Two gripes that I can never make during election season, because they’ll look partisan:
1. The fact that a candidate hasn’t disavowed someone or something doesn’t mean that he supports it. Yes, some issues are so big or important, or so clearly intertwined with a candidate, that a refusal to disavow them can be noteworthy. But this business of a candidate in (say) Hampton Roads being called on by members of the opposing party to speak out against some trivial perceived offense of some other candidate in (say) Southwest Virginia is just dumb. They don’t know each other. They live hundreds of miles apart. He hasn’t disavowed it because he’s never heard of the guy.
2. A spokesman speaks for his employer, not himself. When a candidate’s spokesman says something that contradicts something he said for his prior employer, or a viewpoint that he holds personally, that is irrelevant. It’s not hypocritical. It’s just him doing his job. If I took a job as Ken Cuccinelli’s spokesman (there’s no danger of that) I’d say all kinds of things that I didn’t believe. That doesn’t make me a liar, that just makes me somebody who is paid to speak on behalf of Ken Cuccinelli.
If you’re doing either of these things, please stop. You’re making yourself look foolish.
That is all.