(It must be that time of year again – when Dan Caplis pretends to be thinking about running for an office that no other Republicans are remotely interested in supporting him for. http://www.coloradopols.com/sh… – promoted by Colorado Pols)
Talk-radio hosts might be well-known political figures, but can they turn their popularity among listeners into a successful political campaign?
Dan Caplis might soon try to figure that out. The veteran conservative radio personality, who co-hosts an afternoon show weekdays with liberal counterpart Craig Silverman on KHOW-AM, says he’d like to decide by early May whether to run as a Republican for the U.S. Senate.
He’s already met with John Cornyn, the Texas senator who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, about a potential run. [rsb emphasis] The main factor now, he says, is whether his kids (11-year-old Joe and 8-year-old Caroline) would be able to withstand the rigors of their dad running for Senate.
I know what some of you are thinking–the overflowing reservoir of ridiculous statements he’s made on-air have to preclude him from being a viable candidate. Well, you’re right. Don’t take my word for it though. Colorado Media Matters has been compiling it for years.
If you don’t keep up with our branch of the national media watchdog group Media Matters, or you’ve never listened to
Hannity and Colmes Colorado Edition Caplis and Silverman on your afternoon drive, then you might be surprised to find Caplis has:
- Claimed Hamas and Fidel Castro had endorsed Obama
- Failed to mention the fact he was a major Bob Schaffer campaign contributor when he was interviewing him on the air.
- Insinuated that, when a picture of Barack Obama appeared with him wearing traditional African nomad clothing, it meant he had questionable judgment:
Why do you go, then, and put on similar clothing to the outfit worn by the man who personally ordered thousands of Americans, including women and kids, to be burned to death?
That’s the problem with using the microphone as a soapbox–your words can come back to haunt you. That’s why we haven’t seen Rush Limbaugh try to run for office. He knows his role, and he plays it. Caplis should stick to what he does best: incendiary right wing talk radio and personal injury litigation.