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Politico: Panic Causing Angry GOP Mobs

From the (laughably biased) Politico:

A John McCain supporter yells at Obama supporters before Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,and Republican vice-presidential candidate, Gov. Sarah Palin arrive at a rally, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, in Strongsville, Ohio.

Panic attacks: Voters unload at GOP rallies

By: Jonathan Martin
October 10, 2008

The unmistakable momentum behind Barack Obama’s campaign, combined with worry that John McCain is not doing enough to stop it, is ratcheting up fears and frustrations among conservatives.

And nowhere is this emotion on plainer display than at Republican rallies, where voters this week have shouted out insults at the mention of Obama, pleaded with McCain to get more aggressive with the Democrat and generally demonstrated the sort of visceral anger and unease that reflects a party on the precipice of panic.

The calendar is closing and the polls, at least right now, are not.

With McCain passing up the opportunity to level any tough personal shots in his first two debates and the very real prospect of an Obama presidency setting in, the sort of hard-core partisan activists who turn out for campaign events are venting in unusually personal terms.

“Terrorist!” one man screamed Monday at a New Mexico rally after McCain voiced the campaign’s new rhetorical staple aimed at raising doubts about the Illinois senator: “Who is the real Barack Obama?”

“He’s a damn liar!” yelled a woman Wednesday in Pennsylvania. “Get him. He’s bad for our country.”

At both stops, there were cries of, “Nobama,” picking up on a phrase that has appeared on yard signs, T-shirts and bumper stickers.

And Thursday, at a campaign town hall in Wisconsin, one Republican brought the crowd to its feet when he used his turn at the microphone to offer a soliloquy so impassioned it made the network news and earned extended play on Rush Limbaugh’s program.

“I’m mad; I’m really mad!” the voter bellowed. “And what’s going to surprise ya, is it’s not the economy — it’s the socialists taking over our country.”

After the crowd settled down he was back at it. “When you have an Obama, Pelosi and the rest of the hooligans up there gonna run this country, we gotta have our head examined!” …

[T]he emotion on display is unadulterated anger rather than mocking.

Activists outside rallies openly talk about Obama as a terrorist, citing his name and purported ties to Islam in the fashion of the viral e-mails that have rocketed around the Internet for over a year now.

Some of this activity is finding its way into the events, too.

On Thursday, as one man in the audience asked a question about Obama’s associations, the crowd erupted in name-calling.

“Obama Osama!” one woman called out.

And twice this week, local officials have warmed up the crowd by railing against “Barack Hussein Obama.”

Both times, McCain’s campaign has issued statements disavowing the use of the Democrat’s full name.

A McCain aide said they tell individuals speaking before every event not to do so. “Sometimes people just do what they want,” explained the aide.

The raw emotions worry some in the party who believe the broader swath of swing voters are far more focused on their dwindling retirement accounts than on Obama’s background and associations and will be turned off by footage of the McCain events.

John Weaver, McCain’s former top strategist, said top Republicans have a responsibility to temper this behavior.

“People need to understand, for moral reasons and the protection of our civil society, the differences with Sen. Obama are ideological, based on clear differences on policy and a lack of experience compared to Sen. McCain,” Weaver said. “And from a purely practical political vantage point, please find me a swing voter, an undecided independent, or a torn female voter that finds an angry mob mentality attractive.”

“Sen. Obama is a classic liberal with an outdated economic agenda. We should take that agenda on in a robust manner. As a party we should not and must not stand by as the small amount of haters in our society question whether he is as American as the rest of us. Shame on them and shame on us if we allow this to take hold.”

But, if it were up to them, such hard-edged tactics are clearly what many in the party base would like to use against Obama…

“It’s time that you two are representing us, and we are mad,” reiterated the boisterous Republican at McCain’s town hall in Wisconsin Thursday. “So go get ’em!”

“I am begging you, sir, I am begging you — take it to him,” pleaded James T. Harris, a local talk radio host at the same event, earning an extended standing ovation…

There is also the belief that taking out Obama is the only way to win.

“They know that when McCain has taken off the Senate mantle and put the stick to Obama (celebrity ad, as a case in point), we get movement in the polls,” said Rick Wilson, a GOP consultant not working on the presidential race. “They want McCain to call out Obama — on the Fannie/Freddie mess, on Wright, on Ayers, on guns, on [the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now] — because they know that if McCain says it, it penetrates the MSM filter. … Only McCain and Palin can really drive that message.”

The two have begun to get more aggressive on many of these topics, with both discussing Ayers in multiple venues Thursday. The RNC is also going up for the first time with an ad featuring the former domestic terrorist…

For now, though, party members don’t seem to be looking back with regret as much as fearing what lies ahead.

