Giving credit where credit is due, McCain is finally addressing the tone of some of his recent gatherings and trying to tell the crowds that Obama is not a scary guy.

The only problem? The mob doesn’t care.

From Politico:

“I am enthusiastic and encouraged by the enthusiasm and I think it’s really good,” McCain said. “We have to fight and i will fight but we will be respectful. I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments and I want to be respectful.

“I dont mean that you have to lose your ferocity. I just mean you have to be respectful.”

A moment later, another woman stood up and urged McCain to speak up so voters “really have an understanding of who the candidates are.”

“There’s a difference between rhetoric and record,” McCain said, adding that Obama voted to raise taxes 94 times. “He has the most liberal voting record in the United States Senate, even more liberal than Bernie Sanders.”

Once again, McCain repeated, “I want all of you to tell your neighbors about the difference between rhetoric and record, but let’s do it respectfully.”

Later in the event, man in the audience stood up and told McCain he’s “scared” of an Obama presidency and who he’d select for the Supreme Court.

“I have to tell you. Sen. Obama is a decent person and a person you don’t have to be scared of as president of the United States,” McCain said as the crowd booed and shouted “Come on, John!”

The question now: did McCain’s “palling around with terrorists” message create a monster meme he simply can’t contain? Because it honestly sounds like his supporters feel that Obama is dangerous. And as I’ve stated before, that’s a really bad thing to be suggesting about the first viable African-American presidential candidate.

More as it develops…

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