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Radio Pundit Rush Limbaugh climbs atop the Republican Party

In Politicians on March 6, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Since Obama took office, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has become the mouthpiece of the Republican Party. The absence of a clear conservative voice in Washington has given Limbaugh ranting powers. And rant he has.

A recent Limbaugh moment that has drawn intense controversy:
“I disagree fervently with the people on our side of the aisle who have caved and who say, “Well, I hope he succeeds. We’ve got to give him a chance.” Why? They didn’t give Bush a chance in 2000. Before he was inaugurated the search-and-destroy mission had begun. I’m not talking about search-and-destroy, but I’ve been listening to Barack Obama for a year-and-a-half. I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don’t want them to succeed.” –Limbaugh 

Here’s an unbelievable retrospective on the man and his mania. His bravado is d-d-dangerous.

Swallow this: a Gallup poll taken last month finds Limbaugh is viewed positively by 60 percent of Republicans, while 23 percent view him negatively. Sixty-three percent of Democrats dislike Limbaugh, compared with six percent who like him. Most importantly, in my view, Independents see him negatively by almost two to one.

Here’s how the U.S. media and some respected conservatives are defining Rush’s current role in the party:
“The fact that Limbaugh — and not House Republican leader John A. Boehner or Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — is at the center of the political conversation this week shows the struggle Republicans face in explaining their co-dependent relationship with Limbaugh and his dedicated base.” –Politico

“Because symbolism matters as much or more than substance that the amount of attention Rush Limbaugh is grabbing at the moment is bad for the GOP.

To a non-ideological voter who’s uninterested in policy and forms his perceptions of liberalism and conservatism largely through symbolism and sound bites, a conflict between Obama on the one hand and Limbaugh on the other will almost inevitably rebound to liberalism’s benefit.” –Ross Douthat, The Atlantic

“President Obama and Rush Limbaugh do not agree on much, but they share at least one thing: Both wish to see Rush anointed as the leader of the Republican party.

On the one side, the president of the United States: soft-spoken and conciliatory, never angry, always invoking the recession and its victims. This president invokes the language of ‘responsibility,’ and in his own life seems to epitomize that ideal: He is physically honed and disciplined, his worst vice an occasional cigarette. He is at the same time an apparently devoted husband and father. Unsurprisingly, women voters trust and admire him.

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.” –David Frum, former special assistant to President George W. Bush

Limbaugh’s response to all this:
White House officials are “targeting” him because “they need a demon to distract and divert from what their agenda is.”

Here’s Limbaugh as the President of the United States on a Fox comedy program. Nightmare material.

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