Thursday, February 08, 2007

My Letter to Sen. John McCain

Dear Senator McCain,

I am writing to you about your decision to retain Terry Nelson as your campaign manager in your bid to run as the Republican Presidential candidate in 2008, in spite of the fact that his production of a controversial 2006 campaign advertisement was deemed racist. Not only that but in your defense of Nelson you have told falsehoods regarding this commercial and his involvement with it.

In your statement on the matter, you claimed...[Terry] realized it was a mistake to sign off on the ad and subsequently resigned from the group of people that approved of it.

However, Nelson in fact very publicly defended the commerical in October of 2006 and there is no indication that Nelson ever resigned from his position with the RNC.

You also told ABC's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos that, My response is that these are good people who were doing as they were instructed. They are people who shape the message, don't dictate it.

Nelson was not doing as instructed because he oversaw the RNC unit that produced the ad.

Also, Sir you are hiring the very team who was responsible for the swiftboat ads during the 2004 Presidential campaign which at the time you called dishonest and dishonorable.

As you are well aware, Sen. McCain the present Administration have repeatedly lied to the American public in regards the Iraq war and it is imperative for our next President to be honest and straight forward with the American people.

Also with the racial problems in this country it goes without saying that it would be a terrible mistake for you to have people representing you who harbor racist attitudes.

I regret to inform you, sir that because of these flaws I see in your character and the character of the people you have representing you I will not consider you as a contender for President in 2008 nor would I vote for you. I expect the next person to hold the highest office in the land to be honest and upright, unfortunately that is not you.

With regret,

Southern Gal


JohnMcG said...

Fair enough.

Southern Gal said...

Hello John,

I just wanted to remind you that there are always two sides to every coin.

Have a great day.


Clot said...

Notwithstanding the raw power of an indictment which specifies that the Ford ad "was deemed racist", one wonders nonetheless who these Deemers are, the basis for the Deeming, and whether the opinions of the Deemers are dispositive of the question. I found the Ford ad nasty and silly at the same time, but "racist" is a stretch, and it must not be self-evidently or conclusively racist or else we wouldn't need any Deemers in the first place.

The comments of the Edwards staffers, on the other hand, are explicitly contemptuous of religious adherents as religious adherents. Or would you also say that the comments merely "were deemed offensive"?

Southern Gal said...

Well, but you see, Clot, I deem, you deem, we ALL deem and I do not deem what the women Edwards hired to be anything but clever in what they said and it did not offend me in the slightest. On the other hand, I did deem Nelson's commercial to be racist and I consider McCain to be a liar.

Every deemer has an opinion, which of course they are entitled to.