Political Faces and Labels

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Regarding "In Key Races, Democrats Look at Rivals' Personal Lives; Amid Voter Disgust Over Foley Scandal, Strategists Believe Attacks on GOP at Local Level Won't Backfire" [news story, Oct. 13] and "Democratic Faces That Could Launch Thousands of Votes; With a Parade of Attractive Candidates, the Party May Benefit From the Politics of Beauty" [front page, Oct. 14]:

The Post reported approvingly of Democrats running congressional campaigns based on personal destruction of their opponents and on their candidates' physical appearances.

What happened to issue and policy differences? The Post seems to have conceded that Democratic candidates are unable to defeat Republicans based on the issues.

-- Kay Kinney

Doylestown, Pa.


The Oct. 14 story "Democratic Faces That Could Launch Thousands of Votes" suggested that the coming election is a beauty contest.

This election like no other is about issues, real issues: the second Iraq war; warrantless spying on citizens; global warming; a national debt rising higher than a thermometer in Belize; torture; a president who has misled the public; atomic bombs; and a congressional majority that has covered up its own sins.

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