Canned lines, ready to serve “message discipline”

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Every politician worth his salt has “canned” lines, ready to serve up at a moment’s questioning. Get asked the same questions by constituents and interviewers from townhall to townhall and from interview to interview, giving numerous speeches along the campaign trail, and you’re bound to have stock answers.
Let me be clear, this includes President Obama.

Christie’s attack on Rubio is an illusion on substance, and the kind of attack that might stigmatize Rubio as the media loves to hitch up a narrative and join bandwagons.

Marc Thiessen:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pummeled Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for being overly scripted during the New Hampshire debate, pouncing when Rubio, for the third time, repeated his stock line that President “Obama knows exactly what he is doing” by moving the country to the left. “There it is, there it is,” Christie declared. “The memorized 25-second speech. There it is, everybody!”

It’s the moment everyone is talking about. But there is one small problem. While Christie attacked Rubio for using memorized, scripted lines, the governor used his own memorized, scripted lines during the very same debate.

When asked about the problem of drug addiction in New Hampshire, Christie gave an impassioned answer: “I’m pro-life,” he declared, “and I’m pro-life not just for the nine months in the womb, I’m pro-life for when they get out and it’s a lot more complicated. Sixteen-year-old, heroin-addicted drug girl on the floor of the county lockup, I’m pro-life for her life. . . . Every one of those lives is an individual gift from God.”

It was a moving statement — and it was taken almost verbatim from a speech he gave in October at Shooter’s Tavern in Belmont, N.H. “I’m pro-life,” Christie said back then, “and I think that if you’re pro-life, you’ve got to be pro-life for the whole life, not just for the nine months they’re in the womb. . . . But when they get out, that’s when it gets tough. The 16-year-old girl on the floor of the county lockup addicted to heroin, I’m pro-life for her, too. Her life is just as much a precious gift from God as the one in the womb.”

There it is, everybody: Rubio was not the only candidate on the debate stage with a “canned speech that he’s memorized.”

Christie has also used some version of the same line contrasting his executive experience with Rubio’s alleged inexperience as a legislator in each of the past four debates.

10 Responses to “Canned lines, ready to serve “message discipline””

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    Nanny G

    I had to laugh.
    Here’s Christie at 3 or 4% tearing down Rubio who is at 10 or 15%.
    Just hoping to get a few of the scraps that might fall off the table, vote-wise.
    But the bs bingo and the drinking games are all based on repetitive lines or words spoken by pols.
    I think repeating the same line 6 or 8 times in ONE debate is a bit much.
    Christie only repeated his lines once in 3 months. A good deal better.

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    Nanny G

    For a while Donald Trump regularly spoke about the Paris and the San Bernadino terrorist attacks and how no one in either victim pool was armed and how differently it would have turned out if only a few had been.
    He would look into the audience and pick out a few individuals (camera never shows which, is focused on his face) and say, if only men and women like you (pointing) and you and you had been allowed to be carrying that attack would have turned out very differently.
    As it was the terrorists in Paris ordered ”you, over here, boom, you, over here, boom, you, over here, boom.” It might have been messy and a few still might have died, but not 129.
    Too bad both places have such strong gun control laws.
    Only the bad guys had any guns.

    He doesn’t use notes, but he did repeat that in quite a few speeches because he wanted each audience to fully understand how strongly he stands behind all aspects of the 2nd Amendment.

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    Wordsmith must have written and posted this before the Marcobot malfunctioned for the second time
    Repeating the same line twice during a stump speech on Monday
    2/3s of the way through you can see it seize up, as he realizes he is repeating the same line twice
    They are now working on a new software upgrade to remove this glitch

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    @Nanny #4 –

    While I agree with the notion if someone had been armed, the dynamic of both terrorist attacks would have been different. You as a ‘good guy’, would you return fire in response with that many people around you regardless of the situation?

    In the Paris music venue, there was an estimated 1,000 people in attendance. The terrorists had the ideal location in the balcony, having a commanding view and shooting downward. Would you use other concert-goers as cover to get into a better firing position? Remember, you have one chance to fire one shot, may be two, to take out one or both terrorists out in the balcony. And, your one shot, or two shots, must be kill shots. If the terrorists were using those concert-goers in the balcony as shields (and most likely were), would you be able to put your shot past the shield into the bad guy? Also, affecting your shot is the poor lighting and the acoustics (from loud music to screaming). Taking all of this into account, your decision must be done in a split second.

    For those of us in the SOF community, we have trained repeatedly for situations like these over and over and over again. After these training sessions, sometimes we had minimal “casualties”, other times we lost everyone (including the assault team). There was a lot of in between.

    To say “trying is better than doing nothing” is a non-answer. When you try, you better have a reasonable chance of succeeding as that difference maker.

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    Nanny G

    you miss Donald Trump’s implication….
    IF the gun laws in Paris and San Bernadino had been different, these event would NEVER have occurred.
    Terrorists seek SOFT targets.
    Not potential gun fights.
    These are the same sorts who terrorize the people of the Middle East but melt into the civilian population (effectively holding people as human shields) when the military shows up.

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    @nanny #7 –

    I did not miss his point. All I said one needs consider what is happening before they return fire.

    BTW, don’t presume you know more than me about the nature of terrorists or terrorism. I spent the better part of my military career in SOF fighting them in shitholes you haven’t heard, and will never hear, of. I do not need a lesson on that from anyone.

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    @David: #6
    We can play the “what if” game all day. I’ll start:

    What if some of those hostages in the balcony had been armed? With the terrorists concentrating on targets in front of and below them, the Ts would have been easy meat.

    “Remember, you have one chance to fire one shot, may be two, to take out one or both terrorists out in the balcony. And, your one shot, or two shots, must be kill shots.”
    Bwaa-haaa-haaa-haaa! Remember, the lighting is working against the terrorists as well. They would have to locate you and hit you, using the typical terrorist pray-and-spray, while you are taking aimed (if barely) shots. Also, you don’t need to kill them, you just need to distract them and occupy their time to give as many innocents as much time to get away as you can buy them.

    What if an armed civilian had accidentally shot another?
    Well, there are no guarantees that that wouldn’t happen, but the history of mass shooters being stopped by civilians says that it wouldn’t.

    What if you started shooting up at them, and they started shooting down at you? More innocents would have time to escape while the terrorists concentrated on you.

    I realize that the super-tactical extreme-operator high-speed-low-drag types hold the untrained civilian in contempt when it comes to delivering small chunks of metal to the proper address, but tone it down a bit okay?

    And I leave you with the final what-if, which is the only option that French royalty left their docile little serfs:
    What if you do nothing but run and scream?
    129 people die.

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