Conway Versus Blitzer On Marriage And Politics

In case you missed it, an interesting feud played out on cable tv the other day when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer brought in President Trump’s Counselor Kellyanne Conway to discuss the ongoing impeachment hearings and asked Conway to respond to her husband’s critical comments about President Trump–her boss.

Kellyanne Conway, understandably, took issue with Blitzer’s line of questioning and slammed the professionalism of both Blitzer and CNN. Specifically, Conway fired back saying, “What you [Blitzer] just quoted is said every single day by other voices. But you wanted to put it in my husband’s voice because you think somehow that that will help your ratings, or that you are really sticking it to Kellyanne Conway. And let me make it very clear, you didn’t stick it to Kellyanne Conway. I think you embarrassed yourself. And I’m embarrassed for you because this is CNN now? I looked up to you when I was in college and law school. I would turn on CNN to see what Wolf Blitzer had to say about war, famine, disruption abroad. I really respected you for all those years as somebody who would give us the news and now the news is what somebody’s husband says on a different network?” Suffice it to say, Conway got really ticked off by Blitzer injecting her husband into the debate and seriously counter-punched–probably a lesson from her boss.

For the record, Blitzer did not take Conway’s punishing blows lying down. He offered a plausible defense arguing that the famous political odd couple James Carville and Mary Matalin were always questioned about their differing political views and never once got “sensitive” about it. This good comeback by Blitzer compelled Conway to force a smile, adding, “I’m not in a sensitive discussion….I’m smiling.” Conway’s a character folks!!

Bottom line, is it ever proper to question a politician or government employee about their spouse’s political positions, especially where, as here, they have diametrically opposite views? Was Kellyanne Conway justified in both getting offended and slamming Blitzer and CNN for lack of professionalism, or was Blitzer’s question fair game given Conway’s line of work? Simply put, where’s the line folks when it comes to marriage and politics?

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