This past Monday evening at a debate in New Hampshire, Senator Kelly Ayotte, a Republican who is struggling to keep her seat on the gravy train, got a surprise question - one that sent her sputtering into near incoherence. Senator Ayotte was asked if she would describe Donald Trump as a role model, and would she tell children to be like Donald Trump? After regaining some semblance of composure, she spit out that she "absolutely" would describe Trump as a role model for children. Later when social media deep-fried her for that response, Senator Ayotte tried to wriggle out of the hot grease by saying that she had "misspoken."
"Mispeaking" was coined during the Nixon years as a euphemism for "lying."
The crux of this story isn't that a seasoned politician got caught with a "gotcha" question, although she certainly did, the real story here is the question itself. It cut across the cat crap of canned campaign talking points and came to rest on something vital: Is Donald Trump the type of person that we would want our children to emulate? Surely that would be difficult for any parent to answer in the affirmative. Most people, regardless of their political orthodoxy, do not want their kids to grow up to become narcissistic loud-mouthed bullies, serial philanderers, greed-heads, racists, and misogynists.
Every politician in America ought to be measured against the standard of whether he or she would be a good role model for children. Senator Ayotte said, upon reflection, that Trump would not be a good role model for children - and neither would Hillary Clinton, and many would concur in that opinion, this poor typist included. But the parties have made their selections, and now the voters must decide which of the two is the better role model for children as well as for the nation.
Somehow I suspect that deep in her gut even Senator Ayotte knows the answer to that one.
A person who would be unfit to teach in an elementary school would absolutely be unfit to serve as President of the United States.