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McCain-Palin Supporters Gone Wild

Video interviews by confrontational Barack Obama supporters at John McCain rallies are shooting up the YouTube charts, revealing angry and nasty anti-Obama sentiment that is in turn motivational for the Democratic presidential contender’s supporters. You almost feel like Joe Francis is behind the camera asking girls to flash him. And watching brings the same voyeuristic and embarrassed emotional response.

A video titled The McCain-Palin Mob is the No. 3 most-discussed video on YouTube today, with more than 675,000 views since it was posted Wednesday. In the clip, Ohio rally-goers tell blogger Tim Russo (who’s behind the camera) they have reason to believe Obama is a terrorist. Russo’s questioning is clearly aimed at putting his subjects on the defensive, but they take it to another level, in particular one woman who keeps pushing her way back on camera. Viewership of the video is partisan as well, but on the other side of the spectrum, with more than 130,000 views coming from the Huffington Post and many more from other liberal blogs.

Another, separate video from a Pennsylvania rally has McCain supporters calling Obama a “commie faggot” among other epithets, and is the No. 25 most-discussed YouTube clip today.

In a campaign where off-hand remarks by candidates regularly become leading nightly news items, citizens with video cameras wield a lot of journalistic power. And so it’s a bit hard to take Russo’s point of view, in that his disdain for his subjects is so clear (see some unprintable, for us, comments he makes about them on his blog). But at the same time, the mocking response he evokes from the woman at the McCain rally, which would have never aired at length (or at all) on TV, made its way out into the world. We live in interesting times!

11 Responses to “McCain-Palin Supporters Gone Wild”

  1. Truth addict

    Those people are wackjobs! thankfully they will be marginalized for the next 8 years, and hopefully forever. These are the very same people who have destroyed this country over the last 8 years.

    It’s time for the smart people to take the country back…

  2. How can a someone who is thought of as a hero condescend so low as to resort to fanning hatred in order to win an election? Is McCain hoping for Barack’s assassination before the election? This is third world politics from a man who puts country first. A big shame and I have trust that the American people will reject him and his cronies call for arms.

    A desperate ran who has run out of ideas! And the shallow headed pitbull with lipstick who’s being investigated for abuse of power has found her calling.

    McCain complained when he received this same tactic from Bush in 2000. And I still remember his refusal to speak with Mitt Romney when he perceived that his position was misrepresented. He is that, paraphrasing, that he would not roll in the mud with a pig. Now he and his VP selection are behaving like pigs.

    I am impressed by Obama/Biden’s response and refusal to be dragged in to the personal attacks at the expense of focusing on solutions to the economy.

    I am an independent and McCain has shown that he is not the type that I’ll want close to the power of the presidency. He is too irrational, old and lacks the foresight and temperament required. Sara Palin is not fit even for a governor- only in Alaska!

  3. Well, I wouldn’t call it a “Mob” and I don’t know if it’s a wild as people shouting “Kill Obama” but it is still very emotionally engaging and thought provoking.

    I love how the blonde women keeps jumping in front of the camera and how passionate both sides of the camera are.