I have currently sitting in my outlook inbox a press release from the Obama campaign about IAVA’s scorecard. In part it reads:
CHICAGO, IL – Today, the non-partisan Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) issued their 2008 Congressional report card, grading both Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden a B. (http://www.veteranreportcard.org/) The same report card gave Senator John McCain a D, making him one of only four Senators to receive a D or below. The scorecard was based on key votes affecting Iraq and Afghanistan veterans – the GI Bill, VA benefits and mental health care – while also highlighting who failed to make veterans a priority.
Putting aside all I have posted the past 2 days, and have ready to go in the future, one thing stood out. The email presser was sent by Phil Carter, Veterans Director, Obama for America. I met him at the blogexpo, and found him to be a very nice guy. One can only wonder if it is the same Phillip Carter who was a founding member of IAVA:
Phil served for nine years in the Army as a military police and civil affairs officer. After leaving active duty in 2001, Phil served in the California Army National Guard and in the Army Reserve. He served in Iraq from October 2005 to September 2006 as an adviser to the Iraqi police with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division. Phil is currently an attorney with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP in New York City. He is a regular contributor to national publications on issues of law and national security and his blog Intel Dump recently moved to the Washington Post’s opinion section.
Well, I will save you the suspense. Unless there are 2 Phillip Carters who both blogged at Intel Dump. It’s the same one.
So let’s review:
A “non-partisan” group does a scorecard made up of votes that aren’t what they say the votes are for, then the Obama Campaign uses them to alert people they got a B and McCain got a D. Only, the guy sending the email out from the Obama campaign is a founding member of the “Non-partisan” organization that did the damn scorecard in the first place?
You must me [IAVA]ing me.