22 April 2011
Dr. Ellen Lewin, Professor
University of Iowa
Department of Anthropology
An Open Letter to Dr. Ellen Lewin, U. Iowa Professor of Anthropology
I wanted to provide you with a bit of information that might help you address recent criticism of your email comments directed towards republicans.
In 2004, Dick Cheney, serving in his role as president of the Senate, purportedly told Senator Patrick Leahy to "Go fuck yourself," on the FLOOR OF THE US SENATE.
Later, in an interview with Fox News's Chris Wallace, Dick corroborated this story:
WALLACE: Did you tell Senator Leahy, “bleep yourself”?
CHENEY: I did.
WALLACE: Any qualms, second thoughts, or embarrassment?
CHENEY: No, I thought he merited it at the time and we’ve since patched over that wound.
So, my (unsolicited) advice to you is to address any further comments and/or criticism about your recent email as follows:
To paraphrase one of the most high-profile republican leaders in recent history, former Vice President Dick Cheney, regarding a similar use of language:
"I thought the University of Iowa college republicans merited my comments at the time. I, however, have moved on."
I hope this is helpful to you during this difficult time!
PS--I imagine your email inbox is filling up with messages regarding this incident. I am posting this as an open letter to you on DailyKos, in hopes that you (and others) will read it.