Nothing has proven the utter hollowness of John McCain's "Country First" slogan than Sarah Palin's vile behavior the past few days.
We all know by now that her low-blow, guilt-by-association stump speeches, in part claiming that Obama is "palling around with terrorists" -- called "unsubstantiated," and "racially-tinged" by the Associated Press and "appalling" and "the dark territory of race-baiting and xenophobia" by the New York Times -- are part of a negative attack strategy announced publically by senior Republican operatives on Saturday.
If the goal was to rally the base -- it worked.
During the speeches, the hateful McCain-Palin faithful boo and hiss and shout that Obama is a "terrorist!" They scream "Off with his head!" with impunity. Apparently, the Secret Service is investigating after one Palin groupie issued a death threat to Obama during one speech. "Kill him!" he screamed.
Another Palin worshipper even fired off a racist remark, telling a black camera man covering the event to "Sit down, boy!"
Wow. This is truly ugly stuff.
Will the disgraceful and desperate attacks hurt Obama? Maybe, maybe not. But one thing is clear: they will hurt our country.
Most pollsters agree Obama's distant association with Bill Ayers will probably not save McCain in this election. Barring a major terrorist attack, Bush somehow causing World War III, a massive race-based (Bradley Effect) discrepancy in the polls, or the outright theft of the election, Barack Obama will most likely be the next President of the United States.
How is President Obama supposed to lead our country through two wars and the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression when candidates have spent a month trying, through ugly innuendo, to convince half the population that he's an evil, black Muslim terrorist who hates America?
If anything proves John McCain and Sarah Palin put country last, this is it. (And we won't even get into the Palin family's own connection to violent anti-American extremists)
For argument's sake, let's just say these attacks work beyond McCain and Palin's wildest dreams. By spewing this filth around they sour enough voters to stay home and they actually win. So, imagine it's January 2009 and (God forbid) John McCain is president. Or maybe (even more God forbid!!) the four-time cancer-ridden oldest president-elect of all time croaks on Day One and Sarah Palin is president.
The fact is there's going to be a Democratic Congress no matter who wins the Presidency.
In order to get anything done they're gonna have to work with the Democratic Party and rally the half of the population that didn't vote for them.
How eager will the Democratic Congress and the millions of Obama supporters be to trust and work with people who've spent the last month in essence calling them terrorist sympathizers?
Joe Biden gave a brilliant answer when he was asked during his debate what made him think he could work with the other party. He said that the reason he could do it was that he never, ever questioned the motives of his opponents. Despite 26 years in congress and repeated claims he'll "reach across the aisle," John McCain hasn't learned that lesson.
So, I say, McCain and Palin cease and desist this deranged spectacle. Apologize to Barack Obama. Admit that your attacks are outrageous and fundamentally dishonest. Or else take down your obnoxious signs that say "Country First!"