It took me about a minute using Google to discover that this email was a stunt, a smear, meant to be mailed anonymously throughout Republican circles, sort of a cyber Republican circle-jerk. In Republican circles, it seems, perceptions are all that matter, the truth be damned. Pass that lie to all your friends. Don't bother to check any sources first.
Since late July, the Internet has been full of websites exposing this email fraud. Another early post here. All you have to do is Google the guy's name and tons of places that discuss this email come up. There's no way to claim innocence for anyone who forwarded this email after the truth had been exposed. Yet that little fact doesn't stop Republicans from smearing their feces all over the Internet, does it?
Obama had an interesting thing to say about this sort of thing. He was speaking of how Republicans have been mocking his claim that simply running tires at the proper pressure could save more oil than could be produced by expanded offshore drilling. From TPM ElectionCentral, Obama responded:
"Now two points, one, they know they're lying about what my energy plan is, but the other thing is they're making fun of a step that every expert says would absolutely reduce our oil consumption by 3 to 4 percent. It's like these guys take pride in being ignorant."
Did you catch that? Republicans seem to take pride in being ignorant.
On that note, here's the email I received. I admit to removing the header from it. I wonder if I should email all these good people to inform them of the mistake.
From: firstname.lastname@example.orgTo: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject: FW: obama.......WHY????????Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 18:15:08 -0400--------------------------------------------------------------------------------From: email@example.comTo: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Free2ride527@comcast.net; TGray@baxglobal.com; email@example.comSubject: Fwd: obama.......WHY????????Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 05:45:48 +0000-------------- Forwarded Message: -------------- From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, ESSELLCEE172@aol.com, RAZukowski@comcast.net, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Fwd: obama.......WHY???????? Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 01:50:43 +0000 pass this around.................-----Original Message-----From: Tim Hesse