McCain Urges Supporters To Be “Respectful”

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, McCain, Memes

Giving credit where credit is due, McCain is finally addressing the tone of some of his recent gatherings and trying to tell the crowds that Obama is not a scary guy.

The only problem? The mob doesn’t care.

From Politico:

“I am enthusiastic and encouraged by the enthusiasm and I think it’s really good,” McCain said. “We have to fight and i will fight but we will be respectful. I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments and I want to be respectful.

“I dont mean that you have to lose your ferocity. I just mean you have to be respectful.”

A moment later, another woman stood up and urged McCain to speak up so voters “really have an understanding of who the candidates are.”

“There’s a difference between rhetoric and record,” McCain said, adding that Obama voted to raise taxes 94 times. “He has the most liberal voting record in the United States Senate, even more liberal than Bernie Sanders.”

Once again, McCain repeated, “I want all of you to tell your neighbors about the difference between rhetoric and record, but let’s do it respectfully.”

Later in the event, man in the audience stood up and told McCain he’s “scared” of an Obama presidency and who he’d select for the Supreme Court.

“I have to tell you. Sen. Obama is a decent person and a person you don’t have to be scared of as president of the United States,” McCain said as the crowd booed and shouted “Come on, John!”

The question now: did McCain’s “palling around with terrorists” message create a monster meme he simply can’t contain? Because it honestly sounds like his supporters feel that Obama is dangerous. And as I’ve stated before, that’s a really bad thing to be suggesting about the first viable African-American presidential candidate.

More as it develops…


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10 Responses to “McCain Urges Supporters To Be “Respectful””

  1. Ds Says:

    Yes for Mc Cain

  2. Waybe Berube Says:

    The key phrase, Obama is “viable” , Obama is the most inexperienced, unvented Marxist socialist candidate in history. Your really detached from reality that we must vote because he is black. Racist does not begin to explain your mind-set. Ignor that all his friends are haters of America and Ayers want to destroy capitalism and the U. S. constitution and teaches student revolution programs in Chicago and South America.

    Obama can not get a job that requires a security clearance in any defense plant or secure facility because of, not his association, but his alliances, and you think he will be a good president. The change would have us living like the Cubans.

  3. Mike Says:

    Good for him…

    But the “scared” thing? I think he’s gone a little too far the other way now.

    “I have to tell you. Sen. Obama is a decent person and a person you don’t have to be scared of as president of the United States,”

    So conservatives shouldn’t be scared of who he might nominate to the supreme court? Talk about off-message.

  4. Alan Stewart Carl Says:

    McCain’s supporters know their guy is going to lose. Being behind tends to rile people up. There’d probably be a decent amount of “fear” whether or not McCain had gone negative.

    Heck, in 2004, I remember a LOT of liberals saying how scared they were of another Bush term. Not just nervous, but terrified to the point of spewing all kinds of vitriol. I think the only reason you’re not seeing the same level of hate-your-opponent fervor at Obama rallies is because he’s comfortably ahead. But considering how often my liberal friends have told me McCain is evil or will ruin America, I have no doubt that partisan rancor is a bi-partisan problem. IT doesn’t take much to fire it up.

  5. Dollface Says:

    Alan, you’re ignoring the race factor in all of this. It’s one thing for crowds to be intensely supportive of their candidate, but it’s an entirely different matter when people are calling Obama a “terrorist”, “Obama Bin Laden”, and shouting “kill him!” and “treason!”.

    People are saying they “don’t trust” Obama and that he’s “scary”…to me that has a racial undertone to it. People were scared of Bush’s *administration* whereas people are scared of Obama’s *person*. That is an enormous problem and cannot be overlooked.

  6. Alan Stewart Carl Says:

    How many people have yelled “kill him?” Is this widespread or is everyone getting bent out of shape over a few annecdotal moments of insanity? I by no means condone that behavoir and I do believe McCain’s tactics have encourage such nonsense, but I guarantee this kind of idiocy can and does occur on both sides.

