Saturday, November 01, 2008

The new ugly: More ignorance and bigotry in the McCain-Palin mob

By Michael J.W. Stickings

The latest chant at Palin rallies is this: "Vote McCain, not Hussein!" or "John McCain! Not Hussein!" As NYT's The Caucus is reporting, the former made an appearance at a rally earlier this week in Pennsylvania, the latter at one this morning in Florida:

After the rally in Florida ended, two of the people leading the chant explained why they did so.

"Because it rhymes," said Shirley Mitten, 64, a volunteer at a pregnancy center and a resident of Brooksville, Fla. She said she does not know if Mr. Obama is a Muslim. "He says he's not, but we have no way of knowing," Ms. Mitten said.

Her husband, John A. Mitten, 64, took credit for starting the chant. "I was trying to get it going!" he said. "I just do not want Obama to be elected."

Mr. Mitten said he could not trust Mr. Obama because of his past association with William Ayers, the 1960's radical, and because of his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. He also pointed out that Mr. Obama's father was a Muslim.

The middle name Hussein, he said, added to the suspicion. "I guess Obama was named after Saddam Hussein," he said.

We do know that Obama's not a Muslim, and we do know that the Mittens are a couple of blithering idiots. But they are hardly the only ones in the McCain-Palin mob. And it isn't just ignorance that drives them, it's bigotry.

For so what if Obama were a Muslim? Would that automatically disqualify him from public office? Well, yes, to these people who are so full of hatred and spite.

And yet there they are, cheering on Sarah Palin, herself the cheerleader of the mob, spewing lies and deceptions at rally after rally.

Not all McCain-Palin supporters are like that, to be sure, but many of them are, and the ugliness, vicious attacks on Obama, some of it undeniably racist, has become a defining feature both of the McCain-Palin campaign and of its grassroots support.

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  • It's tragic to see people who doubtless fancy themselves politcally learned and morally superior spout the distortions of the McCain campaign ver batim and speak as though these are thoughts they have formed themselves. Sheeple who need sheeple are the scariest sheeple in the world.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:06 AM  

  • Just 2 more days and I can stop listening to morons. It wouldnt be that bad if they were making intelligent reasons for why they prefer Mccains policy's over Barrack's but the "Osama/Obama" chants and nonsense about socialism are making America look bad.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:14 PM  

  • somtimes people are to stupid to know they are racist. i wurk with this 25 year old PREACHER, that stated he is not racist but would not live beside blacks. can u believe this

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:13 PM  

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