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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:58 am 
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GOP should tune out Rush Limbaugh, and in to Mike Huckabee
http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2012/04/time_to_tune_out_rush_limbaugh.html

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Mike Huckabee went live today with his new radio show -- at noon, the same time Rush Limbaugh goes on the air.

The so-called king of conservative talk radio should consider it a challenge to his throne. Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and onetime presidential candidate, is promising "more conversation, less confrontation."

His timing couldn't be better. Huckabee's being billed as a "safe alternative" to Limbaugh, who recently lost a bevy of advertisers after he veered off the rails in a harangue over birth control subsidies, and smeared Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke as a "slut" and prostitute.

He's made a career of nasty talk like that. For too long, Limbaugh has relied on the same old shtick. Rather than focus on the merits of a particular position, he simply demonizes the intentions of the people behind it. It's an easy way to stir controversy and avoid doing his homework.

Even his own party now views that as a liability. With the Fluke incident, Limbaugh awakened a political firestorm and strong backlash against all the Republican candidates, recasting what they'd carefully billed as a debate over religious freedom into an all-out GOP "war on women."

Now, Republican women are especially likely to flip the dial to Huckabee, who says he'll treat every guest with "respect and civility." But so will all the conservatives tired of doing damage control for Limbaugh, who reaches as many as 20 million people a week but adds nothing to the national debate but venom.

They need someone who can harness that audience for something productive, not just whip the crazies into a frenzy. No doubt Limbaugh will keep his fringe fans, who prefer his rants to the intellectual gymnastics of a real policy debate. But for everyone else, there's Huckabee.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:37 am 
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I really don't think all this liberal praise is going to help Mike. :lol:

How's that for a slogan, "Conservative talk with our liberal censors' stamp of approval!"

I heard part of his Geraldo interview, and Geraldo was gushing at Mike about how he admires him and so forth despite disagreeing, and that's nice, but it ain't gripping talk radio.

Rush, say what you will about him, has his formula down, and it works. We'll see if Mike can come up with a distinct approach that is equally appealing. I hope he does.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:57 am 
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Rush, say what you will about him, has his formula down, and it works. We'll see if Mike can come up with a distinct approach that is equally appealing. I hope he does.
I agree with you but I can say I much prefer Mike's program to Rush's. I hadn't listened to Rush in over 15 years and ironically listened to him the first day he started spouting off about Fluke. I can only hope enough people feel the same way and are ready for something more reasonable.

I also hope that Mike's program can get to a set time slot on a lot of stations across the country. Right now not many are carrying it and some that do only carry part of it and/or run it at odd times. That's going to make it hard for him to gather a following, but I guess you have to start somewhere.

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