August 27, 2012
Not a particularly bright move on the part of the staffer in question.
Granted it wasn’t quite as bad as the dustup during the Coakley campaign (as Prof Jacobson reminds us), but it’s still not a smart reaction to an opposition tracker. A tracker who is likely trying to get that very sort of reaction on camera.
Trackers have become a fact of life on the campaign trail, thanks to the decline in the cost of recording everything. In fact, this is precisely the kind of thing that trackers want to catch on camera, along with candidate gaffes and inconsistencies. How smart is it to hand that kind of event to one’s opponent on a silver platter?