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Letter: Political dialogue's deteriorated

Rep. Peter King walks towards the House Chamber

Rep. Peter King walks towards the House Chamber on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (Sept. 30, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

As a Democrat, I find myself in the unprecedented position of defending Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), a politician far to my right on almost all issues.

A few nights ago, I heard WABC-radio conservative flamethrower Mark Levin call King "a quisling" for not marching in lockstep with the tea party faction of his party ["Don't repeat shutdown crisis," Editorial, Oct. 18]. Levin questioned the propriety of linking funding of the U.S. government with undermining the duly enacted and judicially upheld Affordable Care Act.

Vidkun Quisling was an infamous Norwegian World War II collaborator with the Nazis, an executed traitor whose name is the European equivalent of Benedict Arnold. Peter King a quisling? Seriously? Is this what political dialogue has sunk to in this country? The answer is yes, until the intended audience for such vicious nonsense repudiates it.

Zachary Murdock, Cold Spring Harbor


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