Saturday, March 7, 2009

Rush Limbaugh, no joke

Confession: I get the giggles every time I think about Rush Limbaugh as de facto head of the Republican Party. It’s more than a joke; it’s the truth.

But I think the joke has grown stale and it’s time for some sober reflection.

POTUS has more important stuff demanding his attention. He should drop it. Ditto Rahm. The campaign is over.

James Carville and Paul Begala don’t get it. Their nudge-nudge, wink-wink attack on Limbaugh worked in the short run. But the tactic is a glaring example of old school politics that the voters have overwhelmingly abandoned. We are worn out with this kind of send-up, boys. Cut the crap. Turn your energy and attention to fixing the massive problems facing America. Don’t waste Obama’s high ratings on this low comedy.

Like I said, the scheme worked for the short run. The Republicans are in a box: either they continue to genuflect or they throw Limbaugh under the bus. Tough choice either way, consequences being what they are.

Big winner? Short term? Long term? No surprise. Big Boss Limbaugh. Ratings are up. Audience has doubled (allegedly) and the advertising bucks keep pouring in. Neat trick in this awful economy.

Prediction: without fear of contradiction, I can say that I will be unable to maintain this lofty position. Why? Limbaugh will do something else so outrageous that messes with my marrow. He’s a marketing genius. He knows what he is doing.


Jeff Hebert said...

I don't think it was Barack Obama or Paul Begala who invited Rush to be the keynote speaker at CPAC. I don't think they put a gun to the head of every major Republican elected official to make them genuflect before him if they had the temerity to criticize his positions.

The Republican Party has made Rush their spokesman, not the Democrats. They're just pointing it out.

I think it's a genius move, both short- and long-term. Either actual Republican elected officials repudiate the idiocy he spews, in which case the whole country is better off, or they don't, in which case they'll never hold power again. In which case the country is a LOT better off. It's a win-win.

And the Administration hasn't exactly been lazing around, they've introduced sweeping, broad, massive initiatives on everything from energy policy to healthcare to the economic crisis to Gitmo to Iraq. I'd say this has been the most active, productive, assertive, aggressive, hardest-working Administration I can remember. They're working their asses off. If they take a moment here or there to point out that Republicans have put a fatuous, simple-minded, physically decadent, drug-addicted multiple divorcee with racist, anti-American, and authoritarian tendencies in charge of their party's ideology, well, I see that as just one more patriotic act we can lay at their feet.

Anonymous said...

As a conservative and not as a Republican,I can strongly say that although I don't agree with everything that Rush says,the majority of his statements are following the lines of the conservatives.
If you don't like that then the thing for you to do is to get a grip.Poor Jeff seems to think that the country would be better off if the Republicans or conservatives should never run the country again. I guess this goes back to following his teacher rather than use his own brain to think.
The Democrats mentioned ,have not done a yeoman's task of turning the country around.They have succeded to a great degree to overwhelm the country with a very bad policy of of government control.This country was not founded on plan for big brother, but the present administration seems to think that the people are too stupid to think for themselves so they'll do it for us.
There will be nothing good come from the present path,only destruction.
If anyone thinks Obama is through with his 'take-over,makeover' they need to put some thought about it in the drawer for safe keeping.
The only ones that I hear saying that Rush has become the defacto leader of the Republican Party,are the liberals that can't think for themselves and just follow the lead goat.---Goose

The South Plainsman said...

I think the whole thing is funny. The White House made Rush Limbaugh a mint, and for what purpose?

Limbaugh is not the leader of the Republican Party. Nobody is. They are completely rudderless at a time when Obama is making every effort to turn our country into a socialist society.

Pray for the future of our country.

Jeff Hebert said...

I think SP hit the nail on the head. And it's bad for all of us, because when you've only GOT two parties, having one of them completely leaderless is pretty distressing.

Unfortunately when no one who's actually elected is willing (or able) to step up to the plate, the loudest voice gets all the attention. And one thing you can certainly say about Rush -- he's always the loudest mouth in the room.

George Phenix said...

"This is from David Frum, life-long conservative, in Newsweek.

"And for the leader of the Republicans? A man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as "losers." With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence—exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party. And we're cooperating! Those images of crowds of CPACers cheering Rush's every rancorous word—we'll be seeing them rebroadcast for a long time.

"Rush knows what he is doing. The worse conservatives do, the more important Rush becomes as leader of the ardent remnant. The better conservatives succeed, the more we become a broad national governing coalition, the more Rush will be sidelined.

"But do the rest of us understand what we are doing to ourselves by accepting this leadership?"

Good question.

The South Plainsman said...

Jeff, I knew there were things we could agree about.

We are better off when both parties have to negotiate with the other. That will usually keep things in balance.

Max Fischer said...

Rush Limbaugh polls at 11% favorability for those - male and female - under 40. As long as his smarm is so overwhelmingly rejected by that large of an electorate block, it's smart politics to keep Rush in the news.

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