I must admit to a rather perverse pleasure as I read Darlene Dunham’s latest column in the Nov. 28 Pilot. Frankly, I have to admire anyone who can say so little in so much space.
Ms. Dunham spends most of her column “drilling down in the data,” to justify her dramatic “blue wave” characterization of some modest mid-term gains by the out-of-power party, even as she downplays the equally significant Republican Senate gains. But Ms. Dunham’s true “blue” colors are best displayed by her formulaic and offensive description of the president’s “divisive, xenophobic and race-baiting politics.”
One is left wondering whether she has any original thoughts, or whether they all come from the Democratic talking points she parrots. Perhaps most offensive are her not so subtle digs at “rural” white voters — those zombies who blindly “go along” with the evil Trump policies, and who she condescendingly compares to the far more virtuous and clear thinking “women, young people, latinos and independents.” One has to chuckle at the arrogance that allows one to talk about the Democrats’ “moral compass,” as if those who disagree with them have none.
But the most amusing part of her thinking is displayed by Ms. Dunham’s curious attempt to criticize Republicans for spending time on the recall of tainted romaine lettuce when, in her world, they should have been dealing with gun control. Only one word comes to mind here: “Huh?” Perhaps somewhere in Ms. Dunham’s Constitution, buried in the penumbras of various amendments alongside the phantom rights to abortion and same-sex marriage, there is a right to “keep and bear green leafy vegetables.”
The title of Ms. Dunham’s column is “Democrats Will Show How it All Should Function.” Again, you gotta love the arrogance, but I’m not holding my breath.
William Muller, Pinehurst