In addition to registering as a Jew on, I also registered as a Muslim.

As I mentioned before, I got an email from the McCain campaign on Monday wishing the Jewish me a Happy New Year. Actually, what it said was “May You Be Blessed With a Happy and Sweet New Year.”

And it was signed by both McCains and both Palins and featured a picture of John McCain and Joe Lieberman.

It was a direct and personal message to me, as a Jew, on a holiday that is important to me. And it was fairly well executed.

But man did they screw up today.

Today they sent an email to the Muslim me (yes, I also registered as a Muslim). An email that was probably supposed to wish me a happy Ramadan, but instead ended up being a horrible (and totally plagiarized) disaster.

Before I get into the email itself I have to admit something- I was pretty skeptical when Russo wrote about John McCain not looking at Obama during the debate and how it was a sign of racism and disrespect.

I figured John wouldn’t talk directly to Barack because he spent too much time working on specific lines to be delivered directly to the audience or maybe because he was old and confused.

After reading the email I just received, I believe Tim may have been on to something.

That’s because the email – sent to the Muslim me on an important Muslim holiday – doesn’t actually wish me a happy Ramadan. As a matter of fact, the email doesn’t say anything directly to me at all. Instead it refers to Muslims in the third person and actually explains what Ramadan is!

As though I, as a Muslim, wouldn’t fucking know what Ramadan is?!

Here’s an example, “To celebrate this holiday, many Muslims gather in their homes and mosques to thank God for His blessings and His help in keeping the fast”

Jesus Christ, McCain.

Imagine if you received a Merry Christmas email from me explaining that “many Christians erect a pine tree in their homes during the Christmas season and decorate it with popcorn or traditional Christian ornaments.”

Wouldn’t you be asking: why the fuck is Joe explaining Christmas to me!?

It is insensitive, out of touch and shows that John McCain’s campaign has absolutely no clue what they are doing.

And here, my friends, is the worst part:

The ENTIRE EMAIL was plagiarized directly from a 2005 message by George W. Bush.

The entire email. Plagiarized. Word for word. From George Bush.

No WONDER it was so rude and inappropriate!

Here’s the email. The part in red is the only part that differed (it said Laura instead of Cindy)

John McCain’s Greetings to Muslims Celebrating the End of the Holy Month of Ramadan

On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast, I extend my warm greetings to American Muslims and Muslims around the world.

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan which is the holiest month of the Muslim year and a time of prayer, reflection, and fasting. To celebrate this holiday, many Muslims gather in their homes and mosques to thank God for His blessings and His help in keeping the fast. Muslims also demonstrate their compassion by reaching out to the less fortunate and giving gifts of money or food to help those in need. This year, many American Muslims have reached out to the victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma Gustav, Hanna, and Ike. Their contributions have been generous and reflect the important values shared by all Americans.

Our Nation is blessed to count many Muslims among our fellow citizens. As Americans, we share a commitment to family, a belief in God’s justice and man’s moral responsibility, and hope for a future of peace and tolerance.

Laura Cindy and I send our best wishes for a joyful celebration.
Eid Mubarak (season’s greeting)!

  • Kimba

    This is one of the best postings I’ve seen all year — and one that speaks volumes about McCain. He’s out of touch, phony, insensitive and a plagarist.

    Thank you!

  • Northern Virginia

    The name “Cindy” couldn’t have been the only difference. The letter refers to hurricanes that occurred this year.

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  • @2: You are correct. They substituted “Gustav, Hanna, and Ike” for “Katrina, Rita, and Wilma”, which makes the plagiarism all the more willful.

  • Good point.

    4 words changed.

  • So it sounds to me like the Bush guys running the McCain campaign (you know, same ones who smeared him in 2000) were all sitting around having their 5 minute Muslim outreach planning meeting when one asked, “Hey. Didn’t Bush do some bullshit for this Ramadan thingy?”

    Bushie 2: “Hells yeah. Nice little diddy back in ’05)

    Bushie 1: “Let’s just use that shit. Meeting adjourned”

    Bushie 2: “OK, back to the polls and next week’s ad campaign. Ya’ll got the photoshopped Barack stuff making him look more black yet?”

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  • I have an idea: everyone go to McCain’s website and register as Muslims. Let’s see what kind of fascinating, insulting, trash he send us all!

    But wait…more importantly, WHY is he even asking about religious affiliation?

  • Anthony

    To be fair, you’d probably find the same discrepancies on Obama’s site, or, for that matter, the site of any busy individual. The fact that he copied Bush’s letter… essentially sending you a form letter sort of confirms the fact that it wasn’t an act of disrespect as much as an inference that he, or rather, those running the site for him, don’t have the time to do it right. They’re trying to win an election. I’m sure they have many other things to do as well, and this just got placed on the back burner.

    As an Obama supporter, I’d be happy to really see McCain make a serious blunder, but this just isn’t the act of hostility you think it is.

  • Kerry

    The fact that you think this sort of thing is due to understaffing is laughable! Campaigns are historically overstaffed, especially with all the interns who are clamoring for a chance to get an ‘in’ with someone who has actual clout. I agree that McCain had nothing to do with this, but mistakes like copying a letter and forgetting to change the names of the previous author is a mistake that no campaign wants to make. Everything is dissected as a sign, from McCain not looking Obama in the eye, to assuming any comment using the word ‘lipstick’ is referring to Palin. He double registered and was sent two different letters, which is ridiculous because they must not be running any programs which check double registers (even my college club has this!), but the letters were insulting! Condescending to explain religious holidays to the actual followers is just plain patronizing, and should be halted immediately. If they are running out of things to say, they should make the e-mail short. There is someone on his staff just like me whose only job is to write letters and argue semantics. Fail, fail, and fail!

  • Muslims are the most discusting religeon on earth. The tv representative thqt was sending your gargage propaganda to make your woman murdering religeon plausable cut off his wives head. I’d challenge you to a fignt but knowing thqt you would shield yourself with a truckload of pregnqnt woman I’ll pass.

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