Open Letters To Senator Clinton and Senator Obama. No more squabbling!


I submitted these two to the two candidate’s web sites this afternoon. I wrote to Senator Clinton first, then Senator Obama, re-using as much as I could, since I had similar messages for both of them.

Dear Senator Clinton,
Dear Senator Clinton,
My wife and I are lifelong, registered, Democrats. We watched the debate sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus last night. We were appalled by the tone your negative, mud-slinging attack on Senator Obama set. We were nearly as appalled that he’d come prepared to wallow in petty finger-pointing with you, but you clearly started it, sustained it and lost the most by it.

You cannot seriously go back through every vote Senator Obama has cast in his lifetime in elected office, with your own vote to support President Bush’s dishonest war standing there in the room with you like the proverbial elephant. Don’t go there. You have no credibility. This is precisely the ‘old’ politics that we, the people, want change *away* from.

Nor should you go back into anybody’s prior legal work for ammunition to attack their character. You have nothing to gain. Many voters remember the mysterious appearance of your *lost* law records in White House.

Your behavior at the debate was not worthy of a leading candidate, much less a President. If you want to be President, you must *act* like a President. By all means, have a “war-room” somewhere that responds, quickly, strongly and truthfully, to rumor, inuendo, suggestions and lies. But don’t use your precious and brief time in the spotlight to generate more of that garbage, or even to respond to the great majority of it. The President of the United States of America doesn’t descend to petty gotcha politics.

The President of the United States of America has a full-time job understanding the situations we find ourselves in, both foriegn and domestic. They also have a full time job synthesizing a vision of where the country is going, and leading toward that vision. Not simply reacting to the events of the day, year or century. You need not farm out most of the job the way the present office holder did when he started, but you cannot micro-manage the executive branch. Jimmy Carter proved this for all time, by trying and failing. Even malignant egomaniacs like Richard Nixon deligated. You must too. And when you do, be crystal clear on what you want done, and hold people accountable. Starting with yourself.

At this point, the 2008 Presidential election is yours to lose. You took a big step toward losing last night. Don’t repeat it, and it will be forgotten. If you do repeat it, last night will be remembered as the beginning of the end.

Best Regards,
Bill Abbott
Dear Senator Obama,

My wife and I are lifelong, registered, Democrats. We watched the debate sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus last night. We were appalled by the tone Senator Clinton’s negative, mud-slinging attack on you set. We were nearly as appalled that you’d come prepared to wallow in petty finger-pointing with her. She clearly started it, sustained it and lost the most by it. You dind’t do yourself many favors, however, and you need a better strategy for the future.

You cannot seriously go back through every vote Senator Clinton has cast, without going into her vote to support President Bush’s dishonest war. You got that one right, but the challenge now is what to do. We cannot go back and fix the past. Senator Clinton’s descent into mud slinging is precisely the ‘old’ politics that we, the people, want change *away* from. If you feel the need to criticize her for a vote, stay in the top 5 you disagree with. Make your point, and move on.

Your behavior at the debate was not worthy of a leading candidate, much less a President. If you want to be President, you must *act* like a President. By all means, have a “war-room” somewhere that responds, quickly, strongly and truthfully, to rumor, inuendo, suggestions and lies. But don’t use your precious and brief time in the spotlight to respond to that kind of garbage, at least not the great majority of it. And don’t generate more of it. The President of the United States of America doesn’t descend to petty gotcha politics.

The President of the United States of America has a full-time job understanding the situations we find ourselves in, both foriegn and domestic. They also have a full time job synthesizing a vision of where the country is going, and leading toward that vision. Not simply reacting to the events of the day, year or century. You need not farm out most of the job the way the present office holder did when he started, but you cannot micro-manage the executive branch. Jimmy Carter proved this for all time, by trying and failing. Even malignant egomaniacs like Richard Nixon deligated. You must too. And when you do, be crystal clear on what you want done, and hold people accountable. Starting with yourself.

At this point, the 2008 Presidential election is Senator Clinton’s to lose, but I’m rooting for you. She took a big step toward losing last night. Don’t jump on the same, sinking, ship. I support you because I sensed you were less inclinded to that kind of politics. I gave the local volunteers a check for your campaign and I wear one of your buttons, today. Don’t make me regret that decision. Watch the tape of last night. Senator Edwards is the one who looks Presidential. I’m sure he’d appreciate my vote.

Best Regards,
Bill Abbott

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