Tuesday, August 9, 2011

When a letter writer is more than a letter writer

TODAY'S LATEST political commentary arrived in a letter to the editor in the Plain Dealer. It blamed Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio for everything bad in today's bleak economy, including the stock market crash. Why? Because Brown is a "career politician" who refuses to focus on the "fiscal health for America and jobs."

The writer accused Brown of being the culprit because he voted for the debt ceiling deal.

And why do I make that much from a letter-writer? It happened to be composed in the twilight zone by another career politician, Josh Mandel. And who is Josh Mandel? He's the Ohio treasurer and is so identified by the PD. But the paper neglected to tell the reader that Mandel, who longs for a new office every week, is also a Republican candidate running against - yep! - Sherrod Brown. He should thank the paper for its extraordinary free pass.


MountainMarv said...

I remember, albeit vaguely, when the Plain Dealer used to deal plainly and fairly. Looks like those days are gone in the Mistake on the Lake.

PJJinOregon said...

These days I'm surprised when a politician isn't venal. Reports of ongoing and/or new venality fail to draw my attention.

Mencken said...

“In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile—and the rest of us are f***ed until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. We owe that to ourselves and our crippled self-image as something better than a nation of panicked sheep.”

—Hunter S. Thompson, The Great Shark Hunt, 1979