To employ the “don’t have a dog in this fight” idiom twice in a day, political strategist “Mudcat” Saunders didn’t exactly have a bluetick hound in Joe Klein’s eternal war with bloggers, did he? And yet he waded right in, behaving as though Klein was his second cousin on his momma’s side, to the benefit of no one except perhaps amused Republicans.
So views were, ah, exchanged. Ol’ Mudcat has apologized – more or less. And now, having wasted a precious day of his limited blogging engagement, he has tried to move on to that thing he came to talk about. You remember, something or other about reaching out to rural and Southern voters and winning the presidency. A pity that many of the people he might have otherwise engaged in dialogue have likely tuned him out, cries of “go to Hell” still ringing in their ears.
Somewhere in the political strategists’ handbook it surely says that staying on message is key…probably just before it says that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.