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Targeting the message

Picture of smart phonesPart of getting elected is telling the people what they want to hear and politicians have long adjusted their message to the audience. Presidential candidates get a lot of media attention, and it’s hard for them to get away with saying different things in different places. At one time, candidates for local office speaking in out-of-the way places could pull it off.  Now, everybody is equipped with a smart phone, including a video camera and a voice recorder, so that wherever a politician speaks, there’s a good chance it will be recorded.

Case in point: Mike Coffman, Republican congressional candidate from Colorado. Coffman is getting lots of news coverage of remarks he made at a fundraiser:

[President Obama is] not an American. I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don’t know that, but I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.

That statement was recorded by a Coffman supporter (presumably a birther) and posted online.

After the recording was widely reported, Coffman of course had to backpedal, saying:

I misspoke and I apologize. I have confidence in President Obama’s citizenship and legitimacy as President of the United States.

This comes on the heels of a string of similar instances in North Carolina and Florida. Practicing politics is like making sausage – better not look too closely at  the process. Modern technology makes it harder to keep the diners out of the kitchen.

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6 Responses to Targeting the message

  1. avatar
    Majority Will May 18, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Like stink on crap, these birther pandering politician’s words will stick with them all the way to November.

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    catbit May 18, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    “Practicing politics is like making sausage – better not look too closely at the process. Modern technology makes it harder to keep the diners out of the kitchen.”

    LOVE that quote. Sums it all up perfectly.

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    Horus May 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    “This comes on the heels of a string of similar instances in North Carolina and Florida. Practicing politics is like making sausage – better not look too closely at the process. Modern technology makes it harder to keep the diners out of the kitchen.”

    When I was working my way through college one of my jobs was as a fleet mechanic for an Italian company that made sausage and meatballs in upstate NY.
    Needless to say I have not eaten sausage since!
    I watched them unloading trucks of their meat delivery, the meat was delivered in un-refrigerated trucks and it was on wood pallets unwrapped.
    It would be dripping and oozing what I can only guess was puss.
    That was in 1981.

  4. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy May 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    Jimmy Hoffa?

    Horus: It would be dripping and oozing what I can only guess was puss.

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    RuhRoh May 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Modern technology has made local races national races. Not sure that is always a good thing.

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    Paul May 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Horus:

    I watched them unloading trucks of their meat delivery, the meat was delivered in un-refrigerated trucks and it was on wood pallets unwrapped.
    It would be dripping and oozing what I can only guess was puss.
    That was in 1981.

    Awwww yeah… but that’s some GOOOOD Eatin!