Ben Buchwalter


Rage as Political Capital
October 21, 2008, 2:54 pm
Filed under: 2008 Election, Scandals | Tags: ,

More shocking but entirely unsurprising conduct by victory hungry conservatives. See the video by clicking the link. (And here for original Washington Times article)

On Sunday, the Washington Times’s Christina Bellantoni stopped by a polling place in North Carolina, where she reported that a “group of loud and angry protestors” — almost all of whom were white — were shouting and mocking voters — nearly all of whom were black. Bellatoni noted that people “were shouting about Obama’s acknowledged cocaine use as a young man, abortion and one man used the word ‘terrorist.’ They also were complaining that Sundays are for church, not voting.”

 

Obama has done almost nothing wrong this entire electoral season. Sure, he has stretched the truth from time to time like any politician would while running for President. But his attacks (and often the attacks of his supporters) have focused on John McCain’s stances on issues, not on his human failings (though there are many to dwell on). The McCain campaign has recently stepped up its condemnation of hateful remarks at their rallies. Governor Palin called them “attrocious and unacceptable.” I am happy that she did that.

But there is a latent but powerful force of hate among the GOP right now. Not among their leaders (many of whom seem to have relaxed accepted an Obama presidency), but among the rank and file Republicans who have enjoyed the past eight years as the victorious side in our nation’s culture war. As you can see from the video footage in the link, this hate is only starting to boil over. If progressives are being attacked during the early voting stages of the election, then it follows that the attacks could get much worse and more concentrated as more people go to the polls.

This is a bottom-up version of classic voter intimidation as a last ditch effort to steal the election.

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