Liberals understand that talk radio is highly important to conservatives, but Daily Kos writer Jed Lewison went a step further in a Friday post in which he asserted that Republicans seem to prefer hosting a talk show to being an influential congressman.
The peg for Lewison's post was the announcement from Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) that he's leaving Congress after his current term to host a radio program for Cumulus Media. Lewison noted that Rogers "has been the most popular member of Congress for Sunday show bookers for two years running, even outpacing the king himself, Sen. John McCain."
Apropos of Rogers's statement that "as I close this chapter in my life, I am excited to begin a new one that allows me to continue serving as a voice for American exceptionalism and support a strong national security policy agenda," Lewison sniped:
Rogers will join a fleet of right-wing hacks on Cumulus including Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, and Mike Huckabee...[I]t does offer a glimpse into the GOP mindset about governance that a veteran congressman would pitch radio broadcasting as a better way to have an impact on the country than continuing to serve in a leadership role in Congress.
PS: Rogers hinted today that the radio show might be a launching pad for a presidential campaign.