Honor Betrayed

I just read Joe Conason in RealClearPolitics (my new favorite site).  He succinctly describes how McCain has completely given up on what once made him a compelling public figure: his sense of honor.  He and Palin, in a last ditch effort to stay in this election, have been fomenting lynch mobs in New Mexico and Florida.

Who is the real Barack Obama?” asked McCain at a rally in New Mexico — and didn’t correct a thug who yelled, “Terrorist!” in response. “Kill him!” screamed the crowd at a rally in Florida after Ms. Palin smeared Mr. Obama for his supposed association with former Weather Underground bomber Bill Ayers. She didn’t object to the lynching cry, but went on to say: “I’m afraid [Obama] is someone who sees America as ‘imperfect enough’ to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country.”


3 Responses to “Honor Betrayed”

  1. 1 Matt H. October 10, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I heard on NPR that McCain actually had to calm the crowd in Lakeville, MN this afternoon before he had another mob! With less than a month left in the Norm Coleman is pulling his negative ads because voters are telling him that they won’t vote for negative candidates.

  2. 2 Bill B. October 13, 2008 at 10:13 am

    “We’re going to spend a lot of time and after I whip his you-know-what in this debate, we’re going to be going out 24/7,” McCain said of Democratic rival Barack Obama. (This was in an AP story on 10/13.)

    Does it make sense to people that, regardless of what you “really meant,” you don’t threaten to whip a black man in this day and age? It’s not a matter of being overtly racist. It’s a matter of having some sense of the universe you live in and people’s natural reaction to your choice of words. Comments like this one serve to alienate McCain from the people whose support he needs who would find it offensive and bolster the bigotry of people who hear it and bemuse themselves with an angry image even if it only exists in their own mind. In this case, playing to McCain’s base means playing to their most base emotions.

  3. 3 Matt H. October 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Here is another video from a Palin Rally…

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