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Dear Senator Clinton,

After a difficult and long campaign, I want to thank you for supporting Senator Obama and for your efforts on behalf of the Democratic Party, past and future. We all know that a divided party will simply set the stage for a John McCain victory. We can all agree with Reverend King.

“Now, what does all of this mean in this great period of history? It means that we’ve got to stay together. We’ve got to stay together and maintain unity. You know, whenever Pharaoh wanted to prolong the period of slavery in Egypt, he had a favorite, favorite formula for doing it. What was that? He kept the slaves fighting among themselves. But whenever the slaves get together, something happens in Pharaoh’s court, and he cannot hold the slaves in slavery. When the slaves get together, that’s the beginning of getting out of slavery. Now let us maintain unity.” Martin Luther King, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” April 3rd, 1968. [Italics added]

Perhaps you have heard that your supporters, or those claiming to be your supporters, have formed groups and begun web sites in order to undermine Obama’s chances in November. These sites are using your name.

Let me give you one example, “Ex-Hillary Supporters for John McCain”   Here is an excerpt from one of the first postings (June 9th, 11:30 PM) on this site. [Italics added. Grammatical and spelling errors are not corrected.]

“The belief that Hillary Clinton and Obama are alike or even close is just ludicrous.
1/ Mrs. Clinton is someone who has served this country with honor for some 35 years

2/ Mrs. Clinton has integrity OBAMA has none

3/ Jonh McCain respects Mrs. Clinton unlike Obama.

4/ Mrs. Clinton is not a racist or calls racist friends, unlike Mr. Obama whose friends are terrorist and anti semites

I could go on and on…….but the best thing about Mrs. Clinton that she will be there to clean out the barn after OBAMA gets soundly rejected by the American people”

Here is currently (June 9th, 11:30 PM) the third posting on the site:

“A lot of Americans have become so
insulated from reality that they imagine that
America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves.

Pause a moment, reflect back.
These events are actual events from history.
They really happened!!!
Do you remember?

  1. 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and

killed by a Muslim male extremist between the age of 17 and 40.

  1. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics,

athletes were kidnapped and massacred by Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.

  1. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was

taken over by Muslim male extremists between the
ages of 17 and 40.”

After enumerating more points about Muslims, here is how the post ends:

“Have the American People completely
lost their Minds, or just their Power of Reason???
I’m sorry but I refuse to take a
chance on the ‘unknown’ candidate Obama . . .”

Here is a third example from the same web site:

“I am disappointed that Hillary will not be the Democratic candidate, but there is no way I would ever vote for BHO, even if Hillary is VP. I would not vote for him simply for the reason that the man that represents the U.S., and should love our country more than any other, will not wear the most recognizable symbol of our country - the American flag on his chest. Oh, now he wears it..anything for a vote!
This man is dangerous to our democracy!
Please spread the word and encourage your friends to cast their vote against BHO!”

How many individuals on these sites are actually your supporters? I don’t know. I do know that many are speaking as if they are your supporters. I also know that John McCain is asking your supporters for their votes.

These outrageous and scurrilous attacks must be undermined. There is no one in a better position to do so than you. I ask that you denounce these attacks on Senator Obama and distance yourself immediately from web sites and organizations that engage in them. You promised that you would do everything in your power to help elect a Democrat to the White House in November. Here is one way that you can make a significant difference. Please don’t pass up the opportunity. Act now.

Mitchell A.

Originally posted to Mitchell4a on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 08:10 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Should Obama Undermine the Anti-Hillary sites out (2+ / 0-)
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    shadetree mortician, Joe Beese


  •  she'll be more effective (4+ / 0-)

    She'll be more effective, I think, engaging people the way she is now. If she were to visit one of these websites it may give them more credibility than they deserve.

    If you have the patience to try to win them over yourself, I say go for it. Don't be too discouraged if it doesn't work though. Sometimes people believe these things because they want to.

    •  Denouncing the websites without listing them is . (1+ / 0-)
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      the way to go. To specifically point them out, you are right will only promote them and give them more credibility than they deserve.

      I thing that is would be very useful for Hillary to denounce the websites and the many allegations and smears on them ....

      Old style politics of 50%+1 will NOT get us to where we need to go!!

      by SpringFever on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 09:48:09 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I don't think she has much control over those (0+ / 0-)

    People can say whatever they want on the internet... I don't think Hillary has any real influence over these people.  They're not saying what she's saying, so she's effectively denounced them already.  Naming them specifically would just give them more airtime.  If she says "Don't believe websites that claim to support me that denounce Obama," it might help a little, but I'm not sure how much.

    "I am a comedian and poet, so anything that doesn't get a laugh ... is a poem." - Bill Hicks

    by shadetree mortician on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 08:58:35 AM PDT

    •  She can demand that these websites not (0+ / 0-)

      use her name for their anti-Obama rhetoric. By allowing these cretins to use her name  to cover their slime diminishes her and her legacy. She needs to make it clear that they do not speak for her.

      Let me do right to all, and wrong no man. - Dr. C. Savage, Jr.

      by pwrmac5 on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 10:18:08 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I lost a friend this week (0+ / 0-)

    I have a long-time friend who keeps in contact with people via sending out fun emails a couple times a week.  Occasionally, she would send out political emails marked with either "Right-wing propaganda" or "Left-wing propaganda."  I asked her why she sent out the right wing stuff and she said that it was a concession to keep the right-wing people on her list so that they would be willing to receive (and hopefully read) the "left-wing propaganda" mailings.

    Recently, she's been fowarding Hillary Clinton campaign mailers.  She kept this up even after Clinton's campaign became desperate, divisive and futile, but I wasn't going to say anything until Clinton dropped out of the primary.   When things were winding down, I started sending her some anti-McCain pieces (the ones I thought were good).  She forwarded none of them.

    Then, two days ago, she forwarded a wingnut smear piece.  Ironically, the email smeared Obama's mother for being an atheist.  My friend is an atheist, and she's made a personal point of being "out and proud" here in the Bible Belt (Texas).  I sent her a response telling her never to send me racist emails again and admonishing her for perpetuating the bigoted notion that atheists are somehow un-American and untrustworthy.

    She didn't write back.

    I somehow doubt I'll ever hear from her again.

    If Hillary Clinton does not address these "supporters," specifically, I will always hold her partly responsible for this.  I may never get my friend back, but she needs to know that what she's doing isn't supporting Clinton, or women, in any way.

  •  While we're at it... (0+ / 0-)

    Obama should denounce the "Hillary Nutcracker."

    I'm not a Democrat, I'm a liberal. Democrats go to meetings.

    by willie horton on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 09:29:21 AM PDT

  •  If she did this I would fee better (0+ / 0-)

    about her.
      I refuse to read,discuss etc...anything that has to do with Clinton's attempt to gain the nomination because it is over and done.
      This is a good diary though and I agree.

  •  The unmasking of Ed Hale is just starting (0+ / 0-)

    Using a Neil Cavuto question mark, Ed Hale is a Fraud?

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