It’s terrible that anyone should be so terrorized; it’s possible that this situation is not so much a political act as a case of an unhinged person taking aim at prominent public figure. Though I don’t doubt this is an emotional time for staffers and an agonizing time for those who care about the hostages, I wonder if the media attention is overblown and maybe even inflammatory. I hope that it turns out to be a minor, ultimately nonviolent incident. I pray for a safe end to the whole affair. It is, of course, moments like this that remind one of the real people involved in turning the wheels of democracy. It’s not just the candidates at the top of the ticket who risk something — and who put themselves out in public — when they commit to a campaign.
The NYT appears to be liveblogging the situation.