Palin, saying that she has not heard anything inappropriate, stated that threats against Obama were out of line and she would not continue speaking if she heard such things. This seems a little disingenuous since McCain has had to take a microphone away from a woman who was calling Obama an Arab. McCain no doubt correctly intuited that this woman was about to launch into an anti-Arab discourse or discussion of Obama as a terrorist.
She still though insists that it is appropriate to claim that Obama “palls around” with a terrorist. She maintains this position in spite of the fact that this claim has been thoroughly researched and no support for it has been presented. What is strange is that she supports this with allusions to undocumented claims and asays that there has not been a full explaination or disclosure. This sounds a lot like McCain’s claim that Acorn is a threat to democracy. Again no support and all research in circulation supports the opposite conclusion.
These viscious unsupported accusations seem to me to be utterly irresponsible and to bring the McCain ticket’s judgment into sharper question. To me this demonstrates a willingness to engage in the sort of conduct that got us into a war in the Mid-East and has led to the erosion of the credibility of the presidency. More than anything this sort of behavior links the McCain ticket with the current administration.
This sort of thing was tried by Goldwater when he was failing as the election approached. It seems to be wroking aginst McCain and Palin. When it is launched late in the campaign, voters seem to see it for what it is: a desparate attempt to win at any cost. It is hard to imagine a campaign that is farther from the standard of “putting America first.” It fosters hate and suspicion for the goal of getting elected, thereby fracturing a society that very much needs to unify to address its ills.