During a rally today, a supporter grabbed a microphone and stated that she “don’t trust that Obama. He’s an Arab.” McCain shook his head, said “nonono” and took the mike back, stating that Obama is a decent, honest American who just happens to have a different opinon. The crowd was NOT happy to hear that. Nor were they happy to hear him say that while he intends to fight, people must be respectful towards Obama. The crowd actuall booed him for that and were shouting at him.
I applaud his trying to tamp down the crowds after Palin has gotten them all stirred up over the past week, and to basically renounce his own campaign’s strategy. This is dangerous ground for them to be trodding during a time of national turmoil. Ugly things have happened in the past when this is the case, including the Holocaust in one extreme example.
While McCain seems to have regained his moral footing, his campaign has not, and remains rabid, vitriolic and unapologetic. These fuckers need to be fired (and probably arrested, for that matter) for inciting to riot. Shouts of “kill him” and “bomb Obama” are purely hate speech from the small, lunatic fringe of the right, who need very little to inspire them to do just that.
I am disgusted with these tactics and these people. And if McCain allows it to continue, he will go down in the largest ball of flame in recent memory.