Big Media is pushing the narrative that the crowds at John McCain’s rallies are angry and getting angrier as a final act of desperation. But that is not why McCain rally attendees are angry.
The anger displayed at the McCain rallies is the same anger and for the same reason that could be seen at Hillary rallies during the primaries. Recall that pedestrian statements by Bill Clinton were labeled “racist” and Bill Clinton himself was attacked as a “racist”.
The anger comes from the blatant display of Big Media bias in favor of Obama. The anger comes from the shouts of “racist” at any criticism of Obama. The anger comes from the many unanswered and often simply unasked questions about Barack Obama. The anger comes because voters are aware of the Obama/Big Media bamboozlement and protection and voters expect John McCain, as in any political campaign, to raise the questions and demand the answers regardless of Obama/Big Media/Dimocrats false charges.
The “angry crowds” story is best exemplified by this CBS News report:
There were shouts of “Nobama” and “Socialist” at the mention of the Democratic presidential nominee. There were boos, middle fingers turned up and thumbs turned down as a media caravan moved through the crowd Thursday for a midday town hall gathering featuring John McCain and Sarah Palin.
“It is absolutely vital that you take it to Obama, that you hit him where it hits, there’s a soft spot,” said James T. Harris, a local radio talk show host, who urged the Republican nominee to use Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., and others against him.
“We have the good Reverend Wright. We have [the Rev. Michael L.] Pfleger. We have all of these shady characters that have surrounded him,” Harris bellowed. “We have corruption here in Wisconsin and voting across the nation. I am begging you, sir. I am begging you. Take it to him.”
The crowd of thousands roared its approval.
After the setup, CBS News introduced their “analysis”:
In recent days, a campaign that embraced the mantra of “Country First” but is flagging in the polls and scrambling for a way to close the gap as the nation’s economy slides into shambles has found itself at the center of an outpouring of raw emotion rare in a presidential race.
“There’s 26 days and people are looking at the very serious possibility that there’s a chance that Obama might get in, and they don’t like that,” said Ian Eltrich, 28, as he filed out of the crowded sports complex.
“I’m mad! I’m really mad!” another man said, taking the microphone and refusing to surrender it easily, even when McCain tried to agree with him.
“I’m not done. Lemme finish, please,” he said after a standing ovation. “When you have Obama, [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and the rest of the hooligans up there going to run the country, we have to have our head examined.
“It’s time that you two represent the rest of us. So go get ’em.”
The crowd burst into loud chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
In attempting to show how “mad” the McCain crowds are, “mad” in the over-the-edge insane sense, the CBS report actually gets to the central point for the anger:
“No, I’m not mad, I’m pissed,” said Joan Schmitz, who owns a plumbing company here. She said she was frustrated with polls showing Obama surging, McCain’s performance in a Tuesday night debate, Obama himself, the media, and the liberal group ACORN, which she said was registering voters fraudulently.
Noting Obama’s connections with Ayers, she said that “if it was a Republican, it would be nonstop,” referring to what she said was the media ignoring the controversial acquaintance.
“I can’t stand to look at him, I don’t trust him. I don’t like the circle of friends he keeps, I don’t like his policies,” Schmitz said of Obama. “I’m pissed off by it. I’m beyond mad. How is he climbing up in the polls?”
On the way into the event, the Republican Party of Wisconsin handed out fliers reading “Your Vote Is Being Stolen,” an anti-ACORN leaflet that concluded, “Why is vote fraud allowed? Vote fraud is allowed since it benefits Democrats.”
The crowd showed equal disdain for the media, fueled by comments from Palin, who encouraged the Republican supporters to take the campaign’s message around the media. “I can’t pick a fight with those who buy ink by the barrel,” she said. “It’s dangerous territory whenever I suggest the mainstream media isn’t asking all the questions.”
In a nutshell:
“It’s not anger at all. It’s frustration. There’s millions of people around the country that think like we do. You guys refuse to acknowledge that, and you insult our intelligence by misreporting the information. You are treating [Obama] like he’s Britney Spears and covering him like he’s Paris Hilton, instead of the next president of the United States, potentially.”
