Talk­ing points are noth­ing new

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION - Nancy Luque, Carmichael, Calif.

The only sur­pris­ing thing in the July 8 front-page ar­ti­cle “Clin­ton sup­port­ers learn­ing just what to say” was that it didn’t men­tion how late the Democrats have been in catch­ing on to the talk­ing-points game.

Dur­ing Bill Clin­ton’s pres­i­dency, I ap­peared on var­i­ous ca­ble net­works to at­tempt to de­fend clients caught up in dozens of mer­it­less po­lit­i­cal cases drummed up by the Repub­li­can-led Congress. What I found each time was an army of Repub­li­can talk­ing heads armed with daily talk­ing points (they all read off the same page) pro­vided by the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee. This rou­tine, pre­sented as though new in the ar­ti­cle, was mas­tered by the Repub­li­cans years ago, leav­ing those of us work­ing stiffs who sought to give voice to another point of view in the dust.

Looks as if Hil­lary Clin­ton also re­mem­bers those days.

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