Many pundits have attempted to analyze how the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto will effect the United States 2008 presidential election. We, at Indecision 2008, would like to weigh in on this discussion with a simple plea to all of the candidates:
Please do not be influenced by this horrific act.
We understand that such a quick and effective elimination of competition may prove tempting, but are of the feeling that this behavior is anathema to the appropriate code of conduct for a U.S. presidentia. Though we are aware that each and every one of you, the 2008 candidates, are able and capable candidates, willing to change the strategy of your campaign given the wisdom of new-found information (you, in particular, Mr. Romney), we would like to ask that you use a modicum of self-restraint given recent developments.
We must also address our comments to our current president, George W. Bush.
One of the likely outcomes of Bhutto's assassination is that elections will be suspended. Such a thing may seem like a positive development, Mr. President, but condoning or instigating such developments is below the conduct expected by a head of state.
It may seem kind of odd that we would bring this up at this point, but we felt it necessary given your November 21, 2007 comment regarding Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule, when, after he fired members of the Pakistani Supreme Court, you stated that he "hasn't crossed the line" and "truly is somebody who believes in democracy."
Given that, we thought: Eeehhhh… let's just broach the subject.
So, let's just agree that all candidates — both parties — live to see the end of this process. For old times sake, huh?
Tags: Assassinations, George W. Bush, Mitt Romney