I’ve lost my copy of the Left-Wing Blogosphere Enemies list, so I can’t remember whether or not I’m supposed to hate Jason Zengerle. Either way, Zengerle has a good piece today wherein he catches the late Tim Russert with his socks down today. Here’s Brokaw:
A few years ago, he (Tim Russert) asked me to check on the prospects of a farm-state candidate for governor who spent part of every year on Nantucket and adopted some of the local customs. I called a friend in the candidate’s state to get an assessment, and he said simply, “He doesn’t wear socks.” Tim roared when I passed along the observation, and we often used that expression — “He doesn’t wear socks” — as shorthand for politicians who were tone-deaf.
Here’s Russert sans socks:
I hate to speak ill of the recently deceased and (and it’s Brokaw’s fault, not Russert’s), but this NASCAR nation should be aware that the no socks/no service thing is a slap in the face to candidate Christ. It’s also great news for future candidate Spitzer.
On a more serious note, is there any other important job where the most important qualification is wearing socks? If you needed to have brain surgery, and were told that one surgeon was the best in the world but sometimes didn’t wear socks, would you put your life in the hands of another, less-qualified, more socks-friendly surgeon?
Which leads to the next question: does anyone know if Sanjay Gupta wears socks?