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October 12, 2008


The McCain Campaign Strategy: Hate, Fear and Intimidation

When it not enough too much? When it comes to political slander, name-calling, the promotion of hate and fear, John McCain and Sarah Palin are too much.

While the campaign of John McCain III is floundering on the horrific economic news - much of it with his help - the former Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee (that's the committee which controlled much of the de-regulations which allowed this economy to succumb to "greed run-amok") has decided that the issues are no longer important. McCain, his "people", his rarely-read-a-newspaper running-mate and the Republican National Committee have decided to muddy up the water with talk of their opponent, Senator Barack Obama, as a traitor, a terrorists a Muslim, an Arab and, if they could get away with it, the devil himself.

I'm just surprised there aren't posters of Senator Obama with horns, devil ears and a pitchfork plastered around the battleground states. Certainly the image of Obama's face morphing into the face of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin-Laden is not far from your television sets. They did it to Vietnam hero and triple amputee Senator Max Cleland, so what makes one think that they wouldn't do it now?

The problem with the McCain attacks, all based on fear, isn't that it didn't work, it's that it's working all too well. The campaign to sell Obama as something short of bin-Laden has led the McCain base to begin shouting things like "terrorist" and "kill him" at rallies held by McCain and/ or Palin. (This is not, of course, the real McCain "base of haves and have mores" but the base who still think that Bush, McCain and the other NeoCons who ran our economy into the ground are still representing them.)

How bad is it? At a recent McCain fave - a town hall-type Question and Answer rally in Lacrosse, Wisconsin - the Candidate Formerly Known as The Maverick had to come to the defense of his rival Obama.

"He's an Arab,"
-A woman at the McCain Lacrosse, Wisconsin rally to McCain

No ma'am. He's a decent family man... a citizen,"

And so went the evening in Lacrosse. McCain had to defend Obama against those who were allowed in to the town hall meeting. Certainly the event was staged to show McCain's distaste for all of the negative ads depicting the first African American candidate to the White House with a real shot at winning as a terrorist. Certainly this crowd, one allowed to get this close and ask these hate and anger-filled questions, must have been known to McCain's people prior to the gathering.

The evening in Lacrosse was more of a lynching in effigy of a Black man than it was a town hall meeting to talk about the plans and future policies which John McCain, if he were to ever become President, would implement.

The McCain-friendly Wisconsin crowd came to the gathering all fired up and ready to burn Obama, Joe Biden and anything else wearing blue. It was more like a meeting of the LA street gang Bloods (who wear red) as they plan their attack of the rival Crips (who wear blue). The were middle fingers, racial epitaphs and enough hate to make the ooze from Ghostbusters destroy a perfectly good Upper West Side (NYC) apartment building. In short, it was ugly.

And more than likely, planned.

McCain needed to soften his rhetoric in order to make himself more appealing to those independents who haven't made up their minds. And while he was making himself a "kinder, gentler former Maverick", McCain's ads, still depicting Obama as a terrorist; and still playing the race-fear-hate card continue to run.

Anything other than the issues are on the McCain-Palin agenda for the balance of this election.

It's all they have.

-Noah Greenberg


It is impossible to make this stuff up!

There was one Samuel Maverick who in the mid-1800’s refused to brand his cattle and as a result his cattle were nicknamed ‘mavericks.’ For a little more detail Wikipedia says: Maverick steadfastly refused to brand his cattle. As a result, the word maverick entered the English lexicon, meaning both an unbranded range animal as well as a slang term for someone who exhibits a streak of stubborn independence. Maverick's stated reason for not branding his cattle was that he didn't want to inflict pain on them. Other ranchers however, suspected that his true motivation was that it allowed him to collect any unbranded cattle and claim them as his own. (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Augustus_Maverick )

The explanation suggests that someone who calls themselves a maverick and exhibits a streak of stubborn independence may have motives beyond (or is that beneath!) what they profess. Someone could say Country First, but really mean politics and winning first, for example.

Leaving that aside, the reason it hit my radar today is because a story was on CNN or MSNBC that interviewed one of Sam’s living relatives. This true ‘Maverick’ by name and relation objects to McCain and pal Palin calling themselves mavericks. She is a democrat living in Texas and feels they do not in any way resemble or exhibit the positive maverick characteristics of her ancestor Sam. She says she can’t stop them from using the term, but they can’t stop her from being annoyed and talking about it.

So an original maverick disputes the claim of the McMaverick. But, based on the Wikipedia speculation that mavericks may have deeper, hidden, and more devious motives perhaps it does apply – branding of a different type!

-Casey Sweet

In response to McCain stripping middle-class benefits (if he's given the chance), Ginger writes:

Looks like, once again, Wall Street/mortgage companies would be the only ones profiting from yet another GOP buy-out plan. So he strips Social Security from people currently working, when they retire, and in the meantime they lose whatever they have in the market as a backup. This isn't a plan. It's a total disaster.

And Sheila writes:

What frightened me most about the "debate" (hardly) in Nashville was when McCain said we would have to give up some entitlements. A lot of people watching do not realize that Social Security and MEDICARE are entitlements. So they might not realize that a vote for McCain means they work until they drop dead because Social Security is gone and so is Medicare. This coward frightens me more than Bush and Cheney have frightened me and they have scared me plenty. I think he is not physically or mentally able to lead this country. And God Forbid Princess Ponytail Mooseburger should be prez. It gives me chills.

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-Noah Greenberg