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John Weaver, John McCain's former top strategist, says the Republican candidate is making both a moral and a a tactical mistake by letting abusive hecklers have free rein at rallies:
"People need to understand, for moral reasons and the protection of our civil society, the differences with Senator Obama are ideological, based on clear differences on policy and a lack of experience compared to Senator McCain," Weaver said..."
One of Washington's longest serving political hands expressed bewilderment and fright over the vitriol coming from McCain-Palin rallies, saying that the anger of the crowds could lead to violence...
...There is a free-floating sort of whipping-around anger that could really lead to some violence. And I think we're not far from that...
Earlier in the week crowd members at other McCain-Palin events have screamed out that Obama is a terrorist, has committed treason, and should be killed.
Originally posted by Ameneter
reply to post by Maxmars
So the Obama campaign is inciting violence at McCain's rallies to provoke his own assassination? Ridiculous. Obama only stands to lose if violence is incited, because McCain and his buddies control the guns.
Originally posted by Maxmars
reply to post by pause4thought
I have never been to a 'political rally' myself. It's not in my nature to join personality cults or such, and these things give the appearance of being just that, people saying what people want to hear, and being acknowledged for doing so.
So I often find myself wondering, given the psychology of crowds and what not, what actually does one undergo, when your sitting there (or standing) at a rally, and you suddenly realize, that it's not exactly what you want it to be. I mean not everyone who goes to these things is a mindless drone. Statistically speaking, some people must attend these things and walk away saying to themselves, "Wait a minute, what was that, I'm not sure I can accept this." What happens to those people? Do they go back for the party's sake, or the particular politician celebrity they have chosen to bond themselves to? Do they 'walk away', or do they allow themselves to 'give in' to the event?