Best Michigan Republican to 'Retire' from Politics

Mike Rogers

Staff Pick

Rogers, the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 8th District since 2001, recently announced he'd be stepping aside to take a job in talk radio. The guy, whom the indefatigable Charles Pierce recently suggested is from 'Spookyville,' has basically spent the last few years grooming himself for a high-prized spot as a terror-fighting security-stater. Michigan's Captain America, Rogers has freaked out about revelations from Edward Snowden's leaks on the National Security Agency, and talks smack of journalists who publish such documents. This is probably because Rogers doesn't enjoy the idea of journalists, whose job is to investigate government, discovering the awful truth from high-profile whistleblowers. Rogers apparently believes he can have the most impact on shaping public dialogue as a talk radio host, and, at 50 years old, it's a fair guess he's priming himself for a run at higher office; that was the suggestion of a weekend TV news anchor. Rogers didn't play down the idea, saying, 'I'm going to take it where it goes.' Whatever. As long as Professor Spooks is away from politics for a few years, that's fine by us.

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