Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Paul Begala: "????"

Sometimes when a pundit makes a comment, you just sit back and go, "????"

Such is the case with Paul Begala. (In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I've never been a fan of his, mostly because ... well, simply put, he's a jerk. Did you see how he just responded to Anderson Cooper and Leslie Sanchez? "What's she doing wrong, Paul?" "She's losing." Duh.) Anyway, he sits as an analyst on CNN's desk as a Clinton supporter, opposite Jamal Simmons, the resident Obama supporter.

He was asked what he made of the results -- which are obviously and incontrovertibly bad for Clinton -- and he responded that it was proof of the redeeming qualities of negative campaigning.

I know what you're thinking: "????"

His argument was actually that Obama is a better candidate now than he was on Super Tuesday because -- get this, now -- Hillary has been attacking him. Somehow, he's trying to give Clinton credit for Obama's surge. Now that's some serious chutzpah, even for Begala.

Swallowing that bit of punditry from Begala requires ... wait, there's a phrase coming to mind ... oh, yes, I got it: To borrow from Clinton herself, it requires the "willing suspension of disbelief."