Worried About the Crazies

Dear Stumped:

Given that comments by John McCain, Sarah Palin and their surrogates like Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) seem to feed a hostile environment in an already fearful time, is the threat of potential violence and more division within our country real? Or does the past experience of the 1960's, for those of us who lived through that decade, perhaps cause people to be more fearful of this than is rational? I try to think this through without allowing my emotions to dictate my thoughts, but the specter of those times and the resulting deaths of John and Bobby Kennedy won't be still! Am I a foolish old lady or is the GOP incapable of learning from history and therefore doomed to repeat it?

PJ

Dear PJ:

These are tough issues, and your grappling is heartfelt; it is clear you are not a foolish old lady.

These are not the 1960's. But a nation's political traditions -- and criminal traditions -- are influenced by its past, so there is no telling what some crazy individual may do to try to gain perverse immortality. Entire Broadway musicals have been devoted to this country's sad history of political assassinations.

I generally believe that political speech shouldn't be curtailed, and that it would be wrong to blame the actions of individual crazies on sophomoric political rhetoric, even when crudely unfair. That said, the Republican ticket is acting in a reprehensible, reckless manner that demonstrates a complete disregard for, if not ignorance of, history. When McCain goes around asking "Who is the real Barack Obama?," he is prompting you to connect the dots his sleaze machine has already provided: that Obama Hussein Obama (original emphasis) came out of nowhere, has confusing foreign roots and "terrorist" connections.

Michele Bachmann, as you allude to, became an instant celebrity on the political blogosphere when she went on MSNBC's Hardball last Friday to rail against Obama's anti-American views. She then idiotically suggested that the media "take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America." The only thing more frightening would be suggesting that Congress look at whether the views of members of the media, intellectuals and others are "pro-America or anti-America." (Oh wait, don't tell Congresswoman Bachmann, but we've done that already in this country.)

McCain's political operatives cynically shovel this stuff because that's the game they play and the campaign is desperate. But there is sufficient reason to worry about the safety of an African-American candidate in this country, sadly, without his opponents accusing him of being a terrorist-loving anti-American. What if someone scared about the "real Obama" pulled a gun at an Obama rally?

McCain himself seems to have become worried recently by the increasingly nasty tenor of his rallies. He's started toning down the vitriol, reassuring his "friends" that Obama is indeed an American worthy of respect. But you can't flick xenophobic/ignorant hatred on and off at will, like some light bulb. You can't encourage some of your more impassioned supporters on Monday to believe that Obama is a traitor, or a sleeper terrorist who has infiltrated our society, and then ask folks on Tuesday to rise above their hatred and fear.

Dear Stumped,

In the debate, I was somewhat puzzled by McCain's declaration that Sarah Palin knows a lot about autism. Has she been actively involved in helping families of those afflicted? Is there a family member with autism? Or is McCain simply confusing her baby's Down's syndrome with autism?

Confused

Dear Confused:

It was a confusing moment, because Sen. McCain didn't give us more context - and he hasn't offered much explanation the other times he's connected Gov. Palin with autism, either. But I don't think he himself is confused. Palin does have a teenage nephew with autism.

Dear Stumped:

With Gen. Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama, can we now say it is game, set and match point?

Ann Rogers

Dear Ann:

It looked like match point even before the endorsement. Congratulations to Gen. Powell for getting his endorsement in before the votes were cast. But if he felt as strongly about the country's need to elect Obama over McCain as he suggested Sunday on "Meet the Press," he should have taken a stand a month or so ago, at least.

By Andres Martinez |  October 21, 2008; 12:00 AM ET
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Oh so now you're worried about the crazies! Please - where was your concern when irrational left wing wackos were on display? I know where you were... you were cheering them on. All of the hysterically anti bush people? Such hyperbole and hypocrisy

Posted by: route7192 | October 21, 2008 11:30 PM

"When McCain and Mrs Appalling talk about who the "real" Americans are, they remind me of Pinochet. He used to talk that way...those who oppossed him were not real Chileans, only his thugs truly loved their country."

