Hillary is losing her glamour as a presidential candidate. Who will the Democrats turn to? If they want someone who can counter Donald Trump and Jeb Bush, and the other wildcards in the Republican camp, they should think beyond our present vice president and draft the American who won a Pulitzer Prize with his 1999 book: “The Lexus and the Olive Tree.” One who understands our modern world exceptionally well, as discussed in the 2005 book “The World is Flat,” and knows more about problems in the Near East than anyone else in America. He lived there for several years and discussed his experiences in his 1988 book “From Beirut to Jerusalem.” The author of these three books and one other, “Longitudes and Attitudes,” is Thomas L. Friedman, a brilliant New York Times columnist. I am not a Democrat or a die-hard Republican, but if Friedman were to run as a candidate for either party, I would vote for him. We need people like Friedman in Washington, people who are bright but are not professional politicians nor political organizers nor showmen. Let’s enlist the best and brightest of us for a change to take charge in the sagging capital of our great country.
Don H. Adair, Boise