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Monday, October 13, 2008

Also not at all nice (unlike the chips, which are all good)

Not only is John McCain's US presidential campaign (I was going to refer simply to "the McCain campaign" but then realised that I might get British readers who thought I was talking about advertising for oven chips) giving support to racist attacks on American children, but it is silent in the face of murderous rhetoric from his supporters against Barack Obama, while making sneaky use of guilt-by-association, known lies, and even quotations from a notorious anti-Semite who regretted that President F D Roosevelt had not been assassinated and looked forward to the day when Robert Kennedy was shot. (This was Westbrook Pegler, who managed the extraordinary feat of being thrown out of the John Birch Society for his extreme right-wing views.)

I've heard a number of Americans say that the prospect of Sarah Palin as VP makes them ashamed: one hopes that the prospect of McCain's presidency shames them equally. Barack Obama is no saint, and to European eyes he's another hopelessly right-wing American politician (the people who refer to him as a Socialist simply show that they haven't a clue). But McCain's politics are beginning to show a win-at-all-costs ugliness that calls to mind the worst of GWB or Nixon.


At 17 October, 2008 20:43, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

We've started to get the automated phone calls from the McCain campaign that really hit on Obama and his terrorist background, warning us the country will fall apart if he gets elected. And some people really believe this stuff.


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