Days of Rage

On the first night of the Republican convention, back in September, the theme was "Service." Speaker after speaker mounted the rostrum to tell about their volunteer work for charitable foundations, the inventive ways they have helped out the poor, the need for everyone to lend a hand to their fellow man. Now the McCain campaign is spending millions to vilify a man who has for years done exactly those things.

This is Hate Week, 2008: the time when mercy and forgiveness are drowned by cries of "Kill him!"