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YEM Donating Member (553 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 07:21 AM
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Michael Smerconish endorses Barack Obama
He is a conservative Philly talk show host. I have always thought he sounded reasonable. Good news. I'm sure he will not be invited to certain shows any more.
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ej510 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 07:22 AM
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1. I always thought he liked Obama!
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islandmkl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 07:22 AM
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2. he guest hosts o'really?s radio show a lot...
should be interesting for some of his 'professional' relationships...
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 07:43 AM
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10. maybe you mean "used to" host O'Really's show a lot ...
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Fuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 07:23 AM
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3. Really? He obviously hates America.
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Hope And Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 07:24 AM
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4. Yay...K & R!
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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 07:24 AM
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5. Interesting. Wonder why he felt the need to "endorse" at all?
But, yes, he has always seemed sane and reasonable to me, too. I think he's on quite a bit during Gregory's slot on MSNBC.

Was it an official endorsement or just a comment in passing, if you know?

Thanks. :)

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olkaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 07:28 AM
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6. That's my question.
The guy is a journalist, I mean, they're not supposed to make official individual endorsements, right?
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chitty Donating Member (918 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 07:30 AM
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7. He's got a radio talk show.
He can express his preference.

Rush & Hannity do.

And the fact that he leans right is kinda good for our side.

I'll take all the help we can get.
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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 07:30 AM
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8. If he were a journalist that would be especially inappropriate, but I don't....
think he is. He's a talk-show host, a pundit. I just wish these people -- on any side of the aisle -- would quit being given so much credibility as espousing facts (and thus endorsements MEANING anything).

They're simply other people offering opinions. Obviously, I'm thinking of the Limbaughs of the talk-show world and how people rely on them to form their opinions, thinking they are receiving truths from them...truths that they can't seem to obtain on their own.

Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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MaineYooper Donating Member (555 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 07:31 AM
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9. I don't consider Smerconish a journalist
He's a talking head, pundit, or whatever you want to call someone who is paid for opinions. But not a journalist- that implies somewhat objective reporting.

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AllentownJake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 07:47 AM
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11. He's been pissed off about Afghanistan and Pakistan
Edited on Fri Oct-17-08 07:47 AM by Jake3463
for quite some time. Doesn't like McCain's answers on the first strike on actionable intelligence. He's told McCain that to his face on his show.

Will seal the deal for us in North East Philly and the suburbs.
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PRETZEL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 07:49 AM
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12. heard that this morning also,
I only get a few minutes to listen to him in the morning but he's been around for a while.

He said he was going to lay out his reasons this sunday in an Inquirer column.

Should be interesting.
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Essene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 07:49 AM
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13. need... link/audio
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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 08:03 AM
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14. LOL He can forget getting on Road to the WH again with David Gregory
LOL
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sad sally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 09:57 PM
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34. won't that Road to the Whitehouse be ending soon? Please make it end...
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 08:04 AM
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15. He's been leaning that way for a long time.
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 08:05 AM
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16. He gets to a LOT of low-information voters
All of the women in my book club who don't follow politics listen to him (the two of us who DO follow politics are both Dems who have been on the Obama bandwagon since the primaries)
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RichGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 08:10 AM
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17. Any way you look at it...it's good.
Edited on Fri Oct-17-08 08:12 AM by RichGirl
He IS a right-wing radio talk show host, so he is taking a big risk in doing this. He's either doing it because he truly believes that Obama is the best choice for American OR it's totally self-serving and he thinks by endorsing Obama it will help his credibility and reputation. Either way...it's good. He wouldn't take that risk if he wasn't certain that Obama will win. He doesn't have to endorse anybody...he could just stay somewhat in the middle and end up the winner either way. I think it's very telling when any republican endorses Obama. They have a lot to lose, why take that risk if they don't have to.
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 08:18 AM
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18. Good News.
He has always been one conservative who actually made some thoughtful points from time-to-time.

