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01 August 2008 @ 01:57 pm
Dear Senator McCain  
I submitted this via the Senator's office contact form online.

Senator, I am shocked by your recent "Britney" ad against your fellow Senator Obama. I looked up to you as one of the few people on the Republican side I could respect and even hoped that maybe some day you would join my party--which I expressed in a 2004 message to this office. I always figured that if you ran for president that at least I wouldn't have to be fearful of our side losing the election because you would be honorable and could work effectively with members of my party. I appreciated your candor and willingness to stand up for unpopular ideas--some from my own party--no matter what anyone else said. Even in your primary against an opponent like Romney you kept the high ground.

Now I hear you say you are proud of an ad that compares Senator Obama, who has spent his adult life trying to serve his community and society, to such people as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, known mostly for clubbing and flashing their bodies these days? You know enough about how ads work to know that even if people reject this with their conscious minds, the images remain and influence them.

I was so shocked by this ad and the fact that it was you, whom I had so respected, running it and professing to be proud of it that I mustered up what funds I could on my credit card (I am currently unemployed and struggling with disability) to donate to Barack's campaign so that he could counter your ads effectively. I suspect your ad had the unintended effect of causing many others to do the same. I implore you not to go down this road any further. I thought you had promised to address the issues and keep the campaign focused on the needs of the American people. I thought you remembered how it felt to suffer the tactics of the Bush campaign in the primaries leading up to the 2000 election.

The Britney ad followed closely on the heels of your lying publicly by saying he didn't visit the troops because he couldn't bring cameras, when he didn't bring cameras to such visits in Iraq and it was widely reported that he had no intention of doing so.

I must repeat that I am really shocked by the turn you are taking in your campaign, not just because I support Barack but because I believed you were better than that, a statesman and not just another politician. It would seem to me, if I were running your campaign, that I would recognize that honor is part of your "brand" and that if you abandon that in your tactics, you damage your own campaign. Then everything else you say will be suspect. I beg you to just admit it was a mistake and return to the high road. So many people already don't vote because they hate campaigns that end up in straw-man shouting matches rather than substantive, thoughtful debates. We need people to tune in--not tune out in disgust.


Tapati McDaniels
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on August 1st, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
:standing ovation:
Tapatitapati on August 3rd, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was just so shocked by that ad I needed to say something. I didn't want to get on his campaign mailing list so I directed it to his Senate office instead. I doubt he will ever lay eyes on it but I got it off my chest.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on August 3rd, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
More room out than in!! :D
danaewintersdanaewinters on August 2nd, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
You took the words right out of my mouth, and gave them a better vocabulary~ I used to LIKE McCain, even though he wasn't from my party, but his behavior as of late has made me truly lose respect for him. The whole Britney/Paris comparison thing just made me that much less likely to ever feel like I could trust him again. Excellent letter!
Tapatitapati on August 3rd, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I don't know what's happened to him, maybe he's finally being seduced by the end justifies the means way of thinking. Or he's so close to his dream of becoming president he just can't risk losing and is willing to do whatever has to be done to win. He seems to have convinced himself that he is doing the right thing. It's so disappointing.