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One of the reasons America is so divided politically is because of Karl Rovian style tactics stirring up hate and intolerance towards minorities, gays, the educated, the poor, the reality and science based, etc. Those who have been paying attention know that this has been going on for a long time, is relatively predictable now, and that this year's clearest expression of it is found in the person of Sarah Palin.
From Dana Milbank, traveling with the Palin campaign....
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."
Adjust the circumstances a bit and Palin could have, justifiably, been arrested for attempting to incite a riot. But not in this circumstance....because it was the Sarahcuda doing the inciting. Inciting a crowd to turn on media members, rousing Floridians to default to their ugliest emotions.....is why the Sarahcuda was chosen for the job in the first place.
Note the Bush-Cheney-like pettiness from the beauty-queen turned sports announcer turned political Sarahcuda.....
But the campaign has reacted with recriminations (the St. Petersburg Times reported that the Florida Republican Party chairman, after questioning Palin's aptitude, was told that he couldn't fly on her plane) and now Palin's rage.
Petulant little Palin. It doesn't matter who you are. You can be the highest ranked Republican in Florida.....you can't question the Sarahcuda's mental capacity. This anecdote is unbelievably similar to numerous Commander Guy acts of petulance we've all witnessed over the last 8 years.
Here's one more Sarahcuda doozy from the Ft Myers area yesterday....
"One of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers," she said. ("Boooo!" said the crowd.) "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. Link
Sarah Palin is the Republican Party's designated hit-person this election cycle. Last go around it was the patriotic liars and slanderers of the swift-boat kind. Palin has little interest or knowledge in national or world affairs.....is woefully underqualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency....but she has the ability to bring out the worst in conservative hearts and minds.....and THAT'S why she was chosen.
Starting yesterday, it became clear what the last weeks of this campaign will be about.....as far as the Republican entry on the ticket is concerned. Ironic it is that such a pretty face would peddle such ugliness. Ironic it is that a nurturing mother of a large family could tear our national family further apart.....with a beaming smile on her face. But there it is.
McCain didn't pick his bestest buddy Joe Lieberman....McCain couldn't pick the respected Tom Ridge....he was forced by GOP powers to choose Sarah Palin for his VP, and for the specific purpose of appealing to the shrinking GOP base.....a base that loves to hate.