While one Republican Senator is reported to have anonymously asked for a dampening down of violent rhetoric, where is John McCain, the so-called maverick, in the response to the Gabrielle Gifford shooting? He is from Arizona where the shooting occurred, after all.
No response from the McCain camp yet. Is it possible the old man is waiting to see what the base will believe?
The fact is McCain may have failed not just himself but the country who long recognized the fellow as hero. But hero means standing up for what’s wrong, and one wonders why someone regarded as hero has stepped away from the mantle this time.
During the 2008 election, there were many instances of virtual mob response at McCain – Palin rallies reports say McCain and Palin ignored. Signs were held up with monkey images, and these were dismissed as just innocent responses or aberrations instead. On the other hand, this reporter has been to these mob events, where a busload of mentally handicapped adults were brought to a David Vitter forum on health care. They knew little or nothing about the health care bill, but were right there with signs all the same.
McCain neglected to speak as the violent rhetoric grew. In fact it was just days before the Gabrielle Gifford. He either was silent or dismissed all the right-wing rhetoric with the same excuse used again and again, that the left does it too.
Where was John McCain as Lindbaugh blasted Obama and saying he wanted him to fail? Where was McCain in advancing justice for everyone in the immigration debate? He stayed with the base at the time, including on Arizona’s new immigration bill. He also refrains from condemning Sarah Palin’s fiascos, her map of targets with Gabrielle Gifford highlighted as a political target using weapon imagery. He has remained a Palin friend, which he says, and may likely support her again.
No heroism comes from not denouncing the ugliness protested by other politicians, even by Gifford before she was shot in the head. Palin’s target of Gifford underlined the worst that politicians like John McCain refused to denounce. McCain is just one of those silent instead at a time when all voices must say: Enough of the hate speech and enough of the base-playing tactics, whether they are right or left and recognize violent images for what they are, the lack of ability to want truth and seek public pandering distortions instead.
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