Who are the Dickey brothers and why do they hate the conservative movement?
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Startlingly, it means Cumulus intends to gamble investor millions on yanking Rush and substituting RINO radio in his place. Or, as it was put this way in the Reuters story:
“I can guarantee you that the minute Cumulus’ contract with Rush expires in New York, they will replace him with Huckabee,” said Joel Hollander, the former CEO of CBS Radio now running private investment firm 264 Echo Place Partners.
Who is the “we” in this amazingly naïve venture, kemosabe?
“We” in this instance are the owners of Cumulus. The Dickey brothers, Lew and John Dickey by name. It is brother John Dickey who gushes such amazingly politically naïve bravado about “eating our own cooking.” One can only gape in wonder that whatever their business chops, the Brothers Dickey seem to have wandered onto the American political scene (guiding investors in this venture, no less) with all the extraordinary bright-eyed innocence of a toddler in a mine field.
Have the Dickeys no understanding that sending the signal to America’s conservatives that they are plotting to substitute someone who is seen by the conservative talk radio base as just another dime-a-dozen Republican moderate ex-governor for… yes indeed… Mr. Conservative Talk Radio Himself… is a sure-fire way to send conservatives fleeing this peculiar Cumulus venture before it even gets off the ground?
Do the Dickeys not understand that the very idea of this — fairly or unfairly — smacks of a couple of corporatists trying to force a top down change on America’s conservative talk radio audience? For no other reason than that the Dickeys’ own personal tastes in politics apparently runs to RINOism?
Let’s go through what’s being said here. Radio being a communications business, what exactly is being communicated by Cumulus and the Dickeys in all these bizarre public statements?
• The slogan for this Dickey brothers venture is: “More conversation, less confrontation.”
What message does this slogan communicate to conservatives? In the words of then former Governor Ronald Reagan (to the New York Times in December 1976) after the moderate Gerald Ford went down to defeat, “a political party is not a fraternal order.” The Dickey brothers’ slogan in essence is a red flag — or is that a white flag? — signaling that they want to replace Rush Limbaugh’s Reagan conservatism with the radio version of precisely the “fraternal order” politics Reagan himself not only famously objected to but decisively defeated. In other words: can’t we all just get along?
There was, of course, a serious political reason for Reagan’s objection, and he had stated it back in 1975 in his famous speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee. The real goal of those who advocated “fraternal order” politics, Reagan said, was “to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.” This is, based on what the Dickeys themselves are saying in repeated interviews, precisely the goal of Cumulus, Huckabee, and their venture in RINO Radio.
This latest war on conservatism, radio-version, is cloaked in the language of radio. Brother Lew Dickey tells the Times that “We haven’t seen the 25-54 results with the stable of talent that’s out there today. We think we can improve on that with this approach.”
This is, of course, a reference to the 25-54 demographic that is considered radio audience gold. And in addition to the RINOism of Mike Huckabee that they believe will somehow appeal to conservatives, the Dickeys have signed up… Geraldo Rivera and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
This is firing up the conservative radio base of the future?
• John Dickey says, “We are in favor of eating our own cooking.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?