turd.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 11, 2008 4:30 PM

Those recent rallies frightened many of us, not just Rep. Lewis. I hoped McCain's recent conciliatory words would mean he had decided to start putting some honor back into his campaign. But apparently, he's still playing the blame game. Sad.

Posted by: sarahabc | October 11, 2008 4:24 PM

An interview with the crazy old lady that called Obama "an Arab" and McCain corrected her:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/interview-with-crazy-old-lady-who.html

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 11, 2008 4:23 PM

Senator Obama, please do NOT repudiate a word Congressman Lewis spoke. McCain and his pig pallin opened this pandoras box, and they have to live with the consequences.

Posted by: pgiaquinto | October 11, 2008 4:18 PM

We have to remember that it didn't start with McCain. Reagan loved to stoke the racist vote with his rhetoric about "welfare queens", his support for California's re-segregationist Prop 14 when he first ran for governor, and his launching of his 1980 campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where the three civil rights workers were killed in 1964. What about Bush, Sr. and Willie Horton? It's been a long and ugly road from the Party of Lincoln to the Party of Strom Thurmond.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 11, 2008 4:17 PM

John Boy--the problem is your mate is allowing cries of Kill Him...Off With his head...traitor...etc. at her public appearances. Since you are the main guy, you are accountable for this hate mongering and acceptance of violent talk. So...Lewis is right and you MUST take immediate, stronger steps to disavow what your running mate condones. If you don't, you will bear much of the responsibility for any violence that eventually occurs.

Posted by: jlp2 | October 11, 2008 4:17 PM

My gosh, McCain is as shameless as his pet Palin. His comment is irrelevant and even downright false. It's pretty clear that John Lewis hit the nail right on the head, that McCain has gone way too far, that he has let Palin also go way too far, even further than he has. And one has to ask -- has she done this strictly on her own or at his encouragement? If the former, then what kind of VICE President would she make? and what kind of LEADER is he? If the latter, then that is beyond disgraceful.

In any case, they have both lied outrageously about the Ayres matter, and either they know they have lied or they are totally irresponsible, and incomparable fools.

Posted by: dicesare1 | October 11, 2008 4:14 PM

Thank you, John Lewis. The discourse in Palin and McCain's rallies has been terrifying and I think you have put it in the appropriate perspective.

McCain's response was typically defensive and over the top, like the rich, coddled scion of a daddy complex that he is.

Posted by: kathleen_oconnor | October 11, 2008 4:08 PM

Even more racist McCain rally goers:

Here is the video:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/mccain-racist-rally-goers-pt-3.html

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 11, 2008 4:08 PM

Sadly Lewis is right.

Take a look at the type of folks McCain is attracting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itEucdhf4Us&eurl=http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/mccain-racist-rally-goers-pt-2.html

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2008/10/10/bagg.parking.politics.wfmy

Palin in particular is stirring up racist and hate sentiment. She represents a sick segment of Americans

Posted by: rcc_2000 | October 11, 2008 4:02 PM

No, Senator. I thing Congressman Lewis is correct. I am white, turning 60 in less than a month. I grew up in the segregated south. I've watched the videos of the people who are attending your rallies. Their demeanor and language is EXACTLY the same as I witnessed when my high school was integrated. It's exactly the same as the rabble who attacked Hosea Williams when he went to Forsyth County, Georgia in the late 80s. I witnessed it firsthand.
It's like an open puddle of gasoline. All that's needed is one spark and it'll be a conflagration. Keep pushing the limit and you'll see.
Your so-called "Christian" running mate and you better start reading your party's platform. See the part about the Ten Commandments? What does it mean to you: "Thou shalt not bear false witness?"
Wise up and quit blaming your problems on other people.
I REPEAT: John Lewis is 100% right on this matter.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | October 11, 2008 4:02 PM

Mr. Lewis's comments may be shocking, but sadly they are true. No other American politician since George Wallace has unleashed such hatred as John McCain and Sarah Palin have in recent days. Divisions that have taken years to heal are being opened in a matter of days.

Posted by: L-D-M | October 11, 2008 3:59 PM

See John McCain and Tom Brokaw Cuss at each other, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mng0njC1D6c Guess not to happy about something during the debate.

See more Debate STuff at http://www.watchdebate.com
Schedules, Poles, Videos, Outtakes.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 11, 2008 3:51 PM

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