instinct to attack

Levi Johnston, in a sworn statement:

I know that public scrutiny will simplify this matter and act as a check against anyone’s need to be overly vindictive, aggressive or malicious, not that Bristol would ever be that way, nor that I would.

But her mother is powerful, politically ambitious and has a reputation for being extremely vindictive.

So, I think a public case might go a long way in reducing Sarah Palin’s instinct to attack.

Johnston said he didn’t want to hurt or embarrass his son — or Bristol. He thinks Sarah Palin, not Bristol, is acting with “sheer malice”.