- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I wonder how many potential voters were turned off by the disgusting spectacle of candidates from both parties engaging in excessive mudslinging debates in person and in campaign ads.

Instead of telling us their position on the issues of concern to Americans, these candidates adopted the tactics of playground bullies. It appears they thought success in the election would go to the person who was judged less sleazy than his opponent. They also adopted the tactic of letting slip outrageous charges based on rumor - or less - and then pretending that they had been quoted out of context or even apologizing. This was done while fully understanding that words once said cannot be unsaid and that many will remember the charge but not the apology.

The sad truth is that someone must win, and therefore, there are now members of Congress who cannot be trusted to represent their constituents properly, voting on bills they have neither read nor understand. There will be some who will vote as ordered by their leadership rather than as clearly urged by their constituents. There will be some who will take the oath of office with fingers crossed behind their backs as they have no intention of honoring that oath.

All this might be considered funny if it weren’t for the fact that a representative democracy cannot long survive representatives who consider their constituents to be stupid Homer Simpson types who need not be told the truth about the issues and prefer to be entertained by Jerry Springer types who wash dirty laundry in public.

ROBERT A. WOLPERT

Fairfax, Va.