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Letter: A retort from the Pitkin Dems chair

Your Thursday, Nov. 10 “Morning After” article, written by four of your staff, quotes Pitkin County Republican Party Chair Bob Jenkins on page one. Perhaps your writers chose not to interview me, the chair of the Pitkin County Democratic Party, because I reliably avoid inflammatory rhetoric.

In this case, however, I cannot allow Bob’s witless drivel to pass without comment. Bob is a resident of Pitkin County, 69.69 percent of whose voters are apparently “cutesy intellectual elites.” Bob is a resident of the state of Colorado, whose voters preferred Mrs. Clinton 46.98 percent to his con artist’s 44.79 percent. And a majority of American voters voted for Mrs. Clinton as well, not the lying, xenophobic, misogynistic, homophobic, Islamophobic, disabled-mocking promoter preferred by Bob, who has concluded that, in his math-deficient world, these results are somehow “absolutely unifying.”

Bob’s comment that “it is middle-America that made this country, not the intellectual elites” makes me want to vomit. The Founding Fathers a bunch of middle-American middle brows? Our scientists and innovators? Our campaigners for freedom and equality? No point in going on.

A false, and low-brow, dichotomy.

Bob approves of his deadbeat mogul’s record of creating jobs. Does this include pollster Tony Fabrizio, whom The-Man-Who-Was-Booed-At-His-Own-Polling-Place is refusing to pay $767,000; the Freedom Kids who danced at his Pensacola event and are now suing to be paid; or the caterer he stiffed for his second wedding, the one to the woman he hid in an Aspen hotel while wife one was stashed amusingly in another? Job creator, indeed.

Bob lacks the word-smithing talents of Richard Nixon’s Vice-President Spiro Agnew (via William Safire and Pat Buchanan) who memorably called us “nattering nabobs of negativism” and “an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.” Agnew was forced out of office, convicted, fined and disbarred after pleading nolo contendere on charges of felony tax evasion.

Bob may not be troubled by the refusal to produce tax records by The-Man-Who-Spied-On-His-Third-Wife-While-She-Voted, and Vladimir Putin may be fine with it as well, but the majority of Coloradans are not. If the man who knows more about ISIS than the generals can get past his racketeering trial this month in New City for Trump “University” and his trial for the alleged and witnessed rape of a 13-year-old girl next month, perhaps the person who gleefully took millions out of Atlantic City, declaring bankruptcy and destroying countless lives and businesses, will follow Al Capone to prison for, fittingly enough, tax fraud.

For now, we Pitkin County Democrats will assume the role of the opposition. We will do everything in our power to prevent and, if necessary, later undo the misery that Bob’s party, his president-elect and potential Cabinet of serially cheating advisers are preparing to wreak on our county, our state, our country and a world standing by helplessly, watching in horror. Be proud, Bob.

Howard Wallach

Chair, Pitkin County Democratic Party


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