THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

A Dangerous Level

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on October 10, 2008

There is no question the campaign for president has reached a negative level that hasn’t been seen in quite sometime in presidential campaigns. 

But while we are concerned about the general level of negativity, we are alarmed about the rising level of anger being shown in the hustings.  As Sen. John McCain and running mate Gov. Sarah Palin have opened the gates of hell and gone on a blistering personal attack against Sen. Barack Obama it is the anger shown by partisans that is worrisome. 

From the screaming “I’m mad” man in Wisconsin yesterday to the shouts of “kill him,” “take him out” and “terrorist” that have greeted McCain and Palin since they opened the gates last week the anger on the trail ought to worrisome to everyone, including the GOP ticket themselves.  Shouts of racial insults and anger is not something we’ve heard in campaign settings since the 1950’s and 1960’s and we doubt McCain/Palin want that comparison…or do they?

It took the senior Senator from Arizona nearly a week to ask crowds to be “respectful” of Obama but we wonder if that will be enough to tamp down the emotions that have been conjured up especially if the original stirrer-in-chief, the first term Governor of Alaska, doesn’t follow McCain’s lead.   

The campaign is already at gutter level and sending it into the sewer doesn’t benefit anyone even if you end up winning the White House.

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