Talk the Vote: The Three Tenors of Talk

posted at 7:32 am on October 29, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Last night, our local Salem affiliate AM 1280 The Patriot hosted a free rally for its listeners that featured its powerful talk line-up as its headliners: Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, and Dennis Prager.  The intention was to get the listeners fired up and to keep that energy in motion for the next seven days.  And if anyone doubted the energy of Minnesota Republicans, last night would have dispelled the question.  They ran out of tickets for the 3,000-seat Orchestra Hall almost a week earlier just by promoting it on The Patriot — and they also sold out the $100-per-plate VIP dinner as well.

Hugh Hewitt spoke first, introduced by the inimitable James Lileks, and he reminded people about the pre-election polling in 1976, 1980, and 2004.  He remains optimistic that John McCain is within striking distance, and that pollsters have underestimated him yet again:

Michael Medved spoke next, and he just could not understand how Al Franken won a major-party nomination. He repeatedly praised Norm Coleman as one of the finest Senators on Capitol Hill, and drew contrasts as stark as night and day between the two.

Dennis Prager spoke the longest, and he had the audience riveted. He defended Michele Bachmann in the beginning of the speech and castigated Chris Matthews for playing games, but also noted that Bachmann didn’t challenge Matthews’ assumptions about values. As anyone who listens to Dennis knows, he focuses on values more than issues in his program, and spoke at length about American values and their antitheses. The most compelling part of his remarks come near the end, when he talks about the danger of “change” as compared to “improvement”, and why “change” should be feared — especially by those who use it as a political theme:

These are lengthy speeches, but well worth viewing — and viewing repeatedly for the next seven days. The Three Tenors of Talk remind us why we need to remain vigilant, and why we should remain optimistic until the last ballots are counted. We can still win this election, and we simply must do it.

Update: Sean from Everything I Know Is Wrong has pictures, including a couple of me.


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This was an excellent idea!

I suggested a few times that Team Maverick/SaraCuda
should have a rally with Tito,’Joe the Plumber’ and
have it covered by Fox News,live,get Hannity
involved,and stream it live to all Republican Blog Sites,
and PUMA websites!

The reason,to fire up the Republican base!!

And do it on Nov 2nd,or 3rd,from 7:00PM to 10:00PM.

Just an idea!:)

canopfor on October 29, 2008 at 7:47 AM

I love the smell of optimism early in the morning!

Thanks, Ed :)

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on October 29, 2008 at 7:47 AM

Prager is one of the great conservative advocates. He is a terrific communicator. Watch him at his debating best here:
http://democracybroadcasting.blogspot.com/2008/10/talk-radios-great-debate-for-left.html

It is actually a eye opening study in contrast between conservatives and the not-so-serious left.

titus_pullo on October 29, 2008 at 7:47 AM

The Three Tenors of Talk

Good guys doing the Lord’s work.

jgapinoy on October 29, 2008 at 7:47 AM

Is the Prager speeech the longest because he inserted commercials into it in an attempt to get people to pay money to his subscription site to listen to him commercial free?

Blarg the Destroyer on October 29, 2008 at 7:48 AM

Today’s IBD poll worse for McCain than yesterday. According to their results, the majority of Catholics will vote for Obama. Let’s get some kind of reality check into this Sunday’s mass! The guy is no better than an abortionist.

The Jewish vote continues to move to McCain. Obama will likely get only 50-60%. That’s a big shift.

JiangxiDad on October 29, 2008 at 7:55 AM

Today’s IBD poll worse for McCain than yesterday. – JiangxiDad on October 29, 2008 at 7:55 AM

I warned you folks about this last night. Expect the poll numbers to get worse between now and November 4.

ManlyRash on October 29, 2008 at 8:06 AM

Yeah, back in May, Medved wrote that Sarah Palin was unqualified and not a credible candidate.

BigD on October 29, 2008 at 8:09 AM

The most compelling part of his remarks come near the end, when he talks about the danger of “change” as compared to “improvement”, and why “change” should be feared — especially by those who use it as a political theme.

This is so true.

Expect the poll numbers to get worse between now and November 4.

ManlyRash on October 29, 2008 at 8:06 AM

MR: Sorry for missing what you wrote last night. But why so? I woke up this morning, checked out the IBD poll, and felt like crawling back to bed.

BuckeyeSam on October 29, 2008 at 8:16 AM

the majority of Catholics will vote for Obama.
JiangxiDad on October 29, 2008 at 7:55 AM

More then anything else this boggles my mind. I had always thought that the Catholics were pretty hard core pro-life and I just can’t see voting for someone that would so blatantly violate those beliefs. To be honest I just don’t see the appeal of BO and I’m not and would never be considered a hardcore conservative. I really get this stinking feeling that people really do think he is the messiah and that is why so many are flocking to his embrace.

jmarcure on October 29, 2008 at 8:24 AM

MR: Sorry for missing what you wrote last night. But why so? I woke up this morning, checked out the IBD poll, and felt like crawling back to bed. – BuckeyeSam on October 29, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Because Obama’s campaign is losing and they are becoming desperate. Even the reliable polling organizations can’t really be relied upon in the next 5 days. If you follow them too closely you will make yourself sick.

