This right here is why politicians are not well regarded and also why I would make a terrible politician.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz absolutely refuses to answer any question about the speech that James Hoffa gave in Detroit on Labor Day where Mr. Hoffa used some inflammatory language. She slides instead into some boilerplate answer about working on jobs (I am wondering if she might even be reading the answer off cue cards, especially in the first 45 seconds or so as she is seemingly unable to leave her eyes in one place.), and totally evades the question. When further pressed, she starts talking about the Tea Party's language.
Look, if you don't want to answer a given question, just say so. To evade, evade, evade, and ad hominium attack, just makes you look either stupid or duplicitous or both. There is a point where she says she would like to answer the question (1:53). One wonders how she might have answered the question about Hoffa if she could have talked straight. Maybe she would have said something like, "Jeez, that Hoffa is such a frigging buffoon. I told the President not to be near this union thug, that he would embarrass us. I hate being right." or the opposite, "We love it, I thought Hoffa rocks, he said what we are all thinking. " It doesn't matter which way it would fall, since we would never hear such straightforward honesty from a sitting politician.
Why I could never be a pol--I'd either answer the question straight or tell you straight that I had absolutely no intention of answering that question no matter how many times it was asked!