John McCain, instead of demanding answers, instead of fighting, is apologizing.
McCain advisers dismissed the crowd’s angry tone as an exception and not representative of most of the campaign’s events. And they noted that those gathered seemed most upset by the media’s handling of the contest, and simply wanted McCain to be more aggressive.
The CBS report concludes with a quick review of all the vitriol and attacks, by protestors, at McCain rallies and finally includes the Obama instruction to his supporters: “I want you to argue with them and get in their face.”
McCain’s “Angry Crowds” are angry because there are so many unanswered and even unasked questions about Barack Obama and because in many cases Obama/Big Media attack when the possibility merely arises that questions might be raised:
Team Obama has launched an offensive against WGN, the Chicago Tribune’s radio station, for interviewing Stanley Kurtz. Mr. Kurtz is a conservative writer who this week forced the University of Illinois to finally open its records on Sen. Obama’s association with William Ayers, the unrepentant 1970s Weather Underground terrorist. [snip]
Separately, Mr. Obama’s lawyers have also demanded that the Justice Department prosecute an organization called the American Issues Project for running an ad about ties between their candidate and Mr. Ayers. [snip]
“They’re terrified of people poking around Obama’s life,” one reporter told Gabriel Sherman at the New Republic. “The whole Obama narrative is built around the narrative that Obama and [campaign strategist] David Axelrod built, and, like all stories, it’s not entirely true.” The stakes are high. If the full story of Mr. Obama’s relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright had been revealed before the Iowa caucus, he wouldn’t have won. [snip]
Chasing the rest of Mr. Obama’s paper trail is often an exercise in frustration. Mr. Obama says his state senate records “could have been thrown out” and he didn’t keep a schedule in office. No one appears to have kept a copy of his application for the Illinois Bar. He has released only a single page of medical records, versus 1,000 pages for John McCain. [snip]
Rezko’s trial raised a host of questions. Was Mr. Obama able to save $300,000 on the asking price of his house because Rezko’s wife paid full price for the adjoining lot? How did Mrs. Rezko make a $125,000 down payment and obtain a $500,000 mortgage when financial records shown at the Rezko trial indicate she had a salary of only $37,000 and assets of $35,000? Records show her husband also had few assets at the time.
Last April, the London Times revealed that Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi-born billionaire living in London, had loaned Mr. Rezko $3.5 million three weeks before the day the sale of the house and lot closed in June 2005. Mr. Auchi’s office notes he was a business partner of Rezko but says he had “no involvement in or knowledge of” the property sale. But in April 2004 he did attend a dinner party in his honor at Rezko’s Chicago home. Mr. Obama also attended, and according to one guest, toasted Mr. Auchi. Later that year, Mr. Auchi came under criminal investigation as part of a U.S. probe of the corrupt issuance of cell-phone licenses in Iraq.
In May 2004, the Pentagon’s inspector general’s office cited “significant and credible evidence” of involvement by Mr. Auchi’s companies in the Oil for Food scandal, and in illicit smuggling of weapons to Saddam Hussein’s regime. Because of the criminal probe, Mr. Auchi’s travel visa to the U.S. was revoked in August 2004, even as Mr. Auchi denied all the allegations. According to prosecutors, in November 2005 Rezko was able to get two government officials from Illinois to appeal to the State Department to get the visa restored. Asked if anyone in his office was involved in such an appeal, Mr. Obama told the Chicago Sun-Times last March, “not that I know of.” FOIA requests to the State Department for any documents haven’t been responded to for months. [snip]
Some inquiries could be cleared up if the Obama campaign were forthcoming with key documents. Mr. Obama claims that in buying his house in 2005 he got a low mortgage rate from Northern Trust bank because another bank made a competitive bid for his business, but his campaign won’t reveal from which bank. While he has released 94 pages of documents relating to the Rezko sale, they don’t include the single most important one — the settlement statement that shows the complete flow of funds that were part of the house sale. When asked why that last key document isn’t being released, the Obama campaign issued a boilerplate statement saying, “we have released documents that reflect every one of the final terms of the senator’s purchase of the home.” But key data are still being withheld.
