Reality check for Joe Walsh

August 27, 2019 |

Joe Walsh, who is launching a quixotic (that’s a fancy word for “insane”) challenge to President Trump in the GOP primaries, announced that he’s lost his national radio show.  Apparently, this came as a surprise to him, for some reason. He told CNN: 

"I don't know why. I just got a notice before I came into the studio. I'm running for President. I oppose this President. Most of my listeners support the President. It's not an easy thing to do to be in conservative talk radio and oppose this President." 

I’m sure that CNN was happy to give viewers the impression that Walsh is the victim of some sort of conspiracy to deprive him of his show, backed by eeeeeevil Trump supporters.  But let me provide Mr. Walsh and CNN with a reality check:

In 2016, I decided to launch a second run for the White House.  This was a very hard decision because I knew that immediately upon announcing, I would have to give up my top-rated Fox News show, my appearances on Fox as a guest commentator, and my national radio show, “The Huckabee Report,” which was heard three times a day on over 500 stations nationwide. 

Poof: all gone!  And I knew it would be because under federal election law, you can’t host a TV or radio show while running for office.  When some on the left accused me of running just because it was somehow going to make me more money, I knew that their political views weren’t the only thing about them that was crazy.  I had to get by on savings and other income from non-broadcast sources, such as books and speeches. 

Meanwhile, many of my rivals for the office had no worries: they held political offices and continued getting a paycheck from the taxpayers, even though they were spending more time trying to get the next job than doing the current one.  That’s why I’ve long advocated that if you want to run for higher office, you should have to resign from any office you currently hold.  I can’t think of any field other than politics where you can continue to be paid even when you’re not only not showing up to work, you’re publicly spending all your time trying to land another job somewhere else. 

I had to give up a lot to run in 2016, but I thought the issues were so important that I made the sacrifice.  The voters went in a different direction, but at least I had a chance and I was able to inject some important issues into the national discussion.  As to what Mr. Walsh hopes to achieve, and why he thinks it was worth it to throw away his radio show on an endeavor that’s pointless and doomed from the get-go, you’ll have to ask him.  Maybe he just didn’t look into the election laws closely enough before he announced.  If I were him, I’d reconsider before Salem Media finds a fulltime replacement.

And no, I’m not hinting around for the job.  Although if Salem wants to call me, I’ll pick up the phone.

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