Napenthe - you need to read "the 14 tenets of fascism" by Britt. http://www.secularhumanism.org/library/fi/britt_23_2.htm

It will open your eyes. People think fascism=Nazi, but Nazi is only one flavor of fascism. Fascist dictators take power legally by a tried and true recipe that includes: invoking uber-patriotism (and attacking the patriotism of your opponents), milking fear particularly with regard to national security issues), discrediting those who can see through you and wake people up to what you are doing (creating disdain for "elitism", "academia", etc), using religion as a political tool (God is on our side, God wants us to restore real values"), etc. Check out the link but be prepared to have the hair stand up on the back of your neck.

Posted by: patriot16 | October 21, 2008 7:33 PM

"It looked like match point even before the endorsement. Congratulations to Gen. Powell for getting his endorsement in before the votes were cast. But if he felt as strongly about the country's need to elect Obama over McCain as he suggested Sunday on "Meet the Press," he should have taken a stand a month or so ago, at least."

Hmm, stumped, I agree he could have. But wouldn't that have made him guilty of making his endorsement race-based?

Posted by: patriot16 | October 21, 2008 7:24 PM

The noise the repug party leadership is making now - the mean, hateful and false accusations on democracy are merely the sounds of the right wing conservative demons being exorcised from the American spirit.

That's all. They'll soon be gone.

Posted by: Jaxon1 | October 21, 2008 7:21 PM

I don't think that someone after "perverse immortality" is the greatest threat to Obama. The threat most likely comes from a flag waving, bible thumping militia type who is good with a deer rifle and is motivated by a sense of God given duty to save the country from what he percieves to be a threat to "The American Way." The thought of a black liberal President is horrifying.

Posted by: forester2 | October 21, 2008 5:44 PM

Some people don't want to change especially when they want to use it as a tactic.

Posted by: repudar711 | October 21, 2008 5:03 PM

The comment that Powell should have given his endorsement a month ago is a ridiculously roundabout way of calling his sincerity into doubt. Powell said during the round robin discussion group of former Secretaries of State less than a month ago that he hadn't yet made up his mind--so how could he have made such an endorsement?

Posted by: multiplepov | October 21, 2008 4:42 PM

Whether McCain's comments on Palin being familiar with autism are to be interpreted as actually referring to his own familiarity due to his nephew or to be interpreted as actually referring to Palin's familiarity with the Down's syndrome that affects her new baby, Stumped should acknowledge that McCain was just confused. Contrary to the posters who shriek that the press is too kind to Obama, McCain definitely got a pass on this one.

Posted by: multiplepov | October 21, 2008 4:39 PM

More self-righteous foolishness from 60's type navel-gazers.

The real crazies would reveal themselves if Obama, however unlikely, happens to lose.

Posted by: TArbiter | October 21, 2008 3:37 PM

Your answers are perfect and questions are the same ones I had. I pray everyday for Obama's safety - McCain and Palin and their worthless cronies like Bachmann and Limbjerk have cretaed a very hostile environment. All in the same of God and Christianity. Didn't something start like this 70 years ago in Europe? I pray for safety of this great nation and peace for all. How will McCain and his lousy buddies will sleep at night? There are bad people and then worthless people. McCain/Palin fall in the latter category.

Posted by: Dave42 | October 21, 2008 3:36 PM

This is a test of the public commenting service.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 21, 2008 3:28 PM

Fear is the foundation of most governments, but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates, so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.

John Adams, thoughts on Government, 1776

Posted by: zarkdnl | October 21, 2008 2:25 PM

The Republicans are NOT an honorable party. The "swift boating" of Kerry in the last election showed just how dishonorable they are. Have the American people finally learned to see through the rhetoric? I do hope so.

Posted by: CAC2 | October 21, 2008 2:16 PM

I have this fear that Obama, if elected, will end up like JFK - and if Sarah Palin is anywhere near the funeral, she should be arrested as an accomplice to murder.

Posted by: riverbear | October 21, 2008 1:32 PM

Actually, I think Colin Powell's endorsement WAS well-timed. If it had come a month earlier, he wouldn't have been addressing McCain's robo-calls and the full offensiveness of the "terrorist" slanders. As it is, he directly and eloquently confronted all that.

Posted by: Liza3 | October 21, 2008 12:58 PM

hey guys, this is the democrat who is running against that crazy congress woman Brachtman, who says all people in congress should be investigated to see if they are anti-American. I donated to his campaign today align with Barack's. Here is his page

http://www.tinklenberg08.com/


here are her crazy remarks..she was ahead..now its just leaning..lets get Tinklenberg into congress also:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/17/gop-rep-channels-mccarthy_n_135735.html

Posted by: JudyAnn1 | October 21, 2008 11:46 AM

It will be interesting (to say the least) to see what will happen if Obama is elected and (god forbid) assassinated. What will John McCain have to say for himself? We'll have a sitting senator, a supposed American hero, complicit, in however small a way, in the death of the president.

