Dean: a lesson on how to do tough interviews

I thought yesterday’s interview with Howard Dean was a great lesson in how to do tough interviews. He was up on Meet the Press to debate the state of the Democratic Party post-Connecticut Primary.

Following Dick Cheney’s resorting to gutter politics with the implication that Lamont’s selection would help “Al Qaeda types”, Dean was obviously going to face a barrage of questions about party unity, whether there’s still a space for pro-war people in the Party and whether they have the right policies on national security.

I thought that Dean did just the right thing. Have a good message that can be distilled into one sentence (“We need a new direction for America”), and turn around those hostile questions, so a question on why did Democrats dump Lieberman becomes “I think he embraced George Bush’s policies, and the American people are tired of George Bush’s policies. They want a new direction in this country, and, and the voters have spoken.”

Have a look and see what you think:

From Crooks and liars


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