Wolf Blitzer thinks that politics and the people who do politics are, like, really super neat, for reals! That is what I've divined from these several paragraphs of writing that were somehow allowed to be published on CNN's website, in which Blitzer explains how impressed he is by people who run for elected office, despite the fact that media types like Wolf Blitzer, from time to time, have to apply a modicum of scrutiny to their positions and their records and stuff.
I know it will probably sound weird, but I admire these politicians who put themselves out there before the American public knowing full well that all their warts will be exposed big time.
Most of them already have lots of money. They could easily coast at this point in their lives and sit back and relax.
Instead, they are working hard on the campaign trail.
This is how the piece begins, and had it been published without a byline, I would have assumed it had been written by a particularly earnest fifth-grader, or perhaps a basset hound. But it says, right at the top of the page, "By CNN's Wolf Blitzer" -- which, to be fair, sort of explains a lot.
Blitzer goes on to note how remarkable it is that the people who are running for president "answer an endless amount of often annoying questions at town hall meetings, at diners and from reporters such as me." It's like he's sorry that he has to ask questions of these people and finds it to be amazing when they somehow actually respond. It's a tough life. Hey, remember when CNN bravely put Herman Cain on the spot and asked him if he preferred "deep dish or thin crust?" That was a tough moment for Cain, because he risked alienating many pizza enthusiasts with his answer.
But Blitzer's focus remains mostly on the way these politicians choose to subject themselves to the vagaries of running a campaign, when they could just sit at home and be wealthy.
Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul and Rick Perry could have taken the easy path and relaxed and enjoyed life. Instead of playing golf and hanging out with their children and grandchildren, they are working hard trying to get the Republican presidential nomination.
Hmm. Should these people run for office in an effort to obtain power and wealth and prestige, or should they just sit back and enjoy the power and wealth and prestige they already enjoy from their previous stint as an officeholder? The choice must be agonizing!
At any rate, Wolf Blitzer has just had his mind completely blown, by politics.
[Hat Tip: Glenn Greenwald]
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