August 31, 2008
The basic rule of getting away safe when a predator is in the area is this: Don’t act like prey. Don’t go swimming in the ocean with a cut or a wound that will put blood in the water and attract a shark. Don’t thrash or make erratic movements that will make the shark think you’re wounded or incapacitated and hence an easy victim.
There are similar rules for political candidates who want to discourage snark attacks. For example, if you want to escape being the target of a snotty Maureen Dowd column, never do anything that reminds her of a movie or television show.
There is, of course, far more substantive and interesting coverage of the ongoing disaster that is the McCain-Palin ticket, and TPM is having a field day with it. The Internets are full of the sound of crunching bones and smacking lips, but Steve Benen provides the nut graf (well, grafs) for this ongoing story:
Palin’s qualifications are, to a very real degree, secondary to the issue at hand. What matters most right now is John McCain’s comically dangerous sense of judgment. He picked a running mate he met once for 15 minutes, who’s been the governor of a small state for a year and a half, and who is in the midst of an abuse-of-power investigation in which she appears to have lied rather blatantly. She has no obvious expertise in any area, and no record of any kind of federal issues. McCain doesn’t care.
Sensible people of sound mind and character simply don’t do things like this. Leaders don’t do things like this. It’s the height of arrogance. It’s manifestly unserious. It’s reckless and irresponsible. It mocks the political process. Faced with a major presidential test, McCain thought it wise to tell an imprudent joke of lasting consequence.