Michigan GOP Rep. Mike Rogers, head of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, is retiring. But don't cry for him, he's heading for the wingnut talk radio circuit where the real money is.
“There is a whole celebrity political class in Washington, D.C., today that I think is doing a huge disservice to the functionality of our national security — who are using it to foment their isolationalist tendencies — and I think it is dangerous, really dangerous,” said Rogers, also criticizing some Republicans for “talking just like Obama’s foreign policy.”
He’s been a lonely voice, he says, for rational debate about what U.S. intelligence agencies do to protect the country.
“I don’t think I can change that dialogue unless I have a national platform,” he said
He downplayed his importance in Congress, saying a citizen legislature required new blood.
“Everybody knows their time. This institution is going to be fine — maybe even better off — who knows,” he joked.
He said he will become a radio talk show host for after his term ends in December — returning to a college passion. He plans to have former intelligence officials and ex-spies on his show but will also be talking about topics across the political spectrum.
“I did one radio show when I was in college that was a disaster — let’s give it a whirl — maybe I’ve gotten better at it,” he joked.
Rogers’ new radio show will air nationally starting in January as a syndicated host at Cumulus Radio.
“It gives me a chance to talk to people in their cars, in their living rooms, in their kitchens about these issues — about American exceptionalism, about national security,” he said.
Cumulus owns hundreds of radio stations across the country, so his show will get national airplay. It won't be the last you hear of this guy, that's for sure.