Folks, I work for a nonpartisan, national organization that helps communities organize large-scale, action-oriented dialogues on pressing issues, so nothing ticked me off last night like Sarah Palin's nasty dismissal of Barack Obama's work as a community organizer. (Apparently, Rudy Guiliani mocked that line on Obama's resume, too.) Fortunately, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe has blasted back with this response:
Both Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin specifically mocked Barack's experience as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago more than two decades ago, where he worked with people who had lost jobs and been left behind when the local steel plants closed.
Let's clarify something for them right now.
Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies.
And it's no surprise that, after eight years of George Bush, millions of people have found that by coming together in their local communities they can change the course of history. That promise is what our campaign has been about from the beginning.
Throughout our history, ordinary people have made good on America's promise by organizing for change from the bottom up. Community organizing is the foundation of the civil rights movement, the women's suffrage movement, labor rights, and the 40-hour workweek. And it's happening today in church basements and community centers and living rooms across America.
Meanwhile, we still haven't gotten a single idea during the entire Republican convention about the economy and how to lift a middle class so harmed by the Bush-McCain policies.
It's now clear that John McCain's campaign has decided that desperate lies and personal attacks -- on Barack Obama and on you -- are the only way they can earn a third term for the Bush policies that McCain has supported more than 90 percent of the time.
Also, this morning, I got an email from a normally apolitical cousin of mine in Illinois who told me two weeks ago that she believes all politicians are pond scum. But she was unnerved enough by last night's display of GOP arrogance and lies that she forwarded a fact-check round-up of the Republican speakers. I'll post that in the comments, since it's pretty long. You might want to send it to your friends and family, too. Then choose one point and write a letter to the editor.
Update: It turns out the fact-check memo I got from my cousin was this story from the Associated Press.