“Based on my two years in the House, I’d say it’s safe to say I was very outspoken,” said former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill. “I made a point to be very direct.”
Walsh, 51, a tea-party activist who acknowledges that the term “lightning rod” applies to himself, said that not long after losing in November to now-Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., he was approached by an AM radio station in Chicago dubbed “The Answer” about doing a talk show.
“I’m guessing that them contacting me had something to do with my time on the Hill,” said Walsh, who was known for his colorful language and no-compromise approach to governing in his one term.
“I’m here to raise hell,” said Walsh of the three-hour show he hosts during the evening commute in the Chicago area. “The Illinois Republican Party is a damn joke. I’ve been going hard on them. I go after D.C. and Chicago, too. I go after [Chicago Mayor] Rahm Emanuel hard. One-third of each show is local and the other two-thirds is national. So I get to go after everybody.”
The transition to radio was “on one level seamless, on another hard,” Walsh said. “Sitting in a studio by myself, learning to speak in a different environment is tough. But I find it to be a great platform. I find the interaction to be great. And to be honest, it’s not just tea-party activists listening in. My hunch is some of my listeners hate what I say.”
Walsh said that the rule of thumb is two hours of prep per hour of show, and said that he keeps up to date by reading online publications and speaking with his former colleagues in Congress.
The radio show also provides Walsh with a venue to advocate for his Grow Up and Be Free PAC, an organization that Walsh calls a “grassroots movement” for people who look at the government and say, “Don’t take care of me, I want to take care of myself.” According to Walsh, the PAC also supports worthy candidates with money for campaigns.
“The battle lines are between people who believe in freedom and limited government and those that believe in dependence,” said Walsh. “We’re seeing a civil war in public policy. I’m doing the grassroots army, the PAC, because we’ve been trained for the government to give us crap. I’m trying to retrain the public.”
Walsh added, “I miss the fight on Capitol Hill. It’s taken a couple months to get used to it. I could run again next year. I could run again in two years. Who knows? I’ve been traveling the state continuing the fight for freedom-based liberty candidates. I started a PAC, I’m growing the movement. You better believe I’m gonna jump back in at some point.”
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Before we get to the specifics of this exposé about escorts working the Iowa and New Hampshire primary crowds, let’s get three things out of the way: 1.) It’s from Cosmopolitan; 2.) most of the women quoted use fake (if colorful) names; and 3.) again, it’s from Cosmopolitan. That said, here’s what we learned:
- Business was booming: one escort who says she typically gets two inquiries a weekend got 15 requests in the pre-primary weekend.
- Their primary season clientele is a bit older than normal—”40s through mid-60s, compared with mostly twentysomething regulars” and “they’ve clearly done this before.”
- They seemed more nervous than other clients, because “the stakes are higher when you’re working for a possible future president” but “all practiced impeccable manners.”
- One escort “typically enjoy[s] the company of Democrats more, just because I feel like our views line up a lot more.”
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The New Covenant. The Third Way. The Democratic Leadership Council style. Call it what you will, but whatever centrist triangulation Bill Clinton embraced in 1992, Hillary Clinton wants no part of it in 2016. Writing for Bloomberg, Sasha Issenberg and Margaret Talev explore how Hillary’s campaign has “diverged pointedly” from what made Bill so successful: “For Hillary to survive, Clintonism had to die.” Bill’s positions in 1992—from capital punishment to free trade—“represented a carefully calibrated diversion from the liberal orthodoxy of the previous decade.” But in New Hampshire, Hillary “worked to juggle nostalgia for past Clinton primary campaigns in the state with the fact that the Bill of 1992 or the Hillary of 2008 would likely be a marginal figure within today’s Democratic politics.”
At first, “it was pleasant” to see Trevor Noah “smiling away and deeply dimpling in the Stewart seat, the seat that had lately grown gray hairs,” writes The Atlantic‘s James Parker in assessing the new host of the once-indispensable Daily Show. But where Jon Stewart was a heavyweight, Noah is “a very able lightweight, [who] needs time too. But he won’t get any. As a culture, we’re not about to nurture this talent, to give it room to grow. Our patience was exhausted long ago, by some other guy. We’re going to pass judgment and move on. There’s a reason Simon Cowell is so rich. Impress us today or get thee hence. So it comes to this: It’s now or never, Trevor.”