- Rosenwald and Smerconish say GOP leaders have bowed down to the power of conservative media, including radio hosts like Limbaugh
- Conservative media prospers when Democrats win; a Clinton victory would be good news for talk radio, they say
Brian Rosenwald, a fellow and instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, is writing a book on the development of talk radio, the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Michael A. Smerconish is host of "Smerconish," on CNN Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET and of "The Michael Smerconish Program" on SiriusXM Channel 124, Sunday columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and author. His most recent book is a novel, "Talk," optioned by Warner Brothers for a possible TV show. The opinions expressed in this commentary are theirs.
(CNN)Now that the first presidential ballots of 2016 have finally been cast, many Americans are wondering how the Republican Party produced as frontrunners a scornful, extremely conservative senator, so unpopular among his colleagues that not a single one has endorsed his candidacy and a bombastic businessman who has never held elective office.