Messaging FAIL: RNC Accidentally Releases Secret Sotomayor Talking Points
Oh, my. So much for the super secret wingnutty wurlitzer blast faxer-iffic strategery. The RNC has sprung an unintentional media leak out the wazoo.
Included on the released list were 500 influential Republicans who were the intended recipients of the talking points. Unfortunately for the RNC, so were members of the media.
Here are the talking points:
o President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court is an important decision that will have an impact on the United States long after his administration.
o Republicans are committed to a fair confirmation process and will reserve judgment until more is known about Judge Sotomayor’s legal views, judicial record and qualifications.
o Until we have a full view of the facts and comprehensive understanding of Judge Sotomayor’s record, Republicans will avoid partisanship and knee-jerk judgments – which is in stark contrast to how the Democrats responded to the Judge Roberts and Alito nominations.
And there is so much more there. Do read them all.
Not surprisingly, RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s statement tracks these closely:
Supreme Court vacancies are rare, which makes Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination a perfect opportunity for America to have a thoughtful discussion about the role of the Supreme Court in our daily lives. Republicans will reserve judgment on Sonia Sotomayor until there has been a thorough and thoughtful examination of her legal views
Cut, meet paste.
This strikes me as an opportune moment for an news show/article game: how many times can you identify specific reporters/politicians/pundits mouthing these words? Let’s keep track today, shall we?