McCain Unleashes Well of Republican Hatred

Who knew that when you go around accusing Obama of being a foreigner, outsider, unpatriotic and basically a terrorist sympathizer Manchurian candidate it would unleash the frothing hatred that Republicans have been whipping up in the "base" all these years?

Just a few recent examples of hate-mongering run rampant:

Yesterday, John McCain delivered an unhinged anti-Obama diatribe in New Mexico, and when he posed a rhetorical question -- "Who is the real Barack Obama?" -- someone shouted, "A terrorist!" McCain paused momentarily, but did not comment on the remark.

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Also yesterday, Sarah Palin repeated one of her unusually stupid attacks, rehashing the nonsense that Obama "pals around" with terrorists. One man in the audience, responding to Palin's smear, shouted, "Kill him!" Palin also did not comment on the remark.

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At the same Florida event, Republicans shouted abuse at journalists, hurling obscenities. The Washington Postreported, "One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, 'Sit down, boy.'"

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And just to top things off, last night, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania announced its belief that Obama is "a terrorist's best friend."

As Steve Benen put it:
I expected Republicans to fight hard to win this year. I also expected them to ignore traditional norms, throw caution to the wind, and dispense with honesty and decency. But I didn't expect a wholesale descent into madness. These folks have just lost their collective minds.

Are McCain and Palin responsible for lunatics who shout insane comments at their rallies? Of course not. That said, when the Republican campaign, mired in desperation, deliberately stokes the fires of hate and fear, using disgusting lies to argue that Obama is literally dangerous, no one should be surprised when the far-right Republican base becomes frenzied.

Tags: Election 2008, fear, fearmongering, general election, hatred, John McCain, racism, war on terror (all tags)

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The campaign always knew this was their endgame

Axelrod, Ploufe, Barack and Michelle...

The idea of a blackman in the WH is anethema to a part of the population.

Clearly, McCain's campaign has decided to lose the mob, even IF the media reacts badly, it will be stolen news cycles from his plummeting poll numbers.

AND, it is a self reinforcing meme: Like that CBS poll, any movement back towards McCain will start the chattering classes asking "how can Obama stop his slide" even IF he is still ahead.

This is the LAST Hail Mary, but with potentially deadly consequences.

I just hope the Secret Service takes this seriously, these people are unhinged and dangerous.

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-07 07:22AM | 0 recs
I suspect this strategy would've yeilded...

much greater returns 30 years ago. In 2008, though, it's probably political suicide.

by Bob Sackamento 2008-10-07 08:37AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain Unleashes Well of Republican Hatred

I cannot tell you how scary this is.  I'v spent my whole life studying history.  These clowns are baby steps away from sounding frighteningly like Nazis.  

The trouble with firing up the mob is that they can't put that genie back in the bottle once it's out.  They have precisely no appreciation for how dangerous what they are doing actually is.

So much for country first.  

by tired of dynasties 2008-10-07 08:56AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain Unleashes Well of Republican Hatred

And  where is the MSM when this  insanity is being allowed to flourish?Turning their fucking heads the other way.

by Lodgemannered 2008-10-07 09:03AM | 0 recs
Read the whole speech

Every video I have found starts with "This is my agenda", basically starting right after he gave his agenda.  The MSM is the ones pulling out the clips(like they do with both campaigns)  Read the whole speech at:

http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/News /Speeches/9d9b3a12-e2ea-4b9e-99d0-bb9e5c 77b6f8.htm

It is more than just attacks on Obama's charecter.  He is framing the debate between capitalism and socialism.  

by Classical Liberal 2008-10-07 09:44AM | 0 recs
Capitalist my back side...

These guys aren't capitalists?

We have corporate socialism in this country, those guys pay for the tax code they want, and play the politicians for fall guys?

All the way back to Reagan, they have been screaming free market, and bailing out the crooks that keep them in power everytime they fail.

This is not survival of the fittest, this is the continuation of the rich and the lamest.

Does the term "Too big To Fail" show up anywhere in Ayn Rand's writings that is these folks bible?

Did we learn from the S&L crisis, from Lincoln Savings, Silverado, Charles Keating and Neil Bush.

No, we HAVE socialism in this country, as the Economist (no left leaning rag points out).

It's just socialism for the rich and corporations while the rest of us head towards third world oligarchy.

Mexico, anyone?

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-07 09:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Capitalist my back side...

Have you been to Mexico, outside of the tourist towns?  We are far from Mexico my friend.  

Sounds like you are in the camp that think Obama can win this election by being more fiscally conservative then McCain.

I do somewhat agree the American people seem to want the freedom of capitalism with the security of socialism.  The problem is all of the new deal plans are currently failing and our government is running more in more in debt.  We can't afford it anymore.  Something has to change.

by Classical Liberal 2008-10-07 02:35PM | 0 recs
The difference now is...

I've listened to awful GOP rhetoric in the past, particularly in 2004.  

I've never heard what is coming from the candidates during this cycle before.  When I first read about Palin my thought was, she seems like a John Bircher.  Out of the mainstream.  No even a normal neocon or a normal right wing Republican.  Not a normal United States citizen owing allegiance to our constitution.  Not part of our stream of history.  

I have never seen this in one of the mainstream political parties.  The deep ugliness that festers under the surface here, in groups like the militias, seems to be heading for prime time in this campaign and it is truly frightening.  It was not what W., as terrible as he is, is about.  This is out of the mainstream completely, and it needs to be defeated solidly.

by mady 2008-10-07 10:32AM | 0 recs
Re: The difference now is...

Yup.

When she said she "Tolerated" gays, she was telling us she was to the FAR LEFT of the opinion in her clique.

You can imagine what the rest of her crew thinks, and tolerance isn't the word I'm thinking.

I seriously think at some point, when they are asking their rabid crowd WHO Obama is, someone is going to scream back the N word.

The MSM will, of course, just say it's an overzealous follower, and absolve Palin or McCain of any blame for rabel rousing....

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-07 10:41AM | 0 recs
Re: The difference now is...

I'm rarely moved to use nazi terminology but brown shirts is what I think when I see her crowds.  

Very scary stuff, and I'm not talking about normal slighly hysterical campaign rhetoric.  This is qualitatively something else.

After her going off on the press, I'm not sure the national media will be that sympmathetic.  I think she scares a lot of them just as much.

by mady 2008-10-07 10:45AM | 0 recs

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