When John McCain is having to tell some of his supporters to calm down, you know that the conservative movement in the U.S. is starting to believe its own propaganda of hate:
But when one man said he was scared to raise his unborn child in a
country that might be led by a President Obama, McCain disagreed.
“I have to tell you, he is a decent person and a person that you do
not have to be scared of as president of the United States,” McCain
said to boos and groans from supporters.
“If you want a fight, we will fight,” McCain said. “But we will be
respectful. I admire Senator Obama and his accomplishments. … I don’t
mean that has to reduce your ferocity; I just mean to say you have to
At one point, McCain grabbed the microphone from a woman who had
begun to say she didn’t like Obama because he is an Arab. “No, ma’am.
No, ma’am,” McCain said. “He’s a decent family man, a citizen who I
just happen to have serious differences with on fundamental questions.”
Years of conservative talk show radio and Foxnews is reaping its reward: a campaign where reasonable but forceful debate is crossing the line into genuine incitement to hatred. I’m glad that McCain has taken at least this much of a stand. It’s not enough, but at least it’s something.