The Bloody Hands of John McCain

Over the past several days, Senator John McCain’s Vice Presidential candidate, Governor Sarah Palin has been attacking Senator Barack Obama for his association with a former American terrorist named Bill Ayers. This line of attack is in and of itself unremarkable. It was used by Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries to no avail.

There is, however, a disturbing difference between Clinton’s “Ayers attack” and that of Sarah Palin and the difference is the audience reaction. When Clinton invoked the Ayers connection, the audience response was one of “mmm, perhaps we should consider this?” Contrast this with Palin:

At one Palin rally, an audience member cried out “Treason!” with respect to Obama.

At a subsequent McCain rally, an audience member declared “Terrorist!” again referring to Obama.

Most disturbingly, at another Palin rally, a member of the crowd shouted “Kill him!” “Him” was Barack Obama. This latest incident was of sufficient concern that the Secret Service is investigating the matter.

In none of these cases did the candidates stop their stump speech and decry the crowd reaction. On MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann”, Olbermann covered the phenomenon using the subtitle “Inciting the Mob”. How accurate that was!

Tonight, another chapter of this dark trend unfolded when during the Presidential Town Hall Debate, Senator McCain referred to his opponent as “that one.”

That one? Not “the Senator”, not “my opponent”, not “Mr. Obama”, not even “that guy over there”. “One”, a noun devoid of gender or even any trace of humanity. Perhaps a fill in the blank for that [terrorist, enemy, foreigner, negro]. It was an example of disrespect or worse, contempt.

Most importantly it plays into the menacing, ominous tone that the McCain campaign has taken in recent days. Not since Hillary Clinton’s careless reference to Bobby Kennedy’s assassination has a candidate played with fire in this way. McCain seems oblivious to the effect his words and those of his surrogates can have. Palin’s inflammatory remarks concerning Ayers come with the tacit approval of the top of the ticket. If McCain wanted to change the tone, he would. He doesn’t. Instead he wants to appeal to the darkest instincts of the underbelly of this country.

Let me be very clear. If any harm comes to “that one” between now and Election Day, the blood will be on the hands of John Sidney McCain III.

Rutherford Political Blogger Alliance


10 thoughts on “The Bloody Hands of John McCain

  1. Mccain is losing it, and Palin will just add to his sorrow’s, why didn’t he pick Romney or bloomberg, heck even Joe Lieberman would have been a better choice. Well I don’t care because I put the Republican party behind me a year ago and I have not looked back.

  2. This isn’t meant to make anything better but the context of the comments seem more like “Kill” (Ayers).
    Anyway I personally look forward to see how the SS investigation plays out. One reason is I’d like to see the SS shine a bit. Two the conspiracy theory piece of me, which is near microscopic, wonders if this will be the “October Surprise”.
    The primary driver for me responding though was your closing statement. John McCain and Sarah Palin will have no standing for credit if harm befalls BO. Obama has been under SS coverage from the earliest time and will unfortunately offer the SS the biggest challenge it has had in a long time.

  3. That’s right Alfie. Thanks to the right wing crazies of the “compassionate” republic Party, the Secret Service is going to have to employ 5,000 wherever Barack Obama goes, because the “compassionate” neocons will have put a fatwa on Barack’s head!

    Our nation would be better off without the neocons. Wouldn’t it be hysterical if the laws Bush imposed on us over the last 8 years were actually used by Barack against the neocons? Bah hahahahahaha! Oh gawd, I would laugh like hell especially when one of the neocons said, “But Kay! The FBI came into my brother’s house in the middle of the night, took him to an undisclosed location, wouldn’t allow him to have an attorney, and we’re being told that the only attorney he can see is one the FBI gives him and they could keep my brother in a cell for the rest of his life!”.

    Hey, we told ya so! One lefty blogger was imprisoned for a year or two and was released a few months ago. Nice, huh? His crime? Taking a video. See? The neocons are going to have fun under Obama if they continue on their “compassionate” path they’ve created!

  4. McCain and Sarah Palin will have no standing for credit if harm befalls BO.

    Alfie, it’s all a matter of timing. If something happens between now and election day, we can most certainly attribute some of the blame to the McCain campaign. The person who pours gasoline on the fire must bear as much responsibility for the ensuing blaze as the person who lit the match.

  5. Well thanks for allowing me into the discussion and sharing your views.
    @ R: I still think McCain et al are beyond culpability in the event Barack Obama is targeted. Although I appreciate your gas can analogy it has to be noted that Obama has been targeted at least twice during the election cycle and both of the times I’m thinking were before recent events,which not to excuse in any way are under investigation. Bottomline the racists and stock crazies that salivate at harming or harassing Obama need no marching orders real or imagined from the McCain campaign.
    @ K : I’m under the impression you are not without passion in your views and blogging but just in case there is honest belief in some of your response. Comapassionate was never something logically applied to the neo cons. Compassionate Conservatism , which never really lived past 2002 if at all, isn’t neoCon in genesis. I’d also like to say that historically the neoCons are relatives of the early 20th century American Socialist movement and up until the ’80’s were predominantly Democrats. The 90’s saw the real influx or perhaps latching onto by those in the GOP. Regardless of party affiliation or era the neoCon “family line” has NEVER been a positive for America.

  6. Oh yeah R, btw do you think that whether he likes the idea or not, the almost inevitable reenactment of the Fairness Doctrine from the majority Dem Congress has any tinge of vengeful to it ?

  7. Bottomline the racists and stock crazies that salivate at harming or harassing Obama need no marching orders real or imagined from the McCain campaign.

    Alfie, I can definitely agree with this. Even if we totally disconnect the cause effect relationship of McCain campaign’s words and actions that might follow, why would they (the McCain campaign) want to be on the wrong side of such a tragedy? They’re doing it out of desperation and that’s the real shame of it.

    You’ve got me on the Fairness Doctrine. I’ll research it a bit and then throw in my two cents.

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