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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Michael Savage: Not Just a Jerk

The few times that I’ve listened to Michael Savage--mostly on long road trips when I ran out of CDs to listen to at odd hours--I thought that he was a borderline racist and a full on jerk. I never imagined, though, that he was a full on fraud.

As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, Savage is a top contributor to Brown’s campaign against conservative state senator Chuck Poochigian. His gift of $5,600, the maximum allowable under state law, was merited, Savage told the Chronicle after being outed. Why? Because “You have to make choices in an imperfect world.”

Undoubtedly so, but that’s hardly the red-faced extremist talking that Savage plays on the radio. So what explains the generosity?

There is much about him that would suggest, not an ideologue at all, but simply a performer. Then again, sometimes you get the feeling that a refugee from Air America (the failed experiment in liberal talk radio) has been writing scripts for him based on a lefty’s cartoon mental picture of a ranting right-wing caveman.

This might make Savage’s supporters a little pissy, but I’m relieved. I’m relieved that this jerk isn’t on my side of the political fence, that his more-conservative-than-thou act is all some opportunistic act from a closeted leftist who realized that money was worth more than his own personal dignity or beliefs.


H/T to the American Spectator blog.

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Good to hear.  I always had the feeling that he was putting up a front.

on Oct 29 2006 @ 09:01 PM

DJ’s go where the market goes.

on Oct 30 2006 @ 06:51 AM

In listening to Savage a few years back during my drive home at night, I never got the idea that he was a far-right extremist. He definitely never put on that he was a far-right Christian-type conservative, so this does not surprise me too much. We can talk more at lunch on Wednesday.  I always felt that his big issues were protecting the border and intolerance for the ACLU. Hope all is well.

on Oct 30 2006 @ 06:06 PM
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