The Washington Times - August 1, 2008, 09:58AM

“They’re not just attacking me. They’re attacking you.”



Sen. Barack Obama told his supporters that last night, asking them for a donation before the midnight fundraising deadline to “prove them wrong in a very concrete way.”


Regardless of whether character attacks and negative campaigning work, Obama has long been able to turn them into an applause line, and to fodder to raise cash.


Here’s the full email:


A few hours ago John McCain, the same man who just months ago promised to run a “respectful campaign,” said he is “proud” of his latest attack ad.

That’s the one attacking your enthusiasm, comparing me to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, and making false claims about my energy plan.

Now, we’re facing some serious challenges in this country — our economy is struggling, energy costs are skyrocketing, and families don’t have health care.

Given the seriousness of these issues, you’d think we’d be having a serious debate. But instead, John McCain is running an expensive, negative campaign against us. Each day brings a desperate new set of attacks.

And they’re not just attacking me. They’re attacking you.

They’re mocking the desire of millions of Americans to step up and take ownership of the political process.

They’re trying to convince you that your enthusiasm won’t amount to anything — that the people you persuade, the phone calls you make, the donations you give, the doors you knock on are all an illusion. They believe that in this election the same old smears and negative attacks will prevail again.

They’re wrong.

And right now, we have a few hours left to prove them wrong in a very concrete way.

Make a donation of $5 or more before the July fundraising deadline at midnight tonight.

Show the strength of our movement for change.

Thank you,



Stephen Dinan has a great piece in today’s paper about how the race for the White House has turned into a contest of who can toss the better insult. Read it here.


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Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times


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