Posted: 10/14/08 18:46
by Dave Mindeman
The vitriol, anger, and animosity that has been front and center at Republican campaign rallies has been, to say the least, disturbing.
Last week in mild mannered Lakeville the rabble rousers exhorted McCain to go after Obama in a big way. And we all know about the Shakopee lady who can't trust Obama for reasons that are still being debated.
Sarah Pallin seems to be the best at rousing the baser instincts of the Republican base. Just mentioning the name of Barack Obama invites crowd reactions that range from insulting to abhorrent.News Cut
outlines yet another incident where a rally enthusiast uttered the "kill him" phrase in response to a speech from Chris Hacket who was introducing Sarah Pallin.
Shouldn't the Secret Service get involved with this?
But the vitriol isn't just aimed at Obama or Democrats in general. Now, it even applies to conservative pundits who say enough is enough. Kathleen Parker
, the conservative columnist who had the audacity to question Sarah Pallin's qualifications was besieged with hate e-mails that astounded her -- she even mentioned it on a guest appearance on the Stephen Colbert show a few days ago.
In addition, the conservative columnist Christopher Buckley
(son of William Buckley, Jr) resigned from the National Review because of the reactions to a column he wrote stating he had decided to vote for Barack Obama.
He relates his experience after the column this way:Since my Obama endorsement, Kathleen [Parker] and I have become BFFs and now trade incoming hate-mails. No one has yet suggested my dear old Mum should have aborted me, but it?s pretty darned angry out there in Right Wing Land. One editor at National Review?a friend of 30 years?emailed me that he thought my opinions ?cretinous.? One thoughtful correspondent, who feels that I have ?betrayed??the b-word has been much used in all this?my father and the conservative movement generally, said he plans to devote the rest of his life to getting people to cancel their subscriptions to National Review.
Why so much hate?
The remainder of this campaign will most certainly get worse. And, if that is the case, then one has to wonder how can the winning candidate govern in these troubling times?
"Kill him" is not a campaign slogan, it is sick.