February 16, 2012

Occam's Razor

I love a good media bashing. But I hate a conspiracy theory. This internal dichotomy leaves me torn on George Stephanopoulos's grilling Governor Romney on contraception. I'm rent in frickken' twain, people.

Nah. I am going to defend Stephanopoulos.

ThreeSources fave, Paul Rahe, mentions it in a superb piece on l'Affair Abortificient

The decision appears to have been made before the New Hampshire primary. Otherwise, it would be hard to explain why, at the debate in New Hampshire in early January, George Stephanopoulos -- who pretends to be a journalist but is still obviously nothing more than a Democratic operative -- repeatedly pressed Mitt Romney to spell out where he stood on the question of contraception. Stephanopoulos' disgraceful performance, which drew boos and catcalls from the crowd, is an indication that Obama and at least some of his aides thought that they had something to gain by injecting this question into this year's campaign.

With all respect, Professor, I watched that debate and while it was stupid, I don't think it is otherwise inexplicable. I heard it in the context of Griswold v. Connecticut. Am I mad? I have heard several smart people assert that this was what Rahe claims. But the question was whether a State could outlaw contraception: the heart of Griswold.

It is a pretty serious accusation to take the other side. And, again, I love accusing Stephanopoulos. But I'd need to see more smoke in the gun.

Media and Blogging Posted by John Kranz at February 16, 2012 1:48 PM

Yeahbut, as conspiracies go this one is not exactly Machiavellian. Stephanopolous' role as the virtual creator of Clinton's rapid-response "War Room" spin machine helped convince me it was a setup. And does the fact that Dems have a name for this strategy - The Colorado Model (from my second link at the referenced comment) - not serve to prove that they do this stuff intentionally?

Posted by: johngalt at February 16, 2012 3:07 PM

I told you I had heard it from smart people.

Thanks, I missed the linked article last time and it is very good. But I think I agree with you and still hold to my original point. The semi-retired Clintonista (like Marines, there are no ex-Clintonistas) was certainly trying to paint Romney as 'extreme" for opposing Griswold.

That's an admittedly crappy thing for a debate moderator to pull, but the blood has been dry on that contract for some time. What it is not is proof of collusion with the current White House as "battlespace preparation" for the ObamaCare ruling on contraception.

Posted by: jk at February 16, 2012 4:35 PM | What do you think? [2]