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Another Satisfied Customer

Someone named Brian Kita emails:

I saw you this morning on CSPAN, and you are all that is wrong with America.  You are ignorant of reality and completely out of touch with what regular Americans are dealing with in their daily lives.  How you can be considered a conservative is beyond me; you really need to reassess your beliefs and who you are and what you really stand for.  In short, you completely epitomize the Republican Party and the scourge that they stand for.

I am a Democratic and not a conservative.

The email goes on for eight more paragraphs. My question: Why did he bother writing them? Did he really think I was going to read it through after that opening? That I would think to myself, “Gosh, I have a lot of things to do today, but this letter seems like it’s building up to a really profound insight I won’t want to miss”?

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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