Fox News reported last night that the NASA General Council "has ordered the agency's web site to remove all images of John Kerry's visit to the Kennedy Space Center earlier this week, including the ones where he is dressed up in that so-called 'bunny suit.' A spokesman says the general counsel is looking into whether the pictures, and indeed the whole visit all together, may have violated the Hatch Act. That prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activities while on duty. The spokesman said, quote, 'As public servants, we can't allow a visit to be a campaign stop.' So, NASA is now just trying to be, quote, 'On the safe side.' If the pictures are deemed legal, he says, they will be put back up."
The Washington Post adds this morning that in "the careful crafting of public image, Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry has worked overtime portraying himself as a macho man." So "it is all the more jolting that Kerry could make such a terrible miscalculation during his recent visit aboard the orbiter Discovery at Cape Canaveral." In this "age of image, the very mention of the lab suit should have set off flashing red lights and screaming sirens. No costumes! Do not let the candidate look like the boy in the bubble! Do not allow voters to make a visual connection between the candidate and Woody Allen dressed as sperm!"