Jewish World Review Dec. 18, 2002 / 13 Teves 5763
Radio talk takes a surprise hit
At least Bill Clinton gave them some warning. There's was a pretty good chance he wouldn't run for a third term. With his
running mate running for top job in 2000, using the shop worn Clinton is the devil material was still in play.
Two years worth of those hysterical Algor references were being readied for a rerun. The radio kings who spend almost as
much time pitching their books as much as defaming the Dems, started the daily damning tirades with a two month warm up
for 2004 by ripping Gore's poor book sales. What a bad, bad man.
But Gore finally gets the last laugh on his daily critics. With Gore pulling out, the "I invented the Internet," and "Love Story
was about me" lines can be flushed down the drain. The fact that Al Gore never uttered either of those lines never stopped the
conservative talkies from repeating them ad infinitum.
Gore, even with 2004 so far in the distance, was AM's whipping boy. Clinton's Harlem move was really the last fresh grist
for the talkers' hammer. Talk radio really never got a handle on making monsters out of Daschle and Gephardt. They tried,
but both of these guys are so nice (boring) that it really never stuck. Besides, neither will get any heat in 2004. Hillary will be
pummeled years after she dies, but she will not be running in '04.
But not to worry, give them a few days and they'll be back. Ripping into Kerry's hair, Lieberman's left move when he signed
on with Gore, and Edwards'...I don't know...he must have done something horrible. Still there's nothing you can get a "wow,
I can really get off hating these guys"handle on. Al Sharpton is the easiest target but his is just a candidacy wish of the Right.
However I write not to bury talk radio but to advise them.
In a recent poll asking Democrats who they would vote for if Gore did not run, the candidate receiving the most votes...? Not
Leiberman, not Kerry, not Hillary...not even Sheen. The highest percent of those asked went for Other/Unsure at 29% to
So until the Democratic Party waits for some actual organism to jump atop the polls the boys on the AM dial can get things
started by painting Other/Unsure as being: anti-business, pro abortion (never call it "pro-choice"), pro-reparations, a
womanizer (or manizer), a union-patsy, a Clinton-pal and a fan of Barbara Streisand. Most important...remember, a vote for
Other/Unsure is a vote against America.
JWR contributor Steve Young, Prism Award winner and Humanitas Prize nominee for his
television writing, is contributing editor at the Writers Guild of
America's "Written By" magazine. He is the author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful: Mistakes, Adversity, Failure and
Other Stepping Stones to Success," . the director/writer of "My Dinner With Ovitz," and opens car doors
for students at his very young kids' school.
His website is www.greatfailure.com.
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© 2002, Steve Young