Seven Days to Go

SECOND UPDATE: See change to post.

UPDATE: As Del points out, Andrew Sullivan, who initially reported on this video, now says he thinks the person said “redistributor”. I don’t know; I’ve listened to it with the speakers turned up, and it still sounds bad to me. Is “redistributor” some new slang term that I haven’t heard yet? At any rate, Palin certainly appeared to hear something questionable — she paused and then plowed on, seeming flustered and even less coherent than usual.

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The bad news?  The McCain campaign’s tactic (or is it a strategy?) of using Sarah Palin to race-bait and “other” Obama continues — someone attending a Palin rally in Iowa added to her string of critical descriptors with, “And he’s a n*gger!” [I'm going to strike this part of the post, as some googling has turned up McCain's stupid new "redistributor" meme. I do stand by my characterization of Palin's campaign technique.]

The good news? Some 30 to 40 workers at a telemarketing center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read a nasty McCain campaign robo-call script* that attacked Obama for being “dangerously weak on crime,” “coddling criminals,” and for voting against “protecting children from danger.” One worker said, “We were asked to read something saying [Obama and Democrats] were against protecting children from danger. I wouldn’t do it. A lot of people left. They thought it was disgusting.”

Please note that people who make calls for telemarketing firms don’t make big bucks, and these folks gave up their pay by walking out. That’s real integrity.

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* Robo-calling is illegal in Indiana, so live callers were required to read the script.

3 Responses to “Seven Days to Go”

  1. Del says:

    Kathy, according to Sullivan’s blog, the N-word was actually “redistributor.” Which makes me think of a car engine.

  2. Almod says:

    I’m going to have to disagree with the “redistributor” thing. I’ve seen too many videos and heard too many audio recordings where the “n” word was very clearly used. Big words like “redistributor” aren’t exactly something that’s used often. If in fact that was what was said, it was a very rare occasion, indeed.

  3. Kathy says:

    Almod, it certainly sounded like the n-word to me, but when I listened again, I couldn’t be completely sure. I wouldn’t even consider the “redistributor” idea if McCain hadn’t recently started using that made-up word in his stump speeches. Funny thing is, even if that’s what the person said, Palin’s reaction makes me think she heard it differently. Why should she be surprised if someone is yelling racial slurs at her rallies? She (and we, to our sorrow) reaps what she sows.

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