Since our WaPo chat field reporter is vacationing in Stockholm, it is up to me to do the heavy lifting around here. Via email, this gem of an exchange at today’s WaPo chat with Philip Rucker:
Louisville, Ky.: Good morning, Philip. Thanks for taking questions. I’m very interested in Palin’s decision to step down from power and return to her work as a family commercial fisherwoman. In my mind this seriously ranks her with Cincinnatus, the Roman general who gave up his dictatorship to return to his plowing, and with George Washington, who was a hero in the American Revolution, but gave up his presidential command over the young nation to return to his farm. Do you agree with my assessment? Don’t you think that this brilliant move places Sarah Palin in the same league as George Washington and Cincinnatus?
Philip Rucker: There are lots of Palin questions, so let’s start with this one. You raise an interesting point. I’m not sure I ever thought of Sarah Palin as a modern day George Washington or Cincinnatus.
Oddly enough, I never thought of Palin as a modern day Washington or Cincinnatus.
I still don’t.
If you read the whole chat, Rucker spends most of it saying “interesting point” or “good point” or “that’s a fair point.” I think I have already cracked the Rucker code, and “that is an interesting point” is shorthand for “You are a moron, and they never told me I would have to do this crap in J. School.”