Commenter Louise sends Eric Wemple’s attempt to shame Al Franken for mainly talking to hometown media. Here’s the roots of Franken’s strategy:
American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Norman J. Ornstein helped Franken strategize his splashdown in Washington. As Caesar would say, that strategy was divisa in partes tres: “Become a genuine workhorse, avoid the spotlight, get your colleagues saying both publicly and privately that you are a smart and serious person.”
Does that mean stiffing national media? “Probably by extension, that means avoiding a lot of national media — Al doesn’t need to get name recognition or attention.”
Here’s Wemple’s conclusion:
The Franken media policy tags the population of Minnesota as provincial, Internetless no-minds. Just corn dogs and community papers here, Mr. Senator!
Yes, there’s nothing more provincial than Franken’s effort to be a hard working Senator representing his local constituency. What a crock of shit.
There are a few things going on here. First, DC media is powered by the slavering need of the likes of Lindsey Graham, Chuck Schumer and Generalissimo John McCain to get in front of a TV camera or otherwise mouth off to the national press. It’s a symbiotic relationship, because those media queens give good quote and there’s nothing easier than running a transcription service for prima donnas. Second, there’s nothing DC hates more than a self-disciplined Democrat executing a smart plan. Democrats are supposed to be political fuckups, and the press corpse gets pissed when they play against type. Finally, Franken, B-lister though he may be, is by DC standards a big celebrity in a place they call Hollywood for Ugly People, and not getting an interview with him hurts a lot more than being snubbed by someone whose last job was being commissioner for the county that leads the world in the production of frozen concentrated orange juice.
Update: The piece is over a year old, and I didn’t catch it. Sorry about that.