Rep. Jim McDermott, the controversial Seattle Democrat who opposed the war before it was cool has been filling in for the vacationing Dave Ross (KIRO m-f, 9a-12p) this week.
It's been a snore-fest... but it's not all Sunny Jim's fault.
(You're right- he's not exactly Mr. Excitement; talk host probably should not be on Jim's list of career goals- the first 2 days guided by KIRO perennial fill-in John Procaccino was the bland leading the bland).
But whereinell are the big, brave patriots who trash the Congressman every time his name comes up?
Senior Fellow of the Wingnut Intelligentsia Newt Gingrich calls him "traitorous and seditious." Vicious vixen Michelle Malkin said he took, "... Saddam's cash and trashed America while on an Iraq junket as our soldiers prepared for war."
Radio Equalizer Brian Maloney calls him a "fringe extremist.
The vaginally fanged, Official Republican Party Scold Ann Coulter has likened Mc Dermott's Bagdad trip to sucking up to Adolf Hitler in 1940 Berlin. She asks: "Weren't any Democrats the tiniest bit irritated that members of Congress were meeting with a tyrant as the U.S. prepared to attack him?" (McDermott never met with Saddam, of course).
John Carlson (KVI m-f, 3-5,) told the Seattle PI: "... he is doing so much good for Republicans back on Capitol Hill -- unintentionally, of course -- that he will be sorely missed next week."
So where are these people when B-Dad Jim is exposed open-lined on KIRO to constituents and the world at large?
Has there been a single unfriendly call?
Where are the bold conservatives when can they finally have the chance to tell him what they think of him before a large audience and be anonymous while doing it?
We know where they are: They're snug as bugs in the soft, pink, right-wing clouds of the Rush Limbaugh Show. They're hiding in the non-challenging reactionary feather bed of "Brian & the Judge," (KVI m-f, 9a-12p) or tucked away at "The Tators" (KOMO m-f, 10a-12p) where they can't call in when they get mad at Ken Schram.
McDermott isn't always a smarmy old grandpa making Seattle nice-nice. We've seen his Irish up- he can handle hecklers and critics one-on-one.
Seattle Republicans are a party of shopkeepers- a comfortable yet sour bunch who sit around in their leather pants dining on gooseberries, and then complain about the sour taste. They whine about being persecuted living in this liberal bastion, even though they drink the wine, eat the cheese, and partake of all the fruity fruits of the liberal city.
They're embarrassed, they say, by McDermott; yet polls reveal they never vote for the doinky past participles who run against him, (nor would any of them who might be credible candidates, ever run against him).
KIRO producers promise they'll open the phones up tomorrow as McDermott take to the waves once again. You've nothing to fear but fear itself, Republican Bravehearts!
Shout it out- let's have some great radio tomorrow!