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January 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM

The Obama presidency

The right to disagree

If the column that ran today [“Limbaugh: the jeers of a clown,” Jan. 25] is the best analysis that Leonard Pitts Jr. can do, then he should be fired. It is an emotional diatribe that avoids making an argument. Calling those who oppose you “clowns” doesn’t invite discussion; it is meant to shut down the opposition.

Limbaugh has said he thinks Obama’s policies are wrong and will make the problems we face worse. So yes, he hopes the policies fail. It is a valid opinion. Obama isn’t a god, he is the president. We have a right to disagree with him.

Pitts’ level of opinion is trite and unserious. Fortunately, you have Charles Krauthammer on the same pages, making a cogent statement and backing up his reasoning.

— Janet Suppes, Bellevue

Playing the game of dirty politics

What an ironic contrast to read the pieces today by both Leonard Pitts Jr. and Charles Krauthammer [“A stunning exercise in lowered expectations,” syndicated columnist, Jan. 25].

Pitts is brilliant and completely right in pointing out how horrible it is for anyone to put their political ideology above the well-being of their nation and nails it when he calls out Rush Limbaugh as a clown who is clearly far more interested in his political opinions and ego than he is in the good of America.

Krauthammer does the same thing Limbaugh is doing. Krauthammer spends an entire piece doing nothing but being a voice for the Republican Party, attacking President Obama in an effort to play dirty politics.

I understand this section is called “opinion,” but when millions in this country and billions in the world see the inauguration speech and recognize it for what it is, why do you publish this kind of writing?

Krauthammer is motivated by nothing but partisan politics to write abitter piece of drivel specifically targeted at our new president.

— Matthew Hilditch, Kent

Destructive criticism

After enduring eight years of former President Bush, I was hoping to get a breath of fresh air with the election of President Obama. But fresh out of the gate, with his first shot, Charles Krauthammer has reconfirmed his position as the primary (at least as far as The Seattle Times is concerned) Republican apologist in political media.

In his column on Jan. 25, he launches into a critique of President Obama’s inaugural address. It’s not constructive criticism, but destructive criticism. He not only belittles the 2 million people who were in the crowd (enduring 25-degree temperatures) and their enthusiasm, but rips apart the president’s speech, which was intended to provide a clue for how the administration intends to lead.

Krauthammer has so categorically blessed the Republican right, including the entire Bush administration, and condemned the Democratic Party and any of its initiatives that he has painted himself entirely “right wing” with no consideration of what might be good on the left.

Without further analyzing his political commentary, I have to respectfully request that The Times find another Republican, right-of-center commentator. There have to be a number of them who can give us a balanced view of the political landscape.

We don’t need destructive criticism, we need constructive criticism.

— Ted Ludgate, Edmonds

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