Sen. John McCain has figured out that when it comes to campaign strategy, bigotry is a cross to bear, not burn. He came to the defense of his opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, last week.
During a town hall meeting, a McCain supporter said she was afraid of Obama because he was an Arab. Taking the microphone from the frightened woman, McCain said her fears were unfounded, Obama is not an Arab. He’s a decent American, a family man, with whom McCain just happens to have differences.
Honesty like that has earned McCain respect from both sides of the aisles. Sen. Elizabeth Dole should take a lesson from McCain. A broadcast ad targeting her opponent, Democratic state Sen. Kay Hagan, shows Dole ratcheting up her rhetoric, and probably winning the honor, so far, of fielding the nastiest, most misleading, negative ad of the campaign. Here’s part of the ad that portrays Hagan as a godless liberal:
“Godless Americans Political Action Committee is a left-wing organization …
“They actively support political candidates who are atheists and who also support their liberal agenda to remove ‘under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance and force the Boy Scouts to accept atheists and homosexuals as troop leaders.”
Dole’s campaign made the same charge in a widely-distributed mailer....
Her ads are not only an attack on Hagan but on homosexuals, suggesting that homosexuals are predatory. Imagine if she had said all heterosexuals are rapists?
About that last line--Imagine if she had said all homosexuals are rapists?--that's almost what she said. It more literally translates into All homosexuals are pedophiles.
I don't want Chris Cole to take her out on this because he is an openly gay Libertarian Senatorial candidate in the Tarheel State--though that does make it a bit sweeter.
I want Chris Cole to take her out because atheists and homosexuals are American citizens and should not be the fear-mongering weapons used by a desperate politician to hold onto her power.
I come perilously close to Delawaredem on this one: How does anybody associated with a campaign that demonizes whole groups of other American citizens based on their religious beliefs/unbeliefs or their sexual orientation actually sleep at night?
Here's what I'd pay money to see: Chris Cole asks Senator Dole: If being gay prevents me from being a Scout Leader, do you also think it should prevent me from being a US Senator?
Go for it, Chris.