PA is BLUE!
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Spritz57 Donating Member (354 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 08:25 AM
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19. I think this shows he has some integrity.
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PCIntern Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 09:30 AM
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22. As a Philly cynic...
the wind is blowing this way and he's ready to trim the sails and make the jump to the Left...for now.
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Spritz57 Donating Member (354 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 11:30 AM
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26. Thanks for the local feedback and it doesn't surprise me, that
he has changed his direction due to the political trends (must be nice to live in a media market where there are left leaning trends!). In my limited observations, initially he started off as Limbaugh-lite and toned down the rhetoric (on MSNBC) over the next few months. I'm not gullible enough to suggest a convert for our side but with the lowered rhetoric, we might actually have an honest debate which is (at least as viewed on MSNBC) much preferred to the typical hate-speech which inundates the airwaves. But I'll defer to your expertise since you actually hear his radio show and I only see snippets on tv.
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Essene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 09:29 AM
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20. did this really happen or is it more DU fantasy?
Edited on Fri Oct-17-08 09:29 AM by Essene
you know... some DUr hears a somewhat positive statement and declares "obama endorsed."

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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:49 AM
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37. Here - Why Conservative Talker Michael Smerconish Endorsed Obama
Edited on Sat Oct-18-08 08:50 AM by RamboLiberal
Philadelphia radio talker Michael Smerconish, a life-long Republican, swears he's not using his Obama endorsement today to land a fulltime spot on increasingly liberal MSNBC.

Smerconish, an MSNBC regular, shares the lineup at WPHT-AM with staunch conservatives Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

Though Smerconish denies he's in their category, his Barack Obama announcement immediately triggered more than 400 vitriolic emails from listeners a personal record.

"Some were awfully nasty," says the best-selling author of Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism. "Many said they would never listen to me again. The passion in this election is unlike anything I've ever seen, and I've been around for a while."

Smerconish's radio contract expires Dec. 31. Buzz says he won't re-sign unless the station takes him national. His exclusive deal with MSNBC is up in the spring. He appears three times a week, on Chris Matthews' "Hardball" and on David Gregory's "Race to the White House."

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"He's right and McCain's wrong on where we should be fighting terrorists. He has the intellect to address the economy. Also, we have a fatherhood problem in the minority community, and he would be a great role model for kids who are growing up and killing each other.

"He's better suited to be a unifier."


http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/politics/why_conser...
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npincus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 09:30 AM
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21. he's defended Obama for a long time... he is going to get major shit from Repukes
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rndmprsn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 09:37 AM
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23. K+R Smerc always struck me a more "thinking" conservative
good for him...good for us
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 09:38 AM
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24. Oh, man! THIS will freak out my very good Smerconish-listener Conservative friend!
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 09:41 AM
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25. He wrote a long piece in Salon on 9/11 about his endorsement (link below)
Edited on Fri Oct-17-08 09:41 AM by Shakespeare
Good piece. He also talks about the vicious reaction he got from those on the right when he dared say positive things about Obama.

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2008/09/11/hunting...
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jazzjunkysue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 09:22 PM
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31. Embarassed by his party. Well, it's about time. If these people don't embarass you, what will?
This guy is really well spoken, and his integrity is really rare.
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writes3000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 11:32 AM
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27. LOVE THIS! So many DUers predicted he'd eventually back McCain. LOVE IT! nt
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TheDonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 11:32 AM
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28. Great news, one of the only rethug-leaning pundits I can stomach
I agree with him on several issues and he really does connect with Philly and PA. Good news for Obama.
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milkyway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 11:32 AM
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29. Doesn't count. He's not from the pro-American part of America.
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ej510 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 11:38 AM
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30. Remember how praised Obama in the primaries because he was the only candidate talking about
getting Osama Bin Laden.
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panAmerican Donating Member (864 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 09:52 PM
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32. Smerc is a good guy, level-headed and fair.
He may get a lot of heat for this, but they can't besmirch his reputation.
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bagimin Donating Member (945 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 09:56 PM
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33. Bless his little republican heart!
yay Smerc.
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Colobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 10:04 PM
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35. He's a very level headed guy.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-08 10:05 PM
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36. This is actually more unbelievable than the Chicago Tribune
At least the Tribune is Obama's hometown paper.
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