The Democrats are so desperate that they’re breaking the basic rules of “Campaign Communications 101.”
For instance, telling a talk-radio host exactly what questions to ask your candidate is simply “not done.” Until this week.
Ed Morrissey reports: “I’ve been doing talk shows on terrestrial radio for almost seven years. … Never – and I mean never – has a staffer attempted to provide me with the questions I’d be allowed to ask. Colorado radio station KOA apparently had never heard of such a thing either, and were so amused by the attempt from Sen. Michael Bennet’s staff to script the interview that they posted the e-mail on their Facebook page.”
The questions sounded like the script for a beauty pageant instead of a national election. Are Democrats so broke that they’re hiring inexperienced staffers to run their campaigns? And why should voters entrust such incompetent, clueless candidates with the job of running the country?
Rush Limbaugh has launched “Reverse Operation Chaos,” a version of his highly publicized and successful 2008 election tactic, designed to divide the Democratic Party between Obama and Hillary Clinton supporters.
Rush is telling pro-Hillary Democrats that since they are going to lose on Tuesday anyway, they should stay home instead of casting a vote. Rush’s logic is: the worse the Democrats do, the more likely it is that Hillary Clinton will be at the top of the 2012 ticket (FREE video).
The disillusioned Democrats and Hillary supporters at the HillBuzz blog issued an “Open Letter to Rush Limbaugh,” applauding his strategy – and offering an invaluable glimpse into the inner workings of the Democratic Party. What they reveal isn’t pretty.
Obama’s “back of the bus” remark was the talk of the airwaves this week, and Limbaugh’s show was no exception. Rush carefully analyzed the President’s revealing comments as only he can (FREE audio).
With only days to go before Tuesday’s vote, Sean Hannity spoke to veteran election analysts Michael Barone and Pat Caddell about whether or not the Republicans could pick up as many as 80 seats.
“Extrapolating from current polling it looks like Republicans are going to pick up a net of about 60 seats, and that’s certainly been reinforced in recent weeks,” Caddell said, but suggested it might be much higher. “The Republican wave is so big that a week ago I thought the GOP could pick up 55, now I think they could pick up 60. The odds are that it’s a lot closer for them to pick up 80 than it will be 40.”
Hannity’s “Meet the Candidates” feature welcomed guests like Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott and the candidate for New York’s 4th District, Francis Becke (audio is members only).
“Does this guy sound like a conservative to you?”
That’s how Mark Levin reacted after he read a report in a British newspaper, in which Karl Rove, the former adviser to President Bush, questioned Sarah Palin’s decision to host a nature show on the Discovery Channel (FREE audio).
Levin has made no secret of which candidates he supports in the upcoming election, having endorsed candidates like Joe Miller, an Alaskan running for Senate. Levin and Miller discussed the fact that his opponent believes in the fallacy of a “living Constitution” (FREE audio).
Mark Levin also spoke to listener favorite, candidate Christine O’Donnell. Calling her a “dynamo,” he and O’Donnell talked about her opponent’s proclivity for raising taxes in his former government jobs (FREE audio).
He also endorsed Mo Brooks for Congress from Alabama, after getting a call from the Republican newcomer. Brooks says he entered the race after his wife read Levin’s book “Liberty and Tyranny” and suggested he enter public life in order to help put America back on course (FREE audio).
Michael Savage’s new book, “Trickle Up Poverty,” has shot to No. 3 on the New York Times Bestsellers List.
“‘Trickle Up Poverty’ is essential reading for anyone who loves our country and does not want to see it fall,” raved one review.
On the air, Savage read an excerpt from the book that explained the root causes of the economic downturn (FREE audio).
Also this week, Savage compared Michelle Obama’s “prayer circles” to “crop circles” and challenged a caller who claimed pot wasn’t as dangerous as alcohol (FREE audio).
On Don Imus’ Fox Business News show, Ingraham announced that, starting on Saturday in Minneapolis, her book “The Obama Diaries” will be performed live on stage, complete with Barack and Michelle Obama look-alikes:
Back behind her own microphone, Laura Ingraham welcomed author Mark Steyn, Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard and Hollywood director David Zucker (whose hilarious anti-Barbara-Boxer ad is an Internet sensation).
Other guests included “Pennsylvania’s next Senator,” Pat Toomey; NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton; and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., talking about how to “trim the pork” from bloated government budgets (FREE audio).
“I’m not sure where I’ll be in a year.”
Glenn Beck made that cryptic announcement on his radio show, adding, “There comes a point when Paul Revere put the bell down because work had to be done” (FREE video).
On a lighter note, Beck and his on-air crew had a good laugh at Obama’s expense, mocking one of the President’s latest speeches (FREE video).
Glenn Beck’s new nonfiction book, “Broke,” hit No. 1 on Amazon.com. At the same time, a highly touted book that is critical of Beck and his role in American political life is selling poorly.
Speaking of which, documentary filmmaker Michael Covel is wondering where Beck got the idea for his new book, writing (note that his post contains strong language): “Once my film was completed, it made the rounds to many potential distribution outlets. One outlet among many was Glenn Beck’s office (my film ended up premiering on The Documentary Channel). Beck’s co-author Kevin Balfe emailed me last Oct. 1, 2009, to say that I had ‘produced an excellent documentary,’ but it was not a good fit for them at the time.
“[I] did not think too much of that as rejection is part of the business in a creative world,” he continued. “Easy come, easy go. However, a year later it was an interesting surprise to see Beck’s book ‘Broke’ announced in August 2010.”
And now, from the left side of the dial …
For the past year, industry watcher Brian Maloney has documented a fascinating and unforeseen phenomenon: Al Sharpton’s on-air battles with his own callers, mostly African-American Democrats who have turned against Barack Obama and his party.
This caller’s message was typical – and revealing:
“Reverend Al, I’ve been following you since the ’80s, ever since Tawana Brawley. Brother you’ve had a place in my heart that is special,” the caller said. “But, I’m from Chicago, and the Democrats here can’t stand on their record, Reverend Al. That’s why the people are not coming out to vote, because they’ve been abused and misused” (FREE audio).
If these kinds of calls are any indication, the Democrats are losing some of their most loyal followers. It’s a trend worth watching.