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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

From the Department of Horrendous Ideas: Mike Huckabee's first caller was a Cumulus executive

Huckabee a kinder, gentler version of Rush?

I mentioned last week that the hubbub over Huckabee confused me. As conservative commentators go, he's harmless enough, and that's exactly why I questioned the idea that he could beat Rush Limbaugh and become the new conservative radio stalwart.

Two things about that: One, I'm not the only person who doesn't think Rush should be quaking in his boots. Mark Davis, himself a longtime conservative talk show host and columnist (and sometimes Rush stand-in), says there is no way Huckabee is going to overtake the conservative radio king.

Two: Don't think for a moment that Cumulus execs aren't trying to suggest Huckabee is a kinder, gentler version of Rush. American Spectator breaks the news this morning that the first caller to Huckabee's show was "Mike from San Francisco" - who turned out to be Mike McVay, senior vice president of programming for the Cumulus Media Network. McVay was never identified as a Cumulus employee, but what he said gave away pretty quickly that he was a plant:

"Well Governor, let me start by saying it's great to have a different opinion and a different person on the radio and I'm very, very happy that you're doing this radio show. One of the reasons why I want to listen to your program every day is because you ran for office and you've been a politician, you have a different perspective I think."

That's just spectacularly dumb.

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