There’s a great episode of The Simpsons where Mr. Burns decides to run for mayor and, as a campaign stunt, has dinner at the Simpsons’ house in front of TV cameras.
The entire thing is, of course, completely choreographed by Mr. Burns, who has supplied the Simpson family with the questions they’re supposed to ask him.
Lisa’s scripted question: “Mr Burns, your campaign seems to have the momentum of a run-away freight train. Why are you so popular?”
Mr. Burns responds: "Oh, a tough question, but a fair one. Lisa, there’s no single answer. Some voters respond to my integrity. Others are more impressed by my incorruptibility. Still others like my determination to lower taxes and the bureaucrats in the state capital can put that in their pipes and smoke it!"
I was reminded of the exchange (which you can watch here) as I read Meghan McCain’s laughable interview with Donald Trump. Meghan, the daughter of Sen. John McCain, has managed to use her family’s connections to get the obligatory book deal, Daily Beast column and whatnot, but the interview reveals that she’s a ditz when it comes to journalism.
Dave Weigel pounces on the interview in Slate, but I thought I’d share a few of the highlights from her “tough but fair” interrogation:
This morning, the front page of the Drudge Report had Obama at 49 percent and you’re at 34 percent, and you haven’t even announced. Why do you think you’ve made such an impact already? Why do you think you’re catching on in a way that Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty really aren’t?
What’s interesting about you and your candidacy, I think that some people think it’s some sort of joke or publicity stunt. But even at dinner last night I was sitting with my friends, and it’s like the more people talk about it the more interested they are and the more convinced they are that you could be a nominee for the Republican Party. What I’m looking for is someone who’s not going to take bullshit, not going to let the media run them around, and who is going to give it back to Obama. And you seem to be the only person who’s really doing it right now.
If you run for president, will you hire me for your campaign?
Why do you think this birther thing still has such legs?
Are you really ready for this?
And so on. They talk about GOP campaign strategists and blah, blah, blah. And she complains that she didn’t like the questions that George Stephanopoulos asked Trump on Good Morning America, which you can watch above. Maybe because Stephanopoulos didn't ask Trump for a job?