Former congressman JD Hayworth hosts the most gentlemanly three hours in conservative talk radio, twinkling warmly over the 9 a.m.-to-noon shift at KSFO 560 with all the fire and fury of the avuncular God up in the stars at the opening of It's a Wonderful Life. He chats up the issues of the day, of course, and purports to be annoyed at liberals, but he only really seems excited when sharing anecdotes about his days in D.C.
This morning Hayworth addressed the controversy over Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a slut. This is interesting because Hayworth -- like many Republican congressmen of the Clinton era -- has over the years considered Limbaugh a friend, and because Hayworth's own show is on in Limbaugh's old KSFO slot. The station booted Limbaugh in January, and he now vents and stammers at NewsTalk 910 at the same time that Hayworth is being agreeable.
So, Hayworth and Rush are now competitors.
Hayworth dedicated the 10 o'clock hour to Limbaugh. While trying his damnedest not to say anything controversial, Hayworth did make a joking pitch for Limbaugh's errant advertisers, saying: "We'd love to have you over here."
He preceded this by noting the irony of "market forces" having their way with Limbaugh and, quite softly, noting all the usual conservative complaints about this whole imbroglio: That Fluke's an activist, that Nancy Pelosi set up a stunt hearing, that Bill Maher and Ed Schulz have used sexist language, too.
In the several folksy, rambling sections he dedicated to the Fluke controversy, Hayworth also: