My heart warms at such kind words: “I’d be embarrassed if I were you. I’ve never heard of him before… but according to MSNBC he’s a managing editor???? You gotta be kidding me.” [sic] “tell your boss jp to get some new glasses….guess he likes looking like a clown” [sic] “The Republican Party is, in essence, attempting to lynch Barack Obama.” “I just watched some news deal with one of your/our guys getting schooled…this is not good, unless of course you are trying to help Obama. Jp freier [sic] needs to stay off TV..please please…its not about him or his ego….and tell him to lose the clown glasses.” For the luvva pete, my contacts were bothering me today. One thing I didn’t have the presence of mind to get into was that the “desperation” of the McCain campaign is driving them to attacks. Strangely, it’s fairly effective (look up “swiftboating”), so I don’t think it’s a bad thing to do. But I did notice how Ari Melber of The Nation, who’s a party operative, accused the McCain campaign of engaging in “hate,” but then took issue with my characterizing his argument as “playing the race card.” He deftly employed the “I didn’t say race. You did.” Welcome to the world of doublespeak. Hate crimes, acts of hate, hateful motives, Hate (with a capital H) are all words associated with racism. If the apologists for Obama really think there’s racism abounding, they should just come out and say so, rather than skirt around it and use the euphemisms. Otherwise, they should be more careful in their wording. After all, I’ve had about enough with Democratic descriptions of John McCain as “erratic.” The man is not “erratic.” He’s old and crazy. Really old. Really crazy.