Take a breath
October 12, 2010
Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller should step back, take a deep breath and engage the news media to answer questions about his past rather than telling them they are being mean to him.
Nobody likes a whiner. Slamming the press is an amateur stunt and political graveyards are littered with the bones of political wannabes who thought it would work. It does not. Stomping your foot and telling the media “I’ll decide what you know and what we talk about” is the equivalent of slapping a bull in the face with a bee’s nest. Nothing good can come of it.
Perhaps what Miller is missing is that by refusing to answer questions – simple questions, by the way – he is telling voters in Alaska he wants their votes and nothing else. That simply cannot be the message he is trying to convey.
Miller, running against write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the general election next month, told the media – and voters – Monday to drop dead; that personal questions are over; that he was the victim of “journalistic impropriety.”
The assertion came as new questions surfaced about Miller’s seven years of work as a lawyer for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and the Alaska Dispatch and Fairbanks Daily New-Miner sued to obtain long-withheld information.
Miller’s response is problematic. A candidate running for office, high office especially, must surrender his or her personal life and past to voters. You have no privacy in an election. How can Miller expect Alaskans to trust a candidate who tells them he will not tell them anything about his past and that any questions are “political attacks”?
He should reconsider his response, and soon. It is, after all, ill-advised.