Keep your eye on the prize: McCain on November 4.

ManlyRash on October 29, 2008 at 8:33 AM

I warned you folks about this last night. Expect the poll numbers to get worse between now and November 4.

ManlyRash on October 29, 2008 at 8:06 AM

Sorry. Missed that too. What is rationale?

jmarcure on October 29, 2008 at 8:24 AM

Without a doubt, the nicest, kindest, most decent, most loving,generous, mildest, best person I know is a devout Catholic. I believe she will vote for Obama. I don’t think she likes unkind things said about him, favors the underdog and those in need of any kind, and possibly believes in some kind of idealized communism if I pressed her hard enough–which I don’t.

Please note I did not say she was the wisest person I know, or the most experienced, or extremely well-read or knowledgable. She is completely anti-abortion, but I don’t think she would ever think to impose her beliefs on others, or even be so rude as to mention them. She is a lamb.

JiangxiDad on October 29, 2008 at 8:34 AM

I really get this stinking feeling that people really do think he is the messiah and that is why so many are flocking to his embrace. – jmarcure on October 29, 2008 at 8:24 AM

You wouldn’t think this from the polls, but just the opposite is happening. Many people are flocking AWAY from Obama because they have begun to realize he’s an empty suit.

ManlyRash on October 29, 2008 at 8:34 AM

JiangxiDad on October 29, 2008 at 8:34 AM

Just had a thought. Maybe the Catholic vote is influenced by gender. Aren’t many more woman practicing Catholics than men?

JiangxiDad on October 29, 2008 at 8:40 AM

You wouldn’t think this from the polls, but just the opposite is happening. Many people are flocking AWAY from Obama because they have begun to realize he’s an empty suit.

ManlyRash on October 29, 2008 at 8:34 AM

So if McCain wins, do we chalk the riots up to the “Bradley Effect,” racism, or American voters coming to their senses?

highhopes on October 29, 2008 at 8:41 AM

So if McCain wins, do we chalk the riots up to the “Bradley Effect,” racism, or American voters coming to their senses? – highhopes on October 29, 2008 at 8:41 AM

All three.

ManlyRash on October 29, 2008 at 8:57 AM

So if McCain wins, do we chalk the riots up to the “Bradley Effect,” racism, or American voters coming to their senses?

highhopes on October 29, 2008 at 8:41 AM

You said riots, not the win. The riots will be attempts at intimidation through violence, as they always are. They will, of course, be portrayed by the media as the results of pushing people beyond normal endurable limits.

JiangxiDad on October 29, 2008 at 9:02 AM

So if McCain wins, do we chalk the riots up to the “Bradley Effect,” racism, or American voters coming to their senses?

highhopes on October 29, 2008 at 8:41 AM

If McCain wins and I surly hope that is the case, I’m not sure we will see the predicted riots or at least not at the large scale that people fear. I do think that there will be some in the big cities but they will be more of a gang driven thing more akin to the East LA King riots. People are not stupid and to riot over your guy not winning would be very stupid and most likely set back race relations years. If there are large scale riots then I do expect that we may very well end up with a more oppressive society as we try to regain control. On the up side it could mean an end to political correctness and a regaining of academia as we strive to prevent it from happening in the future.

jmarcure on October 29, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Keep your eye on the prize: McCain on November 4.

ManlyRash on October 29, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Thanks for the response, MR.

BuckeyeSam on October 29, 2008 at 9:12 AM

They will, of course, be portrayed by the media as the results of pushing people beyond normal endurable limits.

JiangxiDad on October 29, 2008 at 9:02 AM

It will not matter how the media portrays it because I think the media is dead as we know it today no matter who wins. They have done everything they could to get BO elected and they know that the people of this country know it. They think that their one great hope is BO but BO will not be as kind as they think. I know I wouldn’t be and I’m not half the ruthless a-hole BO is. If BO doesn’t make it then the media is dead because they will never be trusted again. I already know people using the Internet to read the US news from other countries because they feel our media lies to much.

jmarcure on October 29, 2008 at 9:15 AM

You said riots, not the win. The riots will be attempts at intimidation through violence, as they always are. They will, of course, be portrayed by the media as the results of pushing people beyond normal endurable limits.

JiangxiDad on October 29, 2008 at 9:02 AM

I’m betting there will not be riots by blacks if Mccain wins. I live and work in a majority black area and I would say there is just a lot of hope but sort of a feeling it is to good to be true.
They really half expect it and who exactly are they going to riot against anyway? They will handle it ok for the most part. It is white libs I worry about.
He would have never got through the primarys without the white vote. It’s more likely Olberman and MSNBC will be calling and prodding on a riot but they don;t have the guts to actually do it.

