First off, to give McCain credit, here's the March statement from the memo distributed by Davis in early March. I quote:
"It is critical as we prepare to face off with whomever the Democrats select as their nominee, that we all follow John's lead and run a respectful campaign focused on the issues.... Throughout the primary election we saw John McCain reject the type of politics that degrade our civics, and this will not change." The memo continued: "overheated rhetoric and personal attacks" only serve to "distract" us, and that it was imperative that the campaign hold itself "to the highest standards."
What happened? I'll tell you simply. The Karl Rove school of dishonesty team was hired in to run the campaign and ethics flew out the window.
Let me remind all clearly that Senator Obama was expressing his tongue in cheek sense of humor when he said that none of the presidents on American currency look like him. He was clearly NOT playing the race card. He was simply commenting in hopes of bringing a smile and a laugh to the Springfield, Missouri audience. At least, my fellow citizens in Southwest Missouri clearly saw the statement for exactly what it was. Apparently, Sen. McCain isn't quite as smart as we Ozarkians.
McCain couldn't wait to tell reporters at his gathering today that he's just having "fun" with his attack ads, expressing his sense of humor. Yuck it up, good old boys! It's a damn shame that a man like McCain, with fine character in the recent past, has decided to sell his soul to unethical strategists during the presidential campaign.
Come on, Senator McCain! By embracing dishonesty and Rovian attack strategy, you have placed yourself among those who do not deserve to serve in this honorable office. It's time that you and your campaign team stop making a mockery of the greatest democracy on Earth.
I, among so many others, am proud to say that our candidate, Barack Obama, continues to take the high ground, with new ideas that will bring positive change to American and to the world.
My advice to you, Senator McCain, is to try to regain your previously respected position in America by distancing yourself from those who clearly encourage your moral downfall. Do yourself and America a favor. Fire your corrupt, unethical, and clearly un-American campaign team, and, again, become a humble servant of this great country.