Unclear as to whether I had heard it quite correctly, I watched the presidential debates on PBS last night and tried to focus on the more substantial content being exchanged by John McCain and Barack Obama. However, it seems that I was not the only one who heard what I thought had been a jaw dropping condescension, perhaps a gentleman’s slur; it turns out that indeed I heard John McCain referring to Barack Obama as “that one”.
Oh yes he did.
So please have a look at what others who are far more articulate than I have written today.
Here are few selections:
Andrew Sullivan at the Atlantic
The Huffington Post
Maureen Dowd at NYT
As if this were not enough, it has now been reported that today, the chairman of the Lehigh County Republican Party, William Platt, implored a crowd to work hard to elect McCain or wake up November 5 to see "Barack Obama, Barack Hussein Obama," as the president.
This, as if he were one of those creepy “terrorist bad guys” that the Bush administration has encouraged and endlessly persuaded us all to hate and fear. Appealing to the deep seated racism still prevalent in many corners of the United States; a last ditch effort to diminish the worthy, articulate, intelligent and civilized opponent. Another subtle smear cast forth openly and enunciated with oh such graciousness.
When the going gets desperate, the desperate apparently reach for whatever new and appalling lows will fuel the cause, or so it would appear. If the overall current conditions in our culture are not disturbing enough, perhaps this one additional effort at degradation will serve as the last straw to illustrate exactly how disgusting things have become.
Please exercise your right and privilege to vote in November.