I don’t know how the rest of you feel about it, but one factor I look for in political candidates, irrespective of party affiliation, is Failure To Crawl. The moment you start toadying, you are dead to me.
While Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty spent the day campaigning in Iowa, his campaign co-chairman Vin Weber told The Hill newspaper Wednesday that Michele Bachmann’s strengths in Iowa include hometown appeal, ideological appeal and, “I hate to say it, but she’s got a little sex appeal, too.” Weber later apologized.
T-Paw didn’t throw Weber under the bus, exactly, but he did indicate some familiarity with the heat shields:
“I don’t believe that he or anyone else should use a reference to somebody’s sex appeal to judge their fitness for office,” Pawlenty said. “It’s a wrong statement, and he apologized and I’m glad that he did it.”
Never did knee jerk so quickly. Note that Weber didn’t say anything about Bachmann’s “fitness for office”; he said something about her perceived electability, a characteristic utterly unrelated. (Don’t think so? Where were you during the Obama administration?)
Have we really sunk this far into the demented world of hypersensitivity? Seriously, how long will it be until we are afraid to say anything to anyone, about anything without running by a lawyer first?
Newspeak doubleplusgood. Shut piehole.