As part of my principled Burkean commitment to reading the conservosphere a little more, I’m checking out OTB sometimes. I’m not a big Doug Mataconis fan, but I’ll reply to his criticism of one of our earlier posts:
As far as I’m concerned, Ann Romney was perfectly within her rights to keep control of the conversation with this reporter, and to refuse to be pulled into a situation where she, rather than her husband, becomes the story of the day.
It’s the usual game that conservatives play with the word “rights”. Of course, she was within her rights not to answer. And the reporter was within his rights to ask.
This isn’t testimony before Congress, you don’t have to plead the fifth to avoid answering a question. But when you become a surrogate for a far right political campaign (that’s what Romney’s is, although his own beliefs may be more moderate for all I know), you should expect to be asked questions about that far right political campaign’s platform, especially when the questions are about a woman’s right to choose and your role is to make that campaign more appealing to women.
If they want to ask Michelle Obama about Afghanistan and drones, that’s fair game too.
You can’t have it both ways. You can’t give a political speech one day and expect no political questions the next.
Unless you’re being interviewed by Luke Russert or David Gregory.