Friday, June 02, 2006

Democrats: Making It Up as They Go

One of the posts on Matt Tully’s blog this afternoon is focused on the looming communications battles between Indiana’s two major political parties. Both of the parties seem to be gearing up for a rhetoric filled election cycle. This should be no surprise since, well, that’s what political parties do.

What was a little surprising is a comment posted by the State Democrats Communications Director Jen Wagner. Her comment can be read below.


I think Robert's a great guy, but I question the party's decision to
lambast our statewide ticket on the day of the announcement. There's something
of an unspoken rule in politics -- broken by Carl Brizzi's campaign folks
earlier this year -- that you let a candidate have one day of glory before you
take after him or her in the media.

I hope the state GOP doesn't follow Gov. Mitch Daniels' undignified way of berating those with whom he disagrees. There's a real need for decorum in politics these days; without it, we run the risk of losing mainstream interest in a system that very much needs the public's attention.

Really, who wants to hear a bunch of politicos sniping at each other all the time? It's entertaining for the insiders, but it doesn't serve much of a greater purpose.
Regardless of what the GOP decides to do, rest assured that we'll give their candidates a day in the limelight before heating up the campaign skewers.

Rather than high jacking Matt’s blog to respond, I decided to do a post of my own in response.

It’s hard not to think of the word hypocrisy when reading Wagner’s statements about no one being interested "a bunch of politicos sniping at each other." Anyone who has read her blog knows that it seems to be all she’s interested in and she clearly enjoys it immensely.

Also, Wagner is making up her own rules as she goes and then pretending that they are the unwritten rules of politics. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but one political operative’s opinion does not an “unwritten rule” make.

If candidates aren't ready to begin the debate the day they announce, they aren't prepared for the campaign. This is the world of professional politics and it’s not a game of two-hand touch in the front yard. This is the NFL. Any candidate who runs for office and isn’t aware of this fact is living in a dream world.

There is no waiting period for any candidate. And if you don’t like being mocked, work hard to make sure that candidates are ready for the battles ahead by say, knowing the name of the opposing candidate.


At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right and Brody is a pro.

This being a "pro" that got called out, publically, before every reader of the Indianapolis Star, "creepy."

So, "Mr. Creepy," perhaps you could continue to enlighten us on further acts of Brizzi campaign brilliance.

Or are you too busy taping Melina Kennedy...

Or spending hours looking at her website...

Or shaking physically and stumbling over your words in her presence...

Did anybody else see Melina Kennedy on MSNBC and Nance Grace's CNN show yesterday? That, my friend, is the NFL.


At 9:08 PM, Blogger Brody said...

Wow, you guys really can't stop trying to link me with a campaign! Seriously, move on. I've addressed this a thousand times and it is kinda getting old.

That being said, campaigns tape the opposition press conferences frequently. Maybe not every campaign since there are always exceptions but there is no way that Melina's crew should be so shocked that someone is recording her. Grow up.

Regardless, you can trust that I would never be shaking in the presence of Melina Kennedy--particularly if she were in a court room.

At 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, you've just got a bad case of blog know, Melina might be at Starbucks this weekend. Better get the camera ready!

At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Jake said...

It does seem more than convenient to go to the press and say how awful it is that the State Republicans were so mean in a press release and then spew all sorts of hate filled rhetoric on the State Democrats blog.

At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Hey Jen said...

Anyone else think the writing style of anonymous 5:33 sounds a little familiar?

I think someone has a google alert on their name...

At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like Doug is just jealous that other bloggers get attention and he does not.


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