Dear Senator Thompson:
[Query: is that the proper form of address for an ex-Sen?]
I am one of those who have been hoping you would seek the Republican presidential nomination. I have read a fair number of your columns. I was excited by how often I agreed with them, and thrilled at the prospect that someone as articulate and straightforward as you appeared to be might have a real chance at the Presidency.
I sent a modest contribution, and here are some excerpts from the email I got in return.
"Now we’re moving forward together. . . . [I]f I do take on this challenge, we’re not going to do things the same old way. . . . We’re going to plow some new ground and make a real difference for our nation. . . . I believe there is a real sense across our country that we’re tired of the same old petty politics. Our fellow Americans want to see some real change."
This is the same type and style of politician-speak that I would have expected to see in a message from the campaign of Mark Warner, or Barack Obama, or who knows how many politicians past and present. It is stale. It is boring. It is fungible. It belies the very idea of "real change".
Please, Senator -- don't subside into this sort of sludge before you've fairly begun.
Sincerely, Karen A. Wyle, would-be actual supporter of a Presidential candidate