An Open Letter to John Lewis

It is with grave concern that I ask you to reconsider your endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama for our party's nomination. I base my request on three suppositions: The exacerbating factor that is disuniting the party is NOT Hillary R. Clinton, but Barack Obama. Given the fact that Mr. Obama's campaign engages in EXACTLY the same tactics that it professes to deplore of H.R.C., I do not see how he could change the face of politics in this country. Mr. Obama shows that he has yet to finish learning to represent his state in this country and abroad as a member of a delegation let alone as President of the United States. His philosophy that good judgement is equal to experience precludes what we all know to be true, good judgement is preceded and informed by experience.
Our party was well poised to take control of this country and turn it back well before Mr. Obama decided that he was the man to do it. Our party could now be united and ready to fight the general election. This could have caused such consternation on the other side that they would be split along ideological lines much like we are now. Instead, we are the ones who are divided, and I blame Barack Obama. It was his choice to announce for the Presidency and throw us into disarray. Mr. Obama says that he wishes to leave behind the "old politics." But when have you ever seen any instance in this campaign where he has engaged in his so-called; "new politics?" I haven't. Firstly he disillusioned me when only after two years in the Senate, he chose to run for President. As if the Senate was only a stepping stone. What of the promise he made to people of Illinois to represent them? He calls his time in the Illinois State Senate experience enough to add to his resume for the job of President. But you and I both know that such experience as his only makes him elligible to represent his state or Congressional district, and that way - to start learning the ways of federal government. How his arrogance makes him think he is ready to be President, I don't know. If that were all, I could still forgive his youthful exuberance. What I cannot forgive is his dishonest behavior. He professes to be the apostle of the "new politics," a politics based on "inclusion," speaking to the enemy, and being honest. But the reality couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, he is merely another politician, but with a better disguise and a silver tongue. In his message he distorts the facts, misquotes third party sources and takes them out of context like any other politician. And of course, he misreprents his opponent's position, misquotes her and consciously misrepresents her position - like any other politician. But he is supposed to be above all that isn't he? And so he misdirects his listeners with flowery phrases, espouses those noble sentiments and like a magician, sneaks into the message all his distortions. And under his facade, he allows his attack dogs to do the dirty work - like any other politician. He'll also learn that while in Congress, on-the-job training is apporiate, in foreign policy, it's a train wreck waiting to happen. In conclusion, I'd have to say that to me it's all Old Politics - all showmanship, and I'm not buying the ticket!

Tags: Barack Obama, Election 2008, John Lewis (all tags)

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John Lewis...

Doesn't strike me as a big MyDD reader.  Though I'd love to be proven wrong.

by Brillobreaks 2008-03-09 09:05PM | 0 recs
Is this a joke?

The essence of your argument is that Barack Obama should wait in line for the presumptive Hillary Clinton. Do you realize how offensive this whole tack is to African Americans like John Lewis? You're lucky John Lewis doesn't waste his time with this garbage.

But considering the utterly vague quality of this rant, I'm thinking it really is a joke...

by elrod 2008-03-09 09:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Is this a joke?

"But considering the utterly vague quality of this rant, I'm thinking it really is a joke...

I find it amusing that every time someone objects in principle to BO's behavior that his supporters try to dismiss it as "vague." Like people really want to bother footnoting every syllable of our views for disciples who do not deign to recognize facts or allow reality to influence their views.

I will not waste my time on that garbage.

And just why should AA's be "offended" by the views of someone who objects to BO running for president when he cannot prove he is qualified to hold the position he is running for?

You misstate and mischaracterize the diarist's views, then claim your misrepresentation version is "offensive to AA's." That seems like bullying and intimidation to me. The same old politics, in other words. You make the diarist's point.

That there is anything "new" about BO's politics is the joke.

by 07rescue 2008-03-09 10:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Is this a joke?

How is he not qualified? That is the offensive part - that you take out the right, without any evidence but pure arrogance, to say the he is not qualified.

