Surber Rule modified

by Datechguy | February 27th, 2012

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Surber Rule modified

Val­ley of the Shadow raises a great point con­cern­ing elec­tion 2012:

Stay on mes­sage. Remem­ber the Surber Rule: The econ­omy alone will get a Repub­li­can elected pres­i­dent next year. Talk about noth­ing else.

Surber him­self gives this example:

Reporter: Is homo­sex­u­al­ity a choice or genetic?

Answer: That’s above my pay grade, as the pres­i­dent likes to say. But unlike the pres­i­dent, the econ­omy is not above my pay grade. I can promise you a lower unem­ploy­ment rate when I am elected pres­i­dent and the econ­omy is allowed to grow.

Me I’d answer a dif­fer­ent way:

Reporter: Is homo­sex­u­al­ity a choice or genetic?/Do you believe in evolution/​should the church pay for contraception/​etc. etc etc..

Answer: Are you seri­ous? Unem­ploy­ment is over 8%, Mil­lions have given up on look­ing for work, Gas prices are sky­rock­et­ing and that’s the ques­tion you’re ask­ing? Is that really the ques­tion your viewers/​readers want asked?

Reporter: It’s a topic on people’s minds

Answer:
No it’s the topic you and the media want to talk about because you under­stand that a con­ver­sa­tion on the econ­omy is a loser for the left.

Reporter: So you are refus­ing to answer the question?

Answer: Look if a voter in a town hall asks me a ques­tion I’ll answer it, my views are not a secret, but if you want to get fod­der for your talk­ing points you’ll just have to do the legwork.

Surber is right in the sense of not play­ing the reporters but if the voter asks, you answer, unabashedly, unashamed and with­out reservation.

Valley of the Shadow raises a great point concerning election 2012:

Stay on message. Remember the Surber Rule: The economy alone will get a Republican elected president next year. Talk about nothing else.

Surber himself gives this example:

Reporter: Is homosexuality a choice or genetic?

Answer: That’s above my pay grade, as the president likes to say. But unlike the president, the economy is not above my pay grade. I can promise you a lower unemployment rate when I am elected president and the economy is allowed to grow.

Me I’d answer a different way:

Reporter: Is homosexuality a choice or genetic?/Do you believe in evolution/should the church pay for contraception/ etc. etc etc..

Answer: Are you serious? Unemployment is over 8%, Millions have given up on looking for work, Gas prices are skyrocketing and that’s the question you’re asking? Is that really the question your viewers/readers want asked?

Reporter: It’s a topic on people’s minds

Answer:
No it’s the topic you and the media want to talk about because you understand that a conversation on the economy is a loser for the left.

Reporter: So you are refusing to answer the question?

Answer: Look if a voter in a town hall asks me a question I’ll answer it, my views are not a secret, but if you want to get fodder for your talking points you’ll just have to do the legwork.

Surber is right in the sense of not playing the reporters but if the voter asks, you answer, unabashedly, unashamed and without reservation.

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