Posted by: trjones1 | October 21, 2008 11:36 AM

autism is the cause du jour
while dev delay is hugely expensive to the taxpayer.
it would be natural fro mccain, a politician, to make these "mistakes"
it would be expected that he would grab at straws and claim mere knowing of a single disability = i know needs and complex issues of all..
This CON job HAS WORKED to get the people with disabilities vote for Bush.

Posted by: macdoodle1 | October 21, 2008 11:34 AM

When McCain and Mrs Appalling talk about who the "real" Americans are, they remind me of Pinochet. He used to talk that way...those who oppossed him were not real Chileans, only his thugs truly loved their country.

Posted by: nepenthe | October 21, 2008 11:30 AM

I raised my children in the rural southwest Va. mountains--I am so sad and heart broken to see their friends (the educated and or talented ones) not only leaving the "rural countryside", but the USA for jobs and mainly healthcare--why have we as Americans allowed these "healthcare robber barons" steal our country???

Posted by: lizbeamer1234 | October 21, 2008 11:27 AM

There are actually more ignorant, functionally illiterate, lunatic fringe crazies supporting Obama than McCain. If you don’t believe it read some of these forums. So please, spare us the self righteous posturing.

Posted by: dcn1 | October 21, 2008 10:47 AM

The ReThuglicans, having sown the wind, will reap the whirlwind and as Bible readers one and all, you'd think they should know that.

Or is their piety false? They sure look like the Philistines to me.

Posted by: RealCalGal | October 21, 2008 10:13 AM


REPUBLICAN ANTI-OBAMA VIOLENCE LINKS:

Journalist attacked at Palin ralley, Elon, NC

http://blog.news-record.com/staff/capblog/archives/2008/10/report_from_pal.shtml

Bear killed and dumped with Obama banners at Western Carolina University

http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200881020067

Tires slashed on 30 parked vehicles at Obama rally in Fayetteville, NC

http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/3771147/


I challenge John McCain and Sarah Palin, or even Senator Elizabeth Dole or NC gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory to speak out against these acts.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | October 21, 2008 9:45 AM

How does Sarah Palin expect to get my vote while at the same time suggesting I'm not "American" enough?

She and her husband Todd are secessionists, fer heaven's sake!

REPUBLICAN ANTI-OBAMA VIOLENCE RISING

When is the Post going to undercover the violence being perpetrated by the Republican party and its operatives?

A journalist was attacked at a Palin rally at Elon College in North Carolina, tires were slashed at an Obama rally in Fayetteville. A bear was killed and dumped at Western Carolina University with Obama banners draped on it.

Had these act occurred against McCain supporters, I bet you'd hear something about it by now.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | October 21, 2008 9:35 AM

Something to think about:
Many folks on this commentary write about the deplorable things spoken at McCain/Palin rallies and negligent behavior of the repub candidates. That this is simply, wrong and "un-american".
But, if you think about it, THIS IS AMERICAN POLITICS, AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN. In actuality, this behavior is the American Way. The prospect of "American Terrorism rearing its ugly head again is code RED alert.

Posted by: bestowens | October 21, 2008 9:10 AM

I don't know that the Republican candidates heard the people in the crowd, it seems unlikely with all the noise.
Now, that doesn't mean they didn't become aware of these words after the campaign event, so while it may be too much to expect them to stop mid sentence to rebuke the shouters, it doesn't excuse them from making statements condemning that kind of thinking (which McCain actually did at a town hall meeting when he told a nitwit she didn't have to be afraid of Barak Obama.)
The problem here isn't really the candidates, they are doing what you expect presidential candidates to do, it's the whacky base of the Republican party. What's becoming obvious is that if you build a party by yoking a half dozen fringe elements together to form your base, you're going to end up with a unstable, repulsive base.

Posted by: dijetlo | October 21, 2008 8:59 AM

I saw Senator Pryor in the Bill Maher film say "you don't need to take a test to get into the Senate"- how much more so for someone like Bachmann in the House. She may be elected to Congress- but she is the one who is anti-American. Shame on her. Hopefully, her constituents are ashamed of her as well.

