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Fierce but futile battle ahead over Trump nominee; Oren M. Spiegler (OMS); Beaver County Times; July 11, 2018.
Mr. Spiegler is such a prolific letter writer the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review gave him a little tribute back in 2003. Google “Oren M. Spiegler” and you’ll get more hits than you know what to do with. Unfortunately, prolific is not a synonym for competent. Mr. Spiegler claims to be a Republican. In my critique of “Breathing more freely,” I cited reasons why I was “beginning to believe Mr. Spiegler is simply another Republican impersonator,” but he sealed the deal with “Greatest foreign policy debacle.” Subsequent letters provided more confirmation. The group of local Republican impersonators also includes Messrs. William A. Alexander, Arthur Brown, Edward J. Hum, Bill Ralston, and George Reese, all claiming to be disgruntled Republicans. While he has previously claimed to be a Republican, this appears to be the first time Mr. Spiegler claimed to be a registered Republican in a BCT letter. If true, Mr. Spiegler joins Mr. Hum in going the extra mile to further his impersonation of a Republican.
ALERT! Though I missed it by several months, Mr. Spiegler finally did the honorable thing and ended his charade and deregistered as a Republican.
You can find links to previous critiques of Spiegler letters I critiqued here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
The BCT has or had a limit of 12 letters per writer per year. In 2014, the BCT either ditched that limit or made a huge exception for Mr. Spiegler. By my count, the BCT published at least 25 Spiegler letters in 2014. Mr. Spiegler and/or the BCT dialed things back a bit in 2015; the BCT published only 15 Spiegler letters in 2015 and 10 in 2016. This letter appears to be OMS’ ninth of 2018.
Below is a review of the subject letter.
“After what will no doubt be a fierce but futile battle, Trump Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh will become the next associate justice. Kavanaugh is likely to further the aims of the president, to diminish and ostracize racial, religious, and sexual orientation minorities and immigrants, to limit speech Trump does not agree with, to chip away at abortion rights, to limit voting rights, to enhance the rights of gun owners, to further degrade the environment and to place a thumb on the scale for big business over labor.”
[RWC] My comments are in my review of OMS’ letter “What type of nominee will Trump select?”
“I suppose we should be thankful that the president did not nominate one of his pals like Don King, Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin or Joe Arpaio. Had he done so, there might have been a sufficient number of Republican Trump stooges (like Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey) in the U. S. Senate to acquiesce.”
[RWC] Blah, blah, blah. As I noted in the previous review, this is boilerplate stuff lefties dust off whenever there’s a Supreme Court opening during a Republican administration.
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