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A Reply to Jim Geraghty

By on 6.29.11 | 12:29PM

Over at National Review, Jim Geraghty takes note of my comments on Michele Bachmann's interview with George Stephanopoulos yesterday.

Geraghty writes, "But Goldstein's argument suggests that the fight against media double standards is over." He then links to a clip of John Belushi (as future U.S. Senator "Bluto" Blutarsky) rallying the members of Delta Tau Chi. Cute.

However, I am not arguing that conservatives shouldn't point liberal media double standards. Rather, I am arguing that Bachmann shouldn't be the one doing it because it probably won't do her (or for that matter any Republican) much good against Obama. If Bachmann does complain too assidiously she runs a significant risk of being perceived as a whiner who cannot handle criticism. I say this with the full knowledge that the current occupant of the Oval Office is a whiner who cannot handle criticism. But, of course, the liberal media isn't telling. And we know that Obama plays for keeps. So what to do?

Bachmann's best bet is leave complaints about liberal media double standards and general maltreatment to a carefully chosen cadre of surrogates who will cut her critics with surgical precision "from rectum to belly button." Let them do the dirty work thereby giving Bachmann the space to remain above the fray free to present an alternative course to Obama.

Now Bachmann may very well be put into the position where she has to defend herself either against an outright falsehood or if she is once again faced with an interviewer who chooses to refer to her as a flake or by some other unflattering pejorative. If Bachmann should be put on the spot in such a manner her best chance to turn the tables is with a smile rather than a sneer.

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