By now, we all know that Sarah Palin’s role in the McCain campaign is to provoke false accusations and threats of violence towards Barack Obama. Her speech in FL on Saturday, in which Palin accused Obama of “pallin’ around with terrorists,” was nothing short of slander. McCain’s speech yesterday, in which he accused Obama of simply insulting McCain every time McCain questioned his record, was disturbing not just because of its content, which was full of ugly lies and distortions, but more so because of the crowd’s reaction. I’ve never been in a lynch mob, but I have to expect that it sounds much like that crowd did.
Worse, even, than those was the rally yesterday at which a McPalin supporter yelled “Kill him!” “Him,” of course, is Barack Obama. A perfect opportunity for Sarah Palin to demonstrate that she’s anything other than a bloodthirsy psychopath, instead, nothing. Nothing. Let me say that again. Nothing. One of her audience members advocated assassinating a sitting US Senator and Presidential candidate, and Palin said nothing. Neither has John McCain said anything.
It’s another round, much like the Dayton mosque attack last week, of the McPalin campaign propagating bloodlust among their supporters, and saying NOTHING when that bloodlust finds public voice and action. These candidates actually support a strategy that results in attempted and threatened murder.
No matter how close Barack Obama and Bill Ayers might ever have been or might ever be, Obama hasn’t done anything near as horrifying as this.
This isn’t just electoral politics. This is terrorism. It’s honing in on people’s darkest fears and basest instincts, and letting people like this crawl out from under their rocks. It’s recruiting bad people to their cause, knowing that at least some of them (and the Dayton mosque attack is evidence of this) will actually follow through on their threats.
More than ever, I’m deeply, deeply troubled that any sane person could consider voting for the McPalin ticket. If you don’t toe their party line, you could be next.