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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The calculated moves of the political left

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Democrat won New York's 26th Congressional District race because a third-party candidate took the votes that would have given a Republican an easy win in that election ("Medicare demagoguery backfire," Commentary, Friday). Is it not strange that Jack Davis, the spoiler posing as a Tea Party candidate, was an Obama supporter just last year?

Columnist Donald Lambro noted, "As the Senate was preparing to vote on the issue Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton warned Democrats at a conference on the government's growing debts that they could not afford to 'tippy-toe around' Medicare. He cautioned his party against thinking it can exploit the issue solely for political gain, warning, 'We've got to deal with these things.' "

I've often wondered what James Webb was offered to have been lured into the Virginia Senate race as a Democrat against George Allen. By the time the left's "gotcha" moment had drained out of the news media, Mr. Webb had won by a hair - and wasn't his the vote that passed the health care bill?

It occurs to me that the president may calculate when to bring up controversial issues. These issues are often so offensive to the political right that they are talked about for days. Meanwhile, in the backrooms of our bureaucracy, unelected folks are making important decisions about oil drilling, banking and Boeing - and no one notices it.

But come the 2012 election, there will be no George W. Bush to run against. Perhaps that is one reason the Democrats have set up their campaign headquarters in the capital for political dirty tricks: Chicago. Wake up, America.

WANDA SHOEMAKER

Leesburg, Va.

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