From a disenchanted right-wing columnist at the Denver Post:

In fact, the entire campaign has been one big act of publicity stunts. McCain’s shining moment this campaign, as far as I can tell, was a funny ad comparing Obama to Paris Hilton.

Of course, that’s both true and sarcastic. McCain has taken the trivial to the level of an ideological argument. We can’t vote for the Democrat because he’s from Chicago and has sophisticated friends and went to a scary black church and once served on a board with a former radical. It’s just shameful. And more and more Republicans are just embarrassed by it. It’s creating a <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122359909175421497.html"lynch-mob spectacle:

Some McCain campaign officials are becoming concerned about the hostility that attacks against Sen. Obama are whipping up among Republican supporters. During an internal conference call Thursday, campaign officials discussed how the tenor of the crowds has turned on the media and on Sen. Obama.

Someone yelled “Off with his head” at a rally Wednesday for Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin in Pennsylvania. Later that day in Ohio, a man stood outside a rally holding a sign that said “Obama, Osama.” At a rally in Jacksonville, Fla., on Tuesday, someone in the crowd wore a T-shirt depicting Sen. Obama wearing a devil mask.

Here’s a visual representation of John McCain’s base:

Who wants to be associated with that?

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