"I can't trust Obama. I have read about him and he's not, he's not uh — he's an Arab. He's not —"
At which point McCain, trying unsuccessfully to not look disgusted, snatched the microphone back and assured:
"No, ma'am. He's a decent family man [and] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign's all about. He's not [an Arab.]"
He then went on to defy what, to me, appeared to be a rather ignorant and Bible whipped audience and defend his rival's appeal for the US Presidency. This defiance and willingness to piss off a room full of potential votes showed a great deal of character and courage on the part of Senator McCain.
Naturally his detractors will paint his failure to challenge the woman's fantastic misconception of "Arab" as a semblance of complicity. That McCain, like this sad woman from Minnesota, imagines a fire breathing, suicide belt wearing and "Allahu Akbar" screaming takfiri when the word Arab is uttered. I very much doubt that Senator McCain's homogeneous vision of terrorism stoops so low.
I'm more worried about the general awareness of the average American voter. Those that think beyond pop culture, newspaper op eds and talk radio blowhards
are an understandably rare commodity. Not everyone has the time, patience or willingness to suffer the insatiable curiosity and cynicism that's required to resist what's mainstream "accepted" and chase after the elusive, self defined actuality of "what is." There's a degree of comfort and order in simply accepting knowledge as it comes to you.
But the abject ignorance displayed by the above quoted woman in addition to John Stossel's bit of investigative journalism below lend me to agree with Mike and Stossel. If you think the US has 52 states, each state 12 Senators and Barrack Obama is an Arab you have a civic duty to stay home and either bask in your ignorance or set aside MTV and Us magazine for a newspaper or news channel and spend November 4th catching up.
John Stossel report on ignorant potential voters. (Via No Angst Zone)