Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Red Meat Attracts Rabid Dogs

Some interesting things have been happening at Palin and McCain rallies lately.

“[Obama] said, too, that our troops in Afghanistan are ‘air raiding villages and killing civilians,'” Palin said, mischaracterizing a 2007 remark by Obama. “I hope Americans know that is not what our brave men and women in uniform are doing in Afghanistan. The U.S. military is fighting terrorism and protecting us and protecting our freedom.”

Shortly afterward, a male member of the crowd in Jacksonville, Florida, yelled “treason!” loudly enough to be picked up by television microphones.

And it gets worse:

At a McCain rally on Monday, television stations caught audio of a crowd member calling Obama a “terrorist,” while Dana Milbank reported that “[o]ne Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, ‘Sit down, boy.'” Also on Monday, at a Palin rally, one member of the audience yelled, “Kill him!

Very nice. Palin is also repeating lies that even McCain has had to stop using:

Later, in the tax policy section of her speech, Palin managed to repeat a thoroughly debunked claim about Obama’s voting record that even McCain himself has stopped using.

“He voted 94 times for higher taxes. Even on middle class — hard working everyday families across this great nation — making $42,000 a year,” she said.

As FactCheck.org noted in August, McCain’s campaign originally claimed Obama voted to raise taxes on families making $32,000 a year, but have since changed their tax ads to say that Obama’s vote would impact individuals making $42,000 per year — not families as Palin repeated today. Still, FactCheck called the new McCain ad script “better, but still deceptive” — a standard that Palin failed to meet this morning.

Just wait. It’s gonna get much worse.