Excerpt: The recent kerfuffle over a secret recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign strategy meeting, which focused on opposition research about a likely opponent, actress Ashley Judd, has divided observers into two groups.
One consists of those disturbed by the bugging of a private conversation. The other consists of people who were mostly offended by the content of the conversation, which concerned Judd’s emotional problems, and laughter about certain odd comments she has made over time.
First, welcome to reality. Nothing about this episode, first exposed by Mother Jones magazine, is novel or especially outrageous, except for the allegedly illegal activity. Many may find the content of Team McConnell’s discussion unappealing, obnoxious, mean, or ... banal, anyone?
But anyone pretending shock that opposition research includes discussions about a person’s emotional or mental health has been dwelling in some alternate universe. What people write and say in the public square is fair game, and Judd wrote in her autobiography about her emotional challenges and suicidal thoughts — a reasonable existential exercise, if you ask me and Albert Camus, who described suicide as the only “truly serious philosophical problem.”
If you want to elect a senator who has never been depressed or contemplated suicide, vote for a dog.