Wednesday, April 04, 2007

How low can you possibly go?

If you're John Edwards we're still not sure, but it's pretty low.

When you visit the John Edwards for President Web site, you're invited to send a sympathy note to the Edwardses. And tens of thousands of well wishers have done so since that heart-wrenching news conference two weeks ago at which Elizabeth Edwards courageously discussed her incurable cancer.

What those well wishers get in return -- e-mail messages soliciting contributions to Edwards's campaign.

Visitors to the Edwards site who choose to "send a note to Elizabeth and John" are first taken to a heartfelt letter from the candidate that was written the day after he learned that his wife's cancer had returned. Edwards thanks readers for their "prayers and wishes," vows that he and Elizabeth will "keep a positive attitude always look for the silver lining" and declares that "our campaign goes on and it goes on strongly."

Anyone who then chooses to send a note of sympathy to the Edwardses -- and, thus, provide his or her e-mail address -- automatically becomes part of the Edwards campaign's online e-mail database, a list that is crucial to any campaign's ability to raise vast amounts of money over the Internet.

If you sent a note to the Edwardses before the critical March 31 end-of-the-quarter fundraising deadline, you would have received frantic e-mail solicitations from the campaign, such as the one on March 28 from Edwards campaign manager David Bonior titled, "96 hours to show substance works." The solicitation asked for "$25, $50 or any amount you can afford to give."

By the way, this explanation from the campaign is a flat out lie:

Jonathan Prince, Edwards's deputy campaign manager, acknowledged that the campaign adds the e-mail addresses of Elizabeth Edwards's well wishers to its e-mail fundraising list. Giving a one-line explanation, he said, "Nobody gets an e-mail from us without explicitly agreeing to receive e-mails."

There is no mention whatsoever that you're agreeing to be contacted by return email when you go to the page to send a message of sympathy for any reason at all, much less a crass fund raising drive. The least they could do is solicit funds for cancer research rather than John's egotistical quest for power.

Comments:
RW,

I wonder what team this person is on.

One Democratic operative, citing comments made by Edwards, charged, "There's a certain inconsistency to, on the one hand, going out of his way to say 'don't vote for us because of this tragedy,' but then using it to solicit funds."

True, very true. Too bad whoever it is is a ruthless Democrat and is pretty much guaranteed not to have such scruples when it comes to supporting the Iraq War.
 
'Ya know RW, when Edwards first announced that he would continue his campaign even though his wife's cancer had returned, I thought, eewwwwww.

Ambition trumps family. But then I thought, it's not for me to judge. I wasn't there for the spousal discussions.

However, the more I thought about it, the more reasonable it was to conclude that someone or something would suffer. He said he would be there whenever his wife needed him.

If he were elected President, it would be the U.S. who suffered, or he may choose his duties over his wife's needs, then it would be her who suffered without him.

This shameful fund drive pretty much exposes him for what he is.

Eewwwwwwww! Oops, I already said that, didn't I?

E-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y have a great Easter weekend, and accept no rotten eggs.
 
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. John 11:25-26

Dear RW -- the Lords blessings to you and Mrs. RW, and to each and every poster here. May you all have a beautiful and peaceful Easter Sunday.

With love,

Honu
 
Ssssshhhhhhhhhh!

It's so quiet in here.

Dark too...
 
Snowball anyone?

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