Thom had Carrie Lukas from the Independent Women's Forum on last week. She displayed her lack of personal knowledge of any of the issues and just stuck to the regulation right wing talking points. The only time she claimed she had any expertised on a subject was when Thom brought up how well the economy in Austria is doing. Carrie said "Are you kidding?" on the basis that she had lived in Austria at one time,
She is just another example of the no-nothing conservative blowhards Thom has on his show for "conversations". It's always the same: he raises an issue, the right winger begins to respond with talking points, then Thom talks over the person and hijacks the conversation as he primarily monologues on what the actual truth of the issue is. Carrie Lukas is obviously a hack, as all the right wingers Thom has on his show are. So what's the purpose of having them on? I learned years ago these guys, usually from the Ayn Rand Institute, or some other right wing think tank, don't know what they're talking about and that they're safely in the pocket of Big Business. Yes, Thom may come up with some tidbits I hadn't known before but basically no light has been shed on the issue. Thom allows the guest to start a thought or respond to Thom's comment and then he rolls over the person again--who's unable to talk at the same time Thom is. Nothing is gained from these exchanges: the guest is a straw man that Thom knocks down every time. I get bored with the repetition of it all. Thom is like many other talk show hosts on the right AND left who book a guest just for the intention of unmasking them as fools on national radio while giving them almost zero time to talk. I've gotten to the point where I usually turn off the show during these "conversations" and tune back in when Thom broaches a new topic and takes phone calls.
I think this is Thom's only weak and blind spot as a talk show host. My suggestion is if he's going to book a guest, book someone he can have a real debate with and LET THEM TALK, TOO! However, just a thought--maybe he has so many stupid right wingers on his show because the smart ones refuse to debate him. But that raises the question: ARE there any smart right wingers?