As I noted a couple posts ago, I have officially become a propagandist, by posting and helping to share the Keating Economics documentary video, which goes into John McCain’s connections to Charles Keating, Jr., and the failed savings and loan crisis of the early 1990s.

The fight between the two candidates is getting nasty, with the worst attacks coming from the McCain camp, and specifically Sarah Palin’s outright exaggerations and bald-face lies … she makes it sound as though Barack Obama’s association with William Ayers includes the planning and planting of bombs back in the 1960s; when Obama was still a young child.

That’s why I’m looking forward to the debate tonight … I want to see how the two candidates do in an open, face-to-face town hall style debate. I want to see if John McCain still has the balls to lie and distort facts. I want to see if Barack Obama continues to slide down the negativity scale towards the low road.

McCain vs. Obama: Round Two – CNN.com

(CNN) — With just four weeks left until Election Day, Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain are preparing to face off in Tuesday night’s high-stakes presidential debate.

The debate comes amid stepped-up attacks from both sides.

Gov. Sarah Palin accused Obama of “palling around with terrorists who would target their own country,” and Obama’s campaign released an ad quoting editorials that called McCain “erratic” and “out of touch.”

On Monday, the Obama campaign released an online documentary that criticizes McCain over his involvement in the “Keating Five” scandal of the 1980s.

The back-and-forth this weekend could set the stage for a more heated event than the first presidential debate — one that had few sharp exchanges as both candidates largely stuck to their talking points.

At a campaign event in Denver, Colorado, last week, a voter asked McCain when he was going to “let the gloves come off and go after” Obama.

McCain’s response: “How about Tuesday night?”

According to CNN’s latest poll of polls, Obama leads McCain by six percentage points, 49-43.

One thing I’m surprised that the media hasn’t really picked up on, however, is that Palin’s current speech’s seem to be inciting people almost to a violent intensity … at least when she’s not speaking at a $10,000 a plate fundraising lunch.

Dana Milbank – Unleashed, Palin Makes a Pit Bull Look Tame – washingtonpost.com

Palin, speaking to a sea of “Palin Power” and “Sarahcuda” T-shirts, tried to link Obama to the 1960s Weather Underground. “One of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers,” she said. (“Boooo!” said the crowd.) “And, according to the New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, ‘launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol,’ ” she continued. (“Boooo!” the crowd repeated.)

“Kill him!” proposed one man in the audience.

I wonder if the Secret Service went after the guy shouting “Kill him!” … since threatening the life of anyone (especially a Presidential candidate) is a felony.

Palin has a lot to learn about how to play to a crowd, however. From the same article in the Washington Post:

“If you turn on the news tonight when you get home, you’re gonna see that, yah, this is another woeful day in the market, and the other side just doesn’t understand — no!” she said at an afternoon fundraiser at the home of mutual fund giant Jack Donahue. “Especially in a time like this, you don’t propose to increase taxes. The phoniest claim in a campaign that’s full of them is that Barack Obama is going to cut your taxes.”

Of course, Obama never promised to cut taxes for people at $10,000-a-plate lunches in air-conditioned tents on waterfront compounds. And the crowd — among them New York Jets owner Woody Johnson — reacted without applause to Palin’s Joe Six-Pack lines. After they didn’t strike up the usual “Drill, baby, drill” or “USA” chants, Palin, rattled, read hurriedly through the rest of her speech.

I wonder how many of that crowd starting thinking “Oh fuck, what are we in for if McCain actually wins this thing?”