One of my friends is looking for archived versions of Rush Limbaugh's show from the years he was abusing Oxycontin. He figures there has to be comedy gold in the shows where Limbaugh was pontificating under the influence. Earlier this week, Limbaugh made a statement about Cindy Sheehan that's so bizarre we should be talking relapse: Cindy Sheehan is just Bill Burkett. Her story is nothing more than forged documents. There's nothing about it that's real, including the mainstream media's glomming onto it. It's not ... read more

The best thing about the rise of liberal talk radio is the national forum it provides for voices outside of the tired Mort Kondracke-Eleanor Clift-Howard Fineman circle of D.C. insider talking heads. Two recent examples from the Alan Colmes Radio Show were Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos and last night's guest, Middle East history professor and blogger Juan Cole. I've attached a 23-minute podcast covering Cole's interview, which focused on the July 7 London terror attacks and the possibility the U.S. might have ... read more

A cool thing happened Monday night during the experiment to promote the Alan Colmes Radio Show on the Drudge Retort. As the show broadcasts from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. weekdays, I post live links plugging the next hour. I wanted to see if the site's night owls would tune in and talk about it in real time. On Monday, Colmes interviewed Cindy Sheehan, a mother who began Gold Star Families for Peace after her son died in Iraq. On the Retort, we discussed her desire for an impeachment inquiry, and I called such talk a ... read more

I've been exchanging e-mail lately with Alan Colmes (namedrop!), the cohost of Hannity & Colmes and his own nightly radio show. This isn't payola; I'm doing this as an expression of love. As a huge fan of talk radio I've wanted to adopt a liberal show on the Drudge Retort, inspired by Matt Drudge's relentless self-promotion of his Sunday night show. Every night as Colmes airs, the Retort will post live links to upcoming guests and a place to talk about them. I don't know how this experiment will go -- my visitors ... read more

The Democratic response to the presidential radio address was delivered Saturday by Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid, who compared Republican talk of ending the filibuster to FDR's infamous court-packing plan. Reid, a soft-spoken moderate from a Western state that may be a swing state in 2008, is building a reputation as a tough opponent to Bush's Social Security privatization plan. The transcript of his remarks: I'm Harry Reid from Nevada, the Democratic Leader in the United States Senate. This weekend, spring has ... read more

The Democratic response to the presidential radio address was delivered today by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who criticized President Bush's proposed budget cuts to veterans' services and a new $250 "user fee" charged to many veterans to qualify for health care. His speech: I'm Ed Rendell, the governor of Pennsylvania. America's governors are united in our commitment to the troops who put their lives on the line in our global fight to combat terrorism and bring peace to Iraq. In fact, we as governors have a new ... read more

Today's Democratic response to the presidential radio address was delivered by Sen. Kent Conrad, ranking Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee. Conrad takes President Bush to task for passing the cost of his huge borrow-and-spend budgets to future generations. Deficit spending has become so reckless during the past four years that it's now being described, appropriately enough, as a birth tax. As a radio commercial produced by BuzzFlash puts it, "every man, woman, and child in this country owes the government ... read more