Well, people much better suited to make that determination, like Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Chris Dodd seem to think otherwise. And Obama talked to the likes of Kennedy even before he made his decision to run.

by marcotom 2008-03-10 02:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Is this a joke?
Thank you for speaking up! If the more realistic people had been heard from earlier, then this Dionysian cult of Obama could have been slowed down. Remember it was the unfairness of an early Super Tuesday that collided with a few missteps by Hillary and Oprah's two cents that combined to jump start the Obama "phenomenon." We have to get back to evenly spacing out the primary schedule! Let the big states go last even! No state's egos should ever be massaged! We need to put that in the federal election law!
by gwojtowy 2008-03-13 08:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Is this a joke?

I also thought this was a joke, and am still not convinced it isn't....I mean I can't believe that Barack would have the temerity to announce for President and try to deny the woman to whom the presidency is owed. How dare he?

by wasder 2008-03-10 06:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Is this a joke?
Yes, but if Obama didn't run, what in my statement was wrong about the party's readiness to run?
by gwojtowy 2008-03-13 08:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Is this a joke?
So... I guess you don't mind someone butting ahead of you when you've waited for hours in line for concert tickets? Obama had it easy from the very beginning. Hillary worked for 15 years against overcoming great adversity to get to where she is. When did Obama ever encounter real opposition before?
by gwojtowy 2008-03-31 09:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Is this a joke?
I find Barack Obama to be a very good illusionist who misdirects you with one hand, while he enacts the illusion with the other. In reality, he is just another politician, only far less patient than usual.
by gwojtowy 2008-03-31 09:15AM | 0 recs
im sure lewis will give this letter

all the attention it so richly deserves!

by highgrade 2008-03-09 09:14PM | 0 recs
I'd split it up into more paragraphs... (nt)

by lizardbox 2008-03-09 11:02PM | 0 recs
Re: An Open Letter to John Lewis

His philosophy that good judgement is equal to experience precludes what we all know to be true, good judgement is preceded and informed by experience.

Except, oftentimes it isn't. Abraham Lincoln was perhaps both our greatest and our least experienced president. How do you square that?

Our party was well poised to take control of this country and turn it back well before Mr. Obama decided that he was the man to do it. Our party could now be united and ready to fight the general election. This could have caused such consternation on the other side that they would be split along ideological lines much like we are now. Instead, we are the ones who are divided, and I blame Barack Obama. It was his choice to announce for the Presidency and throw us into disarray.

The sense of entitlement emanating from many Clinton supporters is sickening. I'm sorry, my dear friend, but in America, it's NEVER anyone's turn. Hillary Clinton isn't owed a goddamn thing by this country or this party. She serves at our pleasure, not the other way around, and if she wants to be our nominee, she has to earn it.

And one other thing: You do realize that if Hillary Clinton somehow overturns the will of the pledged delegates, the Congressional careers of John Lewis, Charles Rangel, Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, and Sheila Jackson-Lee are over, right? If you think any of them can survive in 70-90% Obama districts under such a scenario, you're kidding yourself. John Lewis simply read the writing on the wall.

by RP McMurphy 2008-03-09 11:44PM | 0 recs
Re: An Open Letter to John Lewis

Except, oftentimes it isn't. Abraham Lincoln was perhaps both our greatest and our least experienced president. How do you square that?

And James Buchanan was both the most experienced person to thold the office and yet was by all accounts the worst president in history.

by Walt Starr 2008-03-10 06:37AM | 0 recs
Re: An Open Letter to John Lewis
good judgement is preceded and informed by experience.
I stand by that statement. James Buchanan obviously did not have the right kind of experience. His experience was also colored by his class, perceptions by that class of the time. Entitlement is a matter of perception for some people. Hillary Clinton is a woman, so there is some entitlement. Was Barack Obama entitled to be President simply because he tacked on time he spent in state government as part of his experience. In that case, may not one wonder why he is so quick to play down the role of experience?
by gwojtowy 2008-03-13 08:33AM | 0 recs
Re: An Open Letter to John Lewis
The law of probabilities.
by gwojtowy 2008-03-31 09:16AM | 0 recs
Are you a constituent of John Lewis?

I think the letters from his constituents had a lot to do with his decision.

by Walt Starr 2008-03-10 06:36AM | 0 recs
Re: An Open Letter to John Lewis

You mean threats from Obama's national co-chair?

by LakersFan 2008-03-10 11:35AM | 0 recs

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