Wednesday, August 25, 2010
How partisan have issues become between Democrats and Republicans? Before a ranking Republican House member gave a speech, he was attacked for what he might say in it -- what the Christian Science Monitor called a prebuttal. That is, the Democrats didn't wait for what the man was going to say but tried to spin his speech even before he delivered it. Such fast reaction has little parallel in the corporate world, but maybe it should. There are times when one knows that a criticism is coming and what the gist of the criticism will be. Perhaps getting out in front of it before it is delivered is better than waiting to respond. It is down-and-dirty PR but in the cut and thrust of debate there is room for many kinds of tactics.