Boots, as she was known to us (her middle name), was bright, articulate, and energetic. While at Oxford where we met, Boots was a vibrant part of our a capella songsters. An athlete, she was a terror on the field hockey team. We maintained contact over the many years and had annual lunches with our classmates. Always positive, Boots was a true friend. So sad that she is gone.
I don’t mind that Bolinsky disparaged an opponent on the basis of appearance, or even that his wife feels she needs to walk up to his opponent (“Keep spreading lies”) to disparage the opponent. That is who Bolinsky and his wife are. What offends me is Bolinsky’s effort to blame a volunteer for a public misanthropic comment in his ad campaign and then distance himself from it. My first thought when hearing of this, was “the buck stops here”, thank you President Truman. And then to discover that Bolinsky actually used this quote in his “apology” is pathetic. Bolinsky allowed the comment to be disseminated as a misanthropist comment, and then he advised he has no responsibility for the dissemination of that thought. If the buck stops here, one should ask Bolinsky, if he has only just started to take responsibility for what his campaign says, who has been taking responsibility for how he decides to vote, who gives him information as his talking points etc.