The presidential race, like all of American politics is a deeply ugly business.
If you are not prepared to be ruthless then you are a liability, democrats come out slightly better in this aspect of politics than republicans. The fact that we have had presidents like Ford, Reagan and Bush has been in part responsible for this, this is because of their lack of ability and their tendency to be manipulated by corporate business thugs, unlike Nixon who manipulated the thugs rather than them manipulating him, he was a man who could lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time.
It’s rather strange to say that the democrats are more honest or more compassionate but they are, despite Kennedy who came from a family of crooks and Clinton who is vilified by the right wing as the great liberal Satan, so liberal in fact that he interrupted his first run for the presidency to return to Arkansas to sign the death warrant on a brain damaged prisoner, (he had been accused of being soft on crime) as I said “ruthless”
Bush still thinks that he is a great man and a great “war time” president, something is badly wrong when people like these become the most powerful in the world.
Possibly the ugliest one of them all, truly deeply ugly and, also the most telegenic is now in our midst, Sarah Palin, is she stupid ? pretty much, corrupt ? damn tootin, ruthless ? you betcha, bigoted ? yesiree and, likely to serve as president if McCain wins. Why is she there ? because she ticks two big boxes for the GOP, she is a mother of 5 kids, vehemently anti abortion and a genuine bible bashing right wing Christian, "man and Dinosaurs roamed earth together 6,000 years ago, that's how old the planet is" (Sarah Palin) scientists from Darwin through to Einstein ? "shoot y'all what do they know"
McCain and Palin are where they deserve to be which is well behind in the race, this has concentrated the minds of the political thugs who run their party and is now showing us the ruthless and brutal side of the American Republican Party when it smells fear, their answer ? get down and dirty. They are calling Obama a terrorist, anything goes obviously with the GOP, Palin is the lipsticked mouthpiece for this crass behaviour, she is also now playing the race card saying things like “he (Obama) is not like us, he sees America differently from us” this when interpreted says "he is Black, do you really want a Black President ?" She and McCain will play this card from now on and it is set to get worse.
Fox News are pushing this line hard and they will wind it up in weeks to come, this is the most revolting news show on the planet, you can't help laughing out loud at these so called journalists, the smile is wiped off your face when you realize that they are serious, if you want to know what passes for journalists in the USA watch Fox News and tremble. They along with McCain/ Palin however are now doing something much worse. By using this rhetoric they are putting Obama’s life at risk, as I said “ruthless” is the first prerequisite for the GOP - Shouts of “kill him” (Obama) are now being heard at GOP rallies which are beginning to morph into something which would not look out of place in Nuremberg.
McCarthyism is not dead it is only sleeping and it is beginning to stir, McCain believes that he is entitled to be president he sees himself as an American hero, a gung ho maverick and a patriot, how can Americans not vote for him ? If as I hope they do not vote for him it will be because he is a delusional liar and a threat to peace all over the world, because they will have decided that it’s time that America dumped “John Wayne” and stopped sending their young people to die in unwinnable conflicts, just as we should, there is still hope for decent Americans and for us. The capitalist collapse is an opportunity to create a more decent society, a victory for Obama will help in that struggle. When I see people like McCain and Palin, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeldt etc. I recall these words on the defeat of Hitler.
"Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again"