Rodricks disparages free speech

The robocalls made on behalf of Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. were less cynical than Dan Rodricks' column ("Drawing the line in cutthroat business of politics," Dec. 7). To describe protected political speech defenses as "hedging" betrays a sneering disbelief in basic First Amendment freedoms.

Constitutional rights are not technicalities.

Thomas F. McDonough, Towson

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