I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I have a penchant for writing public officials on issues that matter to me. Below is my — what I’m sure will be inconsequential — email to the Obama for America 2012 campaign.
It turns out, on August 1, an email was sent to Obama supporters in New Mexico — by OFA New Mexico’s state director, Ray Sandoval — which encouraged them to read a blog post stridently defending the debt ceiling compromise. It also turns out that –in an act of such political brilliance you can’t possibly shield your eyes from its glory — the blog post ridicules the Nobel-laureate economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman as a “political rookie”, as well as calls to task the “Firebagger Lefty blogosphere.” You can read the original HuffingtonPost reporting here.
Now, not to make this personal, but some of mine and my husband’s most intense arguments are inevitably waged over the subject of the president’s liberal credentials and his commitment (or, rather, lack thereof) to progressive causes. Personally, I tend to come down on the pragmatic side. I count myself among those who are not suffering from buyer’s remorse — thank you very much — and feel like I got exactly the president I voted for. That does not for a second mean I don’t have any complaints whatsoever with the man’s job performance. But I continue to believe that he is doing the best he can under incredibly trying circumstances, and that a little disappointment is par for the course in politics as messy (downright ugly, really) as ours.
That being the case, I don’t exactly appreciate it when an individual who acts as the face of the president’s re-election for an entire state is so incredibly tone-deaf and obtuse as to “hippie punch” (which I’ve learned is the current expression for liberal-bashing) in this way. So, naturally, I make my non-appreciation known in writing:
To whom it may concern,
I am a proud and steadfast supporter of the president and his re-election. And it is out of my feelings of support that I offer my two cents: the campaign would be well-advised to dismiss Ray Sandoval as soon as possible.
I don’t consider myself “far left,” and I share the frustration of many in the president’s administration with the constant stream of criticism from that end of the political spectrum. But it is one thing to concede that you’ll never satisfy your most liberal base — it is entirely another to actively bash them.
I appreciate Katie Hogan’s statement that the views expressed in Mr Sandoval’s email do not represent the views of the campaign. But as long as Mr Sandoval is a part of OFA, he represents the campaign, and, by extension, the president. And that is a matter of fact whether he is a canvassing volunteer or the national campaign manager. It is certainly within Mr Sandoval’s responsibilities to defend the president and his record against criticism. But surely he understands that the president is best served when actions on behalf of his campaign are executed with good sense, reasonableness, and dignity.
The campaign must reflect the values and character of its candidate. I assume OFA knows this, which leaves you with a choice: either Mr Sandoval is dismissed; or his actions, in fact, do represent the president and his views. If the latter is indeed true, then even a political rookie can tell you the president is in for a rough re-election.
I appreciate your time and attention,
Eric Anderson, Jr
In other news — and on another subject that led to a heated argument with my husband — the Obama administration announced today a new policy regarding immigrant deportation. I haven’t had a chance yet to delve too deeply into it, but it’s at least initially encouraging.
Essentially, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security will exercise broader discretion in determining “low-priority” cases. In other words, cases that don’t ultimately have an impact on national security.
The majority of responses to the new policy had to do with the DREAM Act and renewed hope for its passage. But I was celebrating the new policy for another reason — the very good chance that Anthony John Makk may not face deportation after all. And that would be a wonderful thing.