The following e-mail has never been produced. It probably was never written, and was probably never received. It is an e-mail that John Kerry would probably like to send this morning to Sarah Palin.
From : John Kerry
To: Sarah Palin
Date: September 7th, 2012
Re: I know you
I understand that you recently said on national television;
“I think he diminished himself by even mentioning my name,”
“How does he even know my name? I mean aren’t these guys supposed to be these big wig elites who don’t waste their time on the little people like me — me representing the average American who, yeah I did say in Alaska you can see Russia from our land base and I was making the point that we are strategically located on the globe and when it comes to transportation corridors and resources that are shared and fought over [in] Alaska and I as the governor had known what I was doing in dealing with some international issues that had to do with our resources that could help secure the nation.”
Just because you don’t know who I am doesn’t mean I don’t know who you are. I hope you don’t represent the average American. The average American, at least the ones I’ve met, don’t quit. Didn’t you hear the President’s speech last night?
Where were you when Gabby Giffords was leading us in the pledge of allegiance? Were you still in the tanning bed, when the convention got underway last night? She is the one who was in your cross-hairs before a crazed gunman took your advice and shot her in the head! I remember you from your “Blood Libel” remark, suggesting that you had been the victim in this horrific attack. You were a “little person” that day, but you were memorable.
Just because you are a “little person” doesn’t mean you are not memorable. Seven little people are known around the world.
Watching Gabby Giffords walk across the stage last night and lead the convention in the pledge of allegiance reminded all watching that our struggles pale in comparison to the challenges she has faced since Janurary 8, 2011 when she and 18 other people were shot, six of whom died. Instead of using your time during your interview to remark on what a triumphant evening it was for the victim of the Tucson shooting, and how fitting it was that she would lead the electorate in the pledge of allegiance, you chose to mention my brief comment about the fact that you claimed foreign policy experience because you lived close enough to Russia to wave. Here is what I actually said:
It isn’t fair to say Mitt Romney doesn’t have a position on Afghanistan,”
“He has every position. He was against setting a date for withdrawal — then he said it was right — and then he left the impression that maybe it was wrong to leave this soon. He said it was ‘tragic’ to leave Iraq, and then he said it was fine. He said we should’ve intervened in Libya sooner. Then he ran down a hallway to run away from the reporters asking questions. Then he said the intervention was too aggressive. Then he said the world was a ‘better place’ because the intervention succeeded. Talk about being for it before you were against it!”
My comments were NOT about you, they were directed at Mitt Romney. I simply used you as an example of the person with the least foreign policy experience that I could think of, and then made a comparison to Mitt Romney.
You called me a “big wig elite.” I am the 10th most senior U.S. Senator, and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. That committee is made up of Senators who haven’t quit their elected offices, and do more than simply waive to countries around the world. If my commitment to America, and my job as Senator makes me a ‘big wig elite” then I admit that I am. Thank God you are no longer a “big wig elite” in Alaska, but only have a ‘big wig.” You have never been on a mission to promote “goodwill,” but only a mission to promote yourself. I agree with one thing you said, you are a little person.