The Pride Of John McCain

October 16th, 2008at 08:19pm Posted by Eli

Let me just say categorically I’m proud of the people that come to our rallies. Whenever you get a large rally of 10,000, 15,000, 20,000 people, you’re going to have some fringe peoples. You know that. And I’ve — and we’ve always said that that’s not appropriate.


I have repudiated every time someone’s been out of line, whether they’ve been part of my campaign or not, and I will continue to do that.

But the fact is that we need to absolutely not stand for the kind of things that have been going on. I haven’t.

John McCain, final 2008 presidential debate

Of course, the reality is that McCain only “repudiates” the hate-talkers when they pose a question to him directly.  Neither he nor Sarah Palin have said anything at all when some yahoo in the audience yelled “Terrorist!”, “Traitor!”, or “Kill him!”

But to return to McCain’s quote, I assume that McCain is proud of these people who came to a Sarah Palin rally in Ohio:

“I’m afraid if he wins, the blacks will take over. He’s not a Christian! This is a Christian nation! What is our country gonna end up like?”

“When you got a nigra running for president, you need a first stringer. He’s definitely a second stringer.” [Transcript said something else, but I’m pretty sure ‘nigra’ is correct.]

“He’s related to a known terrorist, for one.”

“He is friends with a terrorist of this country!”

“He must support terrorists! You know, uh, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. And that to me is Obama.”

“Just the whole, Muslim thing, and everything, and everybody’s still kinda – a lot of people have forgotten about 9/11, but… I dunno, it’s just kinda… a little unnerving.”

“Obama and his wife, I’m concerned that they could be anti-white. That he might hide that.”

“I don’t like the fact that he thinks us white people are trash… because we’re not!”

Yeah, I can totally see how they would make McCain’s chest puff out and his eyes get all watery.

What about the Chaffey Community Republican Women, the ones who mocked up “Obama Bucks” food stamps, complete with KFC, ribs, Kool-Aid, and watermelon?  Too unofficial and fringe-y?  Then how about the Sacramento County Republican Party, with their “The only difference between Obama and Osama is BS” and “Waterboard Barack Obama” graphics?  Is McCain proud of them too, or do they have to come to his rallies?

Or what about Jamie Frederick, the VA GOP Chair who whipped up McCain campaign volunteers with talking points about how Obama and bin Laden “both have friends that bombed the Pentagon”? I guess McCain must be proud of him, since he refused to “repudiate” him, and will actually appear with him at a rally this Saturday.

Nice company you’re keeping, Ace.  When did your pride and shame wires get crossed, exactly?  Was it just this year, or have you always been this way?

(h/t Oliver Willis for the Palin rally quotes)

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain,Politics,Racism,Republicans

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