Mike Gallagher: GOP ‘More Diverse’ Than Democrats

Thursday, 06 Sep 2012 10:12 PM

By David A. Patten

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The GOP convention in Tampa was more diverse ethnically in certain aspects than the Democratic conclave in Charlotte, N.C., says syndicated radio talk-host Mike Gallagher.

Gallagher, who his promoting his new book “Fifty Things Liberals Love to Hate,” cited the prominent role African-Americans played on the Republican stage in Tampa, including a major speech by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

In an exclusive Newsmax.TV interview, Gallagher tells Newsmax “there’s a lot more diversity from the podium of the RNC than there is this week in Charlotte for the DNC.”

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The carefully staged re-coronation of President Barack Obama has had mixed success. Speeches by former President Bill Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama have generally won strong reviews. But the party went off message when the president himself had to insist that references to God and Jerusalem be reinserted in the Democratic Party platform.

TV pans of the convention floor in Charlotte suggest a more diverse delegate mix overall, compared to the images emanating from Tampa. Gallagher, whose program is heard by nearly 4 million listeners weekly, devotes a chapter in his book to liberals’ reactions to non-white conservatives.

“One of the best moments for me in Tampa was being on the floor and watching [GOP congressional candidate] Mia Love,” says Gallagher. “I mean, who would have thought that a young, black mayor from Utah would evoke more images of Ronald Reagan than anybody else last week?”

“So there’s plenty of diversity, but liberals love to hate black Republicans because, again, that interrupts their world view,” he says. “They think black Republicans are like unicorns. They just don’t exist. It’s a figment of one’s imagination and if someone comes along who challenges the sort of liberal world view, whether it’s a Mia Love or a Herman Cain, they go positively bonkers.”

Gallagher says his quip in the book that he’s studied liberals the way primatologist Jane Goodall studied chimps has drawn fire from the left. “Liberals immediately became apoplectic at that reference,” he says. “A number of them have written me saying, ‘Are you comparing liberals to chimps? How dare you!’”

Other highlights from the exclusive Gallagher interview:

  • He says liberals hate small businesses. “The whole point of the liberal attitude towards small business is to discourage it,” he says. “So many small businesses operate in so many areas, to the liberal it just seems unruly and hard to control… That drives liberals totally bonkers.
  • The conservative talker and host of “The Mike Gallagher Show” tells Newsmax that Bernie Marcus, the co-founder of The Home Depot, once told him that the big-box home improvement store never could have made it in today’s climate of government regulation. “That admission should have been headlines everywhere: One of America’s great entrepreneurs telling me that he couldn’t launch one of America’s premiere retail brands today thanks to our government,” says Gallagher. “That somehow doesn’t drive liberals nuts -- but small businesses definitely do.”
  • Democrats’ only chance to win the election, he says, is to go on the offensive with negative attacks. “That’s all these guys can do and, hopefully, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and the Republican Party will be able to call these guys out on their untruths and their distortions and win and win big on November 6th,” he says.
  • The three most important metrics impacting the race, he says, are 8.3 percent unemployment, the $16 trillion deficit, and gas that costs $3.80 a gallon. He advises Republicans to counter Democratic attacks by calmly reciting those three numbers over and over.
  • He predicts former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will win the election due to the economy, saying of President Obama: “He cannot possibly rest on any laurels of a $16 trillion deficit,” says Gallagher. “He cannot possibly rest on the laurels of knowing that he inherited a 7.8 percent unemployment rate -- and it’s gone has high as 10 percent under his watch.
  • Republicans should just be patient and keep citing the facts in the waning weeks of the campaign, he says. “If Republicans stay calm and factual, we’re going to win because we have the facts on our side and the truth is they don’t,” the top talker confidently asserts.

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