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Tuesday, January 13, 2004
 
Dear Mr Brooks:

One reason Democratic voters might be divided is that they have more than one candidate to choose from. Some of them support preemptive war, some support holding terror subjects without trial, and some supported the war in Iraq. One of them might even be nominated.

If you're trying to figure out how Democrats will really vote, you might want to get a little into the nuances of their opinions. Find out from those who answered in the affirmative to "Do you support the war in Iraq?" and "Do you support preemptive war" whether they think it was a good idea to invade an unthreatening country based on false premises. I assure you the vast majority do not. They might have very different ideas from the president's about what constitutes a "terror suspect" as well.

Pro-life Republican voters hold their noses at Bush's stem-cell policy and small-government Republican voters hold their noses over Bush's Medicare expansion, both to advance their broader interests. Democrats will likewise line up behind their candidate, just as they did in the last election.

Although your column is as usual misleading and bereft of any relevant content, please continue to spread the idea that Democrats are in disarray and should not be taken seriously. Every little bit helps.

Yours truly,
David

P.S. If you really want to find out something interesting, take a look at what Republicans think of the defecit.