If you watched last night’s presidential debate, you heard Sen. John McCain criticize Sen. Barack Obama for not repudiating the comments made by Congressman John Lewis last week.
Here is the quotation offered by Lewis about the campaign run by McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin, comparing the “tone” to former segregationist governor and presidential candidate George Wallace:
“As one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign … What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse … As public figures with power to influence and persuade, Senator McCain and Governor Palin are playing with fire and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all”
Naturally, McCain jumped all over this, saying “The accusation that Congressman Lewis made is so far out of bounds and so disturbing, of course it stopped me in my tracks.”
This is where Keith Olbermann chimes in again.
On the heels of a week that has seen comments made at Palin & McCain rallies become more and more hateful, at times calling for Obama’s death, Olbermann had this to say: