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Monday, October 13, 2008

That said...

So, McCain is nastier, but it is just politics and such right?


I personally think the objection that McCain is not somewhat accountable for his supporters' behavior given his own campaign (as documented below) is absurd and dangerous: Plainly he and the Right are looking the other way to actively encouraging such behavior/belief.


checkman said...

Seems like McCain, himself (not necessarily the campaign), is trying to tone things down a bit.

I'm not congratulating him by any means, but some have noted that he has refused to make any personal attacks against Obama (whether or not he has/hasn't is another question). I'm not sure that it it's any better that he allows others to do the dirty work for him.

czrpb said...

I am not so sure.

What does it mean when he does that AND this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abLh3b68IHc

This is the FUD McCain puts out that is causing the reaction.

checkman said...

I guess I think saying that we need to know Obama's affiliations with questionable characters and organizations is not the same thing as saying "Obama is a terrorist" or that he "pals around with terrorists". One is asking a question, saying voters deserve to know the truth; the other is making an accusation. They are both somewhat underhanded, but not to the same degree.

I don't disagree though that the intent with either one is pretty much the same. I am disappointed with McCain that he chose to take this route in the debate, and that he allowed his campaign to engage in such behavior on the trail.

But, I've been more and more disappointed with McCain since 2003, when he really started pandering to the Bush administration and to the Neocons in general. He could have been a great politician -- a reformer, sticking to his values (born-again, of course, after the Keating scandal), but chose instead to pander to those in power within the party in order to have a shot at the Presidency in 2008. It's very disappointing to think of what he could have been.