Monday, January 21, 2008

McCain’s high regard for his supporters


The NYT Saturday quoted McCain saying he would do well among South Carolina’s social conservative voters “because of their fear of radical Islamic extremism”. If I were a social conservative voter in SC, I might be a tad offended that McCain said I was filled with, and politically motivated by, fear. Politicians are supposed to stir up fear and exploit fear without actually saying that the voters are frightened little wimps.

He also believed they would support him because of “their belief in our biblical obligation to maintain the integrity and security of the state of Israel.” He said this to reporters on his campaign bus, and did one of them think to ask if he agreed that there was a “biblical obligation to maintain the integrity and security of the state of Israel”? Not so much.

The Romney camp, meanwhile, is selling these Shroud-of-Turin style t-shirts.


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