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Which story?

September 24, 2008

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To the editor:

As the final note in his Saturday Column regarding the selection process for college presidents, Dolph Simons Jr. paints the presidential campaign as a contest between "leadership, vision, courage, honesty and tested under fire" on one hand versus rhetorical and oratorical skills, record amounts of campaign contributions, and philosophical answers and solutions to challenging problems on the other. He concludes by asking "Which story will American voters buy."

To where did his notion of best-qualified candidates disappear? Surely the presidency of the U.S. and the V.P. position deserve a higher level of scrutiny than the selection of a university administrator does, particularly when the candidate for president is the oldest person ever running for the office. Why isn't that the topic of his Saturday Column coda?

People may question Barack Obama's leadership, but he is delivering cogent speeches on the issues which are of greatest concern to me. As a relative newcomer to national politics, he chose a running mate with longstanding foreign policy experience. John McCain, on the other hand, a veteran U.S. senator, chooses relatively unknown and substantially unqualified Sarah Palin.

GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel recently said: "I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, 'I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia.' That kind of thing is insulting to the American people." Hagel demonstrates leadership, vision, courage and honesty in saying so. We should be listening. That's the story I'm buying.

Ray Petty,
Lawrence

Comments

BigAl 5 years, 6 months ago

Yes Biden misspoke. But, the important fact here is that it took a Democrat to pull us out of the depression caused by the Republican. Typical.And Tom, please notice that it wasn't a "liberal" or the "liberal press" that was critical of Palin, it was another conservative - Sen Chuck Hagel. I see that George Will is another conservative that is being critical of the McCain campaign. Again, not the so called liberal press. Since Tom is pretty much a FOX News/Rush Limbaugh lemming, I doubt if he will ever see the light. And no, I don't hate President Bush but I do think he has been a terrible president. Contrary to your limited views, I am a gun owning, registered Democrat, Navy Veteran. but, but, Clinton.....

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bndairdundat 5 years, 6 months ago

Mix - I believe Biden made that statement while speaking to the representatives of the 57 states of Nobama. Any comedian who doesn't get a lot of laughs no matter which party wins isn't paying attention!

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Mixolydian 5 years, 6 months ago

"When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened."Wow, which candidate said that? Spare us your ageism and sexism Ray.

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 6 months ago

I guess liberals lack the humor to see Palin was just making a satirical statment.....I think she knows she was kidding around and having a little fun. Unfortunately, liberals just are too angry and unhappy to ID a little joking around---at least from a conservative.But you can bet they'll crack-up to tears at John Stewart or Sandra Bernhard or Bill Maher denigrating Palin---that's a real knee-slapper that sends liberals downtown to a sit around a table in a bistro and re-hash all the anti-Palin attack by elitist liberals whilst sipping their lattes. Liberals are what's referred to as "stuck". Get on some Lexapro or Cymbalta or something.Get 'unstuck" liberals!

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