Friday, June 27, 2008

Should we allow our politicians to say stupid things?

We complain when our politicians hide from the public, issuing platitudes from scripted, tightly-controlled town halls and saying things that offend no one.

But when the politicians expose themselves to the real world - or at least to the press - we complain when they go off script and say something stupid that gets some people angry. See FriendFeed (queenofspain) for a discussion of McCain's allusion to the "have you stopped beating your wife" trick question.

I'm sorry, but we're not going to have the perfect politician who never says anything stupid when speaking off-the-cuff. Or if we do, you can bet that the responses were secretly rehearsed.

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