If you listened to progressive talk-radio host David Sirota and conservative Michael Brown on the radio, before they were paired up on KHOW's new afternoon talk show, you know that Brown was explicitly pro-Romney.
But you might not know whether Sirota would vote for Obama at all.
So you wonder, how will this play out on their new show, called the Rundown.
Will Brown be telling listeners to vote for Romney, while Sirota says both candidates are, as Ralph Nader liked to say, tweedle dee and tweedle dum?
If so, who wants to listen that one-sided conversation? It sounds too much like some bizarre permutation of the conservative love fest you'd hear on the Caplis and Silverman Show, which used to occupy Sirota and Brown's afternoon slot on 630-AM KHOW (3 - 7 p.m.)
Asked about this via email, Brown, whom President George Bush thought was doing a "heck've a job" during the Katrina disaster, wrote:
Brown: "I do plan to vote for Romney and will actively support him. I probably am more enthusiastic about Romney than Sirota is about BHO. But, having said that, we're not really discussing that issue much on air. My guess is left-leaning listeners might be upset at both of us -- me for supporting Romney and David for criticizing BHO."
I asked Sirota how he'd counter Brownie when he starts telling us to vote Romney, or that Romney will do a heck've a job as President:
Sirota: "When this show was formulated, one thing that was central was that our show was not going to be agenda radio. It's not going to be Crossfire. I really take that to heart. It's not foremost on my mind to convince people to vote for one candidate or another. I'm not enthused about Obama or Romney."
"I would ask people to think about how much of a difference there is between Obama and Romney," Sirota told me. "There are some differences but they are not epic."
Sirota said that when the issue of Obamacare come up on a recent show, Brownie trashed the legislation but Sirota defended aspects of it, saying he did not like the way it was structured but that "uninsured people will at least be a little better off."
"I was not a big proponent of Obamacare, but I took general side of the progressive push for universal health care, and he disagreed."
"One of the things we are trying to do," Sirota continued, "is to remove the issues from the candidates themselves, and talk about the bigger issues."
"The only way to reach a broad audience of listeners is to get to the bigger, more universal issues. That's one of the reasons the presidential race won't be a big part of our show."
"The people aren't interested in the minutia," Sirota said.
It's true that issues inspire and motivate people more than the horse race, and usually more than candidates.
But if Brownie is holding forth about how we should vote Obama out, I'm hoping Sirota will counter with his choice, even if he thinks the difference is small. It will make for a better radio show.
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