International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)


Real sponsorship, my friends

Filed under: Barack Obama,John McCain,news,randomness — stepanovich @ 19:24

cite as: F. Bi. 2008. Real sponsorship, my friends. Intl. J. Inact., 1:157–158

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Russia’s permanent mission to the UN has received a [boilerplate] letter from U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain asking for financial support of his election campaign, the mission said in a statement on Monday. […]

According to Ruslan Bakhtin, press secretary of the Russian mission, the letter dated September 29 and signed by McCain, was addressed to Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s envoy to the UN, and arrived on October 16.

And Ben Smith has found a copy of the letter as published on the Russian mission’s web site — which, if genuine, may shed some (more) light on the McCain campaign’s methods. The letter itself is pretty bland — much like Aitkin’s account of global warming skepticism — which suggests it’s aimed at a very broad audience, beyond the Republican ‘base’.

And the letter doesn’t really discuss global warming, but it does have something on energy policy:

The Obama Democrats refuse to acknowledge that the price of gas is too high and oppose domestic oil drilling that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

We will immediately begin work to drive down the price of gas and reduce our dependence on foreign oil through domestic drilling and increased reliance on clean, safe American technologies like nuclear and wind-powered energy.

These are but a few of the differences that will define this election. They are very significant differences.

It’s interesting how the letter tries to suggest, ever so subtly, that “increased reliance” on “wind-powered energy” is one of the “very significant differences” that separate McCain’s platform from Obama’s.1

And why describe nuclear and wind power as “American”? True, nuclear power was discovered by Enrico Fermi who became a US citizen, and the first windmill for producing electricity was built by inventor Charles Brush from Ohio… but how does that even matter?

(Perhaps what the letter’s saying, well, is that “Obama Democrats” will cause the US to rely on Husseinist wind power, which of course is un-American. Or something.)


  1. This is of course nonsense: Obama is for alternative energy, he’s just not for pointless offshore drilling.


  1. Apparently, the Russian mission’s spokesperson believes it was sent in error (to a UN ambassador?).

    In other news, damn, Frank, that’s fast turnaround. I had found someone mentioning that on FiveThirtyEight, and two Google hops later I’d found the official statement and the text of the letter. Hadn’t expected to see it show up here just minutes later (as it’s not directly related to inactivism, except in the “war is peace” sense).

    Comment by Brian D — 2008/10/20 @ 22:28 | Reply

  2. Brian D:

    believes it was sent in error

    That’s also the most straightforward interpretation I can think of. Still, it’s bizarre…

    I came across this story via Daily Kos… maybe 538 got it from the same sources?

    as it’s not directly related to inactivism

    Hmm, you’re right. 🙂

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/10/21 @ 04:12 | Reply

  3. Speaking of bizarre, he’s also getting some odd endorsements recently. Perhaps he could seek sponsorship from them?

    Comment by Brian D — 2008/10/22 @ 17:41 | Reply

  4. Maybe he just did, except we aren’t hearing about it. :-B

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/10/23 @ 18:33 | Reply

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