Letter: Clowns, jokers share the spotlight

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Looking at the Republican Party’s slate of presidential candidates this election year, I am reminded of a line from a song that says “Clowns to the left of me. Jokers to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.” Yes, the Republican presidential candidates remind me of clowns and jokers.

The right-wing nuts are trying to take us back to some mythical, idealistic Nirvana they think existed some years ago. They like to blur the line between church and state. They are proposing legislation in numerous states to eliminate abortions, birth control and Planned Parenthood, which is important to women’s health.

Republicans are elitists in every way. Mitt Romney reminds me of the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. He is looking for a heart. Romney flip-flops more than a fresh-caught chinook salmon flopping on a boat deck. His vision is hard to determine because he changes his vision every day, depending on his audience.

The Republican Congress is abysmal. They put party and doctrine before the nation.

A Republican incumbent will draw a Tea Party opponent if the candidate deviates from the party line in the slightest.

Just ask County Commissioner Marc Boldt. The local Republican Party threw him under the bus.

Frank J. Wastradowski

Vancouver