The American News Project has caught a slice of McCainicana on camera, which it might behoove Colin Powell, Douglass Daniel, and others bent on finding anti-Muslim bigotry where none exists to watch. (Link via Hot Air).
The scene opens on a couple of cranks on the outskirts of a pro-McCain rally in Woodbridge, VA, who are hawking “Obama is a secret Muslim socialist” flyers and bumper stickers. Their clever catchphrase is “Obama for CHANGE,” with the C replaced by an Islamic crescent and star and the G replaced by a hammer and sickle. Charming stuff.
The footage continues with a few clips of raving and ranting, before a couple of rally attendees start to amble over. Not because they’re curious — certainly not because they sympathize — but because they can’t believe what they’re seeing. They are all McCain supporters, they are all young, and many of them are Muslim (one is a Muslim convention delegate for McCain who chairs his Maryland operations). All of them, regardless of faith, are determined to challenge the nutcases with the mad-on for Islam.
Fairly soon it dawns on the cranks that the ralliers will no longer content themselves with ignoring the rotten apples in the barrel. They stop waving their bumper stickers, clam up in front of cameras, refuse to talk to reporters, avoid their challengers, and eventually slink off with their tails between their legs. Best parting line, called after them as they retreated: “Are you deliberately trying to lose us this election?”
Upon their departure, there was much rejoicing indeed. Congratulations, guys, you’ve just made the political world a little cleaner, at least for a while. Keep it up, because there are people like them, from both wings of the ideological spectrum, who will try to leech off your candidate’s success and high profile. In the meantime, have a well-deserved round of applause.
Secretary Powell? Mr. Daniel? Are you listening? Will you bother?
(Need I say, “watch the whole thing”?)