“Nice”

Ms. Fields has been struck — yet again! — by that peculiar political epithet.

In the slide show that accompanies her profile in today’s Times, reporter Randal C. Archibold narrates Virginia’s history. He sums her up with this denouement:

“She’s good-natured. She just generally seems a very nice person.”

He hesitates, then adds with a gentle laugh: “which, in New York City, is not always an asset when you’re campaigning.”

Sigh.