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An Open Letter to McCain


By Barbara Gordon - Posted on 30 September 2008

I'd like to expand on a point that John made overnight. John wrote (I'm using some license in my paraphrasing, here) that it's no longer possible to try to argue that Palin is qualified. It's increasingly accepted, even by noted conservatives, that her selection was a mistake on McCain's part. But John also suggests that this is not the time for Palin-bashing. Nothing can come of it. The focus here should not be on Palin herself, her qualifications or her lack thereof. The scrutiny should be focused on McCain: on his decision to include Palin on his ticket, and on what that says about his judgment; as well as on his reluctance to concede any of Palin's weaknesses, and on what that says about his ability to admit and account for mistakes.

In that vein I'd like to submit this letter, respectfully, for Senator McCain's consideration:

Senator McCain,

While I appreciate your efforts to bring some excitement into the race and to promote women with the selection of your vice presidential candidate, I think it's time that we level. Frankly, you owe us an apology. In fact, you owe us lots of apologies.

For starters, I'd suggest:

an apology to your own supporters for subjecting them to this, for putting them in a position where they must attempt to defend this nearly indefensible selection;

an apology to the critics for your constant accusations of sexism whenever anyone tries to suggest the truth about the unpreparedness of your runningmate;

an apology to women for presuming that we would flock to your ticket simply for the sake of supporting a woman, with utter disregard for that woman's policies or qualifications;

an apology to Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Kathleen Sebelius, and the myriad other women more qualified but overlooked in favor of an attractive yet generally inexperienced and incoherent neophyte;

an apology to Christians for attempting to represent them and appeal to them by the selection a fundamentalist Christian so extreme that she's almost caricature of evangelical American Christianity;

an apology to the Palin family for treating them like nothing more than political capital;

and, finally,

an apology to America as a whole, for subjecting us to international exposure like this and this and this.

Mr. McCain, I've heard that you're a good man, an honorable man, even. So I respectfully suggest that it's time to own up.

I have friends that are passionate McCain supporters. They reveled in the selection of Ms. Palin, shouting her name from the rooftops in joyous celebration of her appointment. Then, a couple of weeks later, they tried to give her the benefit of the doubt as her apparent weaknesses became known. Recently they've resigned themselves to the reality that Palin is neither qualified nor informed enough for this appointment. And now, aghast at the ongoing debacle that is this woman's national debut, they've become almost livid that the presidential candidate they have so faithfully trusted and supported has put them in a position that they must try to defend and support this woman.

So I implore you, Mr. McCain, you owe it to your supporters if to no one else. It's time to say you're sorry.

Awesome blog post Barbara!!!!  :::applauding:::

McCain's obvious disdain for women in general repulses me.  I too used to think he was an honorable man.  Those days are long gone.  I truly feel like he has with his theatrics and shenanigans turned our whole electoral process into a joke.

Senator McCain, we are awaiting your apology.  Not that we, the American people, actually expect one.  After all, that would mean that you would have to step up and admit that you were WRONG and that will never happen.

McCain's obvious disdain for women in general repulses me.  I too used to think he was an honorable man.  Those days are long gone.  I truly feel like he has with his theatrics and shenanigans turned our whole electoral process into a joke.

Senator McCain, we are awaiting your apology.  Not that we, the American people, actually expect one.  After all, that would mean that you would have to step up and admit that you were WRONG and that will never happen.

 

My friend it will be a cold day in hell before Mccain ever apologizes for what he does. However this is what middle America wants and this is what they get. Put their stupidity on full display as Mccain is doing. Like I told my friend Mccain did not want this woman, but listening to these bible-thumping muslim hating ignorant Christians, he chose Palin, heck he could've chosen Hucakbee and I would've voted for them.

Also ignorant hillary supporters kept running their stupid mouths about how their feelings were hurt and how they were going to vote for Mccain well here it is tell them  to vote for him. Now guess what she is so anti-woman until it's not even funny and now they are up in arms saying I dare Mccain do that, well guess what he did, deal with it.

