David Gergen’s narrative – afraid of “violence” unless McCain quits “attacks” UPDATED
Let's interject race wherever and whenever we can, CNN
On Anderson Cooper’s 360 tonight (the only reason I was watching was that I was trying to find the Wake – Clemson game on ESPN), the political panel consisted of the worthless Ed Rollins, David Gergen, and Paul (Begala, and the evil one, crept up and slipped away with her her, her her, her…”). When asked about McCain’s “attacks” on Obama, David Gergen commented that he was afraid things would turn “violent” soon. He also disagreed with Rollins, who had previously said the election was over, and cited “the racial factor” as his main reasoning.
Begala agreed with the violence theme, citing comments of “kill him!” and “off with his head” and racial epithets being yelled at a black cameraman at McCain rallies (of course with the disclaimer “as was reported”). Begala had obviously received, digested and regurgitated Talking Points On Angry Republicans prior to his rehearsed comments. As has been reported.
Anyway, the focus of Cooper’s reporting prior to the panel of has-been lightweights (and an obvious setup for) was the anger being shown at McCain rallies in recent days. A few people that had taken the microphone were clearly peeved, with one man giving the reason that “socialists were taking over the country”.
There are only two comments I have to make:
1) Americans have a deep and fundamental instinct for determining what is fair and what is not. The media, who is supposed to stand guard, has turned into a 24/7 advocacy organization for Barack Obama. Life isn’t fair, and Republicans know that better than anyone, but having the media also pee on your leg and tell you it is raining may be a little much for us this time.
2) We love our country. Seeing it about to be handed over to a Marxist, incompetent child on a “journey of self-discovery” is almost too much to bear. Even Lady Liberty can bear only so much, and we know it more than anyone.
I am off to renegotiate my mortgage. Ciao.
UPDATE: Here’s the transcript…
COOPER: There’s also the question of ruling after this, and bringing the country together. It’s going to be all the more harder to do that whoever wins with all this anger out there.
GERGEN: This — I think one of the most striking things we’ve seen now in the last few day. We’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 we’re not far from that.
GERGEN: I think it’s so — well, I really worry when we get people — when you get the kind of rhetoric that you’re getting at these rallies now. I think it’s really imperative that the candidates try to calm people down. And that’s why I’ve argued not only because of the question of the ugliness of it.
But I think McCain ought to get his campaign off the road and look at the — and get the best economic minds in the country together and come back Monday, Tuesday, with a really serious speech. He’s the one who ought to be buying TV time, talking to the country.
COOPER: We’ve got to — and very briefly, Paul Begala, do you believe it’s over for John McCain at this time?
BEGALA: No, it’s not over. But I do want to be fair here. Both candidates are not being equally angry or equally negative or equally dirty. Obama has been a model of cool, calm. Sure, he’s launched his attacks but nothing like the kind of really angry and hateful things that McCain is saying.
Nobody at Obama’s rally is shouting “Kill him” as the “Washington Post” reported or hurling racial epithets at an African-American cameraman, as has been reported, or saying, “off with his head,” as has been reported. So let’s not pretend that this is equal amounts of rage and anger here.