Cool These Fires Down: Andrew Sullivan Pleads with McCain and Palin to Bring the Temperature of Their Rhetorical Insinuations about Obama Down

Sullivan at his blog today:

As the polls suggest a strong victory, the Hannity-Limbaugh-Steyn-O’Reilly base are going into shock and extreme rage. McCain and Palin have decided to stoke this rage, to foment it, to encourage paranoid notions that somehow Obama is a “secret” terrorist or Islamist or foreigner. These are base emotions in both sense of the word.

But they are also very very dangerous. This is a moment of maximal physical danger for the young Democratic nominee. And McCain is playing with fire. If he really wants to put country first, he will attack Obama on his policies – not on these inflammatory, personal, creepy grounds. This is getting close to the atmosphere stoked by the Israeli far right before the assassination of Rabin.

For God’s sake, McCain, stop it.

This sort of rage is simply too dangerous to encourage:

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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