At Arms Length

AT ARMS LENGTH….I’m always amused at this annual ritual:

”Our challenge is to make sure that science serves the cause of humanity instead of the other way around,” the president said in a telephone call piped over loudspeakers to a Washington rally of opponents of abortion rights.

….Bush calls the rally each year, usually from distant locations. This year, he extended his weekend stay at the Camp David presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains to phone the participants from there.

Reagan did the same thing, didn’t he? These guys are so terrified of having their picture taken in the actual presence of people they supposedly support that they extend their vacations in order to generate some marginally plausible excuse for not showing up in person. Or is it something else they’re terrified of? I’ve never been quite sure.