Tuesday, October 07, 2008

It's getting ugly

In these vile contests we call "elections", you can always tell when someone knows they're fucked by the ugliness of the accusations they hurl at their competition. It's a tactic borne out of total desperation -- just keep throwing shit and hope some of it sticks.

The McCain campaign shifted into full-bore "ugly" gear this week, with ludicrous accusations of a so-called "terrorist" connection to Obama. When Palin first started this shit on the weekend, some didn't see the racial undertone, but it was there -- Obama was the guy who "doesn't see America like we do", The Other. It's a dog whistle -- most of us don't hear it, but the racist scum does.

Today the open hostility spread to the media:
"Worse, Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy.""
Yeah, right... what was that about the incivility of the angry, angry left?