Here are three questions I just posed to my U.S. Representative and both of my U.S. Senators:
- Will you condemn MoveOn.org’s full-page ad slandering General David Petraeus as “General Betray Us” and claiming that he is “cooking the books for the White House”? See http://pol.moveon.org/petraeus.html
- Are America and political Islam (a.k.a. “sharia”) at war? If so, should America seek to achieve anything more than dismantling al Qaeda and capturing/killing Osama bin Laden?
- Should America forcibly crush and discredit political Islam (a.k.a. “sharia”) while preserving individual Muslims’ right to worship peacefully? If so, how? If not, what will the consequences be for America?
I submitted each question simultaneously to Representative Betty Sutton, Senator George Voinovich, and Senator Sherrod Brown via their web sites. It’ll be interesting to read their responses … assuming that they reply, of course. Betty Sutton’s not exactly a paragon of virtue when it comes to answering questions (especially the last two). George Voinovich has a habit of ignoring uncomfortable inquiries as well.
Sherrod Brown’s a different story though; for all my strong disagreements with him on practically every possible issue, he’s extremely responsive. When he was my Representative his office responded promptly to every question I submitted through his web site, even though my stance was clearly conservative. My hat’s off to Senator Brown and his staff, and I’m confident that he’ll reply promptly this time too.
The race is on. Tune in for updates.
Update 1: I have a hunch that Ohio’s junior Senator will be reluctant to condemn today’s slander, since MoveOn.org spent $25,899 to help elect Senator Brown.
Update 2: Perhaps we should ask different questions. Good point. Who is the anonymous Senator working with MoveOn.org?
Update 3: Whoa. I’ve been digging through MoveOn.org’s finances for the 2006 election cycle, and there are some eye-popping numbers to discuss. Stay tuned for a big post.
Update 4: Here ya go. Follow the money.
Update 5: Senator Brown replied. Sort of.