The conservative spin cycle is on full heavy-duty wash with news today of Al Gore's 24-year-old son's arrest for speeding and and drug possession. The suspect is not a child. He is an adult who should take responsibility for his own mistakes, his own flaws. But are the conservatives focused on personal responsibility? Nope. They are looking to albatross the former Vice President's neck with his adult son's alleged violations, and they are trying again to lampoon and to smear the noble causes of conservation and environmentalism simply because the man arrested is Al Gore III and the vehicle he was driving was a Prius.
But perhaps the most spiteful, meanest response I have seen comes from former local school board seat-filler and electorally defeated candidate Kay Brooks, who passive-aggressively expresses care for Al Gore III's health and need for help as a pretext to criticize his father and the cause of saving our environment from ourselves. That is sheer, malicious hypocrisy given that when she was running for office, she steadfastly refused to bring her home-schooled children's test scores into the debate about her fitness for a school board seat. She also pompously pounces on the Gore family crisis to pimp the upcoming gathering of a bunch of holy-roller evangelical Christians in Nashville who intend to fix what they think is wrong with the rest of us.
Every once and I while I see Kay Brooks go into these church-lady modes where she expresses back-handed care for someone as a means of bringing them down. And this time she is really presuming to suggest that she is promoting our salvation. Well, isn't that special?