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An Evening With Michael Smerconish

Venue: Historic Paramount Theatre
Address: 913 West St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN
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Phone: 320 259-5463
Start: May 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 reserved seating / $30 VIP Tickets


Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, newspaper columnist, author, and MSNBC contributor Michael Smerconish will speak at the Historic Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud, Minn., at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at an event billed “An Evening with Michael Smerconish,” sponsored by WJON 1240 AM, which broadcasts Smerconish’s nationally syndicated talk show each weekday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Reserved seating tickets are $15. Special VIP tickets are available and include a private reception, complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and an hour of up-close and personal conversation from 5:30 to 6:30 with Michael. VIP pre-show reception tickets are $30 and are limited in number.

Tickets may be obtained at the Paramount Theatre Box Office or by calling (320) 259-5463.

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Photo: @Smerconish on Twitter

The main theme of Michael Smerconish’s presentation was the trend toward increasing partisanship, polarization, and incivility in American politics, driven in large part by the tone set by radio and cable talk shows, which politicians then imitate.

During Q&A, a member of the audience asked for Smerconish’s opinion on Mitt Romney’s likely choice for running mate. Smerconish’s responded that Romney — unlike John McCain, whom he characterized as a “risk taker” naturally attracted to the long-shot gamble on Sarah Palin — was cautious and deliberative, and would therefore make a very calculated, risk-averse choice.

Smerconish’s analysis was higly consistent with empirically based psychological analyses of Romney and McCain (see “Related reports on this site” below).

Smerconish went on to say that former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, unlike New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, would be an example of a safe choice. Although that might well be the case, Pawlenty would be a poor choice for Romney, because they have similar personalities (cautious, deliberative, conscientious), the primary distinction between their personality styles being that Romney is more dominant and introverted and Pawlenty more submissive and outgoing (see “Related reports on this site” below).

Another member of the audience asked Smerconish’s opinion of Rep. Michele Bachmann (the local member of Congress). Smerconish, while acknowledging that all of us misspeak at times, expressed concern about the high frequency of Bachmann’s misstatements of fact and — of special concern to Smerconish — her apparent inability to self-correct or even to acknowledge her mistakes.


Related report

Michael Smerconish Plays the Paramount
(By Bob Hughes, Program Director, WJON)


Related reports on this site

Mitt Romney Personality Profile

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John McCain Personality Profile

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Tim Pawlenty Personality Profile

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Michele Bachmann Personality Profile

Updated Personality Profile -- Michele Bachmann (July 2011)
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