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Sarah Palin: Appealing To The Worst In People

by @ 11:58 am on October 7, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Barack Obama, John McCain, Politics, Sarah Palin

When you go negative, you risk bringing out the worst in people:

Barack Obama, she [Palin] told 8,000 fans at a rally here Monday afternoon, “launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist!” This followed her earlier accusation that the Democrat pals around with terrorists. “This is not a man who sees America the way you and I see America,” she told the Clearwater crowd. “I’m afraid this is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country.” The crowd replied with boos.


Palin’s routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric’s questions for her “less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.” At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, “Sit down, boy.”


The reception had been better in Clearwater, where Palin, speaking to a sea of “Palin Power” and “Sarahcuda” T-shirts, tried to link Obama to the 1960s Weather Underground. “One of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers,” she said. (“Boooo!” said the crowd.) “And, according to the New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, ‘launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol,’ ” she continued. (“Boooo!” the crowd repeated.)

“Kill him!” proposed one man in the audience.

While I don’t harbor any belief that Sarah Palin supports what the mob said during these rallies, the fact remains that it was her rhetoric, and the increasingly negative tone of the McCain campaign, that is inspiring knuckle-draggers like these people.

Is that really how John McCain and Sarah Palin want to win the election ? By appealing to the worst in people ?

Apparently so:

[A]fter McCain asks “Who is the real Barack Obama?” the first, loudest voice can be heard answering “Terrorist!”

Whatever it takes to win, right John ?

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