Friday, October 10, 2008

McCain-Palin Are Dishonorable Sleaze

UPDATE THE SECOND: After posting the update below, I found a statement from McCain spokesman Brian Rogers which brings me back to the candidate vs. his campaign. Here's the statement which was actually issued before the rally where McCain told his crowd to calm down.

"Barack Obama's attacks on Americans who support John McCain reveal far more about him than they do about John McCain. It is clear that Barack Obama just doesn't understand regular people and the issues they care about. He dismisses hardworking middle class Americans as clinging to guns and religion, while at the same time attacking average Americans at McCain rallies who are angry at Washington, Wall Street and the status quo," reads a statement from spokesman Brian Rogers. "Even worse, he attacks anyone who dares to question his readiness to serve as their commander in chief in chief. Raising legitimate questions about record, character and judgment are a vital part of the Democratic process, and Barack Obama's effort to silence and shame those who seek answers should make everyone wonder exactly what he is hiding."

UPDATE: After I posted this John McCain held a rally in Minnesota urging his supporters to calm down.

McCain: "We want to fight, and I will fight, but we will be respectful. I admire Senator Obama and his accomplishments and I will respect him. I want everyone to be respectful and let's make sure we are, because that is the way that politics should be conducted in America."

Well done, but this "kill him" shit started Monday. It's Friday. Congrats John, you should be proud of your "respectful" campaign.


I am willing to give the benefit of doubt to John McCain and Sarah Palin, allowing that they are good, honorable people who have for some reason turned themselves over to their misguided and hell-bent on winning handlers and campaign teams. But this week I am no longer willing to do so.

At recent campaign rallies both Palin and McCain have pushed the idea that Barack Obama is "Palling around with terrorists." If that's the case, then so was close friend to McCain's "hero" Ronald Reagan and former ambassador to the United Kingdom Walter Annenberg. (Keep in mind that of the four major candidates running for the highest offices of the land, only one is currently under investigation for ABUSE OF POWER - Sarah Palin)

The worst part of pushing this idea is that it has quite literally whipped up an angry mob which, in the past week, has called Barack Obama a traitor, a terrorist, and even gone so far as to call for his death, twice.

Were it simply one isolated incident, I suppose I can understand writing it off as a one-time fluke thing. Or even chalk up the non-existent McCain-Palin response to the fact that neither candidate knew what was being said. But that's not the case. And John McCain and Sarah Palin know it.

By not denouncing these comments, John McCain and Sarah Palin are complicit in advocating for the assassination of a presidential candidate.

This is not only sleazy, its flat out dishonorable, and dangerous. And it is astounding that neither the national press, nor John McCain himself, who was, presumably, at some point, an honorable and decent man, have not condemned these radical calls and comments.

This rhetoric and lack of response should shame every American, especially John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Actual Quotes from McCain-Palin Rallies:

"Kill him!"



"Bomb Obama!"

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