I’m going to try to get through this while resorting to as little stereotyping as possible.
Republicans, traditionally, tend to attract constitutents from the polar extreme of the United States income hierarchy: the extremely rich, as well as the not-so-extremely (read: kinda poorish). Those of the latter bracket tend to value in McCain, as well as his running mate Palin, his purported tendencies to challenge and eliminate Washington’s excesses, thereby granting him status as a “maverick” (in other words, a non-political politician). This voter base also tends to be Southern in origin, if not present location, and holds dear typical Southern things such as family, Godliness, and tradition. And what American tradition is more time-honored than vitriolic racism? From MSNBC First Read:
Earlier today, Obama remarked on recent outbursts of “Traitor!” “Terrorist!” and “Kill him!” at McCain campaign events. “It’s easy to rile up a crowd,” Obama said. “Nothing’s easier than riling up a crowd by stoking anger and division. But that’s not what we need right now in the United States.”
In response, McCain senior adviser Nicolle Wallace released this statement, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports. “Barack Obama’s assault on our supporters is insulting and unsurprising. These are the same people obama called ‘bitter’ and attacked for ‘clinging to guns’ and faith. He fails to understand that people are angry at corrupt practices in Washington and Wall Street and he fails to understand that America’s working families are not ‘clinging’ to anything other than the sincere hope that Washington will be reformed from top to bottom.”
“Attacking our supporters is a new low for the campaign that’s run more millions of dollars of negative ads than any other in history.”
First, I’d like to point out that I’m fairly sure the only reason McCain’s Campaign didn’t run ten times whatever dollar amount Wallace is citing as Obama’s media expenditures in negative campaigning is simply because they didn’t have that much money to spend. Secondly: what the hell? In the name of not losing any more votes than they already have, the McCain campaign is now actively defending racism and assassination threats. Bravo Nicole Wallace, you may just be one of the most evil people ever. I hope that temporarily holding a position as the media front of a losing and soon-to-be-forgotten campaign is pleasurable enough to comfort your soul through the dark and barren landscapes it will undoubtedly have to traverse.
…too much hyperbole?