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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: GOP should stay strong despite N.Y. loss

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The obfuscation and manmade tumult over the Republican loss of New York's 26th Congressional District seat for the first time in 58 years is a straw dog, off-point and only relevant in reconfirming the strength of the GOP position on fiscal and budgetary issues.

Karl Rove was right when he said the recent loss had more to do with a bad candidate, a bad campaign a third-party entry. Republican nominee Jane Corwin did not play straight or articulate the issues well - end of story.

The Obama machine's attempt to re-engineer America into a social democracy like France is the issue of the day. Republicans must stand firm on their program of solvency. The other side of the aisle has nary a budget or an answer to the current mess, for to have either would be to admit their failures.

This nation has long been and remains center-right. The power of truth and common sense will win out over the Obama demagoguery if we remain focused as the people on that "shining city upon a hill." It is still there- along with our exceptionalism - if we defend it.

ROBERT F. AGOSTINELLI

London

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