At 6:30 today, I will be on the Norman Goldman show to talk about (what else?) the Don Yelton chaos and fall out from the Daily Show last week.
It has been an interesting couple of days since it all errutped last Thursday.
Of course, Don was next door to me all day Thursday, on Pete's show on 570 AM. And apparently, Don kept doubling down on his backward looking, narrow-thinking views. Sometimes, despite Pete's attempts to get him to just stop talking and digging the hole even deeper.
Of course, Yelton resigned his position with the Buncombe County GOP, live on air. And then he proceeded to do more interviews and stand by his stances, no matter how awkward they are for his party. In fact, Don seems fine with his views and how they are being viewed. It is the GOP who are having a massive freakout over it. Why? Because he is telling uncomfortable truths that the GOP would rather keep hidden from more moderate voters, while appealing to the voters who are just like Don.
Indeed, the anger is actually coming more from within his own party. For the folks on the Left, it is jaw-droppingly shocking to hear, but not wholly surprising, and actually a bit of a relief, since such forward views pretty much create a disaster for the Right, and keep the spotlight on Don.
Sadly, it also paints NC, Buncombe County and Southerners as being the racist hick stereo-types that we all hate. Now, more people think that we're all just like stump-dumb cracker Don.
To that end, I am going on the Norman Goldman show today at 6:30 to put a reasonable face on it all, and reassure people that we're not all like that.
Of course, some might say that I didn't respond in a reasonable fashion on my show Thursday, when I called Don out, and made many over-the-top comments. Mind you, it was intentional, as I was trying to give the kind of reaction and heated rhetoric that would have come blasting from the Right and the GOP, had the shoe been on the other foot.
What was funny, was how a few of my comments led to a small flock of Rightwingers online, trying to let Don off the hook and point out that my reaction was equal to what Don had said and therefore it was a breakeven argument.
Yeah. Not so much.
But it did make me want to reach out to Don Yelton. Seriously. I kept thinking that it would be nice to sit down with him in my studio and just ask him honest questions about why he thinks the way that he thinks and believes what he believes. I wanted to have a sincere hour of shame-inducing radio with this clown.
Then I got major cautious from the Left and the Right, that Don was a poison pill and that I would only feed the hungry ego that thrived on exposure - negative or positive. I was cautioned to just avoid Don, lest I get dragged down by his negative energy.
I'm still on the fence. Part of me wants to have a real disarming conversation with him and try and find a tiny speck of humility and humanity in that festering black hole of his soul.
Tilting at windmills perhaps.
Regardless, WNC is the talk of the nation now. Again. And not in a good way.
Maybe I can put a nicer face on it on Norman's show today. tune in and find out.