Setting Traps for Conservative Politicians and How to Avoid Them


Once again a Republican presidential hopeful is under attack by the Left and some on the Right for comments about the age of the earth. An article in GQ, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, magazine wanted a little more information on what Florida Senator Marco Rubio meant by socialism not having “worked in 6000 years of recorded history.” The media don’t want to know why socialism doesn’t work; they only want to set traps for non-liberals.

Candidates need to understand how to answer “trap” questions, no matter what they are. A trap question is designed to get a candidate off topic and raise an issue that is irrelevant to the discussion. It takes practice and skill to learn how to deal with “trap” questions.

The first thing that a Conservative candidate must understand is that a reporter is not his friend. A reporter is not after the truth, will most likely not report the whole truth even if he knows it, and probably wouldn’t know the truth if it smacked him in the face.

Let’s take the age of the earth question. I never would have commented on the age of the earth, something that Rubio never brought up. It was the reporter who raised the issue based on Rubio’s comment about 6000 years of recorded history. While the earth may be 4.5 billion years old, as most scientists contend, recorded history is about 6000 years old, and anything that old was most likely written on clay or carved into stone, and we don’t have very much of it.

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