To the editor:
The GOP selection of Kevin McCarthy to succeed Eric Cantor as Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives is certainly a great choice.
Over a half-century ago, a famous ventriloquist named Edgar Bergan had an act featuring a popular dummy named Charlie McCarthy. Although inanimate unless being manipulated, Bergan's McCarthy displayed dazzling moments of intelligence and wisdom when put into full performance mode.
Other than being subject to manipulation by a wooden-like conservative Tea Party philosophy, however, the newly elected Republican House leader and his party colleagues in the national legislature more closely reflect the slow-witted and sluggish manner of another of Bergan's noted dummies named Mortimer Snerd.
Perhaps the most symbolic aspect of the peculiar name coincidence described above is that Bergan's Charlie McCarthy can now be found at Washington, D.C.'s Smithsonian Institution. Since the Republican Party is rapidly becoming a relic of the past, with so many of its loyalists epitomizing stale and reactionary 19th-century social and economic thought, it would be more than fitting that a replica of a stuffed GOP elephant be placed on display at the same historic museum.
Camden, Delaware, and Paul Smiths