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12 October 2008 @ 11:12 am
What about McCain's latest campaign tactics?  
I'm sure many of you have followed the stories about McCain and Palin's accusations that Barack Obama "pals around" with a domestic terrorist (William Ayers of the 60s radical movement), the use of the middle name Hussein at rallies, the look into Obama's campaign contribution for "foreign" money, and the people yelling out such things as "terrorist," "kill him," "bomb Obama," and "treason" at rallies. Finally McCain had to correct a couple of people for being scared of an Obama presidency and for calling Obama an Arab. (Though it was odd for McCain to answer the Arab charge simply by saying Obama is a decent family man as if no Arabs could be decent--that may say a lot about his world view.) Some have said that McCain's campaign tactics could inspire violence in a xenophobic and racist group of voters who still believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim. There was quite a controversy when Representative John Lewis warned about the dangers of toxic language and invoked examples from the 60s when Governor George Wallace was believed to have contributed to a climate where racial violence broke out.

What do you think about all of this? What was John McCain's campaign trying to imply and are they at all responsible for creating a climate in which violence against Obama is more likely? Please comment if there are not any options that reflect your view or you would like to elaborate.

Poll #1277325 Looking at McCain campaign's latest tactics

Are you afraid that the latest tactics by McCain has made Obama more vulnerable to violence?

Yes, I am really afraid for Obama's life.
Maybe, if some really unbalanced McCain supporter goes off his/her meds.
No, I think people are just venting their fears when they yell out at rallies.
No, I don't think McCain is responsible for how some people take his words.
I don't think there's anything different about McCain's campaign than the usual mud-slinging.

Do you think McCain should do more to calm any xenophobia he might have inspired?

Yes, much more. The campaign should issue strong statements against the Arab-Muslim thing and stop the Ayers and Hussein stuff.
Maybe he should just respond when the crazies yell at rallies--not responsible otherwise.
No, he's done enough to address it.

Do you believe that McCain was deliberately suggesting that Obama was some sort of foreign terrorist mole?

Yes, that was clearly the implication of various things the campaign has said.
Not sure--maybe people are reading too much into it.
Not at all, it was just the usual effort to create doubt about the character of an opponent.
lunaetstellaelunaetstellae on October 13th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
I left the last question unanswered, as it didn't offer -as a choice- my take on this.
I see now that I could have chosen the first choice, but i didn't interpret it at the time.

I think that McC is deliberately making suggestions that he knows will incite the voters to vote against Obama. I don't think HE seriously believes that Obama is a foreign terrorist mole, but if that will rally voters to vote for McC, then it does the job. I believe that McC is driven by a 'win at ALL costs' mentality, and his anger issues are coming through. I am very afraid for Obama's safety, and frankly, believe we will have Biden for president before this next term is through.
Tapatitapati on October 13th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
I am very worried about Obama's safety myself. I think McCain didn't realize how easily he could also incite some violent sentiments and now he's trying to dial back a little out of concern, at least, for his own reputation. But it may be too late to calm down the crazies...

I hope if any attempt is made it fails utterly but then drums up a ton of support for Obama, thus backfiring completely on McCain.
(Anonymous) on October 14th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Jacquelyn Scott from Keokuk
If he was a Muslim or Arab I'd still vote for him. He's a black man, and most conservatives (at least here in Quincy) are racist. Some McCain supporters are angry and shouting racial slurs during the rallies. This is what's scary. Those that cling to their bible and guns are the real extremists. If he gets assasinated, I'm moving to France. I just want freedom. My brother is gay and I'm mixed and I'm beginning to want to leave Christianity because of those that claim it. McCain will not stand up to this, and he didn't do it when a woman referred to Hillary as a bitch. How can he ride a wave of fear and racism???
Tapatitapati on October 14th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Jacquelyn Scott from Keokuk
I think McCain is sort of divided with himself over it. I do at least appreciate that he hasn't allowed the Rev. Wright issue to be used even though his campaign staff want to. I just hope he starts really doing something about the racists. Last night I saw a man in his rally who had a Curious George doll with an Obama bumper sticker "hat" laughing and smiling about it for the camera. Ugh.

I am gratified that at least Iowa seems to be for Obama this time around. :)

I find myself wondering how it is to be gay in Keokuk these days. It was all pretty closeted when I lived there, which makes me (as a bi woman) reluctant to ever move back, though I miss it in some ways. I think somewhere like Iowa City would be more hospitable.

Thanks for posting!