April 28, 2005

Salazar v. Dobson

Sen. Ken Salazar has apologized for calling the Rev. James Dobson of Focus on the Family "the Antichrist" in an interview with a local Colorado Springs TV station. This probably wasn't the most statesmanlike accusation that Salazar could have made, but I'm not sure I agree with Rocky Mountain News columnist Mike Littwin that it was a "minor disaster."

Let's look on the bright side. Salazar demonstrated that he wasn't going to put up with Dobson's bullshit, and that's more than we can say for too many national politicians these days. Sure, it would have been better if Salazar had demanded that Dobson stop indulging in self-righteous demagoguery and apologize for accusing defenders of the Senate filibuster as "attacking people of faith." That would have been the more statesmanlike thing to say, but the real political disaster would have been to treat Dobson with kid gloves, like most Democrats have been doing for far too long. If anything, calling Dobson the Antichrist is like my junior high school friends and I calling our English teacher a fascist. It's kind of, well, a bit too junior-high-esque.

Immature behavior is a common politician's mistake, though; not a political disaster. At least Salazar's got the right junior-high role models.

Posted by Carey at April 28, 2005 09:51 PM
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