Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sharron Angle Gets the Tea Party Message Out

Her campaign must be financed by the shadow RNC.

10 comments:

wamk said...

What's the story here? Why post this?

Danielk said...

"Sharron Angle fears speaking extemporaneously, because she would alienate potential voters."

Wamk said...

I heard the gentleman behind the mic say she had limited time, and would field questions. Didn't hear a single question directed to her, either indoors, while she was walking to her car, in her car, or driving away.

How long would you have liked her to stand there?

I wonder if she said anything prior to the short clip you posted. Could have sworn you were against taking things out of context.

Danielk said...

She did make a statement, as I understand it. An account here:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/22/at-press-conference-angle-answers-no-questions/

The impression I'm getting from the coverage is that that the press would have liked to have asked questions, and that she was aware of it.

wamk said...

So the video you posted doesn't tell the whole story? Isn't that the type of "journalism" you got on Breitbart for?

Did I miss reporters asking her questions she dodged in the clip you posted?

If the press would have liked to have asked her questions, how come none were heard in the room, or in the parking lot?

Also, from the link you provided:

Since winning Nevada's GOP primary, Angle has often granted interviews with largely friendly conservative media outlets. But that is not so different from other political candidates who also, frequently, steer clear of potentially hostile interviews from journalists they deem unfriendly.

So what has she done (or not done), that other candidates do (or don't do)?

What about Reid? Does he avoid hostile interviews? Again, from the piece you linked:

As for Angle's opponent, Sen. Reid, Ralston said, "Does he avoid people he thinks are hostile? I would guess so. But he can't avoid everybody and he does do a press [conference] very frequently on Capitol Hill."

Also, not really sure where you thought she was going to field questions at the Reno event. From her website: http://sharronangle.com/press-releases/2010-07-18/sharron-angle-publicly-sign-death-tax-repeal-pledge

I don't recall you being upset when Obama didn't field questions from the Press for over 6 months. I guess that is a different circumstance, right?

Danielk said...

Which six months did Obama not take questions from the press? I'm out of the loop with this information. When did it happen?

Not that it matters, but there were two things that lead the media to believe she'd take questions: the term "press conference" as opposed to "announcement", and the phrase "Angle will sign AFBI’s “Death Tax Repeal Pledge” and discuss the tax’s impact on family businesses, jobs, economic growth and tax revenues." That's DISCUSS. Not SPEAK ABOUT. Plus the guy inviting questions at the end.

I think the reason Reid doesn't get the same criticism is that there is no footage of him actually running from reporters. That's pretty bad optics!

wamk said...

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20005146-503544.html

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2010/05/20/cbss-chip-reid-snubbed-obama-again-networks-broadcasts-still-mum

Two examples of a reporter trying to ask questions by asking questions.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-barack-obama-helda-press-conference-months/story?id=9549859

From Jan, 2010:

President Obama has not held a full news conference at the White House since July 22, the night he said that the Cambridge Police "acted stupidly" in the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.

Since then, the president has delivered dozens of speeches and taken a few questions from reporters while with world leaders on foreign trips. But, lately, it is rare for him to take questions from the media at events or meetings at the White House.

Obama had five news conferences at the White House last year, one more than President George W. Bush had in his first year in office.

Danielk said...

And yet you have a pretty good idea of what Obama's position is on issues, whereas all we know about Angle is that whatever her positions are, she would rather not talk about it.

Oh, and send her money.

I think the takeaway from this campaign is that she's possibly the only candidate the Republicans could put out there who would make Reid seem like a good choice.

wamk said...

Obama's position on issues?

Like:
*Closing Gitmo?
*Pullout from Iraq?
*Not allowing lobbyists around the White House?
*Restoring the status of the US around the world?
*Ending the era of "Politics as Usual"?

Those positions on the issues?

I'm sure you are correct that Reid will easily be re-elected. He's got nothing to worry about. Just ask Martha Coakley and Tom Daschle how easy it is to win elections.

I take it your lack of comment on what Chip Reid did when he wanted to ask a question means that you agree that those reporters at the event didn't do their job (assuming they wanted to/thought they could ask questions).

I also assume that you agree with the ABC position that Obama had gone a long time without any effort to answer "real" questions from reporters at events as well.

Danielk said...

Then you don't care to discuss Sharron Angle. Can't blame ya.

On the plus side, it's a moot point. If she wins, she takes office; if she loses, she'll just shoot her way in.