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!