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.]