Friday, October 10, 2008

John McCain booed at John McCain rally by John McCain supporters

For saying that Obama is a decent person who you don't have to be scared of - the mob was not happy to not be able to have a 2 Minutes Hate moment. Absolutely surreal.

After watching the following video

I suspect that were McCain to shout that Obama should not only be voted against, but lynched, there would be a number of folks in attendance who would give him a standing ovation. The hate displayed by these people in the video is disturbing, to say the least.

Paul Krugman gets it exactly right

We’ve seen this before. One thing that has been sort of written out of the mainstream history of politics is the sheer insanity of the attacks on the Clintons — they were drug smugglers, they murdered Vince Foster (and lots of other people), they were in league with foreign powers. And this stuff didn’t just show up in fringe publications — it was discussed in Congress, given props by the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, and so on.

What it came down to was that a significant fraction of the American population, backed by a lot of money and political influence, simply does not consider government by liberals (even very moderate liberals) legitimate. Ronald Reagan was supposed to have settled that once and for all.

What happens when Obama is elected? It will be even worse than it was in the Clinton years. For sure there will be crazy accusations, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some violence.

The next few years are going to be very, very tough.


Alan said...

I applaud McCain for attempting to inject some reason and I know he did not intend this answer to sound this way, but it giving the context (rally of right wing radio listeners) it is telling:

woman: "Obama is an arab".

McCain: "No.. he is a decent, family man, citizen.."

As if Arabs cannot be decent, family people and citizens.

P.S. - I just put of a summary of an economic analysis done at the Angry Bear blog last year over a period of months. It is quite illuminating. I summarized it because most of my friends would never have the time to read through the many original posts.

It is here:

Hume's Ghost said...

I'll aplaud McCain when his campaign quites engaging in the dog whistle, Karl Rove inspired attacks on Obama.

I'm not sure McCain had a moment of conscience or he didn't want his campaign to get tagged as a bunch of extremists wackos like Goldwater's did.