December 3, 2007

THE RETURN OF MAVERICK'S WING MAN:

Could Don Imus Emerge As an Election Wild Card? (NICHOLAS WAPSHOTT, December 3, 2007, NY Sun)

Who's afraid of Don Imus? Not the Republican front-runner in Iowa, Michael Huckabee, who has agreed to appear on the "Imus in the Morning" radio program, which returns this morning after a nine-month silence.

Presidential candidates in both parties now face a new and unpredictable danger: the rebukes and ridicule of the politically incorrect Mr. Imus, 67, the often foul-mouthed and acid-tongued former Marine who consolidated his radio fame by luring onto the air senior politicians and political journalists willing to risk association with controversy to reach his enormous audience.

How much influence the recalcitrant broadcaster will have on the candidates entering into the final month of campaigning before the Iowa caucuses will depend on how quickly Mr. Imus can recapture his lost form after so long an absence and how many of his regular prominent guests are prepared to resume being associated with him.


Imus is very popular in NH--which he's visited several times--and a big fan of John McCain, who stands to be the main beneficiary of his return.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 3, 2007 9:26 AM
Comments

Gutsiest move I ever saw, Mav.

Posted by: Burnham at December 3, 2007 3:40 PM

Show hosts don't need to "recapture their form."

You get in front of a mic and do what you do.

Recapturing the audience won't be hard either.

Posted by: Bruno at December 3, 2007 4:04 PM
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