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Can’t Please Everybody

From a reader:

Your column of Nov. 8 calls Paul Krugman “a whining self-parody of a

hysterical liberal who lets feminine emotion and fear defeat reason and

fact in almost every column.” I was wondering, when you go on to

compare Maureen Dowd’s columns to vomit, do you think that perhaps

anyone might be justified in calling you a whining self-parody of a

hysterical conservative who lets feminine emotion and fear defeat

reason and fact in almost every column?

You criticize Democrats for calling Republicans ignorant. Is not your

entire column calling Democrats ignorant? Look at your language —

Democrats “fail to understand,” they “never actually learn about”

something, Maher is “mindless.” President Bush admits that he doesn’t

read newspapers, and more than 70 percent of his supporters believe

that Saddam Hussein supported al Qaeda. When Democrats call Republicans

ignorant, they’re not just being hysterical.

At times in my life I have been both radically conservative and

radically liberal. I now see extremely good ideas on both sides. I

value The Nation for challenging my conservative assumptions, and I

value The National Review for challenging my liberal assumptions.

Please, you can help the cause of conservatism so much more if you stop

whining and projecting hysteria onto others and root it out in

yourself. Appeal to my reason instead of venting your emotion.

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