(Note to McCain camp – this is how NOT to win the youth vote...)
The Iowa State Daily reported on Tuesday that a number of people were escorted out of a McCain rally at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls on Sunday. It isn't that the ejected individuals were protesting or misbehaving or doing, well, anything, but apparently they simply looked like they might possibly do something at some point during the rally so McCain staffers requested that UNI's campus police remove them. David Zarifis, UNI's public safety director, said, "Apparently, they had been identified by those staffers as potential protesters within the event." The ejected individuals were guilty of looking young.
Lara Elborno, a senior at the University of Iowa, said that some of the individuals ejected from the event were McCain supporters. "I saw a couple that had been escorted out and they were confused as well, and the girl was crying, so I said 'Why are you crying? and she said 'I already voted for McCain, I'm a Republican, and they said we had to leave because we didn't look right,'" Elborno said. "They were handpicking these people and they had nothing to go off of, besides the way the people looked."
Despite the fact that right now, McCain needs all the support he can get, this all sort of makes sense. It fits right in with the infamous Bush Doctrine tenet of acting preemptively to thwart any emerging threat, real or imagined.