Thursday, October 09, 2008

In the crosshairs

“The line between a political smear that is merely unpleasant and one that is dangerously inflammatory is a matter of judgment, difficult to calibrate, and different depending on the candidate. Justice Potter Stewart’s famous statement is probably the best standard for rendering a judgment. I would argue that Governor Palin crossed the line when she accused Obama of being 'not someone who sees America as you and I do--as the greatest force for good in the world...[but] someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country.' This is an incendiary charge to make seven years after real terrorists killed thousands of Americans, one that risks encouraging extremists to consider Obama fair game—and his assassination as a victory in the war on terror...

“All of us, Palin presumably included, pray that nothing happens to Obama between now and the election, and that Palin’s dangerous remarks will be remembered as simply one more smear in a campaign that may set a record for low-road political rhetoric. But if someone makes an attempt on Obama’s life in the coming months, Palin may have more to explain than why she was for that Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it.”

-- Thurston Clarke, “Has Sarah Palin Put a Target on Obama?”

1 comment:

remo said...

somebody shouted 'kill him' in one of the campaign rallies.

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