On Wednesday’s show I interviewed four candidates for the presidency —Governor Chris Christie, Governor John Kasich, Governor Rick Perry and Governor Scott Walker— and asked/gave them a total of 39 questions/prompts –overwhelmingly about the Iran deal– in a total of 67 minutes. That hour plus included a great deal of playing-of-tape from President Obama’s press conference yesterday. But as these candidates had nothing to hide about their reactions to the “deal,” they were available and they were candid and to the point.
On Tuesday, I interviewed three other presidential candidates —Carly Fiorina, Senator Lindsey Graham and Governor Bobby Jindal— this time using 32 minutes total to pose 9, 9 and 7 questions respectively.
So seven candidate interviews over two days which featured 64 questions or prompts in less than 100 minutes –the vast majority of them about the Iran “deal.” Compare those numbers with the time allocated to answer questions by Hillary Clinton over the past two days –zip– and the number of questions asked and answered of the president at his presser yesterday.
We have grown used to the president’s filibustering ways, and the incredible thin-skin he again demonstrated yesterday in response to CBS’ Major Garrett’s very appropriate question telegraph again his unique combination of self-regard and insecurity. Hillary’s cloistering telegraphs the same level of insecurity but untethered to any sort of confidence in her ability to face even a supportive press.
This is all discussed in The Queen of course, but with the current backdrop being the enormous disaster that is the Iran “deal,” one would expect more and better of the D.C. press corps, both in pressing the president and in condemning the would-be Democratic nominee for her hiding on the most important issue of the day.
(Additional interviews with the current and past ambassador from Israel to the United States and with four senators serving either on Armed Services or Foreign Affairs Committees are here. Informed, specific critiques of the “deal” aren’t hard to find, only supporters of it not connected to the president, and even they only take questions from CNN or the New York Times. Team Obama knows it cannot win the argument so it will try and pretend to engage in it while twisting the arms of 34 senators. The mullahs should note that they have fooled only the isolated and increasingly incoherent president and his team of wishful dreamers.)