Boston Globe: McCain plays the race card

Boston Globe

McCain plays the race card

HAVING FAILED to convince voters that they represent a break from the tragic Bush presidency, Republican presidential candidate John McCain and vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin are careening into George Wallace territory to destroy the nation’s first African-American nominee, Democrat Barack Obama.

How close? When Wallace, best known as the segregationist governor of Alabama, ran for president in 1968, supporters at a rally at Madison Square Garden surrounded black protesters and screamed – as recounted on PBS’ American Experience website – “Kill ’em, Kill ’em, Kill ’em.” At a Florida rally this week, according to TheWashington Post, the crowd got so worked up by Palin’s attacks on Obama’s patriotism and the media that one supporter shouted “Kill him!” Another supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African-American sound man and added for emphasis, “Sit down, boy.”

Democratic Congressman John Lewis of Georgia voiced alarm about this over the weekend.

Agence France Presse reported that the Secret Service dropped the investigation on “Kill him!” because it could not determine if the threat was actually uttered, and if so whether it was meant for Obama or Bill Ayers, the 1960s radical-turned-professor whom the right is desperate to link to Obama. But ugly innuendoes are flying in from all corners of the McCain camp.

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