Posted by: silverspring25 | October 21, 2008 8:42 AM

My God people wake up!! How can people even consider voting for McSame/Failin Palin.? This is the dirtiest campaign I've ever witnessed! McCain has lost it~~Palin put the nails in his coffin! Colin Powell did the right thing by endorsing Obama! Too bad there aren't more Repulicans with backbones! Vote on Nov. 4th!! America wake up!!

Posted by: moorehoney | October 21, 2008 8:39 AM

Regarding the contention that Gen. Powell's endorsement of Sen. Obama might more profitably have been made a month ago, you are wrong on two counts. First, for the endorsement to be effective, it was best to announce it late in the campaign, when it might help "seal the deal" with Republicans and Independents who are embarrassed with the excesses of the McCain campaign. In addition, an earlier endorsement would have left Gen. Powell more open to the charge of a racially-motivated endorsement, thus blunting its impact. A late endorsement, after his long and careful consideration of the candidates, helps to head off that accusation.

Posted by: canto1951 | October 21, 2008 8:38 AM

There is a volitile mixture of hate speech, combined with economic crisis, 2 wars, energy crisis and so much inequality - the question isn't will someone will get hurt, but how many. someone has already been hurt - I live in Greensboro NC and a journalist was assaulted at a Palin ralley here just last week. They have'nt toned anything down - they have merely substitued the word terrorist for socialist and the horrifying robo calls that are even more incindiary continue to a fever pitch.

I pray that my republican friends and neighbors will be horrified by these actions and do something about it. This is not American, this type of behavior is not what we stand for. I have hope that many will see the attemped maniuplation by McCain/Palin will only further damage us as a people. Vote Dem this year or please just stay home. Don't become a part of this hateful mob.

Posted by: robind_nc | October 21, 2008 8:37 AM

There was a error in my entry above.
I used the word "commending" at its worst.
The word should have been "Condemning".
Thank you.

Posted by: copper11 | October 21, 2008 8:27 AM

If Sen McCain and Gov Palin were people of integrity and honesty, they would have stopped their speeches once those appalling words, (i.e. Traitor, Kill,") were yelled out. Then admonish those responsible by a commending those acts. Free Speech is Free Speech, but it is more harmful in this context and akin to "Fire in a Theater". These -2- candidates have nothing to stand for except spreading fear which feeds off the growing amount of ignorance in our country.

Posted by: copper11 | October 21, 2008 8:05 AM

At last we will have a President with the guts to distance ourselves from Israel. Israel has been a parasite eating at US Popularity around the world. We have angered 1.2 Billion Muslims or 20% of the planet for 6 Million in Israel. This is clearly insane. I pray President Obama appoints Minister Farrahkan as an Ambassador to the Muslim World. Time to fix the damage that has been done. Lets outlaw AIPAC which encouraged this War in Iraq.

Posted by: dencal26 | October 21, 2008 7:58 AM

when mccain chose palin he wedded himself to his partys most malignant base- fortunately it is a declining base

but between schmidt and palin hes lost control of his message

the thing to watch out for now are dirty tricks, some are obvious the perennial effort to supress votes and the robo calls, weve seen it before

the character assassination they once practiced on john mccain himself, weve seen that too

diebold has changed its name not its game, i assume the democrats are on top of that

but what about what the tricks we havent detected, thats what scares me, every year they get more creative in stealing elections

got to keep a sharp eye on them, they have repeatedly proven they have no respect for the democratic process

and almost any strategy they come up with these days, any claim they make, i assume until further notice its a trick

give me a break with the plumber already

i can only hope the american voter repudiates them this time, forces them to do some soul searching

for they have no honor, they do not care

Posted by: arthurflowers | October 21, 2008 6:49 AM

"It looked like match point even before the endorsement."

It is good to be one of the first in line. It helps even more to know what the line is for.

Posted by: gary4books | October 21, 2008 5:51 AM


Anybody alarmed by Biden's prediction that if Obama is elected, we are vulnerable to foreign attack.....because he is weak????

O, perhaps that is why Obama is running off to Hawaii....will he be canning Biden now that Powell is seeking a job????

