To be asked by some reporter who doesn’t mind making enemies:
1. Were you aware of the contents of the emails Sid Blumenthal, a senior campaign staffer, was sending around trashing the character of Sen. Obama?
2. Did you approve of that content? In particular, do you think it was appropriate for a Democratic campaign to disseminate the idea that Barack Obama had a “communist mentor,” as suggested by one of Richard Mellon Scaife’s tame “journalists”?
3. If you weren’t aware of that content, what does that say about your managerial capacity to handle the Presidency?
4. And now that you are aware of it, do you plan to dismiss Blumenthal? And why weren’t you aware, after more than 15 years of association, that he was capable of such behavior? What does that say about your capacity to judge the character of subordinates?
Hillary Clinton is far more responsible for Sid Blumenthal’s words and actions than Barack Obama is for Jeremiah Wright’s words and actions. But somehow I doubt she’ll ever get asked any of these questions. For political reporters, this scandal is too close to home.