“McCain is behind in the polls, and the Republicans have no chance of regaining control of Congress,” Pitney noted. “Republicans are facing the prospect of unified Democratic control of the government for the first time since the first two Clinton years. And even then, Clinton’s agenda had moderate elements (e.g., [the North American Free Trade Agreement] and deficit reduction). With Obama, [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid and [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi in power, Republicans worry about a hard push for a hard-left agenda.”

What media bias?

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14 Responses to “Politico: Panic Causing Angry GOP Mobs”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Screw the politics…..Americans( this one ) don’t want OUR country turned over to the likes of the LOONEY LEFT!! Think we have problems now? You ain’t seen nothing yet! I am a Cold War Warrior and have been around the world several times in my life. Done my share of staring commies in the face. Pissed off? You betcha!! Why in Gods’ green earth would any American give away their freedoms so they can all GOOSE STEP to the same music? This God like worship of Obama reminds me of the German Idol worship of Hitler.Look what he did for his nation.Nope, Nope, Nope….Brotha HObama has to know that character DOES matter and we as a people are going to hold his ass to the fire. I’m not going to let him steal this or anymore elections from us. How many of you are waiting for the race card to be thrown? It will come…just wait and see!! McCain needs to stop being afraid of the Jesse Jackson syndrom.Just because he is an Afro-American doesn’t mean we have to treat him differently.Stick it to the pig with lipstick. I mean…really!! He trotted the pig out for all to see….ACORN, Racist Rev Wrong, Terrorist Akers, Convict Resko, Health Care, Tax Increases, Socialism … this list is long and distinguished! Character will be his down fall. Yes the economy sucks but HObama is worse!!!

  2. wardmama4 says:

    Politico (like too many in this race) has it wrong – it is not panic – the only way Obama is going to win is by stealing the election (perhaps it will be the Dallas Cowboys moving to NV, or the 105% of IN registered to vote, or the 72 registrations of a guy in Cleveland OH and of course the dead vote in Chicago).

    Conservative & even true Moderate Americans are angry because they see a socialist and a RHINO running for POTUS – neither one represents them. They are attempting to push/force the one most likely to do the least amount of social, economic and cultural damage to do what is needed to win – Stand Up and Fight Like a Man. We know he can do it – he proved it in Vietnam, We know his VP choice can do it – she proved it in AK – We The People simply want them to do it.

    I too have been outside the US – two times. Americans have no real concept of poverty, how good even our ‘poor’ have it nor how really bad socialised medicine will be. They also do not understand that many people hold generations long hatreds of anyone not them/their religion – that the World truly teeters on the edge of WWIII with just the wrong match a flick away. And make the worst bigot in America look tame and sane.

    And I know that me and mine will survive even if the lying, cheating Master of the Universe wanna be wins – but I also suspect that his election will set off a civil war second to none. The other side can infer that there will be riots but I don’t worry – those people don’t even come out to vote unless the van picks them up – let them riot in my area – we can defend ourselves thank you.

    NoBama ’08 – Hey you want to hear a joke –

    In NY county – Obama is on the ballot as Osama!!!! Talk about a freudian slip.

  3. Tommygun says:

    The campaign can’t go where it needs to go. PC is too well-established. We out here must do what we can. I am.

  4. U NO HOO says:

    Yeah, but, but, but, John McCain knows G. Gordon Liddy!!!!!

  5. sheehanjihad says:

    Wardmama….you are correct in your prediction for a civil war. It will happen, but as things are now, people just dont want to believe it would get that far. What the liberals of this world dont understand is that once people have freedom, they are rue to give it up. We have been free our entire lives, and living without the unbelievably ignorant stupidity of PC and socialism being foisted upon us now by those who are either buying the power, are in power, or are selling our society down the river to gain power.

    Once the annointed Hussein gains his throne, the inexorable creep of loss of freedom will turn into a raging torrent of massive clamp down on everything we held dear. It will come to a head when people finally realize that they are being trampled under the jack boots of socialist ideology. Socialism has NEVER worked anywhere ever. For these ignorant fools to think that just because they think it can here, shows just how absolutely stump dumb they are in the real world.

    Every last one of these wipes got where they are on SOMEONE ELSE’S MONEY~!. Once that money dries up, they will demand more. That will be OUR money then. We wont work our asses off so everyone can be equal and feel real good about themselves. We work our asses off to have the things we EARNED, not give them to some effing program for lazy bastards who’s only skill is gaming the very system that is supposed to help the truly needy. SOOOOOOOOOOOOO, it will stop.

