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Open Letter to Peter Feldman, the McCain spokesman who hawked the fake Ashley Todd attack story

Posted by trumanesque on October 25, 2008

Dear Mr. Feldman,

Bet you couldn’t believe your candidate’s luck.  Here he is, getting crushed in the polls both nationally and in Pennsylvania, where you represent the local McCain campaign.  Then, suddenly, one of your volunteers, a cherubic-looking Southern white girl, says she’s been brutally attacked by a menacing, 6 foot 4 inch black man.  Even better, she says that he blurted out his motive, that he’s a Barack Obama supporter and she was obviously a McCain supporter.  Being both black and an Obama supporter, he could not contain his rage at the sight of the other side, and so he robbed her, beat her, fondled her, and carved a “B” into his face with a four-inch knife, yelling “You’re going to support Barack!”  That’s one version of what she said.

This is manna from heaven.  This shows to whites in Western Pennsylvania how really dangerous Obama and his kind are:  Lawless, violent, “disrespectful,” oversexed.  Can’t keep their hands off our women.  This is “Birth of a Nation” all over again.  It’s a turning point for McCain in PA and maybe among the rest of white America.  No way they’re going to vote for the big, scary black guy now–look what happens.

So you immediately rush this story out to at least two local news outlets, and on it goes.  Your version is more incendiary than the police version:  “It’s because she’s a McCain supporter!  He carved a B in her face!”  you cry.  Soon every right-wing radio talk show host and FOX news (aka Old Faithful) are breathlessly reporting this story as a turning point in the campaign.  Not that they’re racist, they insist, but because people will think they don’t know enough about Obama.  (“How can we be sure he won’t do the same thing?”) 

You’re feeling pretty good about yourself.  Never mind that you didn’t wait until the police finished their investigation, or that the “B” on her face was backwards, or that the whole story seemed really, really, really outlandish.  It played to the fear of many whites, especially older whites, who were born to a country where the Negroes were kept separate, where they were taught to fear integration, miscegenation, mongrelization.  You knew instinctively that this incident, if publicized just enough, is good for John McCain the Republican candidate.  Racial fears have been good for Republicans since the Civil Rights Act, especially since Nixon used them to pull Southern whites away from voting Democratic.  You can see yourself moving up party ranks, maybe even a position in the McCain administration, as the secret hero of the surprise McCain comeback.

Now it’s been revealed as a hoax.  Before it was, John Moody, the VP of FOX News, wrote in a memo that if this story was a hoax, the McCain campaign would be finished, forever linked to race-baiting.  What could he have meant, other than your hawking of this fake story to McCain’s advantage?  Isn’t that the campaign race-baiting he’s talking about?  Isn’t your status as an agent for the McCain campaign the only “link” to this absurdedly ugly, so-slimey-I-need-to-take-a-shower episode?  Yes, the girl was primarily to blame, but she’s a clearly disturbed College Republican volunteer.  You’re the one who ran with it, you’re the one who tried to give the story “legs.”  And you did so in your capacity as spokesman for the John McCain for President campaign. 

If you do not immediately resign, or are not immediately fired, the McCain campaign will be guilty not just of your actions (which it already is), but of validating them.  The defense that “Oh, it was just an honest mistake” won’t cut it.  You advanced an unconfirmed but racially charged story for the benefit of your candidate.  That candidate is rightly judged by the people he hires and their actions.  This type of mud sticks, and is hard to get off.  Every American who heard that story before it was debunked has a right to feel that he or she has been “played” by the McCain campaign.  Again.

Just when I think it can’t get any worse, somebody from the McCain campaign pulls this crap.  It now reeks of desparation, and you have driven the final (I hope) nail in the coffin of John McCain’s once-tenable reputation.  Pleasant dreams.

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Looking for an Obama sign?

Posted by Annie on October 14, 2008

If you’re one of the many people seeking Obama yard signs in Harford county and aren’t having much luck finding information online, here’s some help.

There are two Obama offices in Harford County: one in Aberdeen and one in Bel Air. The Aberdeen office is at 401 Market Street (either Suite 400 or 401, I have two different addresses in my emails) and the phone number is 410-297-8530. We’ve also received a comment on this blog that you can go to the Obama office in Bel Air on a weekday between 9 and 5 for a sign.  That office is at 137 Alice Ann St # B.  The office at 202 South Main St, at the corner of South Main and Churchville Road (Route 22) is the office for Frank Kratovil (thanks for the correction).  I’m unable to find a phone number for the Bel Air office but you can always stop by during the hours I mentioned.  One last option: you can email harfordcountyforbarackobama@gmail.com.

Don’t feel too badly about the lack of signs in Harford County; part of the issue is that since Maryland is a strong blue state, there aren’t many free Obama signs floating around.  If you lived in Ohio and wanted a sign, it’d be much easier to get one!  Many of the signs that are available were paid for by donations from the individual folks involved in the Harford for Obama campaign; thanks for all your work and dedication!  I’ve been thrilled with the number of people asking me about getting Obama signs, in my daily life, when they see my bumper sticker in a parking lot, as I worked at the Democratic Party table at the Darlington Apple Festival…it’s makes me hopeful for Harford County!

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