Well said!! Even my idiot brother, who will still vote for McCain, no longer tries to defend her. All he says to every argument is that she's good looking. That's all there is. The GOOD thing is that she is beginning to make a lot of people very nervous. Perhaps those folks will stay home and not vote, or perhaps when they get behind the curtain, they will pull the lever for Obama. Who knows? If they pull the lever for McCain, then they will get what they deserve. Only problem is that they take all the rest of us with them!

All my friends who support McCain and originally loved Palin have one by one said, "psst, Barbara, it turns out you were right." Although it seems that quite a few of them have conveniently forgotten that they were ever Palin apologists to begin with. (I've decided to be nice and not forward them their old emails to jog their memories.)

I do think McCain has found himself in a pickle. I'm not sure what he's going to do. I'm guessing they'll just push the liberal media angle as hard as they can.

This is an articulate and well-written open letter to McCain. Well done! I have sent this to a handful of business associates and friends this morning who have been hashing this issue about.

Thanks for taking the time to develop this piece. Perhaps you could get this into the mainstream media.

 

 

Great post and fitting song too. McCain needs to stop saying he is putting his country first, because he sure as hell did not when he picked Sarah knowing full well that he is a 72 year old cancer survivor.... I am livid when I think of this. And the best line of this post is below: to the Palin family for treating them like nothing more than political capital. This is sick!!!!

And the best line of this post is below: to the Palin family for treating them like nothing more than political capital.

Yes, political damage and/or collateral damage. 

"an apology to women for presuming that we would flock to your ticket simply for the sake of supporting a woman, with utter disregard for that woman's policies or qualifications."

AMEN AMEN AMEN...that is what I have been saying since he announced her nomination!!  (or at least trying to say-you worded it much better than I have!)  The very idea is insulting (or should be) to every woman in the country.  I think that secretly, even women who are still supporting McShame are insulted, they just can't/won't admit to it! I'm all for a woman on either ticket, just one who represents what American women are and can be, not one incapable of formulating a sentence...Thanks Barbara for a beautifully written blog!

Your letter is better than the one I mailed.

Dear John McCain,

Out of respect for yourself and your fellow Americans, we ask that you do what your signs proclaim "Country First,' by dropping out of the race.  As a former POW, which is your claim to fame, you have stipulated that you will do what's best for the American people.  So, I ask you at what point will you step out from your selfish acts and serve your country the best way possible?   I do believe that you can best serve many by remaining as a Senator, but being POTUS is not your calling.

Thanks in advance,

A Deflected Mississippi Republican  

Barbara that was very very creative. This would have to be my favorite thread since joining this forum. BTW, I have aways loved that song.

Obama/Biden 2008

I have a question for this group.  I just recently joined. Im not as astute politically as most of you in this fiorum and I am a democrat.  I was told and from what I could see that republicans dont care about the poor and only the rich and they lie.  Well when I found this forum I see that is not true.  It seems to me the majority of the political republicans have a lot of money and cater to the rich.  Dont get me wrong I know there is evil on both sides, I personally liked the John McCain of long ago.

 

I joined this forum because Im a black female who wants to understand the politics of both camps (yes Im for Obama).  I want him not because he is black but because he is intelligent and he didnt grow up with a silver spoon his mouth.  Im no big fan of Mr Reagan either but I thought Gerald Ford and Nixon were good Republican presidents.  If Jesse Jackson were running or Charlie Rangel or Al Sharpton I would not vote for them because they are black!  I think Obama is a leader and he can get half of the job done.  Picking Palin was the worst thing he could have done, I dont blame her for accepting

she sees an opportunity and she ran with it and I cant blame her for that.  I was highly offended at the convention when she thought it was funny that Obama

was a community organizer. That takes a lot of work!