However if it comes down to a florida 2000 situation all bets are off.

kangjie on October 29, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Pragar’s book “Think a Second Time” is a great book. The chapter on hypocrisy alone is worth the book (and it’s not what you think).
He always makes the case that you can make a moral decision, and it is as academic and more meaningful then an “objective” decision.

right2bright on October 29, 2008 at 9:39 AM

If McCain wins, it will be “the white man suppressing the black man” scenario, repeated over and over, to the point that it will drive people to violence.
Too bad they (the dems) can’t step back and see, Obama is nothing more then a man with quaint speech habits that make him likable.

right2bright on October 29, 2008 at 9:41 AM

If this thing is even close, there will be a reprise of Kenya. Don’t forget Obama visited Kenya and the next time there was an election there and Obama’s cousin Odinga lost, there was a rampage throughout and the once proud democracy was brought down to its knees. Do you think it won’t happen in the US? Wait and see.

promachus on October 29, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Hugh Hewitt – Outstanding
Improvement vs. Change,
American Values vs. European values
“I don’t want to be like Sweden”

diogenes on October 29, 2008 at 10:09 AM

If this thing is even close, there will be a reprise of Kenya. Don’t forget Obama visited Kenya and the next time there was an election there and Obama’s cousin Odinga lost, there was a rampage throughout and the once proud democracy was brought down to its knees. Do you think it won’t happen in the US? Wait and see.

promachus on October 29, 2008 at 9:52 AM

You can’t compare Kenya to the USA. For one thing it wasn’t racial and here it will be pushed as that. If it comes down to white vs black you have to remember that there are way more non-blacks and even if you are a guilty white on the side of the blacks how would all blacks know that? It brings to mind the old saying about a conservative being a liberal that got mugged. It’s not going to take very many dead black sympathizers to make the others realize they really are not very safe as a white amongst blacks during race wars. With that said I really don’t think there are that many blacks or whites willing to die for the cause and that is exactly what we are talking about. Even if all of the democrats and liberals decided to band together and fight the conservatives it wouldn’t matter because for the most part the conservatives have not only the guns but the training, more conservatives are former military or cops, as well as the intestinal fortitude to see it to the end. No, the only hope for a black uprising would be to have the military on their side and that just isn’t going to happen.

jmarcure on October 29, 2008 at 10:21 AM

I like Dennis Pragar’s phrase “Un-American” I know now why John Howard used the term “Un-Australian” when he was Prime Minister.

But do American values = Australian values?

Crux Australis on October 29, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Today’s IBD poll worse for McCain than yesterday. According to their results, the majority of Catholics will vote for Obama. Let’s get some kind of reality check into this Sunday’s mass! The guy is no better than an abortionist.

It depends on WHERE the Catholics are polled. In the Midwest, Catholics are strongly pro-life, and will probably vote McCain en masse. But here in New England (CT), many priests turned against Bush because of the Iraq war, and we hear many more sermons about “peace” and giving to the poor (Obama’s redistribution of wealth a.k.a. socialism is viewed positively here!) than protecting babies, and the Archbishop of Hartford actually gave money to ACORN!

Remember, John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi claim to be Catholic, and justify themselves based on taxing the rich and giving to the poor, and a million babies a year killed in the womb don’t matter. And rich white Catholics on the left feel good about their wonderful charity, and keep voting for these phony Catholics, and never watch EWTN and discover REAL Catholicism.

But the Catholics voting for Obama probably live in hopelessly blue states, which won’t matter in the Electoral College. This weekend, this Catholic Connecticut Yankee will be manning the phones for McCain…in PA.

Steve Z on October 29, 2008 at 11:08 AM

As a Catholic in Brooklyn the worst part of this Catholics-voting-for-Obama thing is that I find myself increasingly looking around at my fellow worshippers at Mass and thinking “who are you people?”

And sometimes I wonder if I’m practicing the wrong religion because of it.

Kensington on October 29, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Is the Prager speeech the longest because he inserted commercials into it in an attempt to get people to pay money to his subscription site to listen to him commercial free?

Blarg the Destroyer on October 29, 2008 at 7:48 AM

Blarg, I hope you wander back to read my comment.

I heard about a 15-second mention of his website/newsletter in context with what he was discussing. Your exaggeration is NOT appreciated and should not deter others from listening. Prager is an honest, sincere and intelligent individual. You do him a great disservice by your flip remark.

Mr_Magoo on October 29, 2008 at 1:34 PM

I listen to Prager M-F via streaming with sometimes a switch between him and Rush for more political reasons. Dennis doesn’t only talk politics which is refreshing especially this election cycle. I’m a member of his Prager Group out here as well. What he said at the end of his speech Dennis lives by and encourages us all to do the same. It’s good to have support from those with clarity about why we’re in this thing fighting together for the America that Reagan talked about.

Sultry Beauty on October 29, 2008 at 1:36 PM

well worth viewing

Indeed. Thank you Ed. As Prager put it, it’s a good thing to preach to the choir.

BTW: I’ll never forget Prager’s enthusiasm the day after Sarah gave her conventiion speech. He told how for the first time in his life, when she finished and waved to the audience, he found himself waving back – to a politician! Great moment.

Mr_Magoo on October 29, 2008 at 1:38 PM