MSNBC Countdown reported today that McCain was forced to confront supporters' rage at, and fear of, Obama, feelings that McCain himself has incited in these already anxious times. Sadly, these tactics appear to trouble no one more than they trouble McCain, who clearly appears troubled in these next clips.
Rachel Maddow talked about the attacks from McCain and his supporters, and wondered if he will bring up Jeremiah Wright at the next presidential debate. One one hand, McCain has said he won't go that route, and even asked fellow Republicans to pull ads doing just that. Laurence O'Donnell notes, however, that since McCain said it would happen, "it's a toss up" as to if he really will mention Wright next week.
I hope McCain sticks with his conscience on this question of the legitimacy of these rabid attacks. McCain should apologize publicly to Obama for the hatred hurled by McCain, Palin, and GOP members and supporters. No matter who one supports for the presidency, hate filled speech is unacceptable in the public arena. This is more than smearing. This is offensive fear mongering, and it must stop.