The Boston Globe has reported that decency and good taste have been abandoned by John McCain, Sarah Palin and the Republican Party after they aired footage of a plane crashing into one of the towers on September 11th, 2001 in one of the videos shown at the Republican National Convention this evening.
From the Boston Globe:
The informal prohibition, which had been occasionally threatened by political ads in recent years, was pronounced dead at approximately 7:40 CST, when a video aired before delegates at the Republican National Convention included slow-motion footage of a plane striking the World Trade Center, the towers' subsequent collapse, and smoke emerging from the Pentagon.
The September 11 precedent was one of the few surviving campaign-season taboos. It is survived by direct comparisons of one's opponents to Hitler.
The images that have been used in the past in campaign ads and videos have not been so blatently disrespectful to the families involved, and all Americans for that matter. The actual events have never been shown. Glimpses of the twin towers or planes have been used, yes. But the events of that day as they actually happened? Absolutely not. Those are off limits for political gain. Shame on McCain, Palin and the Republican Party.