As Moe Lane writes, “Do not let your campaign manager assault* a blogger:”
Richard Mourdock (R) will be apologizing for this event (more details about the incident here) which took place after Right-blogger rebelpundit came up to the Indiana Senate candidate and started asking him some fairly direct questions about Mourdock’s willingness/reluctance to identify with the Tea Party. The actual triggering moment was when rebelpundit asked a Fair Tax question, apparently; it was then that campaign manager Jim Holdren took a slap at the camera and called the blogger a tracker.
OK, this is important. Let us say that rebelpundit was in fact a tracker – which is to say, that he was a guy with a camera whose job it was to make someone from the Other Side look bad by getting some embarrassing video footage. Guess what? If that had been true, then Mission Freaking Accomplished: and directly because of Holdren’s actions. If you are an activist and you see a tracker, feel free to crack wise at them. Feel free to ask them who they are, over and over again. Feel free to get one of those pointing signs saying ‘FAKE’ and assign someone to follow him around. But do not threaten and do not touch.
Moe writes, “feel free to crack wise” at a “tracker.” But use a light touch, stay cool, and don’t out-think yourself; if you’re a politician on the right-hand side of the aisle and seeking election or re-election, your made-up/garbled insult could become fodder for literally 130 or more Washington Post stories.
As for the asterisk above, click over to Moe’s post for details. He’s right on that, as well.