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Jesse Ferguson of DCCC: why can't Democrats debate? (trackers stalking politicians)

Dear Jesse Ferguson, National Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC):

I'm writing about Democratic Party trackers stalking politicians and posting videos of their homes online. About that creepy effort, you say:

"House Republicans have spent this entire Congress trying to hide that they're protecting benefits for millionaires and perks for themselves instead of protecting the middle class, but we won't let them keep it secret any longer."

And, you intend to bring that out by... posting a video of a politician's non-palatial one-story house in Arkansas? What grade are you in, Jesse?

Instead of helping drive us further down the Road to Idiocracy, go take a look at the question authority plan.

Instead of lying in wait in bushes, the Democrats can find smart, experienced questioners to go ask politicians tough questions on video. Note that I'm referring to experienced questioners, not interns. And, I mean tough, reputable, logical questions: not smears. See how to ask tough questions and see examples of bad questions people have asked politicians.

Those experienced questioners would engage their opponents in debate, and one goal could be to try to prove what you claim: that they're hiding giving benefits to millionaires.

You claim they're hiding something, so presumably you know what they're trying to hide and how they're doing it. Presumably you (or DCCC lawyers) can also develop a line of questioning that would reveal what they're doing. Then, asking politicians those questions on video could show hundreds or thousands or millions of viewers what they're doing. If you can't come up with such a line of questioning, then you need to evaluate whether you're making a false claim.

Wouldn't doing things my way be better for the U.S. than posting video of a ranch house? Wouldn't encouraging real debates about real issues be better than lying in wait in bushes?

I'm sure you agree. The problem, of course, is that you don't want to encourage a real debate because you're afraid you'd lose. It's so much easier to compete for who can do things the sleaziest way rather than putting your ideas up to debate.

I need you to overcome that, Jesse. Put what's best for the country ahead of what's best for your party, and help encourage real debate.

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 13:57 · Importance: 4