Reaping what you sow
I'm generally pretty jaded about open displays of smug stupidity and viciousness, especially in the poisonous atmosphere surrounding Presidential campaigns, but somehow the crowd captured in this YouTube footage really got to me. I watched the feed a couple of times over at Chapati Mystery, getting more depressed by the minute; I left a comment over there (#4) but still couldn't get this crap out of my mind. It was a bit like having a flashback , especially the repeatedly shouted admonition "Get a job!" Exactly what used to get shouted, among other things, at anti-war protesters in the 60s. Do such people really think, in 2008, that anyone who questions their bizarre conclusions must be unemployed?
And then this:
I have to wonder what really goes through McCain's mind when he has to confront such idiocy one-on-one, as he does in the exchange below. I don't think he's evil or stupid, but the woman he addresses is an inescapable part of his constituency, and this is where the continual pandering of the Republican party and their media goons must inevitably lead. Not that there is anything new here, except that we can all watch, as many times as we can stand, as McCain stares into the abyss and embarrasses himself yet again with a well-intentioned but painfully inappropriate response: Obama is not an Arab, as the woman insists, "...no, no, Ma'am, he's a decent family man...."
Of course I would love to believe that McCain having to admit that Obama is a decent man, and could be President without the world coming to an end, signals that his campaign is essentially over, but I'm not taking anything for granted. I won't believe Obama has really won until I see him on the podium in January taking the oath of office.