Not since the worst days of Spiro Agnew, and perhaps not even then, has a vice presidential candidate for president sunk so low as Sarah Palin in terms of inciting hatred against the opposing ticket. By saying outright that Obama is palling around with terrorists, and is friendly with terrorists there is a short distance rhetorically to calling him a terrorist outright. Palin is embarking on a tact against Barack Obama that is designed to demonize and dehumanize him. This makes Obama, or any recipient of such attacks, vulnerable to threats against safety. why? Lots of unhinged people out there who believe what their leaders tell them and take McCain’s and Palin’s words quite literally.
As dramatic as it sounds, this is what Palin and McCain are doing, and it is dangerous. They are getting close to inviting violence in this heightened state of insecurity that plagues this country right now. I say McCain because Palin is obviously doing this as part of some strategy devised by higher-ups. The McCain Campaignis behind every thing she says at this point.
It is one thing to tie Obama to some sordid figure whose crimes date back some forty years. It is another thing all together to label your opponent a terrorist. Keep in mind Bill Ayers is irrelevant to the message McPalin are trying to convey.
And today all this terrorist baiting is gaining steam. Today at a McCain rally, someone in the audience sounded like they called Obama a terrorist. McCain did nothing to disparage the comments (just as he did nothing to disparage the sexist comments against Hillary earlier in the campaign. These comments are no coincidence. It is a concerted last ditch effort by McCain to win by politically killing his opponent. There is no place in civilized political society for this sort of bile.
Better to lose an election and retain some self respect and your reputation than potentially incite violence against your rival. Please Senator McCain, change your tact; campaign on the issues and let the voters decide.