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McCain should apologize

Posted by Charles II on November 14, 2008

Since I already wrote to Senator McCain to ask him to apologize to the nation, it will be no surprise that I endorse this message from the man who has done so much to bring out the truth about what happened in New Orleans during Katrina, Bill Quigley:

John McCain spent months fanning the fear-filled fires of folks scared of terrorists, socialists, and anti-Americanism in his campaign for President. On election night he made a fine concession speech and walked away – but the fires are still burning. John McCain apparently thought it was OK to turn fears on high for as long as possible to help his quest for the presidency. But he cannot now just expect the flames to turn off. He owes America an apology for running a terribly fear-mongering, knowingly false and divisive campaign.

I encourage everyone to write to the Senator. He needs to hear that what he did was wrong.

9 Responses to “McCain should apologize”

  1. Thanks, Charles!

  2. Pat Reilly S said

    A good idea. His campaign was very painful. The lies, the insults, the attempts to stir up fear and loathing. His choice of a totally unprepared person to be vice president in case of his death or incapacity. I liked him until he insulted us with his campaign. I wouldn’t have voted for him, but I thought he was a decent man. He isn’t. He hurt too many of us with his indifference to our feelings.

  3. Charles II said

    All of this is true, Pat. However, the nation needs an apology from John McCain, not to salve the feelings of those of us who supported Obama, but that so that some of his more emotional supporters will get back to acting like they’re part of this country. The more I hear about what the right is doing around the Coleman-Franken race, the more that I expect that some emotionally-disturbed person somewhere will act on the lies he is being told.

  4. Stormcrow said

    The more I hear about what the right is doing around the Coleman-Franken race, the more that I expect that some emotionally-disturbed person somewhere will act on the lies he is being told.

    Charles, IMHO the toothpaste is already out of the tube.

    An apology from McCain would be nice. Don’t hold your breath. If McCain were capable of such an act, he wouldn’t have the reputation he has already earned.

    But whatever is going to happen, is going to happen. The disintegration of the Republican Party, mostly by it’s own hand, is going to drive the events of the next few years even more than McCain’s behavior during the recent election.

  5. Charles II said

    I hope you’re right about the the disappearance of the Republican Party. To paraphrase Churchill, it is a rottenness wrapped inside of malice, inside of an enema. But it seems that their deep sea people are the children of the racists, paranoids, xenophobes, and Know-Nothings that the Democrats alienated in the 1960s.

    I have hopes that McCain might respond to an appeal to undo the dishonor his campaign committed. He may not be a good man, but he is a vain one, and won’t want to be remembered as the guy who stirred up a failed insurrection.

  6. Stormcrow said

    Charles, the disintegration of the Republican Party, if it happens, will not be an unmixed blessing. Just as the disintegration of the Soviet Union was not an unmixed blessing.

    I think it is liable to ignite a period of political violence in this country. That could end up costing us President Obama, and a whole lot more.

    That was what I was alluding to in my earlier comment.

  7. Charles II said

    I understood, Stormcrow.

    A lot depends on the context in which events happen. The change to Democratic control is occurring in the context of massive Republican failure. As well they should be, the radical right is focused on their “near enemy,” the country clubbers. That pins down and isolates the portion of the business establishment that used the radical right, creating space for a progressive movement.

    If the Democrats screw up, then the center as a whole will be discredited and extremists will be in ascendance. But it’s a necessary risk and the potential rewards are very large. We could be the generation that ends the poisonous, race-based politics as well as the paranoid politics that pits American against American.

    That gives me a sense of optimism.

  8. invisible said

    What seems to me to be especially poignant is that, even though Obama may not be the President I hope him to be, he does seem to be someone who wants to connect to people in a real, physical way. It would be a tragedy if the SS had to distance him from that because of all the douche-bags.

  9. invisible said

    It’s too bad that SS shows up like this:

    Trust me, I am NOT a concern troll. Secret Service = SS

    Stop it! I mean it.

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