Like the French generals who executed enlisted men for “cowardice” to cover up their own shortcomings during the First World War, John McCain’s campaign staff is now looking for a convenient scapegoat in the person of Governor Sarah Palin.
First and foremost, the McCain campaign selected Palin to be John McCain’s running mate. Even if the rumors are true (e.g. she thought Africa is a country as opposed to a continent, just as Joe Biden apparently thought that Franklin Roosevelt announced the Pearl Harbor attack on television), it was the staff’s job to review her credentials and those of other candidates ahead of time. If the staff failed to do so adequately, it set Palin and therefore McCain up for failure.
Second, we know of at least one dropped ball and blown opportunity. We called the McCain headquarters repeatedly to bring to its attention a letter from Hillary Clinton’s campaign counsel, Lyn Utrecht, that accused Obama of harassing, intimidating, and suppressing voters during the Nevada caucuses. We faxed and E-mailed copies of this letter to McCain headquarters, and also to some state campaign offices. Had the campaign publicized this letter’s conclusion in 30-second commercial slots, it would have utterly demolished Hillary Clinton’s new-found support for her party’s candidate while adding real flames (credible allegations of misconduct by Obama’s own campaign) to the smoke (voter registration fraud) of the ACORN controversy.
- There is no place in the American electoral process for the types of voter suppression, intimidation and harassment systematically engaged in by the Obama campaign, its allies and supporters.
Sincerely, Lyn Utrecht
Counsel Hillary Clinton for President
While various Hillary Clinton support groups like PUMA did re-post this letter on their Web sites–the optical character transcription of the Adobe Acrobat original that we provided helped–McCain’s people did not get back to us, and they did not act on this opportunity. Like a less than diligent maintenance crew that forgets to arm a Navy warplane with a full load of missiles, or doesn’t bother to top off the fuel tanks, McCain’s people let their “pilot” down. If they continue to badmouth Sarah Palin, she should make their own shortcomings clear to the entire world.