If someone were visiting the United States today and was totally unaware of what has been going on in the last eight years of Republicans Bush-Cheney, that person would immediately presume that Democrats would be seething with anger on the campaign trail for what even an alien would recognize has been a terrible eight years. However, that person would be wrong, it is not the Democrats who are mad as hell (although they have every reason to be just look at the stock market - and I haven't even began to look at other scandals in this administration (Hurricane Katrina, Scooter Libby, Dubai Ports, Harriet Miers, Attorney General Gonzales, Terri Schiavo, etc) - Yes, after all these it is only one party that is responsible for the situation the country finds itself - the Democrats!
You have seen the video footage of the angry mobs at the McCain-Palin rallies these days. At the mere mention of Barack Obama, the crowd seethes with rage, yells out words like "terrorist!" or "kill him!" or other racial epithets. This is what the McCain campaign has become - a hate fest. So much for the straight talk express and pledge to run a decent campaign - that was so like 11 poll points ago. As the polls shift in favor of Obama, Republicans who have ruled Washington for the last eight years are beginning to realize that the end may be near. But no, they are not going to go out easy. On the eve of what might be the end of the GOP as we know it, the Republicans are frustrated, angry and lashing out at Obama, the Media, Washington, Elites, Arugula eating cafe latte sipping Americans, Camera men who happen to be filming their hate fests, basically every one but the person most responsible for their impending demise - George W. Bush.
It is not over yet, election is still about 25 days away and anything can happen. Obama is not guaranteed a win at this time. But what the Republicans fear most is that the Conservative philosophy that reached its peak in the Reagan and early Bush II years, might finally be coming to an end. If McCain loses, the party will have an opportunity to reexamine what it means to be a conservative/Republican. Hopefully a younger generation of Republicans will stand for more progressive ideas than only being against a woman’s right to choose and gay marriage. The future of the party lies in the hands of the young ones, they must decide what being a Republican will stand for in the future. For now, the anger can be expected to continue to boil in expectation of what might be a disaster come November.
The GOP goes back to its ugly roots - Gary Kamiya, Salon.com
Anger Is Crowd's Overarching Emotion at McCain Rally - Michael D. Shear and Perry Bacon Jr., Washington Post
The Terrorist Barack Hussein Obama - Frank Rich, New York Times
McCain's Risky Turn - Dan Balz, Washington Post
McCain Joins Attacks on Obama Over Radical - Elisabeth Bumiller and Patrick Healy, New York Times
Panic attacks: Voters unload at GOP rallies - Jonathan Martin, Politico.com
HE WON'T STOP THEM: BACKLASH GROWS OVER MCCAIN’S ACCEPTANCE OF HATE-FUELED CROWDS - Sam Stein, Huffington Post
Labor warns McCain about crowds - Foon Rhee, Boston Globe
Anger consumes John McCain support as poll gap widens - Tom Baldwin and Tim Reid, The Times
On YouTube: AC360: Angry Crowds at McCain Events