Serious Times Call for Serious Comments
In her June 17 column, Deborah Salomon said: “I’m not here for political commentary. There’s enough hot air floating around.” I can agree that there is a lot of hot air floating around in our national debate.
As a recent arrival to Pinehurst, I have no preconceived notions of Salomon’s political point of view. I was disappointed, therefore, at what I perceive as misrepresentation of what was said at the Republican presidential candidates’ debate last Monday.
I watched the debate. Admittedly I do not have a transcript, but I do not believe Michele Bachmann cited the color of her teeth as a credential in the context of her newly announced candidacy for president of the United States. Salomon included this comment as though it were in fact what Bachmann said in quotes. She also commented that Bachmann needs Sarah Palin’s hairdresser — perhaps in jest. But that is not a comment worthy of the subject.
Salomon is correct in observing that any political candidate in a crowded field will have his/her challenges in making an impression in a debate format — not the least of which includes the silly questions John King asked of the candidates regarding whether they preferred Coke over Pepsi, or thin- or thick-crust pizza.
Salomon concludes her column with: “These are serious times. The United States has serious problems.” I agree with her. I look forward to future articles by Salomon where the words and the music fit together, and the substance she may wish to impart does not get diminished by the personal attacks and snarky tone of her column.
Editor’s note: Salomon’s column was satirical in nature, and the supposed Bachmann quote was not intended to be taken seriously.
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