Skip to comments.Michele Bachmann shows how not to answer unwanted questions
Posted on 10/31/2011 3:29:14 PM PDT by Kaslin
The Sunday morning talk shows, in the absence of any important breaking events, fill a weekend news vacuum.
They are a showcase for the networks. They help set the new week's opening political discussion agenda. And for politicians, especially candidates, they are both a priceless opportunity and a potential trap.
The shows are carefully designed and questions crafted to make some news. See in the ABC News This Week transcript excerpt below how determined -- and ultimately unsuccessful -- hostess Christiane Amanpour is getting Michele Bachmann to admit the truth. That is, if she doesn't win the Iowa caucus in two months, her GOP presidential candidacy is effectively dead.
For the candidates, especially the financially-struggling ones like Bachmann, the danger of undesirable questions is worth it in return for the national exposure -- and the potential support and donations that might bring.
Previously, we've noted here that any time candidates mention their website on TV, they are in money trouble. Another clue is use of the telltale word, "snapshot." As in, "Polls are just a snapshot of a moment in time." You don't hear front-runners stressing the obvious transitory nature of public opinion polls.
Experience and aides no doubt told Bachmann the opening interrogatory foray would involve negative news about her, the overnight Iowa poll showing Bachmann trailing badly in her native state.
Experience has also taught her how to turn those unwanted queries toward subjects she does want to discuss. The classic political pivot: "That's an excellent question, Christiane. But what's really important in this campaign for the future of America is...
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This field really needs to be cut down to two to three ASAP.
Why? Most people don't pay any attention to politics at this stage of the game..
I agree. I say we hold little mini-elections in various states around the country, sometimes just one or two, sometimes a whole bunch of states, and weed em out that way. We'll call them....primaries.
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“This field really needs to be cut down to two to three ASAP.”
I’m in no hurrry as they are vetting each other for our information.
I’m getting a bit impatient myself but the more people you have in the field at this time, the less opportunity there is for the MSM to attack the GOP nominee.
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