A Vermont candidate challenging Sen. Pat Leahy has nothing to lose. College interns come cheap. Macho irony has seeped deep into our culture. Politicians can't act. Cows are not meant to be ridden. All that adds up to this particular artifact of our current political season.
Correction, Aug. 17, 2010: The original headline read "Axe" man. I meant "Old Spice" man.
TODAY IN SLATE
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