When John Boehner and John Shadegg squared off to be the GOP minority leader in 2006, both men appeared on the program and in effect pitched this audience on why they should be elected by the House GOP members. The audience has no direct impact on the vote of course, but the willingness to do so was a high water mark for communicating with the base for the Speaker. (He has not agreed to an interview in four years, nor Eric Cantor. Kevin McCarthy has appeared once.)
This is an open invitation to any House GOP member seeking to be elected Majority Leader or Whip to come and spend an hour on air with me over the next few days before the leadership election, taking my questions only –no callers with ambush questions– and we will then make the audio and transcript available online that night for anyone to read who can’t hear the show live. For Members with tough schedules, I will come in and pretape the interviews if necessary to make sure they get their turn at bat.
I will be interested to see who accepts this invitation, because it will tell me about who has confidence in their ability to communicate and present the conservative case –a key skills set in the months and years ahead. Watch this space, and hope the sound you hear isn’t crickets.