Were you offended by this? I sure was. Because while McCain said "that one", but he might as well have said "that n****r over there". That's what I heard. That's why I'm pissed. Why did I hear it that way? Was it because that's what I wanted to hear? Maybe, but not because I approve of the use of racial epithets, but rather because I want the American people to see John McCain for the hateful man he is.
Yes, John McCain is a hateful man. But why would I say that? Well, in Cliff Schecter's book The Real McCain he relays a story wherein John calls wife Cindy a "cunt" back in 1992, after she made fun of his thinning hair in front of press. That's not something that a man with a calm heart says to his wife.
And of course, there was the last debate, wherein McCain wouldn't dare look at Obama. One more instance that McCain despises his Democratic opponent: at the end of the debate last night, Barack went to shake John's hand -- John turned away and Barack ended up shaking Cindy's hand instead. It was a brief moment, but even those of us watching MSNBC last night saw it happen. How is that not evidence that John McCain is a hateful man who can't even be bothered to show courtesy to his opponent?
Meanwhile, Sarah Palin is doing her job working up the racist fervor among the base. While in Florida on Sunday, Palin brought up the William Ayers thing, saying
"And, according to the New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, 'launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol,'" she continued.
"Boooo!" the crowd repeated.
"Kill him!" proposed one man in the audience.
Now, "it's not clear" whether the man in the audience wanted to kill Ayers or Obama, but I'm pretty sure we can all guess... Palin, rather than doing what any sensible person who isn't trying to whip up a racist fervor would have done (that is stop, say "what the fuck, dude?" and have the guy removed by the Secret Service, who should have then arrested him for making a death threat on a US Senator!), simply kept up with her remarks, ignoring the horrific statement and the awful, hideous human being who said them. (This is a day after McCain worked a crowd up into calling Obama a "terrorist" with his "who is Barack Obama?" line.)
Of course, the one thing we learned from the way Hillary Clinton's campaign was run is that by the time they started going negative, Obama had already won, and the more negative the Clinton campaign got, the more WIN was won by Obama's camp.
Racism is a horrible thing, but in this case, let the racists be racists -- let them do it loudly. Racism always hurts its own cause. The rest of the country can see who the racists are and defy them, and vote for the person with the best judgement and the best policies -- who also happens to be half-black.