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What Richard Mourdock can learn from Chick-fil-A

What Richard Mourdock can learn from Chick-fil-A

The old saying goes: There’s no such thing as bad press.

That’s not always the case, of course. And today, Richard Mourdock can probably attest to that fact.



The controversy over Mourdock’s comments about rape and pregnancy has forced politicians of all stripes to pick sides and forced Mourdock to either stand by his comments or back down. He chose to stand by them.

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The art of the political stonewall

Politicians generally don’t like to answer questions directly. And that goes double when they are talking about something uncomfortable.

The result, more and more, is an on-camera stonewall that would make General Jackson proud.

Case in point: Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate who has faced weeks of questions about whether she claimed to be a Native American to get preferential treatment, has met the repeated questions with a good, old-fashioned, political stonewall.

“I told you: I have answered these questions; I am going to talk about what is happening to America’s families,” Warren says in a video posted this week, repeatedly returning to the theme of the economy as a reporter peppers her with questions on what she claimed and when.

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