John McCain may have finally re-discovered a sliver of his humanity. It's too late, of course, and his candidacy was doomed anyway because of the depression of 2008 but for a brief moment the old bird looked like normal a human being.
He has looked off his rocker, to put it mildly. But twice yesterday, he looked (dare I say it?) moral.
When one of the yahoos at a campaign stop expressed the anger and ignorance that McCain and his campaign have provoked over the past week, saying he was "afraid" of an Obama presidency, McCain said that Obama, "is a decent person and a person you do not have to be scared (of) as President of the United States."
And then later, somebody's mean old gramma called Obama an "Arab." McCain stopped her short, "No, Ma'am. No, Ma'am," he said. "He's a decent family man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues."
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Just as important as his words was the look on McCain's face. Embarrassment, guilt, remorse, a sense of shame at what he has become? Certainly a tone of humility. His whole manner of speaking changed.
Of course, his campaign didn't stop running their racist TV spots. Anybody who denies that the McCain campaign's tactics aren't racist and playing to the latent racism inherent in the Republican party, is either kidding themselves or are simply Republicans.
As much as we've grown to hate everything the McCain campaign stands for, these two moments today make me wonder if McCain has re-discovered his soul.
Probably not, but it was fascinating, a rare glimpse of an attempt to salvage some part of him that he had sold to the devil.
I'm happy it's too late. The devil is getting his due and McCain will rightfully be reviled by history for embracing the radical right of his party. But for a couple of minutes I felt sorry for him and his brief moment of confession.
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