When I started this blog back during the primaries I expected to hear a busload of pandering from both sides of the aisle and tried to comment on the most egregious outbursts from all parties, including Obama, Clinton and McCain — and they didn’t disappoint.
But with just two weeks to go before the general election I can’t even begin to process the out and out lies and misdeeds perpatrated by the RNC and McCain’s oppo guys, including Palin and McCain himself. The behavior and statements exhibited in the past few weeks go beyond the usual pandering to the base and truth bending and has entered the Twilight Zone. Some examples:
- Palin and others claiming that only certain parts of the country (that voted for Bush) are “pro America” or the “real America”
- Stirring up racist feelings at rallies that turn into calls for violence against Obama (and are reminiscent of similar gatherings officiated by leaders from Hitler to Ahmadinejad)
- Robocalls inferring that Obama is a Muslim terrorist that are scaring children and giving adults hearburn as they sit around that kitchen table we keep hearing about
- Attacking Obama for being a “socialist” the same week that a Republican president and both parties in Congress approve a $700 billion bail out package for financial companies and McCain himself promises to buy up mortgages for those that can’t pay their bills
- Repeated statements on the part of McCain that his attack strategy is part of the “rough and tumble” of campaigning and that Obama’s ads attacking McCain’s positions somehow equate with the race baiting and hate mongering coming from the McCain side
- Attacking the media or refusing media access whenever they expose or question a particularly damaging comment or event (e.g., the congresswoman from Minnesota’s 6th district calling for a witch hunt to expose “un-American” members of Congress, showing evidence of Palin’s naivite about the position she aspires to, the McCain campaign worker who had the courage to question the motives of racists at the rally he helped organize)
- Attacking Colin Powell’s recent support of Obama as being based solely on race as he’s been making a passionate argument about why Muslims are “real Americans” too
- Attacking ACORN for “destroying the fabric of democracy”, even though the “other” John McCain was praising them as recently as 2006. An obvious ploy to stir up further racist feelings by picking on a grass roots organization (read “minority” and “urban”) that is registering both Democratic and Republican voters and has no proven record of voter fraud (just faulty registration rolls they are required by law to turn in).
The list goes on. Either McCain has willingly given up whatever integrity he has managed to retain from his 26 years in office or he is just too disconnected from what’s going on to make it stop. Some people are thinking that, despite calls from some of the cooler heads of his party to go positive, McCain will unleash wall to wall Reverand Wright ads in the last days of the campaign so white voters going into the booth on election day will have that image seared in their minds.
Whether he takes this tack or not, and if through some twist of fate he actually becomes President come January, America is going to be in for a very bumpy ride.
And I mean the real America and the fake America I’m sitting in as I write this. You know the one; it’s the America where you can find that elite French lady in the harbor, the fake America that processed the millions of immigrants who passed its shores and whose descendents make up 40% of the US population; the fake America that suffered the worst attack in the nation’s history right in its backyard. Oh, did I also mention it’s the fake America that hosted George Washington’s inaugural address, is the birthplace of John McCain’s idol Theodore Roosevelt, and is the final resting place of U.S. Grant — the guy who helped Lincoln save a divided America’s ass when it almost came apart due to ideological differences based on race and class?