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Imus and Democrats

Some Democratic strategists seem to think that Democratic politicians may be disadvantaged by not having Imus on the air.

"And today, with Imus’ career in tatters, the fate of the controversial shock jock is stirring quiet but heartfelt concern in an unlikely quarter: among Democratic politicians.

That’s because, over the years, Democrats such as Ford came to count on Imus for the kind of sympathetic treatment that Republicans got from Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity.

Equally important, Imus gave Democrats a pipeline to a crucial voting bloc that was perennially hard for them to reach: politically independent white men."

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Imus wasn't as influential as people seem to think - he was a prominent supporter of Rick Santorum. Outside the beltway, I wonder how many people even listened to Imus, aside from marvelling at his freakishly deep voice. In fact, I believe he wasn't really fired for the remark at all - I think the network used it as an excuse to break the contract because he was expensive and had lousy demographics.

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