With less than a month to go til America votes, barring any more mad game changing moves or even an October Surprise from Osama Bin Laden or the tattered remains of the Bush administration, all the smart money is on the financial crisis seeing Barack Obama translate the momentum he’s built up into a pretty impressive victory in the Electoral College. What does the GOP have left? It’s surely significant that there are rumours around that the GOP itself – the Republican National Committee – is thinking of pulling funding from McCain advertising and pushing it into Senate races to attempt to forefend a 60 vote filibuster proof Democratic Senate majority (the Senators defending seats this year are those first elected in the Bush first term post s11 surge of the 2002 mid terms). So how about the old white dude himself? There’s one more debate. There may be more lunacy. But there’s certainly lots of ugliness, as the Culture Warriors of the base show their ugly face.
[Via Majikthise, but it’s just about everywhere on the web – it’s so viral it might just be this cycle’s Macaca moment.]
Now McCain at least – if not Palin, I think (it’s hard to tell as there appears to be some internal GOP noise dissing Palin), have belatedly taken to hosing down calls of “Bomb Obama!” and “kill him!” at their rallies, often leading to the candidate being booed by the enraged “base”. But it’s pretty clear that this sort of thing stands in a very close relation to the dogwhistling that’s going on at epic volume from the GOP “hate talk express”. All this vileness is leading to more conservatives jumping ship, and a hollerback from a supposed “McCain adviser”, Congressman John Lewis.
I really hope that this stuff gets repudiated at the ballot box, and goes down the tube with McCain’s shattered reputation (and incidentally, I’m somewhat bamboozled that some local observers seem inclined to give McCain the benefit of the doubt.) The politics of division has revealed its true face.