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Responsibility for Hate-Filled Rhetoric

Newsweek is out with a lot of revelations of what went on behind the campaigns.  Some are surprising, while others are confirming–as in the case of the responsibility that McCain and Palin have in their use of rhetoric.

Newsweek reports:

The Obama campaign was provided with reports from the Secret Service showing a sharp and disturbing increase in threats to Obama in September and early October, at the same time that many crowds at Palin rallies became more frenzied. Michelle Obama was shaken by the vituperative crowds and the hot rhetoric from the GOP candidates. “Why would they try to make people hate us?” Michelle asked a top campaign aide.

As far as Palin’s talk of Ayers:

Palin launched her attack on Obama’s association with William Ayers, the former Weather Underground bomber, before the campaign had finalized a plan to raise the issue. McCain’s advisers were working on a strategy that they hoped to unveil the following week, but McCain had not signed off on it, and top adviser Mark Salter was resisting.

As I said before when McCain and Palin began doing stump speeches with hate-filled rhetoric, they are responsible for what they chose to incite.  In my opinion, they did not do enough to stop an unintended consequences while on the campaign trail, and when presented with the increased level of hate-filled talk and calls for violence on Obama surrounding their rallies, they did not stop using their rhetoric or work to stop their out of control supporters.

McCain’s concession speech was a start, but both McCain and Palin owe the Obamas an apology for encouraging this “frenzied” rage that endangered the lives of Barack Obama and his family.


  1. But the accusations of treachery, lack of patriotism

    and then that absurd ‘He’s not an Arab. He’s a decent man.’

    Whether an apology is needed, or forthcoming though… Not sure I mind. The majority of the country, in the largest turnout since 1908, rejected that rubbish. Most important than apology the sweet smell of victory.


    And now I can leave MYDD for good.

    Double Yah-hay!!

    And hang about the Moose instead with people like NBW.

    Tripe Yah-hay!!!

  2. sricki

    and spite they riled up was (and still is) truly alarming. They nurtured dangerous sentiments for weeks, and McCain’s concession speech, while certainly gracious, can’t change that. Palin was evil from the get-go, but John McCain has some real soul searching to do. I hope he’s ashamed.

  3. rfahey22

    More gouging of the Republican Party by the Palin clan than we had been lead to believe.

    According to Fox News (via a diary on DKos), Palin did not know that Africa was a continent, nor did she know the parties to NAFTA.

  4. both McCain and Palin owe the Obamas an apology for encouraging this “frenzied” rage that endangered the lives of Barack Obama and his family.

    we never will from Palin.

    Yes, she is that dangerous.

  5. spacemanspiff




    History will not be kind on that piece of shit. As for Palin…

    she’s already being ripped to shreds by McCain allies.

    She didn’t know Africa was a continent?

    I’m sorry but that’s bullshit. That is to over the top.

    I don’t believe that for a second.


    I’m glad they are doing the dirty work for us. We can’t let up on Palin.

    She can become an experienced and ready politician with hard work.

    She’s a threat so we have to take her down now.

  6. semiquaver

    Our country really dodged a bullet here.  It seems to me that this lady is like George Bush, except with his childlike malleability replaced with genuine maliciousness.

    I was sure earlier that her refusal in the Couric interview to name a paper she reads had to be out of cautiousness rather than ignorance.  After all, she majored in journalism in college.  But the revelation that she thinks Africa is a country really makes me wonder.  

    I’m really hoping that she becomes the new face of the GOP.  Nothing would better ensure our majority status for years to come.

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