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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

Buy Love Monkey for $4! "Hilarious"--Maslin, NY Times. "Exceedingly readable and wickedly funny romantic comedy"--S.F. Chronicle. "Loud and brash, a helluva lot of fun"--Entertainment Weekly. "Engaging romp, laugh-out-loud funny"-CNN. "Shrewd, self-deprecating, oh-so-witty. Smith's ruthless humor knows no bounds"--NPR

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    Hate Mail Spectacular!

    By kyle | November 19, 2008

    I swept the Letters to the Editor page in today’s Post and am appropriately honored. But I’m always surprised by what gets people riled up — it never happens when I’m deliberately trying to be annoying.

    I wouldn’t have thought my George W. Bush column particularly controversial since it was full of information everybody knows. Anyway, one letter writer complained that while I blasted JFK for ordering us, “Ask what you can do for your country,” I didn’t mind John McCain using “Country First” as a slogan. In fact, in my Sept. 6 piece on the RNC, I did chide McCain for exactly that reason. I wrote then:

    “Country First”? What kind of a slogan is that? At best, it’s rank Kennedyism – ask not too many questions except “how high” when Washington tells you to jump. At worst, it sounds like it was written by somebody who has let his newspaper subscription lapse. Unemployment and China going up, stock market and morale going down and – what? We’re all supposed to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and maybe report for national calisthenics?

    Topics: John McCain, Politics | 2 Comments »

    2 Responses to “Hate Mail Spectacular!”

    1. Adi Says:
      November 19th, 2008 at 10:13 pm

      Interesting – what will Obama do now?

    2. Brandon Says:
      November 20th, 2008 at 10:57 am

      Kyle you know not to speak ill of JFK it will always rile up liberals. JFK after all was Jesus while Obama is now god to the left. I like how they are more upset about Al Qaeda calling Obama a “house n****e” (I asterix to avoid the dread “awaiting moderation” message) than they are about decades of terrorist attacks. Priorities people.

      Also don’t you get hate mail daily from Hunter and Donnie?