The John And Ken Show Roils California`s Congressional Republicans
Talk radio is on the attack against cowardly
Republicans with the latest project of the
John and Ken Show on Los Angeles` KFI 640 AM.
Popular talk show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou
have started a campaign to oust from office a powerful,
yet-to-be determined Republican California Congressman.
The campaign was triggered by the
Bush administration stoppage of June`s interior
round-ups of illegals by the Border Patrol.
dozen officers from the Temecula Station had rounded
up hundreds of aliens in Escondido, Corona and Norco and
sent them packing.
hundred citizens rallied in
support of the Border Patrol)
enforcement obviously horrified the
nouveau slavery crowd, the
business interests working to reduce labor costs to
as close to zero as possible. And Mexican
revanchists like Rep. Joe Baca [Video]
were also miffed. Baca marched into Under Secretary for
Border and Transportation Security Asa Hutchinson`s
demand that the raids end.
and Ken wonder why no Republican Congressional
representative in southern California has a passion for
enforcement equal to Baca`s passion for illegals.
last straw was John Kobylt`s interview of Asa
Hutchinson. There had been reports that Hutchinson`s
staff couldn`t get any work done because of the
pro-enforcement callers ringing up his office at
Hutchinson apparently thought he could quiet the torrent
of calls by presenting his standard public relations
uninterrupted 22-minute interview [Listen]
was a classic example of a political tapdance.
Hutchinson recited his department`s achievements (border
Walmart busts, etc.). But he refused to answer
direct questions about interior and workplace
demanded to know when the
illegal alien sweeps would resume:
"Why don`t you tell us that you will begin rounding
them upagain? Our listeners want to hear that the border
sweeps will continue…The reason people are angry in
Southern California is because the Bush Administration
and your department are not doing their jobs in
protecting us from the illegal alien invasion. It`s
costing California taxpayers over $5 billion dollars a
year. We have overcrowded schools, overcrowded
hospitals, overcrowded emergency rooms,
overcrowded freeways. We have enormous problems and
we are getting zero help from the federal government."
refusing to promise any interior enforcement,
Hutchinson infuriated Kobylt and his audience.
John and Ken`s frustration, a plan emerged: to choose a
big-name Republican who`s useless on illegal
immigration. Their goal is to vote that person out in
one was an online poll listing 13 Republicans in their
broadcast area.. Listeners could pick one Representative
to be axed.
The finalists were: David Dreier , Chris Cox , Mary
Bono, Darrell Issa , and Dana Rohrabacher. John and
Ken announced that:
"In the next few weeks, we will invite each elected
official to prove to us why they should not be
`sacrificed.` We will be asking them to do various
tasks, with your input as well, to prove that they are
protecting California taxpayers from the illegal alien
takeover. Keep listening to John and Ken on KFI AM 640
from 3-7p, because the blue-blazered, Washington elite
are being exposed on the issue."
political death sentence coming from John and Ken is no
idle threat. Their show is the most popular in its time
slot and many listeners take action based on the what
they posted Asa Hutchinson`s phone number, an annoyed
White House demanded that the two announcers
cease and desist.
2002, they organized a campaign in which over 200,000
Orange County voters used write-in ballots in order to
defeat the re-election of suspected pedophile
Judge Ronald Kline.
not hard to dump a useless Republican in California. A
switch of 20,000 to 40,000 votes in a district would
unseat even a very popular incumbent, and send a message
to the Republicans that immigration law must be
down a big cheese like Dreier, Chairman of the powerful
Rules Committee, or Cox, Chairman of the House Policy
Committee, would be huge.
Tuesday July 27 was a memorable
double header, with two Congressmen appearing on the
appeared at the 4 pm slot. He is a well known political
smoothie, practiced at double talk. Although his voting
record on immigration is good, he has climbed near the
top circle of Republican A-team leadership in the House
and is smart enough to know what they want. He
demonstrates neither passion nor strong leadership on
hour was painful to hear [But
here anyway.] since Cox, as the Chair of
the Select Committee on Homeland Security, has the
responsibility to protect the country from
terrorists and millions of alien Mexicans.
John and Ken brought up recent security breaches, like
disturbing case of 14 Syrians with
expired visas run amok on a Detroit-to-LA flight, or
Rep. John Culberson`s warnings
about al Qaeda men coming across the southern border
disguised as Mexicans,
admitted the system had failed. But he gave no
indication that genuine inland sweeps would resume.
Koblyt appeared near a brain explosion after an hour
with Cox`s pleasant evasions. He recalled how Cox had
been infuriating in past interviews for his lack of
passion and leadership and for general political
shuffling to avoid John and Ken`s pointed questions.
Rohrabacher followed during the next hour
He sounded more approachable, citing his leadership in
the House regarding illegal immigration. He reminded the
audience that he had gotten
threats of violence because of his
bill to collect money owed by indigent
foreigners to American hospitals.. And Rohrabacher
gets it, saying about unrestricted illegal immigration,
"It`s destroying our country."
Rohrabacher said the federal government shouldn`t be
paying for illegal immigration and that such
payments would eventually set the subsidies in stone. (SCAAP
the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, already
does exactly that.)
"Unfunded mandate," responded John and Ken,
loudly, citing the obvious irresponsibility of the feds
who dump the problem on border states.
different ways, both Congressional representatives
revealed the impervious Beltway mentality. The concept
government for the people apparently weakens after
years in Congress.
the representatives` staffed and buffered lifestyles
keep them from hearing the real level of anger from
citizens about the invasion. Hour-long blasts of fury
from the constituent zone are surely a change in tone
from the ordinary Washington life of a Congressional
credit, Representative Mary Bono actually came to the
studio this Tuesday August 3
and stayed for an extra hour
to answer callers` questions. She touted the additional
federal healthcare dollars she had helped legislate
for California, known as DiSH or
Disproportionate Share Hospital funds, to aid
institutions which are being overwhelmed by patients
unable to pay. But she made clear that she would not be
providing leadership against the underlying problem –
this writing, Rep. David Dreier, the listeners` first
choice for sacrifice, is resisting appearing on the
of the more energetic open borders supporters, he has
earned a lot of constituent anger. Stay tuned.
trademark is not simple anti-liberal ranting, but
precise, useful, targeted blame.
and Ken are pioneering a unique form of political
theater. Politicians get to make their case under heavy
duty questioning. Then they must face the consequences.
Labor Day, the unfortunate Political Human Sacrifice
will be announced. From then until the election day of
doom, the loser will receive the pummeling from John and
Ken he or she deserves.
brilliant radio that keeps listeners tuning in and
burning up the call-in lines.
radio, along with the Internet, is carrying this debate.
The Establishment Media won`t touch it.