    And, while I know there is a racist undertone to some Obama hatred, I don’t think not trusting him and calling him scary is racial. I remember the same things being said of John Kerry. Remember how we were told if Kerry was elected, the terrorists would win?

    Plus, you know very well that the opposition to Bush has not been just a polite disagreement on his administration. It’s often been very personal and full of hateful rhetoric — or is calling a man a chimp and referring to him as a new Hitler just a disagreement in policy?

    Anyway, my point is by no means to defend these McCain supporters or the McCain campaign. Please don’t think I am. I’m just trying to point out that the heated partisanship of our times bears a lot of the responsibility here. And both sides have played a role in that nonsense.

  7. Justin Gardner Says:

    Alan,

    I think the reason this story is getting some play is that it has been happening consistently at more than a few events and, up until now, McCain hasn’t responded to it.

    In fact, the first time I think we heard somebody yell “terrorist!” you could see that McCain heard it, it made him visibly uncomfortable but he didn’t address it.

    Also, this tactic is much different than suggesting that if you elect somebody the terrorists will win. That was about pulling out of the war. This is about Obama giving approval and help to a terrorist “friend.”

    And to that end, I don’t think anybody was accusing Kerry of actually being a terrorist, just that he was too liberal to execute a war effectively and honorably given his disapproval of the Vietnam war.

  8. Alan Stewart Carl Says:

    Justin,

    I’ll grant you that the vitriol in this case is more distrubing that what was generally said about Kerry, although he was routinely called a “traitor” by Bush supporters, which is a pretty horrible thing to say.

    Again, I am in no way trying to make excuses for this behavoir. I’m just trying to temper some of the smugness I sense from those on the left. Our nasty political climate is a bi-partisan product and the left doesn’t get a pass just because a few nutballs shout hateful things at a McCain rally. I can’t tell you how many articles and youtube videos have been sent to me with the sole purpose of making me scared sh*tless about McCain. Both sides spread fear and it’s a a quick hop from fear to hatred.

  9. Alan Stewart Carl Says:

    Oh, and I should note that I do understand the difference between the independently produced anti-McCain materials I’ve recevied and the McCain campaign-generated anti-Obama ads and statements. That difference matters. One’s freelance fear-mongering. The other is campaign coordinated fear-mongering. Don’t doubt I will take that into consideration when I vote.

    My comment above is meant to address the general state of left and right rhetoric and anger. I wasn’t comparing the campaigns’ behavoirs.

  10. Hartmut Says:

    Playing the Hate Card

    This last week the McCain/Palin campaign has stooped down to a new moral low. Now they are trying to assassinate Barack Obama’s reputation as a citizen, patriot and decent person linking him wrongfully to a terrorist of the 60′s whose views Obama denounced again and again. These new attacks in McCain and Palin rally speeches and in nation wide aired ads have created a new climate of hate that will divide Americans further and make problem solving harder. I guess the McCain campaign advisers are realizing they can’t win the election by debating political issues (not just the economy but just any issue) and are abandoning that strategy in favor of another “Swift Boat Smear Campaign”. This one however is far more vicious, disgusting and dangerous as it has provoked emotions in their supporters not seen in many years in this country. Rallies on which McCain/Palin supporters scream and call Senator Obama a Terrorist, a Traitor and threaten to kill him sound and look like Nazi rallies of the late 20′s and early 30′s in Germany. Unfounded accusations in times of economic hardship and uncertainty mixed with a new found sense of Nationalism due to a greater isolation in the world have often been the beginning of evil. Whether you want to call it plain ignorance or racism or fascism I believe it is time for all Americans, no matter what your political affiliation, to stand up and demonstrate that we are better than that. That we have moved past the mob mentality and that we need leadership and political solutions to our problems, not division and hatred!

    Many Republicans, that I have great respect for, have come already forward in criticizing this latest McCain/Palin campaign strategy and urged the presidential candidate as well as the vice presidential candidate to calm their supporters and change their message.

    You can do your part by calling your local TV and/or radio station and ask them to refrain from airing ads that are only ment to stir up hatred, not to address or solve actual political problems!

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