Silence of the Lambs: The 2008 Campaign In A Single Sentence

Victor Davis Hanson nails it.

I don’t think in my lifetime I have ever witnessed quite a campaign in which the wife of the Presidential candidate has been sequestered lest she voice yet another sweeping generalization that can be rightfully interpreted as denigrating both the American system at large or the values of other Americans; or in which the Vice Presidential candidate has been sequestered from press questioning lest he once again in an interview or an impromptu says something that either is so bizarre that it makes no sense at all or serves as a good argument not to vote for his running mate; or in which the Presidential nominee himself knows that if he stays on the teleprompter he has a good chance of winning, but if he wades in to banter with the crowd there is equally a good chance that he may say something so disturbing that the entire facade that he has so carefully constructed simply collapses.

And yet, the only thing longer than that single profound sentence has been the 2008 Presidential Campaign.

On the flip side, just 9 words in two sentences from Michelle Obama sums up her husband’s candidacy equally as well.

Jonah Goldberg wondered, “Why Wasn’t This in an Ad?”

No one wonders why Michelle Obama has been sequestered into the ether. Without scripts (or imposed silence), not even the media could have prevented imminent implosion.

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