Posted by: accountability_in_gov | October 21, 2008 5:43 AM

Sorry, but I can't help but wonder if the attack on the Little Rock Arkansas TV NewsLady (who played a bit part in Oliver Stone's movie "W") won't ultimately be linked to this hatred for the "liberal elite media."

Funny, the part she played was on the side of the conservatives, but now she's got a long road to recovery if she pulls out of being in critical condition. Whether she does or does not pull through, my thoughts are with her, and my deep and abiding HATRED and BLAME for the Palin and McCain game gives me legitimate concern for the violent currents being stirred in the country in the service of Rovian "win at all costs" campaigning...

Palin and McCain are ugly, for sure, but Rove... My god... We've had to deal with some unsavory characters in this country... McCarthy... Hoover... Wallace...

Add TurdBlossom to that list...

Posted by: LeroyTheRoadie | October 21, 2008 3:26 AM

a "palin nephew has autism"


wow, that makes her an expert in that field, too.

and wothy of mccain's mention, since distraction is the main attraction.


you know, nancy reagan is in the hospital too. mccain made sure of that.

Posted by: forestbloggod | October 21, 2008 3:17 AM

The definition of terrorism is, "the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims."

McCarthyism is, "the use of unscrupulous methods of investigation against supposed security risks and the creation of an atmosphere of fear and suspicion. "

Therefore, what is the word for "promoting fear and hatred of one's own citizens in pursuit of political aims?" We don't seem to have a word, yet. But it is a form of domestic terrorism.

Who is practicing domestic terrorism - using fear in pursuit of political aims? The McCain/Palin campaign.

I have one other profound problem, it's called POISONING THE WELL. The McCain/Palin campaign has literally poisoned the well of public discourse. After the election, how can John McCain honestly stand up and say, "President Obama isn't a terrorist nor a socialist." Who will believe him? WIll those millions of people who voted for McCain believe him? Is this what putting country first means, literally poisoning the ability our government to govern?

McCain seems unable to think more than one step ahead of the moment. This is not a valuable skill as a pilot (I'm a mere Cessna and Piper prop jockey) and it's extremely dangerous for our nation of 300 million passengers.

Posted by: boscobobb | October 21, 2008 2:02 AM

Dear Stumped,
I agree with PJ and I resent your sentiment that anyone fearful of the hateful rhetoric coming from the extreme right is overreacting. McCain/Palin and Limbaugh, et al are engaging in dangerously reckless behavior. Our nation is nervous about economic issues and national security issues and for the extreme right to stoke those fears and in more than a few people, racist fears and beliefs is dividing the country between "us and them".

Since that first hate filled rally in Florida, I have had a sickening feeling that won't abate. In fact, my anxiety grows stronger by the day when I hear the latest lie or smear by McCain/Palin. All Americans have the right of free speech, but I also believe that our political and public figures have a responsibilty to avoid inciting hatred and violence whether intentional or not. It appears that at many McCain/Palin rallies the rhetoric emboldens some of their supporters to behave in ways that they might not have before. McCain/Palin have given the impression that it is okay to insult anyone they feel is different or who holds different views from theirs.

No doubt there are some who would like to harm Obama. Hopefully Obama has a good security team in place that will protect him and his family. However, as a black woman, I feel that I or any black person could easily become a target of some mis-guided soul who feels it is their patriotic duty to "protect the country from undesirables". Just this afternoon I read on several blogs, reports of death threats to Obama supporters for having Obama signs in their yards, Obama supporters having their tires slashed while attending an Obama rally, Obama campaign volunteers spit on and physically assualted. I hope I am wrong but I fear it is only a matter of time before we hear or someone being hurt or worse.

Stumped I don't know what your race is and I don't know if you've ever experienced a stranger yell racial slurs at you or behave aggressivly toward you for no reason, but do not dismiss our fears as foolish because they are not unfounded. I imagine if you question other blacks or Obama supporters for that matter, you will find many who are concerned they might become a target for no other reason than skin color or their choice of candidate.

If one of these crazies should hurt or kill someone, unlike you I do believe McCain/Palin deserve some of the blame for inciting them.

