McCain started the fire and now he might not have enough water to put it out.
After this week’s rhetoric to demonize Obama as “Un-American” by John McCain and Sarah Palin, the ish has hit the fan. It worked! Their supports are now on the bandwagon and have the RAGE (that’s a 28 Days Later reference).
These McCain supporters (excuse me, many not all of them) believe Obama is a terrorist, Arab, traitor, Muslim, liar and hates America. The next step? Violence?
After FIVE days, McCain has finally decided to stand up to the RAGE he created. Today, a woman in his town hall rally said “I have read about him. He’s… he’s, an Arab.” McCain quickly took the microphone back and said, “No, ma’am. He’s a decent, Family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamentals issues and that’s what this campaign is all about.”
The crowd reacted with boos. They didn’t like and weren’t buying that he’s a “good guy” spiel – they wanted blood! [The Huffington Post]
The campaign HAD to be aware of what they were starting. Isn’t this what they planned? They wanted their supporters to be fired up with animosity toward Obama. So are they surprised when they are heard on camera shouting “kill him?”
All I gotta say is, how can you call a United States Senator a terrorist!? This is ugly. I can usually find humor in most things, but I can’t find the humor in this.
Everyone agrees McCain has to stop this stuff:
- John Weaver, McCain’s former top strategist expressed this course is both a moral and tactical mistake. [Huffington Post]
- The Washington’s Post Dan Balz writes, “McCain’s tactics are over the line, with no restraint in sight, and threaten to provoke reactions among partisans on both sides that will continue to escalate.” [Washington Post]
- Frank Schaeffer write in the Baltimore Sun that, "If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as "not one of us," I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence." [Baltimore Sun]
- Even John Hodgman (the PC guy from the Apple commercials) wrote, “That is to say, McCain/Pain are essentially attacking Obama with blog comments.” [good evening]
- CNN's Campbell Brown is pissed off. In her "Cutting through the Bull" segment she said "McCain must denounce those highlighting Obama's "foreign" name. [CNN]
After this election is over, whatever the outcome (yeah, I know Obama will win), we need to Buy the World a Coke.