All hail Obama

Letters to the Boston editor, February 22, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 20, 2008

Regarding “The Morning After," I’ve lost interest in the Republican campaign. As for the Democrats, here goes: Hillary Clinton promises fat pocketbooks. That appeals to the poor like a lottery ticket or a day at Foxwoods. And just like at Foxwoods, where all their money goes into the slot machine and thence into the corporate machine, in a Clinton administration all their tax money will go toward funding Whitewater schemes and charitable boondoggles that do more to help the contributors, and make them look good, than those whom they are supposed to benefit. Clinton is all about money. What’s more, she doesn’t understand it. We need someone who can unite the Democratic Party, let alone the Union. That candidate is Barack Obama. Clinton is as divisive to us as she is to the electorate at large.

Gordon Marshall

On second thought . . . don’t
I suspect that David S. Bernstein, like most 21st-century journalists (I use the term very loosely), will consider it naive of me to point out that the word “Edwards” was used only once in his article “Can Obama Lasso the Bay State?” You’d think he would have been impressed by the stark contrast between John Edwards and his opponents in the Martin Luther King Day debate. In terms of style and substance, we saw a presidential Edwards face off against two adolescents who behaved as though they were appearing on Jerry Springer.

Someone recently did a study of press coverage and reported that Edwards received seven percent of the campaign coverage while he was in the race. How that was calculated wasn’t explained, but does anyone doubt that the press has been tilting the playing field week after week? If Democrats wanted to win the White House, they should have nominated Edwards, or they should beg Al Gore to accept the nomination at the convention, because the two Democratic candidates the press has already nominated probably can’t beat McCain.

Philip Dunkelbarger

Not worth repeating
Regarding “Youth in the Booth," do we really want another John F. Kennedy? Barack Obama and Uncle Ted like to talk of the future by connecting it with the past, modeling Obama’s potential administration on that of JFK’s. Good idea? War, foreign assassinations, CIA-led disasters, Latin American revolutions, misuse of government wiretaps — nope, not George Bush; those are all from the administration of JFK.

Walter Kienia
Hartford, Connecticut

Texts of the week
Recently we asked our readers to text in their thoughts on the best album they’ve heard as of late. Here’s what two readers had to say.

Three day threshold “against the grain”; country music that doesn’t suck.

Cd? Bah . . . Best podcast: nyc dubwar its dubstep, but w a more organic feel than sub-fm etc.

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