Do the republicans really think that going ugly and nasty at this point in the campaign, when we are literally choking on our debt with the economy doing the worse tank job in 70 years is a good idea? Who is scripting this absurd behavior?
It seems that Ms. Palin is good at whipping the Christian soldiers into a frenzy. At Palin events people in the crowd have shouted "kill him" in response to her silly rants about OBama and weatherman Bill Ayers being connected at the hip. At another rally they shouted "treason" when she presented some false and highly exaggerated bullshit about a remark Obama made about the troops. At many of the rallies, she assails the press, because afterall, they are at fault because she has made such a buffoon of herself in interviews. The Palin zombies then turn on the press taunting an jeering them. This behavior culminated in a black sound man for one of the networks having a racial slur thrown at him and then being told to "Sit down boy."
These folks are not nice. At a Palin gathering of 11,000 in St. Louis that watched the debate on closed circuit, they all made a sarcastic collective "AWWWWWWW" when Biden went emotional, followed by laughter. Mr. Biden was speaking of the time his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident and his two sons lay in a hospital in critical condition. Nice, huh?
So how do crowds get this way? What motivates them to begin acting in a manner that can only be described as mass hysteria with no self accountability or forethought?
Well, if you watch these rallies, they are full of high volume patriotic music. The kind that solicits the emotions and shallow patriotic passions of a proletariat non-intellectual crowd. Songs like "I'm proud to be an American." As she enters and exits, they often play the theme from Rocky. . . you know, the one that convinces the movie audience that Rocky is the savior of everything good and right about America.
It's an old tactic. Political campaigns have been using these tactics since the beginning, but sometimes these tactic get outta hand. Sometimes people don't walk away feeling good about themselves, but hateful toward other people. Kinda reminds you of another politician who lived during the dark ages of the mid 20th Century in Germany.
And perhaps that's the real difference between these two campaigns. When Obama supporters walk away from one of their rallies or from watching Obama give a speech on TV, they are filled with hope and faith that perhaps, the future will hold something better for everyone. When Puffy McBush/Plain supporters walk away from one of their rallies, they are filled with animosity, anger and fear toward those they perceive to be bad.
Gee, that sorta describes the demeanor of Obama and McCain during last night's debate. . . hope and faith vs. anger, animosity and fear.