We like plucky politicians, but Sue Lowden is caring it too far. The Nevada Republican senatorial candidate erred a while back by suggesting that people could keep soaring health care costs down by bartering with their doctors.
Given a chance to clarify, she made matters worse by talking about how, in our grandparents day, paying the Doc with a chicken was the way to go. That unleashed a flock of jokes (see the video below from KTVN in Reno, Nevada).
Lowden isn’t the first politician to same something that sent the chattering class clucking. But she ought to be better at putting a stop to the reaction. Instead, she seems to have no plan.
When asked about the attention devoted to chicken comments she stutters:
“I, I, I’m not sure what to say as far as whether it has been dragged out of proportion.”
The reporter gave her another whack at the fowl ball:
“You don’t regret your statement?”
Lowden: “I, I, I talk about the fact that the Reid (her opponent) campaign is desperate to change the story from his very unpopular health care bill….”
Instead of running around like a chicken with her head cut off, Lowden should cut her losses and say something like:
“Yes, I regret making comments which others can use to trivialize a very important topic. I simply want people to think of a variety of ways to bring down the sky rocketing costs of health care. There are many innovative ways of doing so. My opponent seems to obsess on this one comment undoubtedly because he doesn’t want any close inspection of his own plan which, in my view, is terribly flawed. For example his plan calls for…….”
She needs to come up with some mantra like that…and practice it until she can rattle it off in her sleep without stumbling or stuttering. Only then can she begin to make chicken salad out of her chicken…err…comments.