In case you thought we were all just making this shit up. In case you thought this was all just some great big left-wing conspiracy. In case you thought those of us in the South just hadn’t “gotten over it.” In case you, like Rasmussen commentator Debra J. Saunders, thought that we were simply seeing things as “racially tinged” because we “see race in absolutely everything.” Witness this:
John McCain’s new message about running a respectful campaign is not filtering out to the troops. Yesterday, I visited the field operations of both campaigns in Virginia, as part of a longer story that I am doing for dead-tree TIME. I arrived at McCain’s new field office in Gainesville just in time to witness this scene, which I wrote about in a dispatch for TIME.com:
With so much at stake, and time running short, [Virginia Republican Party Chairman Jeff] Frederick did not feel he had the luxury of subtlety. He climbed atop a folding chair to give 30 campaign volunteers who were about to go canvassing door to door their talking points — for instance, the connection between Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden: “Both have friends that bombed the Pentagon,” he said. “That is scary.” It is also not exactly true — though that distorted reference to Obama’s controversial association with William Ayers, a former 60s radical, was enough to get the volunteers stoked. “And he won’t salute the flag,” one woman added, repeating another myth about Obama. She was quickly topped by a man who called out, “We don’t even know where Senator Obama was really born.” Actually, we do; it’s Hawaii.
To quote the good Jack and Jill Politics:
THIS is what the McCain campaign is doing OFFICIALLY, PEOPLE.
THIS is who they are.
Doesn’t surprise me.
Doesn’t surprise me, either.