Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Vote For Chris Abele Is A Vote Against Talk Radio

I listen to a lot of Milwaukee-area talk radio.

The talkers want Jeff Stone for Milwaukee County Executive because he will carry the most water for Scott Walker, and for the Wisconsin Republican Party which has made clear the goal is denying Wisconsin to President Barack Obama in 2012.

If elected, Stone will not make a move, a speech, a decision or an interview remark without calculating, "how will this go over on talk radio?"

He will flip on talk radio first thing in the morning and listen throughout the day, absorbing his talking points over the air, and calling in to reassure the base that he's on the talkers' message.

Talk radio helped create Scott Walker as Milwaukee County Executive, then gave him an open microphone right through the 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

Do you want a Milwaukee County Executive who will follow in Walker's footsteps, defining that office foremost as an important part of the Republican election machinery?

I don't. Talk radio keeps the community on edge, riled up, fearful - - in other words, stuck.

We have a chance on election day to minimize talk radio's reach, to step out of the miasma it produces and spreads.

And that's why I have already voted for the more independent, innovative, tolerant, inclusive and energetic candidate - - Chris Abele.


Anonymous said...

Voting against talk radio?

what a great idea, now I will vote for Stone because I don't like NPR.

What a great way to decide on how to vote.

James Rowen said...

Thanks for reading this blog.

enoughalready said...

I am sure you are not alone in voting against talk radio. In fact, I believe that extremist talk radio in Milwaukee and elsewhere helped elect Barack Obama president.

Anonymous said...

Wow - blaming talk radio for Obama becoming President.

You progressives really have turned on him, haven't you?

SO which Dem would have been elected in 2008 instead of the Chosen One?

James Rowen said...

Anon at 2"09 p.m.

I believe you misunderstand the posting.

Anonymous said...

stone also followed walker's path in being a creature of talk TV. like walker, stone first became prominent through many appearances on belling's show.

Frustrated said...

I think the JS article from a couple days ago summed it up when they compared where Abele and Stone were on the issues and they were exactly the same down the line, except for one.