It seems that either McCain supporters are energized against Obama, or perhaps the current economic climate of too much government intervention has struck a nerve with many of them. Either way, the media has started noticing and I’ve seen several stories popping up and videos of the temperament.
Is this good for McCain’s image in the media? I’m not really sure since it will either turn undecideds off or, perhaps, turn them on if they feel similarly.
Here’s a report from the WaPo:
WAUKESHA, Wis., Oct. 9 — There were shouts of “Nobama” and “Socialist” at the mention of the Democratic presidential nominee. There were boos, middle fingers turned up and thumbs turned down as a media caravan moved through the crowd Thursday for a midday town hall gathering featuring John McCain and Sarah Palin.
“It is absolutely vital that you take it to Obama, that you hit him where it hits, there’s a soft spot,” said James T. Harris, a local radio talk show host, who urged the Republican nominee to use Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., and others against him.
“We have the good Reverend Wright. We have Pfleger. We have all of these shady characters that have surrounded him,” Harris bellowed. “We have corruption here in Wisconsin and voting across the nation. I am begging you, sir. I am begging you. Take it to him.”
The crowd of thousands roared its approval.
In recent days, a campaign that embraced the mantra of “Country First” but is flagging in the polls and scrambling for a way to close the gap as the nation’s economy slides into shambles has found itself at the center of an outpouring of raw emotion rare in a presidential race.
“There’s 26 days and people are looking at the very serious possibility that there’s a chance that Obama might get in, and they don’t like that,” said Ian Eltrich, 28, as he filed out of the crowded sports complex.
“I’m mad! I’m really mad!” another man said, taking the microphone and refusing to surrender it easily, even when McCain tried to agree with him.
“I’m not done. Lemme finish, please,” he said after a standing ovation. “When you have Obama, Pelosi and the rest of the hooligans up there going to run the country, we have to have our head examined.
“It’s time that you two represent the rest of us. So go get ’em.”
The crowd burst into loud chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
Standing at the center of the crowd, McCain and Palin drew on the crowd’s energy as they repeatedly trained their fire on Obama.
“Senator Obama has a clear radical, far-left, pro-abortion record,” McCain said after being asked about the issue.
The answer prompted a shower of boos from the crowd members. They booed again when he mentioned William Ayers, who bombed U.S. facilities to protest the Vietnam War as part of the domestic terrorist group the Weather Underground. They booed again at the mention of Rep. Barney Frank, a liberal from Massachusetts.
McCain spends most of his time at his rallies and town hall meetings lambasting his rival, often calling him a “co-conspirator” with congressional Democrats in what he argues are the seeds of the financial crisis at mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
“Will you assure us,” one woman asked, “that, as president, you will take immediate action to investigate, prosecute and name the names of the people actually responsible?”
“I will,” McCain answered.
Here’s a video of one of the exchanges, it’s quite amusing:
Another report from AOL News:
(Oct. 10) – The unmistakable momentum behind Barack Obama’s campaign, combined with worry that John McCain is not doing enough to stop it, is ratcheting up fears and frustrations among conservatives.
And nowhere is this emotion on plainer display than at Republican rallies, where voters this week have shouted out insults at the mention of Obama, pleaded with McCain to get more aggressive with the Democrat and generally demonstrated the sort of visceral anger and unease that reflects a party on the precipice of panic.
The calendar is closing and the polls, at least right now, are not.
With McCain passing up the opportunity to level any tough personal shots in his first two debates and the very real prospect of an Obama presidency setting in, the sort of hard-core partisan activists who turn out for campaign events are venting in unusually personal terms.
“Terrorist!” one man screamed Monday at a New Mexico rally after McCain voiced the campaign’s new rhetorical staple aimed at raising doubts about the Illinois senator: “Who is the real Barack Obama?”
“He’s a damn liar!” yelled a woman Wednesday in Pennsylvania. “Get him. He’s bad for our country.”
At both stops, there were cries of, “Nobama,” picking up on a phrase that has appeared on yard signs, t-shirts and bumper stickers.
So what does this mean? McCain seemed to take the guy in the video and direct his anger to the fact that McCain says he wants to “work with anyone” to solve this problem. I seemed to take it to mean that these supporters see Obama’s policies and the current bailout plan as some kind of socialism and they are rejecting it, vehemently.
The other possible explanation is McCain’s current spot in the polls, which have him down 6 points on average, according to RealClearPolitics. Republican voters are no doubt feeling more desperate every waning day that McCain isn’t doing enough.