Obsession

Was a 20 year-old McCain supporter beaten and scratched by a mugger who happed to prefer Obama?
UPDATE: No, she wasn’t

Was a canvasser for Obama beaten by a disgruntled McCain supporter because he thought she was with ACORN?

I don’t know, but this election is starting to sound like the last one. I remember October 2004, when Florida Democrat Barry Seltzer told cops that he was exercising his “political expression” when he drove his car at Katherine Harris and some of her friends. A nice Unitarian church lady I knew was arrested for stealing a “Bush/Cheney” sign from someone’s lawn. Somebody keyed my husband’s car around the same time – probably because he had a “Kerry haters for Kerry” sticker on it. People were beating each other up, they were making up stories about being beaten up and they were losing friendships, all over the issue of which bureaucrat should maintain our infrastructure for the next four years.

For approximately one year before a presidential election, the only stories that are considered to be politically ‘timely’ are stories about the election. It’s covered 24/7. Newspapers took investigative reporters off the terrorism beat and had them chasing Sarah Palin. Then they made them chase Joe the Plumber. Like most obsessions, this is not healthy. It probably pushes some people who weren’t compos mentis to begin with over the edge.

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About marypmadigan

Writer/photographer (profession), foreign policy wonk (hobby).
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3 Responses to Obsession

  1. Bruce Parker says:

    And it turns out that the attack on the Republican worker was a hoax: http://kdka.com/local/attack.McCain.Bloomfield.2.847628.html.

  2. Bruce Parker says:

    And then we have this from the much-hatred NYT:

    Meanwhile, over on MSNBC, Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was launching into the Obama/terrorist spin when she suggested that the news media should investigate “the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America.” So far, the only person who’s felt the impact of her call to reinvent McCarthyism for a post-Communist planet has been her opponent, a hitherto totally ignored Democrat named Elwyn Tinklenberg, who was stunned to discover in the following days that he had received close to $1 million in donations.

    cf. http://www.startribune.com/politics/state/33220464.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiUo8cyaiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

  3. marypmadigan says:

    It seems that some Republicans are taking advice from the Howard Dean camp on “how to be a spittle-flecked crazed partisan animal”

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