Saturday, November 10, 2007

Clinton Seeds Campaign Audiences with Spontaneous Questions

Hillary Clinton was campaigning in Newton, Iowa this past Tuesday, November 6. She and her aides were at a biodiesel fuel plant to introduce her energy plan. The usual media suspects were there - New York Times, LA Times, AP, CNN, and Grinnell College student Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff.

Who is Grinnell College student Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, you ask? According to Scarlett & Black, the Grinnel College newspaper, she was one of the Clinton campaign's "question plants" at the biodiesel plant that day. She had been approached by Clinton aides before the event began and was given a question to ask when the Senator spontaneously called upon her during the Q & A. Some of the questions, said Muriel were "canned ... One of the senior staffers told me what [to ask]."

Before the event began, a Clinton staff member approached Gallo-Chasanoff and was requested to ask a specific question after Clinton’s speech. Clinton did call upon the hapless and victimized Muriel and began her canned response by saying that young people often ask that question.

Well, DUH! If the aides give the questions out to audience shills, of course the question will often be asked. No surprise there.

This episode does recall an earlier episode almost exactly one month before, in October, when Clinton was campaigning in New Hampton, Iowa. Nashua resident, Randall Rolph questioned Clinton's vote to declare the Iranian Army a terrorist organization; had she not learned anything from having voted war authorization in Iraq?

The Senator from New York thanked Rolph for the question, then accused Rolph of being a plant because she had been asked similar questions in other venues. Rolph held his ground saying he had done his homework and the question was 100% his, forcing Clinton to apologize for being so very rude by accusing him of being a question plant.

One month ago, Hillary Clinton accused a man of being a shill and was very indignant about it. Now she has been caught employing audience shills and she's very indignant about it. There's a lesson to be learned here, but, for the life of me, I just can't put my finger on it. Hmmmm....

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.