Regarding Leonard Pitts' column "Bush is neither smart nor just one of the guys" (March 6, Page B-7): I have been a Republican for most of my life, but some time ago the Republican Party decided that it needed to finance this country on the paychecks of the middle class. Look around -- gas going to $4 a gallon; let's bail out the rich in subprime banking.
But the kiss of death to me being Republican was Page A-5, March 6, "McCain reports to Republican headquarters." McCain and Bush are warmongers on a roll. So their friends in the military manufacturing arena get richer.
GOP, when was the last time you fueled your own car or lost a kid in a war? I'll vote Democratic or Ralph Nader from now on.
NOEL HUGH RUTHERFORD