Letters to the Editor

Letter: Why Clinton likely to win White House

In the Nov. 2 issue of the National Review, a conservative publication founded by William F. Buckley Jr., senior editor Ramesh Ponnru has an article, "Why Hillary Will Likely Win the White House."

Ponnru, no fan of Hillary Clinton, starts his article pointing out her recent problems with emails, falling favorability ratings, and questions of her honesty and trustworthiness. He also tells us that Republicans control "Congress, most governorships and most state legislative chambers," and that only once since 1952 has a party won a presidential election three times in a row. In addition, more than two-thirds of Americans now say that our nation is headed in the wrong direction.

In spite of all of Clinton's negatives, Ponnru believes that demographic trends favor Democrats. Asian and Hispanics are rapidly growing groups that, along with young white voters, are becoming increasingly liberal.

In addition, many moderates believe Republicans favor the rich and big business. Clinton will focus on specific programs, promising to deliver concrete benefits to workers, women, families and the poor.

Ponnru concludes by saying, "Republicans have very little in the way of popular policy proposals to counter the appeal of liberalism. ... Their tax-cut proposals are almost all focused on people who make much more than the average voter."

Frank Flaumenhaft

Hilton Head Island