I have been a political/economic news junkie lately, and so I try to catch Rush at lunch and Glenn Beck at night (when I take my son to the park after work). Incidentally, Glenn Beck has really been awesome lately. I don't know if it's just his niche and he ran with it for ratings, but in any case he has been passionately opposed to the bailout, and has been urging his listeners to "stand up for what you believe--someone has to say 'NO' to this!" Etc.
Anyway, Woody will be glad to know that I caught Rush completely distorting the excerpts he played from Barack Obama's audio book Dreams From My Father. (I know because my wife and listened to it on a road trip several months ago.) Rush was playing the part where Obama talked about hanging out with Nation of Islam guys, and how they hated whites as a race, not just individual white jerks. And Obama said something like, "This conflicted with the subtle morality I learned from my mother, where you gave people the benefit of the doubt until they proved you wrong." And then a sentence later he said, "I found I couldn't shake this framework" or something.
So naturally, Rush told his listeners, "You see folks? Here we have the anointed one, the messiah, Barack Hussein Obama, telling us how his peers hated whites, and that he could not shake their worldview, try as he might. And note the rhetoric here, folks. This is the messiah who is supposed to unite us? Preaching class warfare as virulent as that of Jeremiah Wright?"
It would be difficult to be more intellectually dishonest than Rush was here. How the frick would someone heal racial tensions except through openly discussing what militant black guys say when there are no whites around...and then admitting that it is wrong? (To be clear, Obama was saying he couldn't shake his childhood morality, not the new hatred of whites he was learning as a young man.)
For what it's worth, I think Naomi Wolf hit the nail on the head in her "paranoid" video. Near the end she says something like, "We are in coup time now. People who think we need to vote for Obama, and that Bush would hand over power to him...That's just crazy talk."
Note that McCain didn't stoop to "personal attacks," until this week. It is now clear that he was saving them for the end, or, at the very least, he was trying not to use them but now thinks they are his only shot. If we get a week out and Obama still has a comfortable lead, I just may stock up on canned goods. Who knows what the heck "crisis" will then emerge.