If I Can Make It There …

To the Editor

The allegedly influential people who were razzle-dazzled by Senator John McCain’s not-so-secret Regency Hotel pep talk [“Senator McCain Worked Blue on New York Stage,” Jason Horowitz, May 29] might want to pay attention to the rowdy crowd who booed and heckled him at the New School graduation ceremonies. The very last thing this country needs is another polarizing President who is incapable of forging a wide level of respect and trust. With his public calls to increase the U.S. troop presence in Iraq, Mr. McCain is wildly out of touch with the American mindset, and his rude reception by the New School graduates was well deserved. Any candidate who runs on that platform is a masochist, and any high-roller who backs that kind of candidate is a rich idiot.

Phil Hall


To the Editor:

That was a great article on Senator John McCain, but I can tell you this: Remember the little “mistake” in South Carolina over the flag at the capital? Mr. McCain is making the same mistake now on immigration. He and many Democrats and Republicans (even the President) are off the mark if they think the majority of Americans “want what we offer” on this subject. There is and has been a serious lack of leadership from the men and women in leadership positions within the Republican Party, which is supposed to be the party of law and order.

Mr. McCain may come close, but after being part of any immigration bill that will allow illegal immigrants to obtain the same Social Security payments or the gathering of these funds to send to Mexico, he can keep on dreaming. He will never reach the Presidential office he so desires. In fact, if the Republicans do not get back within the fold, they may well lose the House, the Senate and the Presidency. They will try to blame dirty politics, etc., but it will come down to one thing: They forgot their base and once again thought, as they have done in the past, that they were smarter than those same poor voters.

Larry Whitehurst

Mount Horeb, Wis.

Bush v. Gore, Lies v. Truth

To the Editor:

As I was reading Joe Conason’s column “Nobody’s Laughing at Al Gore’s Truths” [May 29], I was reminded of a quote by Mr. Gore: “Most people in politics draw energy from backslapping and shaking hands and all that. I draw energy from discussing ideas.” These ideas of his have been all but ignored by everyone from the government to the media to the public at large. He was basically laughed at for being intelligent in the 2000 Presidential campaign, as if intelligence was a deficit. Now look what that has gotten us: We have lived and are continuing to live a national nightmare for the past six years, even without the environment front and center, as Mr. Conason writes in his column. I am far from laughing as I remember point by point how Mr. Gore was right in that campaign; in fact, I am livid. Many did make fun of his “lockbox” in regards to Social Security, and I’m left to wonder how they feel now, since Mr. Bush seems determined to tear it apart. When Mr. Gore spoke out angrily against the Iraq War, just how many Bush voters who have now turned against this war wished they had voted for Mr. Gore in the first place? While the media touted Mr. Gore as being “wooden” and Mr. Bush as being “likeable,” seeing the President’s latest polling numbers, just how many now view Mr. Bush in that way? In the 2000 campaign, Mr. Gore did speak the truth, and as we all know now, Bush has lied on so many occasions. It is about time that America stand up for the truth, and I do hope and pray that Al Gore decides to run in the 2008 campaign and goes on to win it. He speaks without fear, and that, to me, is leadership at its finest.

Mary MacElveen

Sound Beach, N.Y.

Hillary Hoax?

To the Editor:

Great article about Hillary, Julia [“The Right Is Wrong to Embrace Hillary,” Julia Gorin, Wise Guys, May 29]!

Is it way too cynical to believe that the only reason Rupert Murdoch is cozying up to Hillary Clinton is because his empire can more easily destroy her than maybe another Democratic Presidential candidate?

Robert Schwartz


To the Editor:

Thank you so much for Ms. Gorin’s piece. It is absolutely terrific and on the mark. She is just so correct! Why are Republicans so gullible? I’d like to know. I sometimes do not know what frustrates me more, the hypocrisy of the Democrats or the blindness and gullibility of the Republicans.

The only thing I know about the Republicans is that whatever their faults, they prevent the Democrats from doing further damage. That’s it. And then it seems that sometimes they don’t do this so well, either.

Farideh Tashiro

Goodyear, Ariz.

Before the Crash, He Met With Gizmondo

To the Editor:

Great story! The best I’ve read so far [“It’s Ferrari Crash! Swede’s Flame-Out Stops L.A. Cold,” Matthew DeBord, New Yorker’s Diary, May 29]. I met Carl Freer, Steve Carroll and some of the Gizmondo team in L.A. last summer, just after they’d opened their plush new Beverly Hills office. As a wireless strategy consultant, they asked me to fly down to meet to see how I could help. Unfortunately, they didn’t pick me up at the airport in the Enzo or the SLR.

One has to ask how they managed to fool so many people on both sides of the Pond. After all, they squandered a couple hundred million dollars trying to maintain an unsustainable lifestyle from virtually nonexistent revenues for a mediocre product built on a questionable business strategy. These guys could tell a pretty good story that someone not nuanced to the wireless industry or the peculiarities of the U.S. market might swallow. There were several consultants in the room, and they kept us for most of the day; then it was off to a fashionably late afternoon lunch at a tony Beverly Hills trattoria. I got the sense that meetings like this must have been a daily ritual. Was it a show for us, or were they really serious but delusional? I’ll never know, as I never heard about them again until the Ferrari Crash. Again, thanks for a really great story.

Whitey Bluestein

Larkspur, Calif. Letters