Peter Schiff found his way onto MSNBC's "Ed Show" on August 6. From the callouts and comments in the video, you can see how this will be received in the Draft Schiff-sphere. The host, Lawrence O'Donnell, rolled over Schiff, kicked him, gagged him, wouldn't let him answer, was rude, etc.
But, this is exactly what will happen every time Schiff loses the narrative for the next 18 months. Watch the video:
It's frustrating to watch, but get used to it. Schiff dropped his guard and telegraphed a big round-house; O'Donnell just took a half-step in and peppered him with a blinding series of jabs to the chin.
I don't expect anyone, other than O'Donnell and the entire pro-socialized medicine bloc, to agree with me. I admit, it looks bad. But, don't for a moment think that O'Donnell will be the only person to do that to Schiff every time he loses his message.
Imagine a wholly different interview where Schiff stays on point:
Q: Your book Crash Proof predicted all the things we're going through now.
A: Exactly, and more importantly it predicted all the things the government would do to make the problem worse.
Q: OK, you get the money and you're running for senate in 2010, what's your position on health care reform?
A: Government has no business in health care.
Q: So legislatively, you're in favor of nothing?
A: Right. Government has no business in health care.
Q: So you want to let insurance companies continue to (long list of "abuses")
A: Without government interference, thousands of health care organizations will offer "health plans" to out-compete abusive providers. Then, you can get catastrophic insurance on top of that.
Q: Is there one thing in any of the bills that you have read that you are in favor of?
A: No. Government has no business in health care.
Q: So, you would get rid of medicare altogether, just cut those people off from help.
A: Medicare is a prime example of why government has no business in health care. All those people could have low-cost health plans, but government has crowded them out of the market along with all the people who aren't eligible for medicare.
Schiff could even throw a "it's not constitutional" in there once or twice and still mop the floor with O'Donnell. Imagine this "Ed Show" interview if the interviewee had stayed on the "not constitutional" point: