Bipartisan Concern About the Dangers of McPalinâ€™s Hate-Mongering
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John Weaver, McCainâ€™s former top strategist, said top Republicans have a responsibility to temper this behavior.
â€œPeople need to understand, for moral reasons and the protection of our civil society, the differences with Sen. Obama are ideological, based on clear differences on policy and a lack of experience compared to Sen. McCain,â€ Weaver said. â€œAnd from a purely practical political vantage point, please find me a swing voter, an undecided independent, or a torn female voter that finds an angry mob mentality attractive.â€
â€œSen. Obama is a classic liberal with an outdated economic agenda. We should take that agenda on in a robust manner. As a party we should not and must not stand by as the small amount of haters in our society question whether he is as American as the rest of us. Shame on them and shame on us if we allow this to take hold.â€
COOPER: Thereâ€™s also the question of ruling after this, and bringing the country together. Itâ€™s going to be all the more harder to do that whoever wins with all this anger out there.
GERGEN: Thisâ€”I think one of the most striking things weâ€™ve seen now in the last few day. Weâ€™ve seen it in a Palin rally. We saw it at the McCain rally today. And we saw it to a considerable degree during the rescue package legislation. There is this free floating sort of whipping around anger that could really lead to some violence. I think weâ€™re not far from that.
GERGEN: I think itâ€™s soâ€”well, I really worry when we get peopleâ€”when you get the kind of rhetoric that youâ€™re getting at these rallies now. I think itâ€™s really imperative that the candidates try to calm people down. And thatâ€™s why Iâ€™ve argued not only because of the question of the ugliness of it.