MSNBC Talking Head Ed Schultz To Help House Democrats With Strategy At Retreat
It’s one thing to be a liberal commentator, providing analysis and opinion from a certain perspective. It’s quite another to be a shill for a political party.
House Democrats will decamp Wednesday from Washington to the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina in Cambridge, Md., to hone their jobs and economy message going into the 2012 election.
According to the retreat agenda, Democrats will focus on the theme “Reignite the American Dream” during the three-day retreat that is “intended to highlight those goals and help prepare members of the caucus to continue to fight to restore jobs to the millions left behind by the Great Recession.”
The Rev. Jesse Jackson will also host a discussion on the “History of the Democratic Party: the Struggle for Rights,” and Members will participate in numerous election-oriented discussions on messaging, polling and the use of new media. SKDKnickerbocker Managing Director Anita Dunn and Media Talent 2.0, Inc. President Joel Silberman will also host media training sessions for Members throughout the day Thursday.
Wednesday evening’s festivities are highlighted by an “American Voices Panel” that includes pundit Paul Begala, Judge Greg Mathis of the “Judge Mathis Show” and the leaders of several Democratic-leaning interest groups, while MSNBC host Ed Schultz will participate in a panel on Minority Whip Steny Hoyer’s (Md.) “Make it in America” plan.
This is nothing new for Schultz. The launch of his first national radio program was facilitated in part by fundraising by Democrat politicians, and he’s admitted to having congressional staffers pose as fake callers to his radio show. So helping Democrats coordinate their message is old hat.
I will say, though, that if Ed Schultz is giving you advice on strategy and messaging you’re in a lot of trouble. Outside of lessons on how to shout without spewing spittle, I’m not sure what Schultz can offer. Nobody really needs advice on how to be an angry, bombastic, half-bright twit.Tags: democrats, ed schultz, msnbc