IN A COLUMN on Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf's...


IN A COLUMN on Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf's chances of winning high political office (not good), I said John McCain was "the Senate's only military careerist."

Braxton D. Mitchell of Ruxton wrote to ask, "What about John Glenn? Col. Glenn served with distinction in and retired honorably from the U.S. Marine Corps." That's right. Ohio's Senator Glenn was a Marine for 23 years, a year longer than Arizona's Senator McCain was in the Navy.

About the same column, Emil Weiss of Las Vegas, who described himself as "a died in the wool Republican," wrote to assert that "General Eisenhower was not necessarily an outstanding president. President Truman and President Roosevelt, neither one military generals, will go down in history as possibly the best men who ever served in office."

And then I wrote that Dan Quayle was George Bush's "180-pound cyst." A.L. Cummings of Garrison Mills wrote to deplore "Quayle bashing. President Truman got bad marks from the press but is now held in high regard, at least by most." What's with Harry and the Republicans these days? (I assume Cummings is a Republican. I asked the lawyers if that was okay. Yes, they said, but don't identify anybody as a Democrat without checking. That's libelous.)(Just kidding.)

And then I wrote that Iowa was losing population so fast that it couldn't produce a president. Lynda and Duane Alpers of Cedar Rapids wrote, "Before you call us 'hicks' and 'losers' we would suggest you get to know us first. We lived in Maryland for 1 1/2 years and we would say you have nothing to brag about." Oh yeah? What about Spiro Agnew?

And then I wrote that Republicans dominate the federal judiciary because Republican presidents choose Republican judges 95 percent of the time. Jerry Kennealy of San Bruno wrote, "It goes deeper than presidential politics. In the last California governor's race, my son asked why I was voting for Pete Wilson. He said he couldn't see much difference between him and Diane Feinstein. Neither could I, with one exception: judicial appointments."

And then I wrote that Democrats should ask lots of question about George Bush's past. George J. Duttle of Longview, Wash., offered, "Is it possible that George Bush's insistence on most favored nation trade status for China is a quid pro quo to protect his own business interests in China?" Now that's a good question. I'll pass it on.

And then I wrote that the U.S. House of Representatives ought to be increased from 435 members to 1,000. Nicole Carlstrom of Omaha wrote, "That would be a waste of everybody's time and money." Christine Tanner of Omaha wrote, "The only thing that would gain would be more confusion." Tenya Shepherd of Omaha wrote, "My class visited Washington this spring and there simply isn't enough room in the House chamber." All three attend Morton Junior High School, where if you're bad the teacher makes you read the editorial page.

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