“For nearly two years, political talkers have been feasting on the public’s anger and discontent with government at every level,” writes broadcasting veteran Randall Bloomquist.
Lately, he reports, some fed-up talk-radio audience members have evolved from listeners to candidates.
In Boston, WTKK-FM talk-radio host Michael Graham, a self-described conservative, is now running bipartisan “Candidate School” workshops for everyday citizens who want to challenge the status quo in a state with one of the lowest incumbent turnover rates in the nation. Just think Scott Brown.
“We scheduled it at 8 a.m. on a Saturday so only serious people would attend,” says Graham, who expected about 50 people to show up, but ended up hosting five times that number. His second “Candidate School” was forced to turn away 100 people.
Graham estimates that some 40 to 50 “Candidate School” attendees are currently running for office at all levels of government, including the state legislature.
Last week, we told you that Rush Limbaugh would be making his first appearance at the annual Troopathon fundraiser. Sure enough, he spoke to the hosts via satellite – and personally donated $300,000 to the cause (FREE video):
Over the weekend, Fox News co-host Rick Folbaum asked his political panel, “What happens if Rush gets on the air on Tuesday or whenever he’s back in the chair, and he says Michael Steele’s gotta go?”
Well, Rush was back at the golden EIB microphone that day, and duly responded to the controversy surrounding remarks the chairman of the Republican Party made concerning the war in Afghanistan.
Rush mused, “I wish people were as motivated and angry about [Supreme Court nominee] Elena Kagan, frankly, as they are about Michael Steele, who in the big scheme of things [is] inconsequential. Elena Kagan is not inconsequential. She’s about to get a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court where she will do incredible damage to this nation. Yet, are the same people calling for Steele’s resignation demanding Republicans in the Senate lead a filibuster to stop her? Nope” (FREE webcam).
Not surprisingly, opposing pundits reacted in their usual fashion by taking Limbaugh’s comments out of context and accusing him of racism.
Mark Levin’s book “Liberty and Tyranny” has sold over 1.2 million copies, but Levin’s personal copy is special. That’s because it has become a sort of autograph book, with best wishes inscribed by Levin’s friends like Sean Hannity, Jon Voight – and now, Sarah Palin, who was photographed this week adding her signature to Levin’s collection.
On the air, Levin slammed Hillary Clinton as only he can, when she praised the Marxist redistribution of wealth in a recent speech (FREE audio).
“This is a political essay dressed up as a lawsuit, ladies and gentlemen,” declared Levin, as he tore apart the federal government’s lawsuit against Arizona’s new border enforcement law (FREE audio).
Last week, we reported on Sean Hannity’s Salt Lake City affiliate KSL; the Latter Day Saints–owned station didn’t feel Hannity’s show lived up to their company’s “mission statement” that calls for “integrity, civility, morality and respect for all people.”
As a result, rival station KNRS will start carrying Hannity’s show on October 4.
Hannity’s guests this week included Thomas Sowell (whose new book is entitled “Dismantling America”), Karl Rove, Sharron Angle (who is challenging Harry Reid for his Nevada U.S. Senate seat) and Mary Matalin. Hannity even took a break from politics to discuss the fate of troubled young actress Lindsay Lohan with two attorneys (audio is members only).
Plus, Hannity’s annual Freedom Concert tour starts next month. Tickets are on sale now and money raised goes to fund scholarships for the children of Armed Forces members who were killed or wounded in action.
“Has Osama bin Laden won?”
That was Michael Savage’s question to his listeners, adding, “It will be the most controversial thing I’ve said in a long time.”
After all, Savage noted, bin Laden said he wanted to destroy the U.S. economy, and today, “The United States is fundamentally broke” (FREE audio).
Savage referred to the increasingly high-profile group the New Black Panthers as “Obama’s friends,” who are “doing his dirty work for him.” He reminded his audience that Obama campaigned on a promise to start a “private security corps” and wondered if recent New Black Panther activity was a harbinger of this alternative security force (FREE audio).
G. Gordon Liddy
When CNN fired an editor for praising the founder of a Muslim terrorist group, Liddy used the story as a jumping-off point to talk about CNN’s anti-Israel bias with Dan Gainor of the Business and Media Institute.
Other guests included Steven J. Milloy of JunkScience.com, Col. James Howard reporting live from Iraq and energy analyst Paul Driessen, who believes the Obama administration is deliberately prolonging the Gulf oil-spill disaster.
Also: Liddy reported on a new study showing that fish can talk and advised listeners to “be careful what you do in front of a monkey” (FREE audio).
On Independence Day, Glenn Beck delivered an hour-long speech about American history to 6,000 people in Idaho (FREE video).
This week, Beck announced the debut of “Glenn Beck University,” a series of “college level” online seminars about history, economics and government. In response to critics who mocked the “University,” Beck joked that he was also about to start his own hospital.
Glenn Beck seems to have gotten under the skin of the leader of the New Black Panther Party, who says he opposes Beck’s upcoming rally at the Lincoln Memorial:
“Glenn Beck should not be allowed to have this rally,” said the leader. “Glenn Beck is a sneaky little devil, and he does sneaky things and tries to portray that he’s really not the neo-racist that he really is.”
Meanwhile, on the left side of the dial …
Conservative author Mark Steyn has observed that Obama acts as if being the president of the United States is somehow beneath him; that he is already bored with a job he never really wanted in the first place.
Incredibly, one liberal talker seems to be drawing the same conclusion.
Sounding almost like Steyn when he sits in for Rush (but without the eloquence and the British accent), this week Ed Schultz remarked, “Bush was always up-tempo, and Bush was always enthusiastic, and I did, I guess it is a compliment, I did somewhat say, you know, that guy, he keeps going after it, whether it’s conviction or show time or whatever it is, however you want to view it.
“But President Obama in this commercial that Boehner put out left me with the impression, you know, I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy decides on his own he doesn’t want to run again.
“I have a sense that he’s thinking, you know what, maybe this isn’t my gig. Maybe this is just a huge pain in the ass. Maybe, maybe I’m not the guy,” Schultz said.
When Obama fanatics start daring to make such observations in public, it’s a sure sign that the president’s tide of support is turning.