It's become a staple of the tea party candidacy. You make a big splash onto the national stage then quickly retreat from any press scrutiny because you are so unprepared and ill-equipped for the rigors of the job that tough questions will expose you as the charlatan you are.
Sarah Palin, a lot of people forget, ducked the national press for days
after she was picked for vice president by John McCain. Only after careful scripting and staging, did Palin finally do interviews with the national press -- only to get ground to bits by Katie Couric no less. Rand Paul is the exception that proves the rule: after capturing the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate from Kentucky, he made disastrous TV appearances first and then
vanished from the scene. Taking that lesson to heart, Senate GOP nominee Sharron Angle declined any national TV appearances after her primary win in Nevada.
And now comes Christine O'Donnell, who has long experience doing TV -- 22 appearances on Bill Maher's old show alone -- but who is so not ready for prime time, or Sunday morning, that she's canceled her appearances
tomorrow on CBS' Face The Nation
and Fox News Sunday
She can't even handle Fox.