DNC Chairman Dean wants debates without the media present.
The head of the Democratic Party said Wednesday that the best way to get presidential candidates to talk frankly about issues is to lock out the media.
During the Mortgage Bankers Association conference, a banker expressed frustration with candidates who only talk in sound bites and wondered how that could be changed. Howard Dean, once a presidential candidate, offered a simple solution.
"I suggest you have candidates in to meetings like this and bar the press," Dean said.
As critical as I can be of the media (and they do deserve it sometimes), this is not a good idea. If there is no one asking the tough questions and scrutinizing the answers, how could we ever learn anything about the candidates? If there was no media, how would any of us know what the candidates said during their little chat?
Once again, Howard talks from his posterior and very few seem to notice.
Giuliani says that if a Democrat is elected President in 2008, there will be a new 9/11. Or at least that's how the Politico interpreted his remarks.
Rudy Giuliani said if a Democrat is elected president in 2008, America will be at risk for another terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001.
1. If a Dem is elected, it tells al-Qaida that we will be more vulnerable and that would be the right time to hit. Maybe this is true, maybe not. But it's not a good idea to broadcast this, so that it ends up on al-Jazeera and into the ears and minds of jihadis, for encouragement.
2. If a Republican is elected and we are hit, there goes any credibility ever earned. This can backfire greatly. To campaign on the premise that is, if Dems were in the White House it would happen and if the GOPwere it wouldn't, is foolish.
3. If the GOP wants to have credibility when they criticize the Dems for politicizing this issue, they too must not politicize it.
The best way to handle this is by not using fear to win. State your goals and promise to do everything you can to prevent it. But do not use it for political advantage in such a generalized fashion, or it may come back to bite you.