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The RGA and the “New Breed”

Thursday, November 18, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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I will be broadcasting front he Republican Governors’ Association’s meeting in San Diego today, trying to focus on the three governors who have led/will lead the RGA –Barbour, Perry and Pawlenty– and some of the new governors might be available.

It will be a good test of the new folks’ media operations. Tim Pawlenty’s team, for example, has always been highly professional and extraordinarily responsive to our requests for interviews, which of course makes my producers very happy, but which also reflects a seriousness about communication with the public in the new era that marks successful governance.

The new governors will have to continue their campaigns for change via their legislatures, of course, but also via the media, both new and MSM. The same holds true for the new leadership in the House of Representatives and every would-be presidential candidate. Every invitation from every media outlet is both an opportunity and a peril. Small market interviews with obscure hosts can include enormous risks because nothing stays local for long if it is newsworthy. At the same time even the smallest audience contains influencers and potential supporters, persuadable agents of change for an agenda. The Manhattan-Beltway media elite hate the erosion of their monopoly, but it has already happened. The only question is whether various office holders and especially their staffs realize it.

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