Friday, October 10, 2008

McCain-Palin Attacks Backfire: Candidate Booed When He Defends Obama

If you play with fire, you're likely to get burned.

Just ask John McCain, whose campaign went decidedly negative this week, insinuating that Barack Obama is a terrorist sympathizer who hates America.

Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh love this line of attack, since they think that everyone to the left of Jesse Helms is a closet socialist ready to surrender America to radical mullahs. And their mindless listeners actually fall for such nonsense.

But these charges bit McCain in the butt today, when some of his more zealous supporters accused Obama of being "a traitor," "a terrorist," and (of course) "an Arab." The charges were so over-the top that McCain himself was forced to defend Obama, as the following Huffington Post report describes:

John McCain was booed by his own supporters during a rally on Friday after he described Barack Obama as a "decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States."

McCain was responding to a town hall attendee who claimed he was concerned about raising a child under a president who "cohorts with domestic terrorists such as [Bill] Ayers." Despite the fact that McCain and his campaign have repeatedly used Ayers to hammer Obama in recent days, the Arizona Senator tried to calm the man.


Merge Divide said...

"We will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime."

-George W. Bush, September 20, 2001 address to the United States Congress.

I think that all political observers that accused Sarah Palin of not knowing about the Bush Doctrine need to reassess their beliefs. She may not have been able to communicate the principles intelligibly, but she has shown beyond a shadow of a doubt, that she has internalized an understanding of the tactics that the approach involves. The McCain/Palin ticket are simply applying the Bush Doctrine to its political opponent. The accusations that Palin and McCain are making by insinuation have very real consequences, and they need to be held accountable for them.


Tulsan said...

"Yer with us, or agin us."

To inflate the pronouncements of W into a "doctrine" really does seem like putting lipstick on a pig. I'd like to see that particular pig in the pokey.

Merge Divide said...

"I'd like to see that particular pig in the pokey."

That's a nice folksy manner to express the sentiment that even Palin loyalists would understand.

How about,

"I'm just like y'all... or you're a cotton-pickin' A-rab-ic terrorist!"