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Eliminationism Coda

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The last word on the eliminationist rhetoric of the failed McCain/Palin ticket: Sarah Palin’s attacks on Barack Obama’s patriotism provoked a spike in death threats against the future president, Secret Service agents revealed during the final weeks of the campaign.

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November 9, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Pre-Debate Links

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Pre-debate links.

* Those McCain/Palin rallies aren’t getting any better.

In the latest instance of inflammatory outbursts at McCain-Palin rallies, a crowd member screamed “treason!” during an event on Tuesday after Sarah Palin accused Barack Obama of criticizing U.S. troops.

Whether or not McCain and Palin can hear these words being shouted at them on the stump, these stories have been in the news for two days now. This is a case where silence really is deafening: when your supporters are screaming out “Treason!” and “Kill him!” you have a moral obligation to step in and put a stop to it. Hell, even Rudy Giuliani knows that.

* Good news/bad news: Apparently Brokaw never agreed to the no followups rule, so the campaigns are expecting there to be followups after all. That’s the good news. The bad news: Brokaw ♥s McCain.

* How McCain destroyed the best brand in politics, with more at Washington Monthly.

* They found Sarah Palin’s doodles. Rachel Maddow had some fun with this last night. You know, I’m beginning to think this VP choice speaks poorly of McCain’s judgment.

* Also at Washington Monthly: analysis of Obama’s latest, very good ad.

“He’s out of ideas. Out of touch. And running out of time. But with no plan to lift our economy up, John McCain wants to tear Barack Obama down, with smears that have been proven false. Why? McCain’s own campaign admits that if the election is about the economy, he’s going to lose. But as Americans lose their jobs, homes and savings, it’s time for a President who’ll change the economy. Not change the subject.”

* And despite what you sometimes hear in the comments of this blog, Pennsylvania is not a swing state.

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October 7, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Primary Flashback

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During the primaries Hillary Clinton was pilloried (and I think rightly so) for a speech that seemed to suggest that part of the justification for her long candidacy was the possibility of an Obama assassination. But the fires that McCain/Palin are now stoking are a thousand times hotter and more dangerous. It is profoundly irresponsible for a presidential campaign, in the heat of an intense campaign, with frazzled and demoralized supporters bracing for a big loss, to use eliminationist rhetoric that provokes screams of “Kill him!” and “Terrorist!” from its audience. And it is, certainly, particularly disgusting in this instance, as the specter of assassination has haunted the Obama candidacy since its inception. For McCain/Palin to embark down this road, at this time, in this way, is a deep and fundamental betrayal of the democractic compact that keeps this country functional, a deliberate and calculated rhetoric of hate that in the best-case scenario won’t even help them win and in the worst could result in the unthinkable.

“Country first” used to mean something. This isn’t it.

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October 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Can’t Stay Away

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So we have McCain today getting his crowd riled up asking who Barack Obama is and then apparently giving a wink and a nod when one member of the crowd screams out “terrorist.”

And later we have Sarah Palin with the same mob racket, getting members of the crowd to yell out “kill him”, though it’s not clear whether the call for murder was for Bill Ayers or Barack Obama. It didn’t seem to matter.

These are dangerous and sick people, McCain and Palin. Whatever it takes. Stop at nothing.

Tim returns to blogging with a post that nicely encapsulates my precise reaction to the latest McCain/Palin tactic of over-the-top hysterical hate: you’re opening a door to hell, stop.

“Kill him,” someone yelled. Allow yourself to imagine it for just a moment. If that were to happen between now and election day, it is hard to imagine the backlash. And who would we blame if such a tragedy were to occur? Well, McCain for starters. And then his party as a whole. And then the media and every one of McCain’s supporters that acted as a megaphone for what is clearly an inflammatory and racially tinged rhetoric…

Measure your words, John McCain: you’re playing with fire.

Though Tim did have class enough to leave out my first reaction, which was, G.O.B.? (What a great show. Doesn’t make me any less angry at McCain/Palin and their enablers, though.)

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October 7, 2008 at 1:22 pm