How many epistemologists can dance on the head of a pin? That is the question raised by the post today by Ben Smith at Politico.com, “Reid campaigns with fighters,” http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1010/Reid_campaigns_with_fighters.html?showall.
Brother Ben notes that Harry Reid, the embattled Senate majority leader who is up for reelection in Nevada, is enlisting the good offices of Dana White, head of the mixed martial arts promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship. Smith quotes an anonymous “smart colleague” as finding it “odd for Reid to be embracing [figures from] a real and amazingly violent sport” at the same time the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee “is pounding Linda McMahon for her connex to a fake violent sport.”
Well, here’s how it is.
One, neither Dana White nor his wife is running for the Senate from Nevada on the Republican side.
Two, there have been a few deaths in MMA to this point but none yet in UFC. Linda McMahon’s Democratic opponent in the Connecticut Senate race, Richard Blumenthal, has pointed out that seven pro wrestlers with WWE “connex” have keeled over for good just during the course of the campaign.