On MSNBC's Hardball Republican Candidate Is Discouraged While Losing Democrat Is Promoted

<p>On last night's <strong>Hardball </strong>David Gregory questioned a Republican candidate’s viability but enthusiastically asked a losing Democratic candidate if he’ll run again. Gregory invited Rep. Katherine Harris and Democratic loser Paul Hackett on the August 10th show. The following is just a sample of the dispiriting questions to Harris:</p><p><b>Gregory: &quot;Isn`t it true, isn`t it true that the White House and even the President`s brother, the Governor of Florida, have discouraged you from entering this race?&quot;</b></p><p><b>Gregory: &quot;One, one of the issues that I have detected from my own reporting at the White House is that the view within the White House is that you are simply too polarizing a figure in Florida to win.&quot;</b></p><p>Gregory brought up one of the left's favorite but tired talking points, about a possible fixing of the 2000 election when he asked: <strong>&quot;Does the President owe you? Do you expect him to, to campaign with you down the stretch?&quot;</strong></p><p>An incredulous Harris responded: &quot;<strong>Why in the world would you ask if the President owed me? I simply followed the letter of the law. That`s it. And I`m very proud of that record.&quot;</strong></p><p>In contrast Paul Hackett, got the &quot;star&quot; treatment from Gregory:</p><p>Gregory: &quot;Paul Hackett, the Iraq War veteran whose unsuccessful bid for Congress in Ohio catapulted him on top of the headlines, and it certainly provided a wakeup call for Republicans after a tight fought race. <b>Are you a new Democratic star, Paul?&quot;</b></p><p>After Hackett feigned modesty Gregory pushed Hackett to think big: <b><b>&quot;But, seriously, what are the calculations about, this is a good run for you. Do you think you`ve got what it takes to run for the Senate in particular, against Senator DeWine, perhaps?&quot;</b></b></p><p><b></b></p><p /><p><strong> </strong>[Hackett]</p><p><strong>Gregory: &quot;You have to consider it now. You`ve got, you know, a national spotlight from Democrats. Not everybody gets that.&quot;</strong></p><p />

Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens is the Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center.