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Know whom to blame

Your Jan. 4 editorial “Obama’s policies moving America right” was almost laughable at first reading. Editorial boards of papers like the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times and The Examiner have been trumpeting this madness nearly from the day President Barack Obama took office.

In order for your wishful thinking to come true, the majority of the American voters will have to forget that the bumbling, corrupt, GOP-led conservatives brought us 9/11, Katrina, the housing bubble, the economic meltdown and staggering unemployment.

Vernon S. Burton, San Leandro

Ignore the mules

Correctly, Examiner columnist Michael Reagan, the late President Ronald Reagan’s son, on Jan. 3, called for Republicans “to put aside our differences, unite in 2010.” For too long, Republican trainers have given equal oats and track time to proven horses and embarrassing jackasses in the same stable.

It’s obvious that mules and seasoned thoroughbreds remain furlongs apart on any racetrack. Independent voters and open-minded Democrats in the stands handicap the field, then lay their bets. Continuing to yell sophomorically in 2010 is ignorant, out of date and jarring.

Al Ujcic, San Francisco

Democrats’ changing tide

One 24-hour news cycle provided the most stunning barometer yet of the Obama administration’s plummeting popularity.

The decisions of embattled Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn, and Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., to abruptly halt their planned re-election campaigns and announce retirements instead for 2010 were highly unexpected news.

On the same day, Colorado’s Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter ended his campaign for a second term and Michigan’s Democratic Lt. Gov. John Cherry abandoned plans to succeed Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

The political exits of Sens. Dodd and Dorgan come on news of political vulnerability for five other Senate Democratic candidates who trail Republican opponents in polls. Taken together with the political party switch on Dec. 22 of Rep. Parker Griffiths from Democrat to Republican, the political winds for President Barack Obama have shifted dramatically from just one year ago.

Jim Hartman, Berkeley

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