Frank Rich, The New York Times hatchet-man-in-chief, turned in a stellar performance in an October 12 column which stopped just short of accusing the Republican ticket of inciting murder.
Rich claimed that by bringing up Obama’s association with unrepentant terrorist William Ayers, the campaign is encouraging “insistent cries of ‘Treason!’ and ‘Terrorist!’ and ‘Kill him!’ and ‘Off with his head’ heard at McCain rallies”–by eager reporters who lovingly record the ravings of every lone nut in the crowd.
McCain supporters have complained that their candidate refuses to take off the gloves and detail Obama’s leftist past and radical ties–which is what Rich hopes to avert with this column.
If McCain/Palin are to blame for a few irresponsible fans, then Obama/Biden must be equally at fault when their minions behave abominably.
On September 21, a group waving McCain/Palin signs attempted to march through the trendy liberal bastion of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. They were met by a mob of screeching free-speech advocates, practically foaming at the mouth and shouting obscenities.
“He’s a lying pig” (in reference to McCain) and “Nazi Germany” were among the milder epithets hurled at marchers.
The incident occurred not far from The New York Times building. There’s a video of the abuse that McCain supporters were subjected to posted on YouTube. You think anyone at The Times noted this ugly performance? Be serious. For The Times, it’s only Republican candidates who are responsible for the antics of their supporters.
For that matter, when some Republicans say stupid things at a rally, they’re inciting violence. When a Democratic mob behaves in the same mindless fashion, they’re just concerned citizens who were (understandably) carried away in the heat of the moment.