Diary

Oh, Give Me A Break

Once again, I condemn inflammatory comments directed at any Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate by anyone at any rally. But someone really needs to clue Kathleen Hall Jamieson in on something:

But Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania an author of 15 books on politics, says the vitriol [against Obama] has been encouraged by inflammatory words from the stage.

“Red-meat rhetoric elicits emotional responses in those already disposed by ads using words such as ‘dangerous’ ‘dishonorable’ and ‘risky’ to believe that the country would be endangered by election of the opposing candidate,” she said.

First of all, the overwhelming majority of people who appear in McCain-Palin rallies are respectful and the very opposite of boorish. Secondly, where was Jamieson’s handwringing when Obama and Biden said that McCain was “dishonorable” or “erratic”? Why wasn’t this “red-meat rhetoric” condemned so vociferously.

I am looking for a reason other than “John McCain has an ‘R’ next to his name” for an answer to this question.