    When we stop paying, they, meaning Obamas equivalent brownshirts come to take it anyway, we, meaning true real actual Americans will just say no. Then we will just say, enough. Then we will resort to every legal means to stop them. When that fails, those who have put us into this mess, all of them, every last one of them….will be hunted down and made to pay for their treason and betrayal of their fellow citizens. All of them. Right will trump wrong every time. but, in the history of the world, in it’s total history, GOOD has prevailed over EVIL literally every single time EVIL has tried to rule….every time!

    So no, I dont feel good about what is coming, and coming it is. For those of you who poo poo the whole thing and think I am being dramatic and overreacting….the one thing I have in my will is for my headstone to read…TOLD YA! for those who dont want to believe it but have that pounding sensation in your butts….hope for the best, prepare for the worst. There are some who are ready beyond your wildest imaginations. They will be the ones to watch. The rest of us will just have to wait for things to go further south than they are now…..and I can see the bottom from here today.

  6. 1sttofight says:

    Apparently gunstores are doing a booming business these days.

    Battleground State of Mind
    I just dropped by my local pawn shop to get rid of some items around the house that were not longer needed, and found them to be extremely busy.

    The high level of traffic in the shop wasn’t all the surprising considering this economy Congressional Democrats engineered, but what was surprising is why people were there.

    Other than myself, it doesn’t appear anyone was there to pawn unwanted things.

    Of the 12 people in the shop when I was there, the 11 others were all looking at firearms. A CZ-58 and an AK-47 variant were on the counter in front of one pair of customers. An off-duty sheriff and his friend were picking up what I think was a DPMS LR-308 complete with scope and bipod. Another guy was looking at a used Polytech M-14, and the remainder were looking at handguns… mostly Glocks and CZ-75s.

    I overheard one of the guys behind the gun counter say that gun sales among the shops in the area were up about 35-percent. Later, when he wasn’t as busy, I asked him why he thought that was. His answer was simple, and perhaps predictable.



  7. therightguy says:

    If Barack’s PR firm, I mean the MSM gave Obama the same scrutiny they gave Palin, we wouldn’t be here right now. The MSM is party responsible for this mess.

  8. BillK says:

    As soon as McCain was named as the GOP nominee, I got my concealed carry permit on the theory that at least they’ll probably grandfather existing permit holders in.

  9. Anonymoose says:

    So when the Democrats scream to high heaven about Palin and fume over everything Bush has ever done, it’s just okay, right?

    It’s okay to make “fictional documentaries” about the assassination to Bush:

    It’s okay for rapper Diddly-whatever to make his mockumentary about being scared of Palin:

    It’s okay for Michael Moore to make Fahrenheit 911

    Yet when people want McCain to get off his duff and start campaigning, we’re hysterical and having panic attacks?

  10. JBean says:

    It’s not panic — it’s frustration and anger, and it’s escalating to rage.

    I seriously doubt that McCain even understands the electorate, having breathed the rarified air of the 100 Club all these years. It’s as if he suffers Americans as some kind of annoying gnat swarm that he needs to temporarily endure, because he’s so virtuously above it all. Of course he respects Senator Obama, because he belongs to the same elite club. Of course he respects Obama’s accomplishments — because to admit that Obama has no accomplishments would be to insult the privileged elitism of the Senate — that secure home to which McCain will safely return after Nov. 4, while the people he pretends to represent struggle to stay afloat and uneaten by the circling sharks.

    Meanwhile, here we stand, watching voter fraud blatantly perpetrated across the country by the same ground troops of the Democratic party used to sow the seeds of the economy’s destruction — ACORN. The same group with which Obama has been joined at the hip for his entire political career. The same group that intimidated Republicans to cave in to demands rather than be called racists or indifferent to the poor.

    And McCain can think of no other response to the rage than to assure us that he respects Obama and his accomplishments.

  11. Grassy Knoll says:

    Of course, liberals never conduct themselves this way. They are too smart and sophisticated for such behavior.


    I wonder if the crowd members cursing McCain and showing off their middle fingers are indicating how many times it took for them to pass the Mensa exam?

  12. Exeter says:

    GK – let’s be honest – a pro-McCain march through Manhattan is just looking for that kind of reaction – hence the ready camera.

  13. Grassy Knoll says:

    Exeter, sorry I buried my point in sarcasm. Don’t you think bad behavior is still bad behavior, whether it is during a march in Manhattan or a rally in Ohio?

  14. VMAN says:

    I don’t mind saying that I am scared. Very scared. I lived through the cold war and I could deal with the treat of the USSR but this is something else. Our own countrymen doing this. I remember that little Russian bastard pounding his shoe and saying we will bury you but I never thought it would come from our own countrymen. I know we will get through this and I know that they will be defeated I just ask myself sometimes why is this happening

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