Steve Young gives Roger Ailes a sugggestion that could well increase their ratings… among liberals!
November 25, 2008 – Hollywood (SteveYoungOnPolitics / apj.us) – The biggest question on the FOX News poll front isn’t “How many ways do you think the economic disaster is Obama’s fault?” That’s second. Now that Alan Colmes has vacated his seat on FOX’s Hannity & Colmes, the leading poll is “Who should replace Alan Colmes on Hannity & Colmes?”
The first thought that comes to mind is someone with the last name of Colmes. Saves a bunch money on changing all that expensive letterhead and FOX graphics. Alan’s wife, Jocelyn, comes to mind, but I suspect she far too busy with helping Alan haul home all the death threats from liberals that he stores at the FOX News warehouse.
Jon Stewart ain’t gonna happen. The money has been on a number of other FOX liberals, including Bob Beckel and Kristin Powers. KABC's Doug McIntyre and Prof. Marc Hill wouldn’t be bad at all. Confidentially, while my impartial choice would be this column’s writer, my second choice would be the one I actually believe to be perfect… Jones Radio syndicated talker Stephanie Miller.
Why? Let me count the ways.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5… Get it?
No really. Stephanie would be perfect… for the viewers. for Sean, and most of all, for FOX News’ celebrated balance.
While it would be close, Steph tends to be a bit easier on the eyes than Alan and almost as attractive as Sean.
Colmes came out of the standup comedy world where he was once very funny. So did Steph, except she is still funny. Alan’s funny, just not on H&C.
Stephanie and Sean go way back.
I was witness to – and reported – his celebrated hug of the liberal temptress at a beachfront Southern California hotel. While there were hundreds other radio personalities in the lobby at the time, to my knowledge, Sean never once hugged Glenn Beck or Phil Hendrie. Mark Levin, maybe. But the point is, he’s obviously pretty selective who he puts his hunky far-right arms around and despite political differences, Sean’s obviously pretty comfortable with Ms Miller. He’s been on Steph’s show and Steph has guested on Hannity & Colmes. She has an outstanding grasp of the intricacies and innuendo concerning the political world so… Sorry, couldn’t keep a straight face. Still, she’s quick and isn’t afraid to stand up to adversarial guests. In fact, they’d be more likely to wilt under her wit, charm and fluttering (fake) lashes than to fight back.
A match made in political adversary heaven, Hannity & Miller would double their present audience (the Left needs something to watch besides Olbermann, Maddow and 30 Rock). If FOX News wanted to really break some new ground under the onslaught of a painful (to FOX) four to eight years under Obama, why not put together the two most gorgeous faces in talk radio?
Steph could start tomorrow. She travels lightly. A box of wine and hilarious sidekick Jim Ward stuffed in her pocket.
If for nothing else it would be a nightly treat to hear Bill O’Reilly have to spit out the words, “Stay tuned for Sean Hannity and Stephanie Miller.”
Steve Young is Webmaster of Steve Young on Politics, author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful" and his "All the News That's Fit to Spoof" appears on the LA Daily News Op-Ed page every Sunday… to the left of Bill O'Reilly's column… really!