[After a McCain rally in Miami, Fl] we witnessed a near-street riot involving the exiting McCain crowd and two Cuban-American Obama supporters. Tony Garcia, 63, and Raul Sorando, 31, were suddenly surrounded by an angry mob. There is a moment in a crowd when something goes from mere yelling to a feeling of danger, and that's what we witnessed. As photographers and police raced to the scene, the crowd elevated from stable to fast-moving scrum, and the two men were surrounded on all sides as we raced to the circle.
"People were screaming 'Terrorist!' 'Communist!' 'Socialist!'" Sorando said when we caught up with him. "I had a guy tell me he was gonna kill me."
Asked what had precipitated the event, "We were just chanting 'Obama!' and holding our signs. That was it. And the crowd suddenly got crazy."
Charming. I still believe that this election and the economic downturn really mark the beginning of the end of the Republican party, but that could just be wishful thinking on my part. I can only hope that the vast majority of U.S. citizens run away from a party that encourages (or at least does not publicly denounce) racism.
Here's Keith Olbermann on McCain's failure to denounce the race baiting incident that went on in Pennsylvania over the weekend: