I wonder why some “Republican” candidates only want “friendly” interview questions to push their agendas. Sharron Angle’s love fest on Fox had me running for my insulin it was so sweet. She wants the press to ask her questions she wants to answer and have the press as her friend (read campaign press corps). After calling a news conference in Reno to discuss what she was going to do about the estate tax (‘death’ tax) she bolted out the door because of “scheduling” and dodged questions from reporters. Her staff said “we’re running behind, I’m sorry.” Maybe that is the point, she’s running behind. Her press strategy is that “The whole point of an interview is to use it like they say, ‘earned media,’ to earn something with it,” Angle recently told CBN’s (Christian Broadcasting Network) David Brody. “And I’m not going to earn anything from people who are there to badger me and use my words to batter me with.” Sounds like she is playing to her loyal followers and not trying to reach out to the electorate as a whole who are all the people of Nevada.
In Kentucky we have more of the same with Rand Paul. After having an interview with Fox, yet again, about allegations he forced a woman to take a hit off a “bong” when he was in college, he refused to meet with other media outlets for questions. With his rant on the EPA laying down regulations for the mining industry especially when it comes to the safety of the miners, he refused to answer clarifying questions. The blanket response is that any regulations are bad regulations. We all know how well no regulations or industry self-regulations works, Wall Street, BP, the mines etc. Invitations are always out there from the news media and one takes their chances talking with them. The alternative is innuendo and speculation.
Finally on Monday,the birther queen Orly Taitz finally got her smack down from the Supreme’s Samuel Alito saying she did indeed have to pay a $20,000 fine for filing a “frivolous” litigation. The judge said Taitz attempted to misuse the federal courts to push a political agenda. She had sued in a Georgia federal court on behalf of Army Capt. Connie Rhodes. Rhodes sought to avoid deployment to Iraq by claiming Obama wasn’t born in the United States. Earlier Clarence Thomas had rejected the same claim. Will this be the end of it? The claim that Obama is not a U.S. citizen used to be funny, now it’s just sad.