Monday, June 28, 2010

The Question Not to Ask a Candidate

Mickey Kaus, reflecting on his losing primary race against Barbara Boxer:

A musician I know says that when she goes backstage after friends of hers have played a particularly disastrous set of songs, she says either a)"Hey guys you really did it!" or b) "Did you have fun?" As a longshot candidate I can testify that "Are you having fun?" quickly becomes a really annoying question, and it gets asked by about 80% of people you encounter. Translation: "We can't think of any other reason why you might be doing this." I gave up explaining that it would be worth doing even if I wasn't having fun.

[Execupundit confession: A congressional candidate came to my door the other day. I almost asked him if he was having fun.]

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