Is the McCain campaign the most divisive in modern American history?
Despite the clear yearning of the nation's citizens for relief from economic turmoil and a way out of the war in Iraq, the McCain campaign sticks to the playbook of campaign manager Rick Davis: focus on Barack Obama, not the issues.
There is a certain logic to it. When McCain stands for the policies of George Bush, a failed president, why would his campaign want to stick to the issues?
Regardless, there's a string of absurd comments whose point is to divide the country–comments that don't seem to be turning the election around for McCain. Obama is "palling around with terrorists." He's a "socialist." Palin praises the "pro-American" parts of the country. Representative Michele Bachmann calls for the media to investigate members of Congress to see if they're "pro-America or anti-America." McCain spokeswoman Nancy Pfotenhauer refers to the "real Virginia." McCain's brother Joe calls northern Virginia "communist." Then there are the vile anti-Obama robocalls.
The message is clear: if you're a patriotic American, you vote for John McCain. Voting for Barack Obama is tantamount to treason.
Far from responding to contemporary issues, the McCain campaign is actually fighting the cold war all over again. This is a campaign that Joe McCarthy would be proud of.
So now we also have Republican Representative Robin Hayes of North Carolina telling a McCain campaign rally that "Liberals hate real Americans that work and accomplish and achieve and believe in God."
Right. Every time I spot someone walking down the block who works, accomplishes, achieves and believes in God, it just sets my teeth on edge.
Hayes tried to deny making his statement, but Politico obtained an audio file that caught him in the lie.
Amazingly, before commenting on liberals, Hayes warned the crowd to "make sure we don't say something stupid, make sure we don't say something we don't mean." And after admitting that he made the statement, he said, "I actually was trying to work to keep the crowd as respectful as possible, so this is definitely not what I intended."
How do we explain this outrageous behavior on the part of so many prominent McCain supporters? Is the possibility of a black president or a Democratic president or both driving them completely over the edge?