It’s a Pink Floyd song, which just happened to pop up near the end of my workout this morning. This part immediately reminded me of the most annoyingly repeated phrase in last night’s debate.

Would you like to see Britannia
Rule again, my friend?
All you have to do is follow the worms.
Would you like to send our colored cousins
Home again, my friend?

In the past, this same repetition of “my friend” has often been used by the very worst kind of demagogues in a “my friends and I are going to bash some heads and we might make a mistake if you don’t look friendly enough” kind of way. I’m not saying that McCain is trying to send a specifically racist message here but, given his penchant for bullying and his paid-up subscription to the “with us or against us” way of thinking, I don’t think he meant “my friend” as an appeal to somebody like me.