Steve's Talk Radio News of the Day:
Talk Radio Bipartisanship: The Entire Millisecond
by Steve Young
Nov. 8, 2004 -- HOLLYWOOD (apj.us) -- Those who say no good comes from defeat need look no further than those magnificent bastards on the AM dial, and what might be the proudest moment in American broadcasting.
And when I say "moment," I mean just that -- though I could be stretching the time frame a bit.
President Bush's "mandate" is a word that is being tossed around so often that you would think that (apologies to James Dobson) man-dating, something I thought God and Republicans not of the Log Cabin ilk were against, was the major objective of the conservative agenda.
Yet still, the above-it-all, goodly band radio of the radio right took time to break down the divisive walls to reach across the aisle and unite the American people.
Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and the boys followed Bush's call for bipartisanship by saying that it was time to "put our differences aside" -- and then... and then... well, that was about it.
The nanosecond had run out.
That's when the talk generals recommenced the blathering war, as if they hadn't already wiped out every single enemy soldier this side of Barack Obama. It wasn't unlike "Weekend At Bernie's," the film that showed that taking a lifeless carcass and dragging it around, was a legitimate means of doing business.
The Lords of Loud hauled around John Kerry's lifeless candidacy, not to be confused with his lifeless candidacy prior to the election, and continued to hammer it as if it somehow could retroactively flip sixty-some thousand votes in Ohio.
Of course, George W. Bush seemed more intent on "spending his political capital." While he did announce it was in the interest of the largest amount of people who ever voted against a president, he would inform people on the other side of the aisle of the reasons for decisions he already made. Mind you, he did not say he would listen to those on the opposite side BEFORE making an informed and impartial decision, but only promulgate what action he will take, opposition opinion withstanding.
'Course, in the case of war that kills our kids, those reasons may have to be modified a bit AFTER the decision.
I don't know how much more even Hannity's enthusiasts can take the litany of "wrong side of history, voted against every important defense expenditure, gutted our intelligence, has had six separate different unique positions on the war on Iraq, voted for the $87 billion to fund the war before he voted against it, was against the death penalty for terrorists who kill Americans and voted to raise taxes consistently 350 times; a man that has no core values or principles."
You would think Hannity and his Clear Channel buds would get to the job at hand: skewering Hillary for the next four years and beginning the demonization of the aforementioned Senator-elect Obama.
On Sunday's Meet The Press, even the conservative king of vocab, Bill Safire, said, "It's over" -- meaning the 2004 election.
Perhaps he should make a call over to his pals, Messrs. Hannity and Limbaugh, and let them know.
Steve Young, political editor of National Lampoon and evil genius behind National Lampoon's MoveOnPlease.org, is also the author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful" and "Winchell Mink...The Misadventure Begins" (Harper Collins), and writes about politics for AlbionMonitor.net and AmericanPolitics.com.
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