Oops.

On Friday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), holding a press conference about train safety with Milford, Conn., Mayor Ben Blake at a Metro North station, was standing a little too close to the edge of the platform and, well, I’ll let the video speak for itself.

I would suggest that we add this to “Ironic” as a new verse — “It’s a train-safety press conference/Where you stand too close to the edge of the train platform with your easel and narrowly avoid getting hit by a train” — but the reference would date me and probably throw us into an argument over the meaning of the word “ironic,” so I’ll just leave this here. This is like throwing a press conference on safe approaches to wild animals while poking a badger with a stick.

They could not have staged this better. “Safety, as you know, is paramount,” Mayor Blake intones. Enter the train, blowing the senator out of its path.

Political life increasingly imitates “Veep.”

I’m glad no one was hurt. Maybe “don’t stand in the yellow zone while lecturing people about train safety” will make the list of tips for the next press conference.

(H/T to Mediaite)

Alexandra Petri writes the ComPost blog, offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day.