A Dutch donor to Barack Obama writes in a Dutch paper, NRC Handelsblad, that she worked for the McCain campaign writing bogus letters to American newspapers.
Romanesko reads to us from that Salon online teen magazine:
"We are allowed to make up whatever we want -- as long as it adds to the campaign," writes Margriet Oostveen, who did time as a McCain volunteer and falsely claimed in one letter that she has a son in Iraq. "Next to commercials and phone banking, writing letters to the editor is the most important method of the McCain campaign to attract voters. At least that is what's written in the guidelines that McCain campaign worker Phil Tuchman presents to me."
McClatchy watch offers the ultimate caveat: Oostveen had donated to Barack Obama's campaign as recently as last February. She's in the tank for Obama, and she asks us to believe what she writes about McCain's campaign.
Judge her crap for yourselves (translated from the original Dutch), but I think we have another European swooning over Obama who could invent an allegation just as simply as she asserts that phonied a letter-to-the-editor.
Today he [Phil Tuchman] is training six ghostwriters. What on earth is the appeal of McCain for the former Soviet bloc? Last time I was here, an exuberant Polish guy was phone banking next to me. Today, a Russian in yellow suspenders is shimmering at the same table, looking just like an actor who is famous in the Netherlands for star turns as a genius who suppresses his dark side with painstaking self-control.
It was better in Dutch, I assume.
She walks us through writing a letter in support of Sarah Palin:
Yes, yes. Well done. Another paragraph -- why not? Now let's pump some iron in that mother, for after all, we are not with the Democrats here. Look up the right, patriotic phraseology in the model letters.
"But when I see him again, I also want to see his face glow with pride. Just like the day he told me he enlisted."
Yes, like that. And now full speed in the direction of McCain's plans to continue the war. Sell that war. With a mother's heart.
"That is why Senator John McCain could count on my vote from day one."
But whatever happened to Sarah Palin in this story? I gaze out of the window. This takes 10 minutes. Then:
"With Sarah Palin, I have even more reason to trust in victory. She represents my heart."
Hmm. Does that sound like total doublespeak? Or does it sound like logical reasoning to a McCain supporter? I cannot come up with anything better.
We do not know in which newspaper her letter was printed. We are not told where any of these letters were submitted or published. We have a meaningless allegation from a Dutch Obama contributor, smelling a little like Scott Thomas Beauchamp upon return from one of his invented adventures.
Surely Salon can find a good Lindsey Lohan story and not pull this The New Republic garbage.