The Globe reports today from Lakeville, Minnesota on the most touchingly pathetic moment of the presidential campaign to date:

McCain was booed at a town-hall meeting here when he rebuked a man who said he was “scared…to bring a child up” under an Obama presidency. “I have to tell you he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States,” McCain said to audible disapproval.

The man was one of nine who appealed to McCain to confront Obama more forcefully, several of them raising specific controversies dominating news, including Obama’s relationships with Bill Ayers and the group ACORN. McCain seized the microphone from the hands of a woman who called Obama “an Arab,” and scolded her.