Anne Coulter savages those who complain about Rumsfeld's autopen:

On the bright side, this is the first war America has been in where the number of casualties is small enough that it would even be theoretically possible for a Defense secretary to sign each condolence letter personally. When Democrats were running the Vietnam War, letters of condolence often began, “To whom it may concern” and were addressed to “occupant.”

She's got a point, though. Almost all politicians use an autopen for even letters the rest of us would consider sensitive. I have a collection of letters from politicians (on the left, the right, and the center) thanking me for my support, when in fact I took them to task for voting in a manner not consistent with representing my opinion.

Anne surmises that politicians routinely autopen responses to those with dying children. Perhaps it's true.

Josh Poulson

Posted Wednesday, Dec 29 2004 10:02 AM

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