- Brian Rosenwald: One thing that would unite warring factions in conservative talk radio would be an establishment attempt to rally around a third choice
- In upcoming primaries, talk radio likely won't swing voters toward Cruz as in Wisconsin
Brian Rosenwald, a fellow and instructor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, is writing a book on the development of talk radio and its political and policy impact. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Many observers credited Ted Cruz's primary victory in Wisconsin April 5 largely to the harangues of the state's influential cadre of talk radio hosts. The state's six biggest talkers fiercely resisted the candidacy of Donald Trump, which produced a few testy interviews with the business mogul. Several of these hosts wield significant clout with Wisconsin's conservatives, and their stature and platform provided the #NeverTrump movement with a powerful megaphone.