Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Enough slander is enough
ONE OF the less profound observations to seep virtually unnoticed from the McCain-Palin campaign was Cindy McCain's dyspeptic complaint that Barack Obama was waging the "dirtiest campaign in America's history." Obviously Cindy has not been paying that much attention to her husband's joyless visits to Mudville. But no matter. We'll let her mindless remark pass as a slip of the brain that was DOA. What does matter are the incendiary hoots at the McCain-Palin rallies that should not be repeated to children. THAT ONE, to whom McCain referred at the debate - the one with a middle name of, eh... Hussein - is incurring such slander from the mob (and a new McCain ad) as "dangerous" and "dishonorable." The rallies are also producing such assaults as "kill him" and "treason". It's the sort of ugly audience participation that I heard some 30 years ago when I slipped into a KKK rally near New Philadelphia as epithets exploded from the robed ones on the back of a flatbed truck. McCain and Palin can do themselves and the nation a great deed by pausing during their remarks, staring at the vicinity of the shouter, and declaring: " Sorry, but I don't want a vote from your kind." After all, McCain has said more than once that he would conduct a "respectful" campaign.