Robert Crowe of Ozark typed a letter to the editor that appears in Friday's News-Leader. In it, Crowe likens Hillary Clinton -- the U.S. senator and former First Lady -- to a rabid dog and calls her a "self-serving, power hungry mad woman."
For evidence, Crowe cites a book by Edward Klein, The Truth about Hillary. Actually, the book's title is The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President. Those 15 extra words give the reader a better idea of Klein's agenda.
If the paper's bosses had bothered to read anything about Klein's book, they would have recognized it as nothing more than a smear job, a la the Swift Boat stunt pulled by conservatives against John Kerry in the 2004 presidential campaign. And we're not using the Swift Boat language to inflame; it's how the book's publisher described Klein's work when the book was released two years ago.
You'll want to know that Klein drops heavy hints that Hillary Clinton can't be trusted because she has friends who are gay:
"She surrounded herself with many women who were either openly lesbian or suspected of being lesbian or appear to be masculine .. What kind of woman is purposefully surrounding herself as a public figure with women known to be lesbians?"
Crowe insists he would have had "more respect" for Hillary Clinton if she had slapped her husband for being a cheater. But we all know better than that. Crowe and his ilk have never had any respect for Bill or Hillary Clinton, and letters like the one in Friday's News-Leader are aimed at only one thing -- keeping a qualified candidate out of the White House.
Hillary Clinton, like every other candidate for president, deserves critical scrutiny of her policies, her voting record and her plans for the country, if elected. Like every other candidate, she does not deserve to be compared to a rabid dog. No one does.
We don't expect any better from a guy like Robert Crowe; he's only regurgitating the hate that others have fed him. We do expect better from a daily newspaper that claims an interest in thoughtful, intelligent debate.