March 08, 2009
Never read Dan Riehl while drinking coffee:
As for Republicans, they are so damned dumb and undisciplined when it comes to messaging, one or more of them always falls into the trap and gets their fifteen minutes of fame and shame looking like the idiots they are.
If they had the intelligence and discipline to side-step things like the Limbaugh attack they might have a prayer. Instead of engaging it, they should come back with, This is simply the Democrats trying to prevent a discussion of how much their programs will cost, how much taxes are going to go up, and why you don't re-build health care, energy and fundamental economic policy during a financial crisis.
But as a group, the current crop of Republicans remain rather useless in this regard. The few smart ones never even get heard because so many other idiots have Schumer's disease and can't stay away from a microphone, even when they have so little of value to say.
That's controlling the debate: not letting your opponents throw you off message by introducing irrelevant sound bytes that don't further your objectives.
Posted by Cassandra at March 8, 2009 07:04 AM
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The bold statement says it all.
But come on, that old joke about a politician's impulse to start talking until their brain can think of something to say is only funny because...
Posted by: bt_careful-with-that-microphone-Eugene_hun at March 8, 2009 08:47 AM
I believe it was Bob Dole who once quipped, "The most dangerous place in Washington is between Chuck Schumer and a TV camera".
Posted by: Cassandra at March 8, 2009 09:02 AM
Chuck Shumer is dog shit.
Posted by: Mark at March 8, 2009 02:28 PM