Hits and misses in strike at President Obama's critics

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Colbert I. King's analysis of the intrinsic hypocrisy in the "family values" homilies of Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich was spot on and worth reading. But the addition of Sarah Palin in the June 20 column, "Three Obama critics in need of a mirror," completely undermined his initial positional eloquence. The tortured inclusion of the drug and law problems of Todd Palin's half sister and the mother of the father of the Palins' grandson is a seeming "Rube Goldberg" of reasoned discourse.

Please never let anyone paint you as a hypocritical cad for the actions of your adult siblings or the kid whose mother has a drug problem so you let him live with you part time or your wayward half uncle on your stepmother's side or the guy you once split a cab with.

Kirby Kingsley, Arlington

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Colbert I. King's column on President Obama's critics was the most irresponsible piece of ad hominem commentary I have ever read. Mr. King went to ridiculous extremes to denigrate key conservative spokesmen Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin. They have had some significant marital and family issues, to be sure, but what does that have to do with many (if not most) of the political stances they take in opposition to the president?

According to Mr. King, they have the audacity to "look down their noses at our president," as though his commendable family life makes him immune from other scrutiny. Mr. King seemed to be saying, "Obama has a solid marriage and two cute kids: How dare they criticize his health policy, his economic policies, his foreign policy?!" The writing is a masterpiece of non sequitur. If only Mr. King were trying to champion "family values" instead of just using them as a weapon.

Ron Man, Cordova, Tenn.

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Goodness gracious, did Colbert I. King hit it out of the park or what? He overwhelmingly demonstrated the utter hypocrisy of those who try to bring President Obama down. Unfortunately, that group appears utterly shameless.

Marc Chafetz, Bozman, Md.


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