As disturbing as it is to see McCain supporters in Pennsylvania shout violent epithets about Obama, the sad reality is that videos shot at McCain rallies have become the key political symbols of this race.
In a few weeks close to fifty million Americans will vote against their own interests by choosing John McCain. Why? Idealism, greed, racism, and fear for starters. I tend to believe the main reason is stupidity.
Murray Kempton once wrote that everything is known about the Mafia except whether it exists. I feel the same way about the great wave of racism and rage detected at McCain-Palin rallies by bloggers and pundits.
Police have harassed my friend because she looks Middle Eastern. She has been threatened with arrest and possible deportation--all due to the fearful climate of ignorance and bigotry incited first by Bush, then later by McCain-Palin.