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I've been around the talk radio business for over a decade. While I've had disagreements with coworkers and management there has never been a moment where I found that I needed to punch them in the face, literally or otherwise.
And yet that is what self-proclaimed conservative Joe Scarborough is proposing. On his MSNBC program "Morning Joe," via The Daily Caller:
On Monday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, Scarborough likened conservative talkers to schoolyard bullies and suggested Republicans “punch them in the face,” which is something Mitt Romney failed to do during his campaign, Scarborough said.
“What do you do to a schoolyard bully? You punch them in the face. You think any of these people on talk radio, if they’re punched in the face by a Republican nominee, you think they would push back?” Scarborough said. “No, they are cowards. They are bullies. Punch them in the face and they back off. Bullies do that. Mitt Romney, and we’ve said it nonstop, for two years, he would never stand up to these bullies. And so they framed his campaign, and he got his tail whipped … and we started saying this, Mika, in 2010 when Glenn Beck said the president was a racist who hates all white people. We said this is your Sister Souljah moment. And what did he do?”
The “Morning Joe” co-host continued by being very dismissive of voices on talk radio and said they were getting rich while the GOP suffered.
First, we're not getting rich. At all. We've had some massive job cuts over the last few years and the business is struggling. Talk radio is about the only area that has kept afloat, largely because of our hyper-local focus and alternative take from the mainstream media.
Talk radio didn't frame Mitt Romney's campaign, that was done by the Obama administration and his willing partners in the aforementioned MSM. We were the only ones being critical of the President's record while Romney never truly challenged Obama.
True, I wasn't happy at first with the selection of Mitt Romney but he ended up being a fine pick with a horribly mismanaged campaign, a la Bob Dole 1996. Romney's campaign reflected the man; they weren't assertive or pointed in their criticism. They restrained Paul Ryan and didn't let him go out and point to the exact problems--explaining with facts, proof and logic--that our nation faces due entirely to the action (or intentional inaction) of the Obama administration.
Those faults lie entirely with the campaign, not with we "schoolyard bullies."