About two-three years ago, I made the switch, pretty much, from listening to Rush Limbaugh, to listening to Mike Gallagher. Combination of several factors: one, Rush’s program isn’t as fun, or interesting, as it used to be. He’d deny it, but he’s changed the program and taken out a lot of the stuff that was fun (he used to have “updates” all the time…duhdelup, duhdelup, duhdelup; now he hardly has any). He’s so partisan that he sometimes drinks Kool-Aid for the Republicans (though not nearly as much as some folks think, because he’ll criticize Republicans just like he will Dems). And it’s gotten tiring to hear of him talking about social issues, because let’s face it: Rush has failed, not once or twice, but three times, at the most fundamental social contract that we ever entertain. It just harms his credibility. Oh, I’ll still listen sometimes, but I’m a good bit more discerning than I used to be.
I ditched him in favor of Mike Gallagher. Gallagher is more fun; he’ll take on a wider variety of topics; he doesn’t always “toe the party line”; he’s a genuine nice guy.
And I’m beginning to wonder if he’s a kook.
Today’s show sent me over the edge. He was talking about Mrs. Bill Clinton, and he played, over and over, a line she used (over the weekend) in talking about Barack the Wonder Boy. She said, and I paraphrase, that people had to decide if they wanted to vote for someone who was certainly a motivating speaker, but who hadn’t done the spade work, or someone who, I guess, had the experience necessary to lead (that’s laughable, but I’ll leave it alone).
Gallagher goes off on a silly rant about the term “spade work”, suggesting that Mrs. Bill was using “spade” as a coded term to speak derogatorily of Obama’s race. He went further and suggested that if a Republican had used the term, he’d not have gotten away with it, but that Mrs. Bill had been given a pass by the MSM, because nobody, apparently, besides him was making a big deal out of it. But he gave himself away when he admitted that he didn’t even know what the term meant.
I tried to call in, several times, because as cynical as I can be at times, “spade work” is just a term, Mike; you not knowing what it meant is an embarrassing revelation. But further, you using it to suggest something racial is just cynicism taken to its utterly silliest conclusion. I almost never side with Mrs. Bill Clinton, but when she said that Barack Obama hadn’t done the spade work, she was saying (correctly) that he lacked experience. Nothing more, and nothing less, Mike, and to suggest otherwise makes you sound off-the-deep-end conspiratorially kooky.
Maybe there’s a reason, Mike, that nobody else is making a big deal out of it: it’s nothing. Zero. Zilch. Take a chill pill, Mike…