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Silverman Grills McInnis, Who Said He Was "Thrilled" by Loss

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Yes, I know, a lot of you are thinking that conservatives always get a free ride on conservative talk radio.

But it's not always so on KHOW's Caplis and Silverman show, as you know if you listened in yesterday during the 5 p.m. hour (at 12 minutes 30 seconds on the podcast).

Craig grilled Scott McInnis about McInnis' statement on the show that he was "thrilled" with the outcome of Republican State Assembly on Saturday. It made great radio, if you want to listen to the entire interview here, or you can read the partial transcript below.

I liked Silverman's follow-up question, after McInnis made his thrilled remark. "But Congressman," Silverman said, "really, are you going to tell us that it's a great day at the assembly to lose to an underfinanced person who has no history of running for anything in Colorado, a stranger to most people?"

You might say that the Caplis and Silverman show doesn't really count as conservative talk radio, due to the presence of center-right Silverman, and you're right to a degree. But if you add Silverman's conservative positions, which are many, to Caplis' all-rabid-righty all-the-time talk, you find that the show adds up to be mostly conservative talk, disguised as a right-left dialogue.

Still, the show is unpredictable, thanks mostly to Silverman, as you see in the exchange below.

Silverman: It had to be disappointing for you driving off and realizing that the assembly that told you to get to the church on time was also saying, in effect, Dan Maes you're out choice to be the Republican nominee for governor.

McInnis: Well, Craig, that's not what they said at all. And I think you're a little mistaken there. The way you lose in a convention is if you get under 30 percent. What you want to do is be able to get over 30 percent, which means that the Republican Party that went to the convention validated your message and said, ok, you have enough support within our party to take your message statewide. So we actually were thrilled. I mean, look, you could be driving away from there under 30 percent...

Silverman: But Congressman, really, are you going to tell us that it's a great day at the assembly to lose to an under-financed person who has no history of running for anything in Colorado, a stranger to most people? Here, you're so well-known. You can't even tell us you would have preferred that he'd didn't get to 30 percent and you could be running alone focusing all your time and attention on John Hickenlooper? I mean, how do you expect us to buy your, hey-it-was-a-great-day-for-Scott-McInnis line?

McInnis: Well, first of all, I'm not selling Craig, so I'm not expecting you to buy. And the fact is, clearly, you lose if you're below 30. If you're above 30. I mean, if I were the other side, I'm sure as they walked into the locker room, they said, "Man, dog gone it, we got to fight him now."