16 October 2008

McCain Campaign reaching out to "the real America"

Looks like "Red" and "Blue" is no longer quite divisive enough:
"We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. We believe" -- here the audience interrupted Palin with applause and cheers -- "We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation."

She continued: "This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans. Those who are running our factories and teaching our kids and growing our food and are fighting our wars for us. Those who are protecting us in uniform. Those who are protecting the virtues of freedom."

No longer content to assail their political opponent's Americanism, apparently whole swaths of the country and--seemingly--it's population aren't "real Americans," anymore. Every time you think the bottom of the barrel is reached, it seems to recede a few more inches. I wonder how these folks fit into the McCain camp's "real America:"

Before the GOP's perpetual victims choir can warm up, obviously, all small town/rural individuals aren't narrow-minded, virulently racist garbage bleating about "blacks taking over" and the Obamas being "anti-white." People spew that crap from the farmhouses to the highrises; it's a niche to which these folks certainly have no unique claim.

Much like being "real Americans."

And the McCain/Palin insistence to the contrary is part of what makes execrable videos like the one above, possible. However they may try to deny it, that is what naturally follows from the "us vs. them" mindset that they emphasize in pandering to their base. Making people see enemies within as well as without might motivate, but not just to show up at the polls.

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