The Conventional Wisdom

Friday, June 24, 2011

Transcript

Last week after the Republican presidential debate the conventional wisdom was clear – Michelle Bachmann had transformed herself into a viable candidate for president. Whether or not that’s true, it raised some questions for our guest host Mike Pesca. Who forms the conventional wisdom, how has that changed over time and what, exactly, is it? Mike talks to Politico’s Mike Allen, Time’s Mark Halperin, The New Republic’s Franklin Foer, Republican operative Mark McKinnon and Washington Post political reporter Dana Millbank about political conventional wisdom.

Guests:

Mike Allen, Franklin Foer, Mark Halperin, Mark McKinnon and Dana Millbank

Hosted by:

Mike Pesca

Comments [3]

@KadeKo:

"The idea of examining conventional wisdom is a worthy one, but for Heisenberg's sake, I don't know that any of the guests you had on are the ones to do it. How about from the outside?"

Journalists live to be stroked and told how "clever" and "insightful" they are... and who better to do this than other sycophant journalists?

OTM is, by its very nature, an echo-chamber.

You might as well ask a leopard to change its spots.

Aug. 01 2011 02:47 AM
KadeKo from suburban northeast

So, Mark Halperin called Obama "kind of a dick" in the presser because he wasn't being conciliatory enough?

I thought "conventional wisdom" was that the President was an emotionless Mr. Spock type. Maybe CW is that there's just no space between that and "kind of a dick" for a Democratic president. (The CW translation for any R would be "fire in the belly", methinks.)

The idea of examining conventional wisdom is a worthy one, but for Heisenberg's sake, I don't know that any of the guests you had on are the ones to do it. How about from the outside?

Jun. 30 2011 10:25 AM
Philip Prindeville from Portland, OR

I see the comments have all gone away.

Jun. 29 2011 02:47 PM

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