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In the buildup to Muhammad Ali's 1974 fight against George Foreman in Zaire, the "Rumble In The Jungle," the prevailing wisdom was that Ali could not prevail against the bigger, stronger Foreman, who had clobbered Joe Frazier and Ken Norton (Ali had lost to both men - Norton had broken Ali's jaw - but he had since avenged those losses).  Even Ali's own people feared that Foreman would kill Ali in the ring. However, as soon as the first round bell rang, Ali's initial act was to come up and pop the more powerful Foreman square in the face.

The message that Ali telegraphed to Foreman?  "I am not afraid of you."

Barack Obama could do much to make Georgia an Obama state by ringing up the Neal Boortz show on Atlanta's WSB-AM 750, which runs from 8:30 to 12 noon local time and delivering his own brand of "first punch" to Atlanta conservative talk radio's own George Foreman.  

I'm not going to go out of my way to tear down Boortz, but suffice it to say that from the time he signs on at 8:30 on weekdays, he has been spending a preponderance of his airtime tearing down Barack Obama, "the Democrat [sic] Party," and other Democrats, referring to Obama as a "dangerous man."  WSB-AM is owned by Cox Radio which in turn is controlled by Cox Communications, which also owns WSB-TV and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and through that arrangement Boortz' program is syndicated into other states.  WSB-AM also carries Sean Hannity's syndicated show as well as a show hosted by 2004 Republican US Senate candidate and former Godfather's Pizza Chairman and CEO Herman Cain.  So, for many hours a day, WSB-AM is pretty much the Defeat Obama station.  

What would it be like if Barack Obama rung up "The Talkmaster"'s show cold?  Or, if Obama comes to Atlanta in support of Democratic US Senate (and Orange To Blue) candidate Jim Martin, what's to keep him from showing up at WSB's door and sitting down with Boortz in person?  Even making the effort is news, and for Boortz and/or his people to not usher him in and sit him down in front of a microphone would make even trying a win-win for Obama.

Speaking of Orange To Blue, I ran down the roster of candidates and lobbed some anvils at their opponents just last night; you can too!

Originally posted to EyeOfSouthGwinnett on Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 05:26 PM PDT.

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  •  No. (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TarheelDem, PaintBoy, ExStr8, rb608, filmgeek83

    "The revolution's just an ethical haircut away..." Billy Bragg

    by grannyhelen on Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 05:32:53 PM PDT

  •  GAAAHHHH (2+ / 0-)
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    PaintBoy, ExStr8

    Boortz -- whether the mention of his name, the sound of his voice, or the incessant quoting of his words as if they are the Holy Gospel -- makes me want to rip out my own colon with a spoon!  Every morning, the Boortz people forward me whatever fucking idiot story of the day their lord and master has ordered them to forward around.  

    I support (and voted for) Barack America and his trusted sidekick Joe Delaware!

    by socratic on Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 05:33:16 PM PDT

  •  Don't feed the rabid dogs. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  I think that's a great idea (0+ / 0-)
  •  He'd never take the call. (1+ / 0-)
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    PaintBoy

    Don't think for a second that talk radio can be jujitsu-ed. The host has total control of the format. They wouldn't take an unprepared call for Boortz, and they'd shameless abuse the two-second delay and volume difference (the host can ALWAYS shout you down) to control the message. Obama would be made to look like a fool.  

    Please come visit me at Moon Night Kitchen. It's a guy thing.

    by Mal Carne on Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 05:37:46 PM PDT

  •  Obama stood down O'Loofah and Boortz is (0+ / 0-)

    nowhere near the asshole O'Reilly is (still the same genus though).  Their ideology is close but in terms of style it would be a cakewalk for Obama.

  •  Lets say we did and not do it...n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama/Biden'08 Winning Change for America and the Democratic Party

    by dvogel001 on Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 05:48:00 PM PDT

  •  Exactly the wrong thing to do (1+ / 0-)
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    PaintBoy

    Obama doesn't need Boortz.  Boortz needs Obama.

    Such as stunt would not help in Georgia plus it would give Boortz the credibility of having a presidential candidate on his show.

    A bus trip through North Georgia would make the most sense for a "whack in the face" tactic.  But alas, this isn't the first round.  It's the last, and Obama is going to have to win it on points.

  •  a sucker's bet (0+ / 0-)

    Boortz could go off the rails and take Obama along for the ride. As said elsewhere in-thread, radio hosts have too much control over the situation and can set up ambushes with old audio... for example of Hillary or Biden crap from the primaries, or rev. wright... right to his face, and Obama would have to be "presidential" about it all

    up/dn/down/umop
    Michelle Bachman: nutty even by wingnut standards

    by PaintBoy on Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 06:09:14 PM PDT

  •  good idea (0+ / 0-)

    talk radio does the groundwork for all GOP swiftboating. it is the repub base and why palin was chosen. there are mllions of votes at stake as well as all the crap that will hapen in the aftermath. talk radio is the heart of teh rep base. obama should issue a public invitation to debate limbaugh or hannity in a neutral situation where they can't cut him off. the problem is they're not only scared , they're idiots and it will look like a debate between round earthers and flat earthers.

    ignoring the talk radio monopoly continues to be the biggest political blunder in decades

    by certainot on Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 07:07:02 PM PDT

  •  Not so sure this would be a positive (0+ / 0-)
    1. I'd bet that 95% or more of Boortz's audience already has their mind made up regardles of what Obama says.
    1. Rightwingers, as we know, are masters of distortion and taking things out of context.  No mattter what Obama says, Boortz is likely to take a few snippets and spin them to something diametrically oposed to Obama's position, just as the right wing media has done with Obama's remarks to "Joe the [phony] plumber."

    So I don't think this is a good idea three days before the election.  

    BUT, I strongly agree with your general premise -- we should take the fight to conservative talk radio.  IF Obama gets elected (I'm taking nothing for granted) I'd be all in favor of him going on all the right wing shows -- not just Boortz, but Hannity, Limbaugh, Levin, etc.  He would make fools of them.  

    "At least the war on the environment is going well."

    by RenMin on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 08:32:24 AM PDT

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