After whipping up increasingly hateful rhetoric, it looks as if John McCain is losing control of his own mob. With Sarah Palin saying that Barack Obama “pals around with terrorists,” and with a constant influx of ignorant bigoted racist rumors circulating around the right-wing blogosphere, things are really heating up. After Palin’s initial remarks, there has much made of the crowd responses which included the ever so pleasant “kill him!” The GOP’s ignorance is now playing out nationally like a local meeting of the rabid OC based California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) hate group! A video of a McCain rally puts this spectacle on display as the Republican candidate had to look squarely into one of his supporter’s eyes, and tell her that contrary to her belief, Obama is not an Arab (well he never actually said that outright, just that the Democratic candidate was a family man, and a citizen) A true maverick response would convey the fact that whether or not Obama is an Arab is inconsequential to the non-racist mind. Straight talk translation: So what if he was?
Of course, Bill Ayers, formerly of the Weather Underground, is back in the news with Palin’s comments that suggest Obama has an ongoing relationship with an “active domestic terrorist.” (Not true on multiple fronts) When McCain had to reassure the crowd that their fears of an Obama presidency were overstated, he was met with boos! With the economy in the shitter, and Obama commanding a bigger lead, bigoted fears are becoming more acutely anxious! The last card to play for the failing McCain campaign before the elections is an extremity of negative campaigning and we are witnessing a dangerous mob mentality being cultivated. McCain can try to pivot his campaign all he wants, but he is ultimately responsible for the course it has chosen to take. The only way the Senator from Arizona can claim to be a Maverick now is if he moves to Dallas and suits up to play basketball alongside Dirk Nowitzki!
This hatred from the right-wing brings about what I deem the “Obama dilemma.” Clearly, I have tremendous policy and values differences with his campaign and with his party. I harbor no illusions about notions of “change,” and “hope.” Still, the fact that Obama is poised to become the first black president of the United States offers the historic opportunity to piss off racists bigots like those present at McCain and Palin rallies. Does the white supremacy structure remain mostly intact even with an Obama victory? Sure. I’m just trying to find some silver lining in all this…and it may come in the form of a disappointed dumbfuck racist come November.