On any given day you could hate Dan Caplis and Craig Silverman, if you're on the political left, in the center, or to the right of center.
Their KHOW radio show was mostly a debate between a die-hard social/fiscal conservative and a right-leaning social moderate, and the illusion of a real left-right debate could kill you.
But still, the show, which ended Friday, offered more real political debate than you'll find anywhere else on Denver radio, and it was a great part of the Denver media scene.
I'm really sorry to see it go.
Politics-wise, Caplis and Silverman hit their stride during the 2010 election cycle, when there was little doubt that the program had a major impact on the election.
Among Colorado media outlets, only The Denver Post had a greater political impact that year. Click here for more details.
When he wasn't kissing ass, Silverman asked some of the toughest and most logical questions of any media figure in Denver. For example, check out his questioning of GOP candidate Ken Buck in August 2010:
Craig: You're saying even in the cases of rape or incest, you're not for abortion?
Buck: That's correct. You know, Craig, if you believe that life begins at conception, which I do, then with the exception of rape and incest, you're taking a life as a result of the crime of the father. And even though I recognize that the terrible misery that that life was conceived under, it is still taking a life in my view, and that's wrong.
Craig: Right. And I believe life begins at conception. I think that's a matter of science. To me the question is, when does somebody become a human being and entitled to the same rights and protections that any human being in America deserves, or frankly around the world. To me, that's the debate. How did you come to your position? Is it informed by your religion?
Buck: It's my upbringing. It's my faith. It's my life experiences, the three things that have brought me to that position.
Craig: And have you always been there, or is this something that you've evolved to.
Buck: No, I think it's something I've evolved to. It's something that I realized in my mid-twenties. I certainly as a teenager hadn't thought through the positions. As I got out of school and was observing things and growing in my faith I came to that position.
Craig: And would it transfer into the legal world. You're going to be a legislator if you're voted into the United States Senate. Would you create a law that would prohibit abortion in the cases of rape or incest?
Buck: I would favor that position in law, yes.
Craig: -Let's say, god forbid, that a 13-year-old boy impregnates his 14-year-old sister and does it by forced rape. You're saying that the 14-year-old and anybody involved in the abortion should be prosecuted, if they choose to terminate the pregnancy, either through surgical abortion or a morning after pill?
Buck: I think it is wrong, Craig. I think it is morally wrong. And you are taking a very small group of cases and making a point about abortion. We have hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of abortions in this country every year. And the example that you give is a very poignant one but an extremely rare occurrence.
Craig: Incest happens. I'm sure your office prosecutes it. And we know rape and sexual assault happen all the time, and your office prosecutes it. So it's not completely rare. I agree that most abortions have nothing to do with that. I don't know if I'd go with rare.
You knew if there was a big political story breaking, you'd likely find a major figure talking about it on Caplis and Silverman in the afternoon. Unfortunately, some Dems stopped going on the show, which was a mistake on their part, but to their credit, GOP leaders almost never rejected invitations. Click here to see some of Caplis and Silverman's interviews that caught my attention over the years.
I'm going to miss the Caplis and Silverman show a lot, and Denver is definitely worse off for its departure from the airwaves.