State Senator Greg Ball has been on a bit of a media tour since he tweeted his support for torturing the Boston Marathon terror suspect in the aftermath of his arrest, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. To wit, his round of interviews took him to at least two news shows yesterday evening, Capital Tonight and Piers Morgan Live, where he put his argument into rather direct form.
“All I can tell you is what I would do as an American. If we saw what just happened where we had men, women and children–a child–killed,” he said at one point, for example. “I can tell you that as Greg Ball, if I felt that torture–whether it be making them listen to music at night, or using a baseball bat–would save one innocent life, including that of a child, I would use it. But I’m just speaking for Greg Ball.”
When Liz Benjamin, Capital Tonight‘s host, pressed Mr. Ball on the subject, he simply stated that he was not “completely full of crap,” unlike other officials who might have more of a filter between what they feel and what they say.
“Let’s just step back a second. I mean, you make a living out of interviewing politicians and others and I understand that most politicians are completely full of crap,” he contended. “And you have to deal with that every day. I don’t know how you do it. I happen to say exactly how I feel … It’s easy to have an academic debate and there’s certainly room for that in editorial board meetings and the ivory towers of universities … I’ll leave that up to academia.”
Mr. Ball further said he relished the criticism he receives from making these sorts of statements, adding, “You know, If I wasn’t being criticized, I don’t know what I’d do with myself. An old World War Two guy told me this, that, ‘If you’re not taking flak, you’re not over the target.’”
Of course, Mr. Ball is hardly the only pol to step into the spotlight due to an off-hand Twitter post. Ms. Benjamin asked Mr. Ball if he was concerned whether he might get into trouble someday, perhaps like then-Congressman Anthony Weiner, who was caught sending lewd social media messages in 2011.
“Well I don’t think that there’s an attachment of a picture of me in my underwear,” the state senator said. “If there is, please let me know.”
“Not to this one,” Ms. Benjamin replied, likely referring to a pants-free Twitter photo Mr. Ball once indeed took. “Not to this one.”