THE MCCAIN-CUNNINGHAM CON
by Steve Young
Steve Young columns
Cunningham got punked.
Or at least, that how the story's been sold.
Cincinnati talk show host Bill Cunningham was booked last Tuesday to warm
up the McCain crowd at a rally in Cincinnati. True to his 700 WLW radio
chops, Cunningham incited the crowd with a good ole, pull no punches, rip
of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, using the same screed he uses five
days a week on his radio show.
Some of his remarks included calling Barack Obama a "hack, Chicago-style
Daly politician." He prophesied, "At some point in the near future the media, the
stooges from the New York Times, CBS (The Clinton Broadcasting System),
NBC (The Nobody But Clinton Network), The All Bill Clinton Channel (ABC),
and the Clinton News Network at some point is going to peel the bark off
Barack Hussein Obama..."
I don't know if you heard, but Obama's middle name is "Hussein," and in
case you didn't, Bill Cunningham will remind you a few thousand times a
day. Anyone within a hundred miles of WLW's signal knows that. If McCain
and his staff weren't aware that this is who Cunningham is, then there's
a pretty good chance they probably don't know that to win in November
they'll need a solid conservative base. And they can't be that dumb.
And that's the point. They'd have to have known about Cunningham and that
he wouldn't have performed any differently than he did, no matter how
hard they try to feign shock. If you book Andrew Dice Clay for a Bar Mitzvah,
you can't say you expected nice-guy Jerry Seinfeld.
McCain and his staff knew exactly what Cunningham would do. They used him
for all he was worth, and then when he was all done doing what they wanted
him to do, they threw him under the Straight Talk bus.
See, that would be the interpretation of a political rookie. This was a
far more brilliant tactic than what appears on the surface.
Both McCain and Cunningham had to be in on it.
Look at the results:
The crowd got what they wanted: Cunningham at the top of his game.
McCain got what he wanted -- a psyched crowd and a "look what a honorable
guy I am to condemn this person I don't know for insulting my honorable
And look what Cunningham got: national publicity and a fan base who now
love him more than ever. And really, what's not to love? He's like a pig
in 500 station radio syndication.
Cunningham's been everywhere. Hannity radio and TV, the Clinton News
Network and in every national newspaper he wouldn't read. Bill's the talk
of the town.
I know a lot of people will say the Cunningham is just a crazy loudmouth.
Yeah, crazy like Roger Aile's network
I'm just sayin' that Democrats better be ready come the Fall. These
Republicans aren't as dumb as they try to make you think. Remember,
Hannity spent the last six months making you think he wanted Hillary to
lose. Tell me he didn't want to face Obama all along. It's not like
reminding the folks that Hillary's middle name was Rodham would keep
her out of the White House.
These guys are just settin' up the Dems just like they did in 2000 and
2004. You think they're getting pummeled and they're playin' rope-a-dope.
Don't believe me, but if McCain wins in November, don't be surprised if
the day after innauguration McCain shows up on Cunninghams show -- to give
him am ambassadorship.
Award-winning television writer and author of Great Failures of the Extremely Successful" (www.greatfailure.com), Steve Young, is a former talk show host, writes ad finitum on talk radio. His "All The News That's Fit To Spoof" appears in L.A. Daily News opeds every Sunday (www.dailynews.com/columnists)
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