I already reported on my fun with Ed Fitzgerald at last week’s taping of Bob Conklin’s TV show. ?But imagine my surprise as I walked out of the studio, and in the lobby for the next taping were more reporters for another roundtable, and featured guest David Yost, then Republican candidate for attorney general, now Republican candidate for state auditor!
On Yost’s lit piece for AG was the line “David Yost is an active leader in the pro-life movement.” ?Huh. ?David Yost has a position on abortion! ?Before David Yost headed back with the reporters to the studio, I asked David Yost why that would appear on his literature, and what abortion had to do with being attorney general. ?Time to ask about David Yost’s position on abortion, I thought.
David Yost on abortion did the standard two step, so I cut to the chase. ?Should abortion be illegal? ?David Yost said abortion should be illegal. ?I then asked, what would David Yost advocate as the penalty if abortion were illegal? ?The reporters were fascinated by this ingenious line of questioning!
David Yost didn’t answer, claiming he was just running for AG. ?I asked again, reminding David Yost on abortion that surely to advocate its illegality meant to advocate some kind of punishment. ?David Yost still wouldn’t answer. ?I asked again. ?And again. ?I think I asked five times what David Yost’s position on abortion penalties would be. ?Nothing in response.
So I turned to the gathered reporters and said, “I think it’s Chris Matthews who says that if you ask someone a question three times and they don’t answer, it means they have no answer.” ?Laughs all around ensued, except of course from David Yost on abortion, and Conklin waved everyone to walk back toward the studio.
As I began another conversation down the hallway with the reporters about my candidacy for county council, David Yost chased behind, as if he wasn’t done telling me precisely nothing about David Yost on abortion.
“You’re a blogger and you’re running for office?” asked one of the reporters in the hallway.
“You ever hear of Hunter S. Thompson?” I said.
“FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL!” ?shouted David Yost.
“You’re running as a journalist?” asked another reporter as we entered the studio.
“FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS!” shouted David Yost from behind. ?My, how interested David Yost is in my candidacy!
As we all piled into the studio, the reporters asking for my card, Conklin directing David Yost to his seat, David Yost on abortion shouted at us from across the studio, “Someday I’ll explain to you the importance of a candidate not having an answer for everything!” ?Odd, we all thought. ?That must be David Yost’s position on abortion!
I decided it was a good time to leave.