A perpetually fact-challenged writer from Silver Spring is asserting that Obama's re-election would be a disaster ("Obama's re-election in 2012 would be a disaster," June 9).

I got the same sort of mindless screed against President Obama from friends in a chain email last week. One of my challenges to these sort of folks is, who they would suggest as an alternative?

Mitt Romney, whose health insurance plan in Massachusetts is basically Obamacare? And who wanted to go it alone invading Libya without NATO or the African Union — which would mean the U.S. pays for a third war when we can't afford the other two?

The thrice-married Rudolph Giuliani or Newt Gingrich? Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman (who is against public transit because it is "European")?

Both women's appeal seems limited to high-testosterone, low-information conservatives.

I've never seen such a bunch of losers vying for the most important political office on the planet. Do any of your rightist readers seriously believe that any of these candidates wouldn't be toast debating President Obama?

I am far from an optimist or an ardent Obama supporter. But the only thing that looks likely to derail President Obama's re-election at this point is the unemployment rate.

Maybe if enough Obama-haters stopped working for six months to create a statistical anomaly, they might get one of their goons in.

There are certainly enough of them around to do so.

Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore