Donna Brazile‘s article “Slinging mud” (Op-Ed, Monday) demonstrated to me that she is another victim of McCain and Republican Derangement Syndrome, a carry-over from Bush Derangement Syndrome. Her article goes on to sling mud and muck, and is peppered with some downright hateful and misleading comments about the Republican nominee for president.
One paragraph in particular is absolutely offensive to this military veteran and defender of freedom. The paragraph starts out by stating that “Mr. McCain is not a leader. He never has been and he never will be.” Excuse me, but I have been a leader during my 23 years of military service and no one can take that away from a military person, not even someone with name recognition like Miss Brazile. The article goes on to refer to Sen. John McCain as “just a weary old politician who doesn’t have what it takes to bring us together and move us forward: the ability to inspire.” I guess Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Joe Biden have that ability in her mind, but they don’t do anything for this weary old retired military officer.
I am disappointed that The Times chose to publish such a piece, but again, she has the name recognition that somehow gives her the right to fabricate inaccurate and demeaning character assassinations. Furthermore, I guess the mud slung by liberal Democrats is somehow less newsworthy and cleaner than the mud slung by conservative Republicans, but in the end, it is all just a bunch of nasty Washington sludge. Unfortunately, Miss Brazile has chosen to swim with the bottom feeders from her party rather than frolic on the surface with the dolphins.
LT. COL. ROB WEINHOLD, USAF (RET.)
Dale City, Va.