Monday, February 06, 2006
# Posted 8:52 PM by Ariel David Adesnik
John Boehner: B-. First impressions matter and Boehner sounded like just another pol. Some talking points here, some evasions there, occasional bits of expertise and moral fibre. Congress needs a hero right now and Boehner could be it if he understands what it really takes to change the game.And now for the hosts:
Tim Russert: B+. Did a respectable job of running through the established list of black marks on Boehner's record, but didn't break new ground.See ya next week. (5) opinions -- Add your opinion
Are there any publications or working papers that either of you know (or perhaps Josh knows?) that pertain to the evolution of political "talking points" from the 19th Century (or earlier) through today? I'm not talking about political discourse in general, per se, but rather the Hardball or Crossfire type of discourse...I'm particularly interested as to how such talking points have changed/evolved as the tranparency of legislation in Congress has changed from the past few centuries. A few years ago, I was scrounging through the Rothmere library looking for any books of the sort, but to no avail...if you had any advice, pls post. Thanks!
In response to anonymous from Oxford, no, I unfortunately am not aware of any scholarship specifically on the subject of talking points. So go ahead and write the first paper on the subject. We're looking forward to it.Post a Comment
And, davod, your instincts are uncanny. I do not like Ken Mehlman. Although during the 2004 campaign, he was often quite effective at cutting through some of the BS put out by the Kerry campaign, all the while filling the airwaves with more of his own.