Saturday, October 11, 2008

"He's an . . . an . . . Arab . . . No?"

Video of the 75-year-old woman, Gayle Quinnell, a McCain campaign volunteer, who cornered McCain at a townhall rally in Lakeview, Minnesota yesterday and proffered a criticism of Barack Obama for being an "Arab."

Here, she is engaged by a number of reporters after the rally asking for clarification of her statements to McCain.

Honestly, she doesn't emit a meanness, suffering more from a mix of dimness and dotage. And she lacks any self-awareness of her misguided views.

When it is explained that Obama's estranged father was Muslim, but that he was raised Christian by his mother's grandparents, predictably Quinnell counters "well, he's still got that Muslim in him."

Quinnell also notes her efforts on behalf of McCain-Palin: doing a mass mailer of 400 letters to people in the phonebook containing "really bad stuff" about Obama.

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