Saturday, October 11, 2008

McCain doesn't equate Obama with the Antichrist; booing ensues

Pay particular attention to the stretch between 0:30 and 0:44. At that point, you're seeing John McCain effectively conceding the race. His sudden praise of Barack Obama mirrors Hillary Clinton's as she realized it was impossible for her to clinch the Democratic nomination. Whether or not that shows McCain's class and mavericism is anyone's guess, but it almost certainly reflects the acceptance phase of grief.

Republican supporters, on the other hand, seem firmly fixed in the anger phase. GOP crowds have made headlines lately with their hostile behavior, accusing Obama of everything from treason to socialism, with some even calling for him to be killed. Leave it to conservatives to test the boundaries of free speech...go figure...

This hostility carries into McCain's call for civility. The crowd boos loudest when McCain asserts that Obama is a good man:

"I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments, and I will respect him." BOOOO!

"He is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States." BOOOOOOOOO!!

I could understand if the audience jeered because they felt McCain was not doing enough, or if he was taking cheap shots at Obama a la Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin and everybody else. But they're booing him because he called on them to not be afraid, and because he said Obama deserved respect. They want to hate, and McCain - a candidate the base has distrusted from day one for that 10 percent of the time he didn't vote with Bush - wants them to treat Obama like a human being. The crowd wants red meat, not a nutritious dish. And that alone suggests how little these people deserve four more years.

Not that they won't try. It's up to us to ensure that the current Obama momentum carries into Election Day. If we can do that, we'll finally have the sound, reasoned, intelligent leader we've lacked for the past eight years. And then these people will really have something to complain about. Everyone wins!


Nick said...

There are definetly some idiots supporting McCain, just like these idiots supporting Obama.

From the Howard Stern show:

I wonder what their real reason is for supporting Obama if they don't even know his positions or think Palin is his VP?

Ian McGibboney said...

Well, they're certainly wrong if that's the case, but it's also irresponsible for the person asking the questions to deliberately misrepresent his positions. Guess there isn't much of a difference between Howard Stern and Karl Rove.

I don't see an equivalency, though. It's easy to say black people support Obama because he is black, but it could also be because they feel a shared experience with him and that his policies would thus be friendlier to their wants and needs. People who support McCain because Obama is an Arab, on the other hand, are attached to a reactionary lie.

Nick said...

"It's also irresponsible for the person asking the questions to deliberately misrepresent his positions."

I don't see wher the questioner is irresponsible. They're trying to prove a point, being that maybe some people, from both sides, would do best to find something else to do on election day, rather than bringing their utter, blantant ignorance to the polls.

Any voter who thinks that Palin is Obama's running mate, or mistakes Biden for McCain's running mate, should be ashamed of themselves.

Then again, I guess ignorance truly is bliss.

Ian McGibboney said...

Once again, you're defending the indefensible with the old "Democrats do it too" line. And with a comedy bit at that!

Tell you what, Nick: find an Obama supporter who called McCain or Palin a fascist and/or called for them to be killed at a public rally, and then you'll have an equivalent. Until then, the equivalency argument does not hold.

Nick said...

I'm not trying to defend anything. I think the lady at the rally who said Obama was truly a Muslim should stay home on election day and not bother the rest of the country with her stupidity.

An Obama supporter calling McCain or Palin a fascist? That shouldn't be too hard.

Nick said...

"or called for them to be killed at a public rally"

Seems it didn't happen.

Ian McGibboney said...

OK, so it didn't happen at one specific rally held three days AFTER I wrote this blog. Nice detective work, Nick. Now go to this video and perk your ears at 0:13:

Nick said...

I didn't go searching for the link. I just stumbled upon it and thought of your challenge.

If someone did say it, fine. They should stay home on election day just like the ignorant jackasses in Harlem.

Each day, I come across more people who help make valid points for some sort of simple quiz on basic American civics to vote.