This legitimately frightening stuff underscores the importance of this election:
Worse, Palin’s routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric‘s questions for her “less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.” At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, “Sit down, boy.”
Realizing that winning on the virtue of superior ideas is an impossibility, the McCain campaign has escalated the culture to febrile intensity. If McCain’s ascent to the presidency is built on this simple hatred and contempt, it will be a sad day for America.