If there’s one basic rule in political communication, it’s know your audience.
So if, say, you’re speaking at a college or university during this time of rising student loan debt and limited job prospects, don’t brag to the students about all the lucky breaks you had or the personal connections that helped get you internships.
Alas, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi apparently broke this rule, and the Independent Florida Alligator, the student newspaper that covers the University of Florida, was there to report it.
In a review the paper ran Monday and can be found here, Matt Schneider, a UF engineering senior, seized on a number of comments made by Bondi, a UF grad, during a talk at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service on Thursday.
Consider Schneider’s opening Bondi quote:
“When I was in college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do...I wasn’t even sure I wanted to practice law...When I was in law school, I did a certified legal internship at the state attorney’s office, and my dad conspired with Bill James, who was the state attorney at the time because my dad was so worried I didn’t want to practice law. And so I did this internship at the state attorney’s office…”
Schneider doesn’t let that one go.
“In what was apparently meant to be an effort to connect with those of us students who aren’t sure what direction we want to go post-graduation, she instead told a story of the well-connected being afforded valuable opportunities in spite of a lack of drive to earn them,” Schneider writes.
There’s more, so if you haven’t already seen it, view it here.
And yes, listen early on for when Bondi boasts: “I don’t think I’ve ever made a resume in my life."
Just exactly the kind of thing students want to hear.