These are but two very bad examples of the decline in any sense that this presidential election will be different from 2000 and 2004.
Let us take a look at the above mentioned accusation that people at McCain/Palin rallies are letting loose with yelling "Kill Him!" in reference to the Democrat presidential nominee, Sen. Messiah Barack Obama.
According to the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, the head of the Secret Service field office in Scranton said that the allegations that the infamous "Kill Him!" are unfounded. “We have yet to find someone to back up the story,” Slavoski said. “We had people all over and we have yet to find anyone who said they heard it.”
But yet, there is the fact that the DDBMSOWM ran with this as the Gospel and now have no credibility.
Seemingly the moment that the Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John "F--- You" McCain announced his choice for running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the left wheels fell off.
Rumors, lies and dammed lies came out. Why there is Andrew Sullivan over at The Atlantic who is still trying to peddle the theory that Gov. Palin's baby, Trig, is still not hers but really her granddaughter.
The problem is that what has happened is how personal this election has gotten.
Many on both sides are assaulting the candidates, especially as we see Sen. Messiah Barack and Gov. Palin, on personality rather than issues.
Believe me, there are totally stark differences between Team McCain and Team Obama. The debate this past Wednesday showed it and that is why the polls are tightening.
At the end, I am sorry to write this but it is the left that has fell off the cliff.
Why? Is it because they will be discredited once again and a third senator in a row will go down? Is it because they tried to put up a candidate that was "above it all" and had a great story and yet is still not 20 points ahead?
It is all of the above. It is fear. It is how the left has lived the past eight years. They still do not realize that the United States is a center-right nation. Yes, many an American was frustrated enough to give the Democrats a blank check by electing Bill Clinton and a Democrat congress. But, they showed their leftism and got spanked in the 1994 midterms by a resurgent Republican party. And, much to the punditry class, they did not relinquish control for 12 years.
Fear brings out the worst in people. And that is what we are seeing here. Yes, there are people on our side that buy into fear and produce a lame and very incendiary photo shop to make it out that Sen. Messiah Barack is a total stereotype. You know, the watermelon-eating, Kool-aid drinking generation-to-generation welfare family. It is disgusting.
But it is nothing like people who are wearing t-shirts with the most insulting profanity to lob at anyone. It shows a depth of hatred. And why is there so-much hated against Gov. Palin? Because she is so normal? Because she exudes an amazing confidence? Because she is a threat?
All I do know is that we have a really bad discourse and I think that it is going to get worse before it gets better. Debate is one thing, but the way the debate is going is troubling.
We need to write and talk to each other, not at each other. Stop with the stereotypes of each other. And most important, let us be snarky without being disgusting.