I’m not usually a Jezebel fan, but this is right on:
The new hallmark of McCain and Palin rallies is anger: anger stemming from the increasingly likelihood of an Obama win, as the more generous writers at Politico have put it; or from frustration at the media, according to Time; or at Democrats and the bailout more generally, as the New York Times sees it. Well, as I and plenty of other people, including Greg Sargent at Talking Points Memo, see it, it’s time to stop pretending that this is some grassroots anger movement. This is something that the McCain campaign was counting on, planning for, deliberately fomenting and is happy to see happening.
Don’t believe me? Let’s go to the video. When the worst of this began at McCain and Palin rallies on Monday, the talking point from the surrogates was that there was no evidence that the candidates heard their supporters shout “Terrorist!” or “Kill him!.” Watch the videos — it’s not only audible from where the television cameras are, it’s plain as day that both candidates heard it. In another video, Sarah Palin addresses a different guy shouting “Terrorist!” with “Bless your heart” and remarks that her son is in Iraq protecting his right to say those things. That’s not exactly calling off the dogs. At another rally, she even acknowledges a different guy calling her “a hottie” — but, then, she chastises him and asks him to stop. And McCain let another supporter rant on about “socialists” and “hooligans” taking over “our country” yesterday. The candidates have had numerous, direct opportunities to interrupt their stump speeches and call for an end to the increasingly vitriolic and hate-filled speech of their supporters and have no only declined to do so, but continued to encourage it.
Head over to read the full post. While the increasing desperation of the McCain campaign may in itself be amusing, this shit we’re talking about here is no joke. It’s outright racist, and it’s downright dangerous, and it’s something we just can’t afford to ignore.
Call this what it is: racist, fearmongering and unacceptable. And do it loudly.