Well enough of my rant I like this forum and I hope I have not offended anyone.  Im here to learn and I can see that not all republicans are rich and for the rich only.

I will make daily comments as I go along.  Please explain to me what the old republican credo is other than guns,

pro-life and war because I hate to say it but thats all we

were taught that you believe as democrats.

 

 

Colleen,

 I like your perspective and your interest.  It's funny -- I am independent but normally lean republican because I am for less tax and less government.

I think it is easy to see Republicans as for the rich and for the rich only.  That's what we hear.  I think it is easy to see the Democrats as the rich people that regret it and are therefore for the poor.  That's what we hear.  I'm tired of both of them.

I'm trying to sort it out myself at http://capitalistcritic.blogspot.com.

 

 

 

Colleen - I was brought up in a strong Republican family with relatives who were elected officials.  I was taught as a child that Republicans were people of high ideals and I saw this carried out in my family by actions as well as words.  My family originally joined the Party partly because of their anti-slavery sentiment (I'm a Southerner).   Yes, my family had money, but it was drilled into me that people who had more were expected to give more, from money to community service to making sure all people were treated fairly and with dignity.  These, to me, were Republican values. 

Nowadays, I am the first one to admit (and despair) that this Party has lost its way.  When I see the lies and dishonesty coming from Republicans...well, it makes me furious.  It makes me want to tell them to call themselves something else because they are not Republicans.  I'm not sure what is worse - the greed the richer Republicans have turned to, or the ignorance and dogma the new right-wingers seem so proud of.  I am sorry that you and so many others only see what is happening now with this Party, and not all the good things we have done in the past...though we cannot rest on those laurels anymore.  As far as I'm concerned, if we don't change, if we don't stand up and demand the so-called Republican leaders give us our Party back, we have lost all that forever.  It makes me very sad, but if the Democrats and/or Barack Obama can restore some kind of honor and integrity to politics these days, then as an American I feel it would be wrong for me not to support that change.  And that, too, IMO, is a Republican charge: we should love America enough to do the right thing for it, no matter if it means looking at ourselves and saying...we have lost our way and we cannot take America down with us. 

Welcome, and thank you for being so open-minded to judge us on our own merits and not those of some of our fellow Republicans. 

I have my own open letter -- but it's for Obama and McCain both.  http://capitalistcritic.blogspot.com/2008/09/open-letter-to-senators-obama-and.html

I think that you do the conversation disservice to talk superficially about his choice of VP -- which admittedly is embarassing and ridiculous.  That said, it's not all about women, and being annoyed that he made such a stupid move doesn't really help sort our the actual issues which are not so gender-related.

If you knew more about us, you would know that we discuss things on all levels...from the superficial to the twists and turns of the most serious issues, which we have been able to sort out quite well.

I read your blog, and can only assume that you were/are a Ron Paul or Barr supporter.  Good luck to you and your candidate.

Barbara, what can I say?  This could well be the best blog post you've ever written, and you've written some really good ones.

If McCain were to apologize for any of the things you mentioned, I would accept his apology, and think him to be a better man for having the courage to do it.  But, I still would not be able to entrust him with the future of my country.  With the future of my children and grandchildren.  I have five precious grandsons, and do not want to see them sent into a senseless war, to see them struggle economically, or have them never to know the pride felt in being an American; The leader of the free world.  I want them to be able to look upon the President of the United States as a man to be respected, one they can trust to lead our nation to be a place that respects every individual, not only the rich and powerful. 

So forgive John McCain I would gladly do.  But I would still want Barack Obama to be that President that my grandsons could look to with admiration and pride.    

Thanks, Suzi.

I just can't believe how angry my McCain-friends are becoming toward their own candidate.  They're really embarrassed about this whole circus.

I don't blame them.  I have no idea how they can defend the ticket.  If their bias' cause them to vote for McCain in the privacy of the booth, that's one thing.  But to attempt to publicly defend them maked the defender look not so bright...and that is truly embarassing.

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