Soren Dayton Round-Up
- Matt Lewis:
Still, reprimanding him may cause future McCain operatives to think twice before doing their job. Is McCain recommending a sort of “limited war” in which the enemy can shoot at us, but we can’t shoot back?
Standing on principle is a good value, but so is supporting your subordinates and so is loyalty. It takes political courage to stand up for your team — even if it may cost you politically. Is McCain too concerned about wanting to come across as a nice guy?
- Stephen Foley:
This is PrimeTime Politics and if your not willing stand by the people who are supporting you over something that’s tantamount to forwarding an email… I say you may not posses the ruthlessness and the stones it takes to make the tough decisions to be commander-in-chief. Not that you have to run a sleazy campaign but this silly video is hardly down and dirty (scroll though the pages of TMR for some of those)
Bottom line McCain — reinstate Soren and let’s not sweat the small stuff!!!
- Michael Turk, part I:
One thing about this incident sends a chill down my spine. Many people are afraid to run for public office because they fear the rectal probe that is our electoral process. They fear the media scrutiny and the potential that some past indiscretion – no matter how small – will make them a public spectacle.
Do political operatives now have to fear that their private communication will become tomorrow’s news story? Do the people that give selflessly in political campaigns have to dread every workday wondering if they will be the campaign’s latest black eye?
How many e-mails did you send today that, taken out of context and publicized on the news, could be an embarrassment to you or your employer? How many of your personal notes contain jokes about the office, your company’s competitors or some other matter best kept private?
If we have rewritten the political rules so every piece of personal communication sent by campaign staff is now fodder for political advantage, we will further degrade our political process.
- Michael Turk, part II:
When politicians screw up and bang interns under a desk, for instance, we give them a free pass and say, “It’s his private life. We should not even care.” Unless they break the law, we excuse any stupid act committed in private.
With Soren’s suspension, we have now said that same standard does not apply to the politician’s staff. A personal thought that had nothing to do with McCain that he shared using a private account, has now been judged as worse than a secretarial BJ. It really is sad.