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Dan Caplis' first post-election show: posturing instead of paranoid delusions

Dan Caplis.

In yesterday's blog "Options for Dan Caplis' First Show Since Obama's Election," I expressed my fervent hope that KHOW host Caplis, the Colorado media's number-one Barack Obama hater, would launch into a Chicken Little routine as energetic and extreme as his dire pre-vote predictions for what might happen in this country if the American people foolishly put their faith in the senator from Illinois. Unfortunately, my wish wasn't fulfilled. Caplis did seem to deliver much of his commentary through gritted teeth. But the message he put forward over and over again was: It's time to pull together, and conservatives should support Obama whenever he's doing something good -- but they should fight like hell if he's leading our country in a dangerous direction.

This statement is transparently hypocritical. After all, Caplis has long suggested that Obama is wrong or misguided on virtually every major issue -- meaning that he's essentially given himself permission to drop his pull-together pledge at a moment's notice. Indeed, he essentially admitted that the only way he'll be able to back the Big O is if his prayers are answered and Obama rejects some of his more reckless notions once he takes office. But, to paraphrase one of Obama's campaign slogans, the thought that he'll be magically transformed into the equivalent of, say, Mike Huckabee by January 20 isn't change we can believe in. And Caplis' talk of unity isn't, either. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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