REARDON: The Political Climate In 2018

Mark Reardon
October 12, 2018 - 12:42 pm

A few years back, I was having dinner with a good friend of mine in South St. Louis at one of my favorite hangouts -- The Haven. Great place, by the way, if you’ve never been! While we were hanging out, eating and watching a Cardinals game, my friend noticed that his boss was a few tables away. He works for social service agencies, and this particular woman was in charge of this organization. I’d love to tell you who it is, but I feel that would hurt my friend more than anyone else. So, he waves her over and they exchange a few pleasantries and he starts to introduce me to the woman. When he told her who I was she looked down at me, turned around and walked away. 

I’ve been shouted down, ripped in emails and on Twitter and in voicemails, but to this day this was the single rudest thing that anyone has ever done to me. And don’t forget she runs a SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCY THAT HELPS CHILDREN! So, she has a big heart, right? Not when it comes to people who have different political viewpoints. 

Yes…she walked away because she knew I was that evil guy on KMOX who follows Rush Limbaugh. To this day I remain stunned, and quite candidly, I’ve ripped into my friend multiple times over the years for not coming to my defense. But I understand why because he’s trying to keep his job. But what happened that night at The Haven is indicative of the climate we’re in today. Oh, how I’d love to name names here. 

I’ve said many times both off and on the air over the years that if I decided my entertainment, music or who my friends would be based on politics, I probably would have a lot fewer friends. I hang with a lot of lefties - we disagree—I hear them out and vice versa—but for the most part we avoid tension.

But 2018 is different. You seemingly can’t have a different perspective. I’m old enough to remember moderate Democrats like Congressman Harold Volkmer who represented Missouri’s 9th district for 20 years. He was pro-life and a staunch defender of the second amendment. Congress used to be full of moderate, blue-state Democrats who had room to differ with the radical wing of their party. Those Democrats don’t exist anymore. And if they do—like Tennessee Democratic Senate Candidate Phil Bredesen —they don’t stand a chance at being elected because the kooks on the far left don’t have any appetite for someone who dares to break from the identity politics and the hate of the left wing mob that’s been on full display for the past month. Yes I said MOB—mainly because Brooke Baldwin and other CNN anchors have taken issue with that term. It’s completely accurate. The Republican candidate in Tennessee, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, now has an 18-point lead over Bredesen. It’s gonna be a blowout. 

That seat is opening up because current Senator Bob Corker isn’t running for re-election. Here’s what he told Politico this week:

Retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who holds the seat that Bredesen and Blackburn are seeking, told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on the Senate floor last week that Democrats’ handling of the Kavanaugh nomination has hurt Bredesen politically. While Corker has endorsed Blackburn, he’s also close friends with Bredesen and has praised him repeatedly.

“I told him I felt the Kavanaugh hearings themselves had been been very detrimental to Gov. Bredesen and very positive for Rep. Blackburn. I wasn’t doing it to poke at him,” Corker said on Thursday. “That was certainly very, very beneficial to Rep. Blackburn because people saw and they said: Do we really want these people in charge?”

No, we don’t.