Scare tactics are working against Democrats' favor

Published: Monday, January 23, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 10:18 p.m.
This town has a lot of political passion, as evidenced by the debates that rage on The Sun's editorial pages. But I think the hysterical, apocalyptic overtones of many leftist writers are producing diminishing returns when it comes to persuading reasonable moderates.
Consider two recent letters. On Jan. 13, Donna Tuckey sees America "writh(ing) and gasp(ing) . . . in the last throws (sic) of democracy," "dying a slow death."
What provokes this anguish? The successful performance of Sam Alito during his confirmation hearings? The ABA (no friend to conservatives) gave him its highest rating, and esteemed jurists from both parties gave him glowing endorsements. Even The Washington Post supports his confirmation, somehow missing the horns and pitchfork that Tuckey sees so clearly.
On Jan. 14, Robert Primack attributes the president's successful re-election to his getting the votes of the "average American, who reads little and thinks even less." I suppose we should be grateful that Primack at least seems to acknowledge that Bush was legitimately elected with the majority of the votes, quite a step forward for many in the so-called "reality-based community."
Still, look at the message in these letters: The sky is falling, we're all doomed and the average American voter is an idiot. Gee, with an appeal like that, it's hard to understand how the Democrats have lost the House, the Senate and the White House.
Martin Simpson, Gainesville

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