There’s only one thing about Howard Stern that people agree on. Whether you find Stern hilarious or repugnant, juvenile or wise, sincere or deeply cynical (or all of these at once), Stern is indisputably curious. And his curiosity drives an interviewing style that has matured to the point where many consider Stern the best interlocutor in the business. Now in what would be an entertainment/political summit of sorts, there is the idea that Howard Stern could interview Hillary Clinton.
What does Clinton have to gain? Stern is an avowed Clinton supporter going back at least as far as her primary run against Barack Obama in 2008. And without putting too fine a point on it, some (a lot?) of Stern’s audience comes from a demographic that Clinton has some trouble with: middle class white males. So, a sympathetic Stern and a chance for Clinton to reach an audience Stern is perfectly equipped to make a golden introduction to — does she do it? In a Washington Post interview Stern wanted one thing very clear: “I certainly don’t believe that a young person goes into politics with the idea, I’m going to get rich. I think there is a desire to serve.” Hillary Clinton’s entire Democratic National Convention hinged on that same message. Will Mrs. Clinton take the bait?