Tuesday, October 14, 2008

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

After taking a proactive approach this weekend in Pennsylvania in trying to calming the racial fervor of his base, John McCain refused to disavow Virginia GOP chairman Jeff Frederick's comments linking Osama bin Laden and Barack Obama. McCain wouldn't distance himself from the comment even though his campaign did.

Continuing the shitstorm, the Times Tribune in Scranton reports that at a Palin rally in Scranton an audience member screams "Kill him!" Unlike the previous time a death threat was screamed at a Palin rally, there is no confusion on whether or not the threat referring to Ayers or Obama.

1:25 p.m.

Chris Hackett addressed the increasingly feisty crowd as they await the arrival of Gov. Palin.

Each time the Republican candidate for the seat in the 10th Congressional District mentioned Barack Obama the crowd booed loudly.

One man screamed "kill him!"

Supporters have been noted shouting “kill him,” “terrorist,” “off with his head” and other equally incendiary terms about Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Others have directly suggested Mr. Obama is a Muslim, which he is not, or a traitor. Some comments even drew rebuke from Republican presidential nominee John McCain.

Other than the lone man, there were no other such outbursts.

Sam Stein at the HuffPost reports that the McCarthyist Ayersgate character assassination used by the McCain/Palin camp only seems to be strengthening the pocketbooks of the Obama/Biden ticket.

After McCain's "fightin' words"on Sunday against Obama for tomorrow's debate, one would think that Team Red plans to run exciting blitz packages play-after-play in an effort to but Team Blue's QB out for the rest of the game. Of course, that is what everyone thought would happen last Tuesday given the "Dangerous Ad" and Ayersgate...and we all know how boring that debate turned out to be.

I truly hope tomorrow's debate is full of fire and brimstone speeches - doesn't anyone else want to see Obama appear as if he's angered by what going on and hold McCain accountable? Eh... I won't hold my breath, as I fear it'll be nothing more than platitudes and economic-failure finger-pointing...again.

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