Yesterday was certainly an interesting day on the campaign trail, more interesting to Obama supporters than to the McCain camp. The McCain folks probably wish the whole day had never happened.
John McCain had to put a lid on on some angry, misinformed supporters at a rally in Minnesota, and got booed for doing so. It was misinformation his campaign has been fostering, by the way. One woman said she was afraid of Obama because “he’s an Arab” and McCain had to take the microphone away from her and correct her.
A man in the crowd told McCain, “Frankly, we’re scared, we’re scared of an Obama presidency.” He said he was worried that “someone who cohorts with domestic terrorists” might be in a position to choose Supreme Court justices. McCain tried to reassure him by saying, “He is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared (of) as president of the United States,” drawing more boos and groans from his supporters. Earlier in the week, at increasingly ugly rallies, supporters had shouted such things as “terrorist,” “kill him,” and “treason” without being corrected or condemned by the candidate.
In other news, Sarah Palin, the campaign’s veep and attack dog, was found guilty of abusing her power as Alaska’s governor. The bipartisan, mostly Republican commission investigating the “troopergate” matter issued its report and conclusions late yesterday, and Palin’s ethics violation was the number one finding. For Alaska’s sake, I hope the redneck, yahoo Palin family is the exception, not the rule, in state government.
Somehow it doesn’t surprise me that a woman who would publicly, almost gleefully, accuse Obama of “palling around with terrorists” would use the power of her office to settle a personal grudge. Bottom line, it just confirms McCain’s extremely poor judgment in putting her on the ticket.
It’s a shame this election couldn’t be decided on issues. It has devolved instead into personal attacks with little consideration of the serious issues that face the nation today. Making it a battle of character and personality, however, does nothing to change my vote. It only confirms it.