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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Stuffing the hate genie back into the bottle

The world's finances aren't the only thing melting down. Things aren't looking too good for John McCain and Sarah Palin either.

We'll leave it to the investigator hired by the Alaska Legislature to state the case against the state's chief executive, declaring that while she was well within her rights to fire the state's public safety commissioner:
"Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: To get Trooper Michael Wooten fired."
Far more troubling than the expected shenanigans of small state politicians (and far less troubling than Sen. Ted Stevens' alleged misdeeds) is what is taking place at the top of the ticket.

The visceral hatred being unleashed by John McCain -- through bogus outrage over Barack Obama's alleged "ties" to former Weather Underground member William Ayers -- is truly frightening. I certainly hope the Secret Service is paying attention to the folks shouting "off with his head" and "kill him" at McCain rallies.

It's not really surprising: this has been the underlying message in the rants of Rush Limbaugh. In his pathetic quest to win over the dittoheads, McCain has simply channeled the talking points.

But the effort is now backfiring, with McCain supporters turning on the candidate when he tries to quell the irrational exuberance of people brainwashed into believing Obama is an "Arab."

If McCain truly believes Obama is a decent person -- as McCain once was -- he would not only correct people at rallies. He would also pull the campaign ads that seek to make a bogus tie between an 8-year-old and a bomb maker and acknowledge that the Ayers who Obama has interacted with is a man who evolved into an education advocate and sometime ally of the current Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

McCain has devolved from a maverick with a sense of honor and discipline into a raging faux populist who careens from one desperate scheme to another.

I pray it is not too late to stuff the genie of hate back into the bottle. And I usually don't pray for anything.

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Anonymous abi said...

It will be interesting to see if the McCain camp tugs on attack-dog Palin's leash regarding her hate-inciting rhetoric.

And you're right to put Limbaugh at the center of this. He's been stoking the fires of hate for years with his bombast and misinformation.

October 11, 2008 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anything should happen to President Obama, let all the blame fall on the hate and lies that Limbaugh and O'Riely put out there. I pray for Obamas safety, but you can bet your next grandchild that some KKK membeer is at home right now cleaning his rifle. I would love to hear O'Riely and Limbaughd comments if Obama had an audience member yell out death to McCain, or kill him. Republicans grow up, people are worth more than money.

October 11, 2008 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once the genie's out of the bottle, that's it. There's no way to stuff it back in.

October 11, 2008 10:06 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Anon 10:06, I may be a dreamy liberal but I won't argue that you can't stuff that genie back into the bottle. But you can still dream...

October 12, 2008 9:35 AM  

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