The Pressure McCain is Under

This blog among many many other voices on the web has wondered aloud, what happened to the “real McCain.” Well following up on the video we posted yesterday take a look at this article from Politico. It highlights the intense pressure McCain is under to attack Obama on every personal level possible. From Bill Ayers to Rev. Wright. People in the base of the republican party are terrified of Obama thinking he is at best a socialist, at worst a terrorist. Their rage is being focused on McCain as he refuses to full muddy the waters. 

Many voters may not like some of the ugly tactics employed by the McCain campaign. Even I have commented that it has shades of Karl Rove and kills McCain’s brand. But remember that it could be much much worse. 

A few passages from the Politico piece:

“Terrorist!” one man screamed Monday at a New Mexico rally after McCain voiced the campaign’s new rhetorical staple aimed at raising doubts about the Illinois senator: “Who is the real Barack Obama?” 

“He’s a damn liar!” yelled a woman Wednesday in Pennsylvania. “Get him. He’s bad for our country.” 

At both stops, there were cries of, “Nobama,” picking up on a phrase that has appeared on yard signs, t-shirts and bumper stickers. 

AND

“I’m mad, I’m really mad!” the voter bellowed. “And what’s going to surprise ya, is it’s not the economy – it’s the socialists taking over our country.” 

After the crowd settled down he was back at it. “When you have an Obama, Pelosi and the rest of the hooligans up there gonna run this country, we gotta have our head examined!” 

AND:

“Obama Osama!” one woman called out. 

And twice this week, local officials have warmed up the crowd by railing against “Barack Hussein Obama.” 

Both times, McCain’s campaign has issued statements disavowing the use of the Democrat’s full name. 
A McCain aide said they tell individuals speaking before every event not to do so. “Sometimes people just do what they want,” explained the aide. 

AND FROM RUSH

“Yosemite Sam is having the law laid down to him today in Waukesha, Wisconsin,” quipped Limbaugh on his show Thursday, referring to the GOP nominee. “This guy, this audience member is exactly right,” the conservative talk show host said of the first individual. 

“You are running for president. You have a right to defend this country. You have a responsibility to defend this country and not just fulfill some dream you had eight years ago running for president against Bush. It’s time to start naming names and explain what’s actually going on, because Senator McCain, the people of this country are dead scared about what we face if you lose.” 

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