The Obama campaign didn’t hesitate to criticize Hillary Clinton for not revealing the names of donors to the Clinton Library, or John McCain for releasing only two years of tax returns as opposed to Mr. Obama’s 10 years. Those were proper questions. But so too are requests for information from Mr. Obama, a man whose sudden rise and incompletely reported past makes him among the least-vetted of presidential nominees.
Even now, instead of responding affirmatively by producing a valid birth certificate along with a motion for summary judgement to end a court case seeking production of the valid birth certificate Obama hides behind various motions which raise suspicions further. This type of lack of candor by Obama and McCain’s apologetic bowing is why Americans attending McCain rallies are angry.
In Obama vs. Free Speech Michael Barone restates the obvious.
“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors,” Barack Obama told a crowd in Elko, Nev. “I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.” Actually, Obama supporters are doing a lot more than getting into people’s faces. They seem determined to shut people up.
That’s what Obama supporters, alerted by campaign emails, did when conservative Stanley Kurtz appeared on Milt Rosenberg’s WGN radio program in Chicago. Kurtz had been researching Obama’s relationship with unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers in Chicago Annenberg Challenge papers in the Richard J. Daley Library in Chicago — papers that were closed off to him for some days, apparently at the behest of Obama supporters.
Obama fans jammed WGN’s phone lines and sent in hundreds of protest emails. The message was clear to anyone who would follow Rosenberg’s example. We will make trouble for you if you let anyone make the case against The One.
Americans want answers from Obama and McCain is apologizing for Obama – a formula for anger.
Governor Sarah Palin, unlike Obama is not only vetted but is trashed and there is nary a complaint.
Liberal Bloggers Questioned Whether Governor Palin’s Fifth Child Was Actually Bristol Palin’s Child; CNN’s John Roberts Questioned Whether Governor Palin Would Be Able To Care For A Child With Down Syndrome As Vice President; The Washington Post’s Sally Quinn Questioned Whether A Woman With Five Children And One Having Down Syndrome Would Be Able To Make Her Family A Priority If She Were Vice President; On MSNBC, Headlines Beneath The Live Coverage Included “SOME WORKING MOTHERS WORRY THAT PALIN IS TAKING ON TOO MUCH” And “SOME VOTERS CONCERNED IF PALIN, A MOTHER OF FIVE HAS TIME TO BE VP.” “Two recent headlines underneath the talking heads at MSNBC:’SOME WORKING MOTHERS WORRY THAT PALIN IS TAKING ON TOO MUCH.’ Moments later, it changed to, ‘SOME VOTERS CONCERNED IF PALIN, A MOTHER OF FIVE HAS TIME TO BE VP.’; Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) Said That Governor Palin Was A Supporter Of Pat Buchanan Who He Called A “Nazi Sympathizer.” ; “The Obama Campaign Linked Governor Palin As A Supporter Of Pat Buchanan Who They Called A “Nazi Sympathizer.”; In Toledo, OH, Sen. Joe Biden Said One Of The Differences Between Him And Governor Palin Was “She’s Good Looking.”; and Liberal Radio Host Ed Schultz Said That Governor Palin Was An “Empty Pantsuit” Who Had Started A “Bimbo Alert.” and Liberal radio host Ed Schultz was telling listeners Monday that Palin was an ’empty pantsuit’ who had set off a ‘bimbo alert.'”
Attacks on Governor Palin echo attacks on Hillary Clinton and Dimocrats and other Obama supporters (like Big Media) remain silent – a formula for anger.
If McCain and Big Media want to quiet the anger that will not go away they had better stop apologizing.
If McCain and Big Media want to quiet the anger that will not go away they had better start asking questions to Obama.
If McCain and Big Media want to quiet the anger that will not go away they had better start getting some answers from Obama.