20 Aug 2004 Gergen’s Curious Leadership Selection System
David Gergen, speaking on Hardball, just referred to Ann Coulter as a “Republican leader.”
Is the standard now that every right-of-center pundit is a Republican leader and every left-of-center pundit a Democrat leader?
I assume Gergen — apparently a registered Republican but a “Democrat leader” by this standard — thinks so.
It used to be that one had to be elected to public and/or party office to be a party leader. Very quaint — the party members actually had a say in who their leaders were.
Under Gergen’s system, the media picks the leaders — whomever is a guest on a talking head show is annointed.