Monday, August 06, 2007

Rep. Thelma Drake freaks out over being filmed in public

This is just totally wacked-out! Here is Rep. Thelma Drake (R-VA) freaking out over being filmed by the audience, just before she makes a speech at a public event. I found this through Americablog. Just watch it. From YouTube:

Are you filming me? GOP Congresswoman Thelma Drake is freaking out over the fact that her constituents are armed with cameras, ready to catch her in a "macaca" moment--I don't like taking pictures! What is even more crazy is that since her constituents are filming her, then she is going to film them in order to protect herself from her constituents asking those pesky, "unexpected questions." Can this be any more insane?

The real reason here is that Thelma Drake is scared of her constituents. She knows that the majority of the American public want out of Iraq, and that she has been goose-stepping with the Bush administration's pro-war policy on Iraq. She cannot handle dealing with hard questions regarding her positions on Iraq, or her voting record, from her constituents--questions which she is forced to answer on film. What we are seeing with Drake here is just a microcosm of the entire Republican Party's inability to respond to constituent's questions through the film media--look at how both Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney have refused to participate in the CNN/YouTube debates. The Giuliani, Romney, and even the Drake campaigns can't deal with hard, unexpected questions that can't be answered with PR-talking points or media spin. These GOP candidates are going to end up isolating themselves in their own controlled media events or campaign rallies, where they will only allow their own supporters while everyone else is turned away. Of course, we've seen this type of campaigning by President Bush in 2000 and 2004, but I think that because of this disastrous war in Iraq, we're going to see a lot more GOP candidates turning to this type of isolationist campaigning.

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