McCain's Camp Divided Over Dirty Attacks on Obama

The Wall Street Journal reports today that inside the McCain campaign, there's division over the bloodthirsty tactics.



Top McCain campaign officials are grappling with how far to go with negative attacks on Sen. Barack Obama in the final weeks of what is turning into a come-from-behind effort.


Sen. John McCain has allowed a series of increasingly harsh broadsides in new campaign ads and in speeches by his wife, Cindy, and his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin. But the Arizona Republican has rejected pleas from some advisers to launch attacks focusing on Sen. Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Some McCain campaign officials are becoming concerned about the hostility that attacks against Sen. Obama are whipping up among Republican supporters.





The article didn't elaborate on the nature of the campaign aides' "concerns," and I'm curious to hear more about them. Are campaign officials concerned because they're relying exclusively on hate, fear, and ignorance? Are they concerned because the campaign's irresponsible tactics might drive their enraged supporters to do something dangerous? Or are they concerned that McCain's disgraceful conduct won't help turn the polls around?

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