Bennet camp to radio station: Just ask about how groovy he is, mm-kay?

posted at 3:03 pm on October 27, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

I’ve been doing talk shows on terrestrial radio for almost seven years, and daily Internet shows for the last three-plus years, and have interviewed hundreds of politicians in that period.  Obviously, they appear on these shows to push their message and/or campaigns, so their staffs usually try to subtly set boundaries of dialogue to keep the politician from getting blindsided or going off message.  Mainly, they just ask the show hosts what topics will come up during the spot and gauge their preparation accordingly.  On occasion, their staff will ask to avoid a certain topic, and rarely will demand that certain questions don’t get asked, which typically get answered with, “Can’t promise anything.”  In almost seven years, I could probably count the incidences of the latter on one hand, and as I recall, all of them had to do with personal issues that weren’t germane anyway.

Never — and I mean never — has a staffer attempted to provide me with the questions I’d be allowed to ask.  Colorado radio station KOA apparently had never heard of such a thing either, and were so amused by the attempt from Senator Michael Bennet’s staff to script the interview that they posted the e-mail on their Facebook page:

What, no question on what enchants Bennet the most about being in the Senate?  Find Jeff Zeleny, stat!

Take a look at that list of questions, and notice what’s not there.  The Bennet camp didn’t offer a single question about policy — not on spending, not on the economy, not on the deficit, not even on the environment.  Why doesn’t the Bennet campaign want their candidate talking about the issues?  Do they see a problem if Bennet gets asked substantive questions, because the answers would alienate Colorado voters?  They also avoided any questions about Bennet’s record as an appointed replacement for Ken Salazar, with one exception: they allowed KOA to ask Bennet about his “greatest accomplishment.”

Notice anything else about this list?  It sets up Bennet to talk about nothing but himself.  Coloradans may still be laboring under the impression that the election is about them, and how they get represented in Washington, so this is a helpful reminder that Coloradans should stop being so selfish.  After all, the big takeaway from interviews with Bennet should be whether he’s “having fun,” not whether Coloradans can look forward to more taxes, higher spending, and more economic stagnation.


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They assume Bennet didn’t know about the questions submitted. Really?

Does anybody think that a campaign staff would provide half a script for an interview, but then not quite get around to going over the other half with their candidate?

Really?

logis on October 27, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Why would they think for a minute that it is doubtful he knew the questions were sent them? Seriously dudes, naive much?

xblade on October 27, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Q: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, is a Gaia-hating teabagger still responsible?

Cicero43 on October 27, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Q: What is your favorite place to vacation?
Q: Favorite gourmet restaurant?
Q: Favorite ski resort?
Q: Favorite spa?
Q: Do you sweat when the bright lights shine upon you?
Q: Who shines your shoes?
Q: Do you give your servants bonuses?
Q: Who is your butler? Does he wear a uniform?
Q: Does your florist lay petals at your feet at night?

/Such is the life of a politician

Key West Reader on October 27, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Q: If no one shows up to vote for a democrat, then was there a democrat candidate?
Q: If you were a tree, on Nov 3rd would you want to be a chair or a table?
Q: How much to you hate Pelosi right now?
Q: Will you ever drink Tea again?

right2bright on October 27, 2010 at 4:21 PM

If this list was not sent out to bring some much needed humor to this campaign, then how truly stooopid are you?

thekingtut on October 27, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Q: If no one shows up to vote for a democrat, then was there a democrat candidate? Why of course there was, you rube. The people are just too stupid to understand how great we democrats are. Silly rubes, you believe in integritay. How quaint!

Q: If you were a tree, on Nov 3rd would you want to be a chair or a table? I think that I shall never see… a thing as lovely as a tree. Stump.

Q: How much to you hate Pelosi right now? Oh, dear Nance. We lauve her so mauch. She is the epitome of what the Democrats stahnd foah. Everything good in the world of the rube. You should be thanking her and licking the heels of the blahniks that she dons

Q: Will you ever drink Tea again? Why yes, rube. I shall drink Earl Gray. With toast points and caviar served by my butlah in the mansion of John Kerry and its wife, The Thing. Dear, we may be voted out but we are certainly not done. With ewe.

right2bright on October 27, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Key West Reader on October 27, 2010 at 4:28 PM

As a longtime KOA listener, all I can say is it’s a good thing Mike Rosen is on vacation this week, cause he would have three days worth of shows on this letter. (Mike Rosen is KOA’s political talk show host on from 9 am to noon,weekdays.)

Fynxbell on October 27, 2010 at 4:30 PM

“Sativa or indica?”

Akzed on October 27, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Nice one!

Dominion on October 27, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Yes but Rosie was drunk and doesn’t remember! haha

Tony737 on October 27, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Tony, Tony, Tony, there are some things you wouldn’t even ask a wingman to do.

1. Wingmen can tell you “Lead, you’re on fire.”
2. Wingman can say “I’ll take her fat friend” EXCEPT in the case of Rosie O’Donnell.

:-)

NaCly dog on October 27, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Jeez, what is this, Inside the Actor’s Studio?

Q: Rock, paper, scissors – which one would you be, and why?

ya2daup on October 27, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Bennet: “Well, enough about me….let’s talk more about ME!”

search4truth on October 27, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Cage match pairings, you have two seconds to answer … go!

Alien or Predator?

Ewok or Na’vi?

Santa or Easter Bunny?

Bambi or Godzilla?

Chocolate in peanut butter or peanut butter in chocolate?

Rocky Mountain High or Take Me Home, Country Roads?

Illegal aliens or border fence?

Standard time or daylight savings time?

PC or Mac?

Spits or swallows?

ya2daup on October 27, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Ed,
Are you playing name that party?
Sen. Bennet D-CO

dentalque on October 27, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Interesting that you found that out, Dentalque-cuz I went to his website, and as far as I can tell from a quick overview- the word DEMOCRAT has been scrubbed from his website.

The rats are deserting the ship, and it is a pleasure to watch!!!!

marks on October 27, 2010 at 5:20 PM

They assume Bennet didn’t know about the questions submitted. Really?

Does anybody think that a campaign staff would provide half a script for an interview, but then not quite get around to going over the other half with their candidate?

Really?

logis on October 27, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Yeah you’re right. And what’s more, the staffer actually said in the email that the questions were included in the Senator’s briefing memo for the interview. So there it is….Bennett knew.

dczombie on October 27, 2010 at 6:43 PM

As a longtime KOA listener, all I can say is it’s a good thing Mike Rosen is on vacation this week, cause he would have three days worth of shows on this letter. (Mike Rosen is KOA’s political talk show host on from 9 am to noon,weekdays.)

Why is that a good thing? I would think you’d want him to milk it for all it’s worth.

YehuditTX on October 27, 2010 at 7:08 PM

And here I sit inundated with ads proclaiming that Ken Buck hates kittens and puppies. When you’ve voted for failure what else is left?

jdkchem on October 27, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Notice anything else about this list? It sets up Bennet to talk about nothing but himself. Coloradans may still be laboring under the impression that the election is about them

Silly you. We are talking Democrat voters. The whole election is how (insert leftist Democrat trash candidate here) is holding up on the campaign trail. If it wasn’t, there wouldn’t be so many Democrat voters…right?

MNHawk on October 28, 2010 at 7:39 AM

Bennet Selected, not elected.

verkan on October 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM

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