Posted by: marlene815 | October 21, 2008 1:34 AM

Gee, do ya' mean that all those arrogant, mean, rotten and racist Christians may just have to live with the HELL they've created, since Jesus has NOT rescued their sorry asses, as of yet? That MAYBE Christ wasn't kidding when he said to "turn the other cheek", not fight wars of aggression with innocent people who aren't "Christian"? That maybe you can seek an "eye for an eye" slaughter-all-heretics retribution, or forgiveness, but not both? That maybe God doesn't have a "chosen" people and is not a real-estate broker for the "chosen ones", but wants people to work out their differences without stealing land for the glorification of Moses?


Now that fundamentalist Christians are seen by every decent person to be the evil that they are, do ya' think that might help explain why they're getting so LOUD these days? Talk about sore losers. Or just plain losers.

Posted by: LucyLou1 | October 21, 2008 1:32 AM

John McCain proved to the world that his campaign slogan of "Country First" has no real meaning to it. John McCain showed his desire to win at all costs with his selection of the inexperienced and unqualified Sarah Palin. With this single bad decision, John McCain lost the election and his ability to be the next Commander-in-Chief.

General Powell is correct in that all Americans should be fearful of a possible Palin administration. The world in the 21st century simply is not now able to afford the luxury of the incompetence of the McCain/Palin ticket.

Posted by: lavinsr | October 21, 2008 1:15 AM

I agree with the comments here referring to people showing up at Mccain/Palin rallys displaying agressive behavior and acting like they don't have a mind of their own. They are believing the McCain election talk. They don't care about the truth. This has brought out some unstable people and McCain and Palin will walk away and say, well, you cannot control what people say. They both are inciting a lot of anger.
It is scary to think the terrorist talk is believed, even when facts are presented they refuse to believe it. One Minute McCain says, Obama, is really a decent public servant, the next, he is on the road again repeating the same lies at every rally. People that support Mccain at his rallys are not listening, they believe the tax thing, but do not care that McCain is only for tax breaks for the rich.
Why do they ignore this? If it is okay than we will have more of the same.

Obama has been telling people he wants to help the middle class.
The Bush years were all about the rich. They have gotten much richer.
If you think about it Obama has been saying, we need to spread the wealth, he was talking about tax breaks for large corportions, you know the bad guys that walked away with millions.
This construction guy probably another McCain set up. Repeating it is all about the media. It is a fact that gossip repeated over and over begins to sound like fact.
McCain telling people he is the underdog, why? he has the most powerful GOP party behind, him yet, he fails.
The Republican Party is doing robo calls to, tell people, there is a link to terrorist, and Obama is really not american.
Obama is un american, what nerve these GOP adviors to McCain have: to go this far.

The Joe the plumber was to coinsidentional. Another set up. Think about it; the guys name is actually Sam, or Samuel his middle name is Joe.
Mccain used him in the debate.
It seems McCain and Palin with the JOE 6 pak thought they could get some milage out of this.
To JOE the Plumber : the minute you become a celeb, you are fair game. Don't blame the media it is there job to investigate and report.
Samuel Joe, if you were embarrassed about your licence and your taxes, you should have thought of that, before, agreeing to the Mccain game.

The Construction worker another campaign game player, Is a McCain supporter: He knows the real, McCain is about Big Business and he could care less about Joe the Plumber. After the campaign Joe the plumber will go back to being Joe the plumber.
The same for the construction worker, it was a good show bringing all his papers and talking the McCain talk.
Not everyone bought this show and drama.
Now, if they could just fine a worker named, Jane 6 Pak. Yeah! that would be perfect.
Please let this be over soon..


Posted by: crich520 | October 21, 2008 1:08 AM

There is no question you are right to feel concerned by the tone of the McCain/Palin rallies and how they incite people to violent speech.
Palin is better at it than McCain because of her naturally "populist" appeal but a decision was taken by McCain to use this kind of language. He wishes to incite his crowds. It is possible that, after 26 years in Congress, and coming from the reasonabley sedate state of Arizona, he has no idea how people in the South and the MId-South can be incited to violence through language.
I doubt he has ever attended a lynching or even believes that they took place in the 20th century. For that matter, how MUCH does a man who voted against the Martin Luther King Holiday (3 times) actually know about race relations in this country??
But, he knows enough to know that gettin' his supporters riled up, suited up, and shootin' up might benefit him.
For this, he and his running partner deserve to be defeated in a huge landslide. This is NOT ACCEPTABLE!!

Posted by: cms1 | October 21, 2008 1:04 AM

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