Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Letter to John McCain

Dear Senator McCain,

Your career in the United States Congress is long and accomplished enough that you have the luxury of running your presidential campaign based solely on your distinguished record and service.  You don't need to resort to simply trashing your opponent.  You certainly don't need to resort to shameless, petty twistings of the truth that would have Karl Rove nodding his head in approval.

On that note, please stop lying about Senator Obama's nixed visit to the Landstuhl military base in Germany last week.  Obama, who was traveling with his presidential campaign staff and not his Senate staff, was told by the Pentagon that there were concerns that, were he to visit the base as a presidential candidate with his campaign staff, his meet-and-greet would be seen by some as petty political campaigning - which I'm sure you would have quickly and appropriately criticized him for.  He canceled his visit as a means of avoiding politics as much as possible.  (And, oh, by the way, he spoke with troops by phone, to assuage any concerns that they might be getting "slighted" somehow - though it's ridiculous to even suggest that.)

Now, you have an ad airing in battleground states that purports that Obama canceled his trip to "go to the gym" - as if he were more concerned with his six-pack than American servicemen and women.  Senator McCain, this is, frankly, bullshit, and I expected better of you.  You are downright lying - twisting innocent actions (or, in this case, non-actions) in a desperate attempt to make your opponent seem like some selfish, insidious, unpatriotic sleazebag.

Areen't you supposed to be the candidate of "straight talk?"  I would think that, considering you are a veteran and war hero, you'd think twice before concocting a fake controversy involving our nation's troops (albeit indirectly).  You should be ashamed of yourself.  You are running an angry campaign littered with flubs (Iraq/Pakistan, Sunni/Shia, Czechoslovakia, Iraq-was-the-first-major-conflict-after-9/11) and falsehoods (gas tax holidays and offshore drilling will make it all better!) - to say nothing of the fact that your second run for the presidency is unenthusiastic, uninspiring, meandering, directionless and, at this point in time, purely reactive to the actions of the Obama campaign.

I wasn't going to vote for you anyway, but I sure as hell used to like you - a lot.  For a long time, you were my favorite Republican, though Chuck Hagel has long since taken that title from you.  And I must ask, shouldn't your campaign be about something?  Your first one was.  But you're not a maverick anymore, you're wrong on just about, well, everything (in my opinion) and now you have resorted to lying.  Lying!  You.  John McCain.  That's not a "leader we can believe in."

The kicker in all this?  That crock-of-shit ad you're airing blasting Obama for not respecting our troops?  In the ad, you include video of Obama - in a room full of troops.

Somewhere along the line, your Straight Talk Express got derailed.  For all of our sakes, get it back on track.  You're embarrassing yourself.

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