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Michael Savage: Romney missed opportunity

Michael Savage returned to the airwaves last night with a new network and a new time, but his advice for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney hasn’t changed.

“If he was hungrier, he could have wrapped Obama over his knee and spanked him,” Savage said of Romney’s response to a question during Monday night’s debate on the so-called “Arab Spring” revolution.

Heard for the first time on the Cumulus Media Networks, Savage opened his show in the 9 p.m. Eastern hour with: “It is ‘The Savage Nation.’ Welcome new and old listeners. Bigger, stronger, better – here I am.”

Savage asserted that instead of agreeing with Obama that it was right to support the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak – an ally of the U.S. for three decades – Romney should have pointed to the Muslim Brotherhood’s assumption of power in Egypt and the rise of Islamic radicalism across the Middle East and North Africa.

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Savage said Romney should have called it a “stunning failure of Mr. Obama and his foreign policy team” not to anticipate that the “Arab Spring” revolutions would lead bring Islamic radicals to power not only in Egypt, but in Tunisia, Yemen, Libya and Syria.

Romney should have responded to moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News this way, Savage said: “Well, Bob, the Muslim Brotherhood is well known to want to introduce Shariah law. The Muslim Brotherhood hates America, hates freedom, hates women. It’s only Mr. Obama’s inexperience in world affairs that has led to the debacle not only in Egypt, Bob, but throughout the Arab Crescent.”

Savage said an answer like that “would have brought the house down.”

“That would have put Obama on the ropes. The entire debate would have gone the other way,” he said. “Instead, all we heard was, ‘I agree with the president.'”

Savage found Romney’s agreement with Obama “shocking.”

Even the moderator, he said, pressed for a policy difference with Obama, but “there’s Romney sitting in deference saying, ‘Mr. President,’ like Marilyn Monroe.

“Suddenly, he’s Marilyn Monroe in a suit. ‘Mr. President.’ I’m surprised he didn’t get up and sing in falsetto.”

Savage said Obama looked like “an angry adolescent” during the debate while Romney “looked like a theologian at an academic conference discussing things with a foreign professor.”

“He didn’t want to offend the foreign professor, for fear he would be called a bad guy,” Savage said of Romney.

In March, Savage urged Romney to heed the wisdom of the late Republican senator and presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, who famously said “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice” and “moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

“The Savage Nation,” which formerly aired on the Talk Radio Network from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, is now broadcast from 9 p.m. to midnight, Eastern, via Cumulus Media Networks.

Just days after he ended his relationship with TRN, his “Savage Nation” was ranked the No. 1 talk-radio show on the Internet for the third quarter.

In an interview with WND Monday, Savage said that regardless of who wins the presidential election, there will be plenty for him to talk about.

If it’s Obama, Savage said, America will face a socialist nightmare, as he warned in his bestselling book “Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama’s Dream of the Socialist States of America.”

He described Romney as a “middle of the road Republican.”

If Romney wins, he said, “We’ll have a lot of work to do to drive him to the conservative side.”

As WND reported, Savage has signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press for two new fiction thrillers.

His previous novel, “Abuse of Power,” was a New York Times bestseller last year. His next fiction book, “Time for War,” will be released in February. The new books are tentatively scheduled for 2014 and 2015.

Savage’s next non-fiction book is “Train Tracks: Family Stories for the Holidays,” scheduled for release Nov. 6.