Rotten Comments By Barack Obama
The following is a letter I recently wrote to Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.
Dear Senator Obama:
My name is Neil Aquino. I live in Houston, Texas. I am writing to tell you how disappointed I am with your characterization of the late Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota as a “gadfly.”
Senator Wellstone was a great champion of liberalism. His vote against the Iraq War, his advocacy of issues for those suffering from mental illness and his willingness to stand for his liberal beliefs remain a source of inspiration to many Americans.
You appear to see Senator Wellstone’s legacy as being little more than that of a nuisance.
Norm Coleman and his allies used lies about behavior at Senator Wellstone’s funeral for political gain in Mr. Coleman’s campaign against Walter Mondale. Now it appears you are modeling yourself on Senator Coleman’s shameful conduct. You’ve twisted Paul Wellstone’s record after his death to signify you are more a centrist than a liberal.
Maybe you are more to the center than to the left. That is a matter between you and the people of Illinois. I just wonder why you picked such a lousy way to make the point.
Such conduct may, or may not, help you politically. It will never, however, win you the respect who people who have given much effort to elect candidates such as Paul Wellstone, or, before these unfortunate remarks, you.
As an active participant in the process who discusses politics with many different people around the country, I had looked forward to your political career and the optimism it seemed to represent. Now I don’t feel that way at all.