I'm a Colorado small-business owner (home builder), a 60-year-old male. From personal experience of working on a Bush campaign four years ago and now switching to Obama, there is no comparison ["Obama Supporters May Spew More Hate Than McCain Backers," usnews.com October 14]. Democrats tend to engage in dialogue and listen. Republicans, unfortunately, have too long relied on slogans and name-calling rather than exploring issues in depth. It is being played out fairly in the mainstream news, and it is clear Republicans try to shut out free speech much more. I will always remain independent and enjoy interacting with both parties, but this year I have a very clear choice in Obama/Biden.
Comment by Robin of CO
It's more than this campaign. For years there have been vile comparisons between Bush/Cheney and Hitler. They've been called terrorists. Senator Durbin said the U.S. soldiers were like stormtroopers. When did anyone on the Democratic side of the aisle say that over-the-top rhetoric should stop? Never! As far as I can see, Obama will be reaping what's been sowed for the last five years or so. Either the mainstream media will cover for him, like they are during the campaign, or he'll need to learn from Bush to have a thick skin.
Comment by Stevend of TX
I generally keep my political feelings to myself as I go about my business, and I occasionally hear "right-wing" vitriol that makes me cringe. But far more often, I am shocked by the insults, ridicule and totally unreasonable accusations that I hear from those of the "liberal" persuasion who absolutely hate President Bush, Senator McCain and Governor Palin. Normally decent folks who pride themselves on enlightened "tolerance" think that Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 911" or Oliver Stone's "W" movies don't go far enough in their trashing of the president, and that Rosie O'Donnell is too moderate in her espousal of conspiracy theories. They are convinced that McCain and Palin are the sinister continuation of Bush's combined idiocy, fanaticism, and evil cunning, so they don't realize how hateful and intolerant they sound.
Comment by John Hallowell of TX
I speak for a demographic that personally feels a massive amount of injustices have been performed by our government in the past eight years. I feel that the current government has not only misrepresented me, but they have lied to me, cheated me, and damaged our country financially, socially, and internationally. I feel that the current government has promoted strong feelings of paranoia, blind animosity toward cultures and beliefs, and extremist views in our society. My goal is simple--to oust anyone within the government who has taken part in (or agreed with) the deplorable acts of the last eight years. Darn right I am angry. McCain is an honorable man, but I am afraid that he will have to pay the price for his predecessors.
Comment by Pete W. of ME