Mike Gallagher

Was it you, sir? You actually felt a need to formally apologize for a speaker to refer to Obama by his full name?

I spoke to Bill Cunningham right after this entire episode. As you might have heard, he is now positively furious with you. I believe his exact words were, “There is now no way I will vote for Juan Pablo McCain after he threw me under the wheels of the Straight Talk Express Bus.”

And all of this just as you were gaining some ground with a bunch of worried conservatives.

I’ve really spent a lot of time wondering why you had to give such a passionate apology for Cunningham’s remarks. I suppose you thought it would be best to “nip it in the bud”, that if you didn’t, you would get eviscerated by the media.

But wouldn’t it have been just as effective to report that you didn’t hear his remarks, that he was entitled to his opinion, and Barack Hussein Obama is, after all, the man’s name? I mean, I heard that you said you didn’t ever recall meeting Cunningham, yet he told me you’ve met him on more than one occasion, even having dinner with him one night!

What a mess.

Listen, Sen. McCain, you may think this is none of my business. But a guy like me is putting his name and reputation on the line by fighting for you. I know that for every reason to criticize you, there are ten reasons to vote for you over Obama or Hillary.

But I urge you to think before doing something like trash a beloved radio talk host when you had to know it took a lot for Cunningham to warm up your crowd. Had you not apologized so profusely afterwards, it would have been tough for him to stop supporting you. After all, he didn’t have to accept your campaign’s invitation to introduce you. But by pretending that reciting a political opponent’s full legal name is grounds for shrill outrage you managed to tick off a lot more than one angry radio host.

I know a bunch of my colleagues in the talk radio business have been beating you up lately. And yes, I read the interview in Texas Monthly this month that your chief media adviser, Mark McKinnon, gave where he suggested that he doesn’t think Limbaugh and others are having much impact on your success.

But wouldn’t it be better to get as many of us in your corner as possible? We know we’re not king-makers – we threw everything we had at Bill Clinton (twice) and that didn’t work -- but why deal with the headache of folks with millions of captive listeners railing against your every move?

You don’t need the aggravation. You’ll have your hands full dealing with the messianic journey of Obama. You have your work cut out for you and I would submit you don’t need a bunch of radio hosts on your back.

So I’ll keep pointing out how important it is for Republicans to support a Republican like you during this 2008 election. I’ll defend you when I can, expose the Democrats for what they are, and hope for the best.

And I’ll even make you a deal: the next time you want a good introduction at one of your campaign events, I’ll do it, free of charge. I’m a pretty decent public speaker and I genuinely want you to win in November. I’ll talk up your positives and only refer to your opponents as “the senators from Illinois and New York.”

Surely that’s not anything you’ll have to apologize for, right?


Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher is a nationally syndicated radio host, Fox News Channel contributor and guest host and author of 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate.