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The McCain-Palin Mob Mentality

Political rallies sometimes bring out the worst in people. Especially as tight races head into the final stretch, emotions run high and you tend to rally around your candidate of choice; both because you actually support their views and ideals and because you've invested your own judgement into supporting them.

So, it should come as no surprise that you'll get some boneheaded comments if you interview attendees at a rally, but this shit takes the cake:

The McCain-Palin Mob

David Weigel points out why this is, and McCain's Ayers baiting nonsense, is a problem for the campaign:

This is a huge problem with the McCain campaign's negative turn. No swing voter took offense if a Bush surrogate called Kerry a limp-wristed, French-looking fraud. But I think they wince when they hear someone accusing Obama of terrorist "bloodlines." The guy still has a net 18-point favorable rating. People simply don't look at him and think "radical." The velocity with which the McCain campaign has become a political arm of Sean Hannity's America makes it look ugly and desperate, rather than strong, as Bush I looked when he mocked Dukakis or Bush II looked when he mocked Kerry.

This is the blowback when McCain/Palin go hard negative. They rev up the base, but what on-the-fence voter wants to associate with people like this? It reminds me of the collapse of the illegal immigration issue. Yes, a majority of people told pollsters they wanted "secure borders," but once they started associating those opinions with beer-bellied Minutemen snooping around the AZ-Mexico border, or mouthbreathing radio hosts like Michael Savage...

kinda reminds you of this gang, doesn't it?

Even more:



I'd vote for Ronnie James Dio in a second!

Quoth RJD, "If you listen to fools, the mob rules!"

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