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.