Pat Moore states in her letter (“Hypocritical diatribe,” July 30), “Professor Iqbal pretends to be objective on issues,” but my taking the same position as Democrats makes me hypocritical. I neither pretend to be, nor do I claim to be objective as an opinion columnist.
An objective person is neutral on the matter under consideration, e.g., the presiding judge in a court case. In an opinion column, the columnist already has taken a stand on the issue and presents facts and evidence supporting his/her position.
Perhaps an example would help clarify. A gubernatorial candidate is running in a liberal state. She takes a liberal position on the issues and gets elected. After getting elected, she vigorously implements her liberal agenda. After some years, she runs for a national office. Her opponent is viewed as a liberal. To attract conservative voters, she makes a 180-degree turn and takes ultraconservative positions on the same issues. Now this is hypocrisy. One may justifiably say she has no principles; she shamelessly changes her position for self-interest and exploits the voters.
As you see, Ms. Moore, the above is not a rebuttal to your letter. My sole objective is to help you understand the nature of an opinion column.