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June 04, 2007

Little Johnny Edwards and the Pecan Pie

Not long ago I signed up at the John Edward's campaign site in order to get one of those nifty "Support the Troops. End the War" bumperstickers he was offering [free while supplies last!] just prior to his Let's turn Memorial Day into a day all about ME campaign stunt.

This also included being on his email list and I have to say, it's turned out quite entertaining. There is the "BushCo's Vast Rightwing Conspiracy is out to GET JOHN" one from his deputy campaign manager. Then there's the faux folksy "let's celebrate John's Birthday [send more money]" one from his mama, Bobbie.

Here are the emails in their entirety

Subject: Message to Bush:It ends here

Dear Friend,

Like you, we're all very troubled that Congress is backing down to the president and getting ready to give him another blank check to keep the war going.

How could this happen?

Unfortunately, it's simple. The president and his allies—the whole right-wing buzz machine—are doing what they do every time someone opposes them. They attack their patriotism, call them weak, castigate them for not supporting the troops and don't let up until they get their way. That's the whole point of the political doctrine they call the "global war on terror"—it's a sledgehammer they use to crush opposition by twisting the meaning of patriotism, and it's given us the worst abuses and biggest mistakes of the Bush Administration, from Guantanamo to the war in Iraq.

The only way to beat them is to stand our ground and not give an inch. That's what John Edwards did today.

Today, he went to the heart of America's foreign policy establishment and called out the Bush crowd for their misuse of patriotism. He had the guts to say what all of us know—that the Bush Terror Doctrine has failed our troops and failed America by straining our military to the breaking point and sowing chaos around the world.

John Edwards offered a clear plan to rebuild our forces and cure the damage inflicted on our military by Bush's policies. He offered a vision of an America where moral leadership is once again the rule, and where we are stronger and more secure because of it.

So guess what happened?

The sledgehammer of the global war on terror came right out again—this time aimed squarely at John Edwards. Today, the national Republican party launched a vicious attack at John for asking Americans to speak out to support the troops and end the war.

They actually accused him of profiteering from the war because he's asked for your support and even had the nerve to ask you to pay the cost of a tee shirt. Of course, if the RNC really wants to attack someone for profiteering, they should call Dick Cheney's friends at Halliburton and ask them to return the billions of dollars they've made on a war that Dick Cheney promoted from day one.

Enough is enough. We need to reclaim patriotism from this crowd that has abused it over and over again.

We have a right to speak out. We have a right to stand up for our beliefs. And we have a responsibility to support the campaign that is leading the way and working to end this war.

So join us. Visit the website. Make your voice heard. Contribute to the campaign—whatever you can do. I just donated $100—even $10 will help. But make no mistake—the only thing more powerful than their sledgehammer is your voice, so we need your help right now.


Tell the White House, tell the country, tell the world—John Edwards, you, all of us—we are patriots, and we will not be silenced by their terror rhetoric.

It ends today. It ends now. It ends right here.

Thank you.

--Jonathan Prince
Deputy Campaign Manager
John Edwards for President

P.S. Another critical way to make your voice heard is to join the thousands of us who are taking local action this weekend to directly support the troops end the war. To find and join an action near you, or to sign up to organize your own action, go to:
www. SupportTheTroopsEndTheWar.com

Now that there is some entertainment.
Subject: Celebrate 6-10-53:John's Birthday

Dear D.,

It was nearly 54 years ago when my husband Wallace borrowed $50 to bring me and our new born boy home from the hospital back in Seneca, South Carolina. Today, a lot of people know John as an advocate, a senator, and maybe even as the next president. But Wallace and I will always know him simply as our son.

Next Sunday, June 10th, is our son John's birthday, and I'd like to ask you to help celebrate with us. Nothing would make John happier on his birthday than seeing how many people share his vision for this country and are ready to lend a hand.

We know everyone can't give a lot. But it's not about how much, it's about how many.

If every one of us gives just $6.10 to John's campaign before 6/10, we can do so much together for this country. Let's make John's birthday a celebration for America. Please add your $6.10 today:


And what's a birthday celebration without dessert? If you're able to give $6.10 to the campaign before 6/10 I'll send you a copy of my old family recipe for pecan pie—it's quite a favorite around here.

I wish I could make enough pie to thank everyone who supports my son. But the next best thing is to send you my secret recipe and hope that on June 10th we can both enjoy a slice.

Thank you,

--Bobbie Edwards
Robbins, North Carolina

P.S. Thank you so much for supporting John. Please do what you can to help him.

It's all about the pie!

crossposted at Protein Wisdom


Posted by Darleen at June 4, 2007 08:49 PM


One of the first things I noticed was his reference to "The president and his allies—the whole right-wing buzz machine".

I don't think he knows what the word "buzz" means. "Hype" is when marketers are blasting you repeatedly with a message. "Buzz" is when everybody's talking about something -- that is, not centrally organized.

The trick that marketers try to pull off is to create hype that looks like buzz. Y'know, like sending out a letter written by marketing types and signed by your mom.

Posted by: Stephen Rider at June 8, 2007 08:04 AM