Letters to the Editor

'Simplistic offense'

True to form, Michael Der Manouel Jr., in his analysis of Republican losses [Nov. 9], refers to issueless Democrats lacking any sound ideas, with leaders in hiding, nonetheless unveiling a vision of cut-and-run and higher taxes while their foot-in-mouth leaders have no superior solution either for the terrorist threat, Iraq or energy independence.

Somehow, he manages to cast the election results as more "connected to mistrust of Democrats than to Republican successes." He is convinced Republicans would be more successful next time around if they'd start to play offense. It is just possible that many Americans responded to the sort of arrogant, name-calling, self-righteous posturing and constant simplistic offense played by many in his party, an example of which he treats us to in his commentary.

Richard Haas, Fresno

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