Now it has escalated to a person in the crowd yelling 'kill him' (is that like something from the Bible?), and now NBC reports that a man yelled "off with his head" yesterday at the mention of Obama's tax plan. It makes me literally queasy to read and hear things like this. Can we assume the Secret Service is tracking these people down and dealing with them? Why aren't McCain and Palin denouncing this stuff, on the spot, or even afterwards?
Yesterday, after noting how often Obama's middle name is being used at McCain/Palin events, Josh Marshall commented at TPM:
Given the regularity of the cries of "treason" and "terrorist" and the like, and the frequency with which the screamers seem in oddly convenient proximity to the mics, we should probably be considering the possibly that these folks are campaign plants. It happens all the time. It's just that usually they don't scream out accusations of capital crimes.
Late Update: A thought. At what point do they start burning Obama in effigy at the Palin rallies?
Today, after noting the NBC story, he's updated:
Like I said, I think it's going to take a few burning in effigies to catch people's attention at this point.Now, Josh Marshall clearly has a stronger stomach than I do in his political humor. But the politics aside, the turn of phrase there is striking. It looks like it's not a unicum, but close – google has only a couple of other instances. Peevologists like to get excited about putting the plural -s on something other than the head, like this:
brothers in law ~ brother in lawsThe forms on the left sound downright formal and archaic to me, things I'd use only in super-form writing. So, that's not the problem with the form for me. (The missues doesn't find Marshall's usage nearly as odd as I do, and I think she finds 'burnings in effigy' at least equally OK.) It's the nominalization itself that doesn't work for me, and I normally really like novel-sounding forms of various sorts. What is it about this one? Is it a semantic thing, that burning somebody in effigy doesn't seem coherent enough as an event that the nominalization is weird? That's something that happens as a part of some other event, like a riot:
attorneys general ~ attorney generals
sons of bitches ~ son of a bitches
*It'll take a few occupying the administration buildings!What the heck is going on here?
*How many storming the barricadeses will it take?
Image from here.