Politics

Wolf Blitzer's "Salute to Politicians"

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You think it's easy?

The ageless, beardful non-wonder of CNN takes time between situations to pen a love-letter to those selfless souls who sacrifice so much just for the opportunity to spend your money on things you don't like. Sample:

I know it will probably sound weird, but I admire these politicians who put themselves out there before the American public knowing full well that all their warts will be exposed big time.

Most of them already have lots of money. They could easily coast at this point in their lives and sit back and relax.

Instead, they are working hard on the campaign trail.

I've seen them in action, and it's tough. […]

You think it's easy going out there all the time and appealing for campaign cash?

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul and Rick Perry could have taken the easy path and relaxed and enjoyed life. Instead of playing golf and hanging out with their children and grandchildren, they are working hard trying to get the Republican presidential nomination.

Living in a world that's changed

Don't read the whole thing here.

First of all, yes, it's "weird." Second, there's nothing "relaxing" about "playing golf"–all those annoying Type-B+ A-holes sighing and looking at their watches just because you're 7-putting the par-3 2nd hole do not a relaxing afternoon make. But mostly, WTF, Wolf?

As Salon's Alex Pareene notes, "In their pursuit of more power these already powerful men have allowed themselves to be scrutinized and even occasionally criticized, which is quite a sacrifice."