Fremdschamen is one of those great German words that expresses an idea more accurately and succinctly than anything in English. (There’s supposed to be an umlaut over the “a” but I can’t figure out how to make that happen on WordPress). It means feeling vicarious shame over something someone else has said or done. After Rick Perry’s gaff during last night’s debate makes me blush whenever I think about it. That blank mental disconnect has happened to all of us at some point, but why oh why?! The man hasn’t had a single good showing in a debate!
What’s really depressing is what it looks like we may be left with are the smooth-talkers, who sound great but have a history of doing the opposite of what they’re saying they’ll do now. Why is it so hard to find someone who’s principled and well-spoken?