I thought plants were good for the environment?

I read this yesterday and it stayed with me all day like bad salami.

Here's what bothers me about this little incident:

[1] Drudge's complicity in what is frankly a non-story.

[2] The very shallow perspective of the college kid who is so disillusioned.

[3] The unwillingness of Hillary's sideshow to say, "Oh please: everybody does this. Phil Donahue did it back in the 80's when he travelled with Posner, there's at least one plant in every audience to start questions, and it's nothing new..." It demonstrates that they think they did something wrong -- which, sadly, indicates they don't know the difference between right and wrong.

Be serious. Why wouldn't she plant some softballs in the audience? These public events are to show how good she is, not how bad she is -- she should have somebody there who's going to ask an intelligent question which she can answer intelligently.

Would it be better if the candidate could just answer any question asked? Why yes: it would. But the problem is that most people don't even know how to ask questions anymore. As Chris Arnzen has said in the past, a question ends with a question mark -- it's a brief interrogative which causes the one asked to respond.

Isay this isn;t even newsworthy. It's barely blog-worthy.