The kerfuffle surrounding Rush Limbaugh (who tied with Ann Coulter with the most times as our Right Boob of the week) is absolutely priceless. It’s also proof that Barack Obama has political instincts that are absolutely unparalleled.
If you’re paying attention, President Obama actually started this by suggesting to the Congressional
drooling class idiots – which is most Republicans – that they had a choice – they could follow Limbaugh, or they could do the right thing by the American people. Of course, they chose Limbaugh. Obama knew they would; it’s in their political DNA. You could see it during the presidential election, when they forced the chosen GOP candidate, John McCain, to go against his better angels and embrace their right wing claptrap, or risk losing the "Republican “base,” which every Republican seems to think is a guarantee of victory in any election.
Until recently, Rush Limbaugh had actually spent 20 years flying just below the radar. Most people had heard the name but they knew nothing of the man himself. Most people don’t listen to AM radio much anymore, and they would rarely happen upon him, unless they were driving through one of the areas in the west and midwest in which there are no FM stations. Face it, folks; as radio programs go, his and Hannity’s are the most popular, and they make a lot of money for advertisers, but theirs is a niche market. As we have proven time and time again on these blogs, more than 90% of radio listeners do NOT listen to either Limbaugh or Hannity.
Now, there is no avoiding it. Great numbers of people are associating Limbaugh with the Republican Party, and that should make every Democrat smile big. This is what should have been done when Clinton was president, if not before. One of the reasons progressives have been in the political wilderness over the last 30 years is because we argue with and dismiss the right wing, when we should have been defining them all along.
Now, the Republican Party is being defined as Limbaugh’s party. Even empty-suit Michael Steele recognizes the inanity of Limbaugh’s approach to politics. Limbaugh is like that uncle we all have; the one who attempts to speak eloquently about issues and subjects about which he knows nothing.
Many years ago, I authored a short-lived anti-Limbaugh newsletter (no, it was not Flush Rush), so I was
forced to listen to that shit three hours a day for about four years. Now, this was at a time when his show was actually somewhat entertaining, to be quite honest. There is a reason why people listen to him; I won’t deny that. But I developed the opinion at the time that he didn’t really believe the crap he was spewing. I opined at the time that Limbaugh picked up the New York Times every morning, read the stories, and asked himself, “what would a dittohead think about this subject?” and went from there.
Now, of course, it’s obvious he’s come to believe his own bullshit. Whether it’s the drugs, the over-use of Viagra or the health problems, Limbaugh has deluded himself into believing he is far more than a radio talk show gasbag. And why wouldn’t he? Every time a Republican politician points up what a hatefest he runs for three hours each weekday, he says a few choice words on that hatefest, and the Republican puckers up and kisses his ass.
I know there’s an alternate viewpoint out there; one that suggests that any attention we pay to Limbaugh just makes him richer, but for Chrissakes, people; he just signed a contract for five years for a bazillion dollars, which means he’s not going anywhere, and he can’t make anymore money. So we might as well use him while we can.
Rush Limbaugh IS the face of the Republican Party, and has been for many years. Now, people are starting to notice. I say, great! Spread the word, far and wide! Make sure everyone knows about Limbaugh, and make sure they know that what he says is what the GOP stands for.
Oh, but don’t forget to tell them what he stands for, in his post as de facto Republican Party head. Here are a few of his “greatest hits.” Make sure everyone knows that THIS is the person whose ass is being kissed by every Republican still left in Washington, DC. In other words, folks, this is what Republicans ACTUALLY BELIEVE, if Limbaugh is their leader:
“I would be honored if the drive-by media headlined me all day long: 'Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.' Somebody's gotta say it.’”
Regarding the troops and war:
An exchange with a caller on September 26, 2007:
Limbaugh: What is the imperative for pulling out? What's in it for the United States to pull out? They, I don't think they have an answer for that other than, "Well, we gotta bring the troops home."
Caller: Yeah, and, you know what…
Limbaugh: Save the, keep the troops safe, or whatever. I, it's not possible, intellectually, to follow these people.
Caller: No, it's not, and what's really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and stuff.
Limbaugh: The phony soldiers.
Caller: The phony soldiers. If you talk to a real soldier, they are proud to serve. They want to be over in Iraq. They understand their sacrifice, and they're willing to sacrifice for their country.
Limbaugh: They joined to be in Iraq.
A week later, in response to a VoteVets.org ad slamming him for referring to “phony soldiers”: “There is a man identified as Brian McGough. I'm not sure how he pronounces it. I haven't watched the ad. He discusses his service in Iraq, the wounds he suffered there. He says to me in this ad, "Until you have the guts to call me a phony soldier to my face, stop telling lies about my service." You know, this is such a blatant use of a valiant combat veteran — lying to him about what I said, then strapping those lies to his belt, sending him out via the media and a TV ad to walk into as many people as he can walk into. This man will always be a hero to this country with everyone. Whoever pumped him full of these lies about what I said and embarrassed him with this is betraying him. They're betraying this soldier. Unless he actually believes what he's saying, in which case it's just so unfortunate and sad, when the truth of what I said is right out there to be learned.”
I'm just watching Sen. "Dick Turban," ah, Dick Turban is doing his — from Illinois — he of
Club G'itmo fame. Ha! I wish Roberts would have shown up in the Club G'itmo T-shirt today. Maybe, maybe a Club G'itmo java coffee cup, just for Dick Turban. Ah, but anyway, Dick Turban.
When the photos of the Abu Ghraib torture scandal came to light: "This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation…I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of the need to blow some steam off?" (Remember to never party at Rush’s house; he apparently thinks making you do naked pyramids is “fun.”)
"The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them."
HIs views on race:
"The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies."
"Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it."
On his very short tenure doing football for ESPN: "Sorry to say this, I don't think he's been that good from the get-go. I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well."
“They're 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?”
“If we are going to start rewarding no skills and stupid people – I'm serious, let the unskilled jobs, let the kinds of jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do – let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work”
His views on the environment and global warming:
“The most beautiful thing about a tree is what you do with it after you cut it down”
His views on gays:
“When a gay person turns his back on you, it is anything but an insult; it's an invitation”
His view son poverty:
“The culture war is between the winners and those who think they're losers who want to become winners. The losers think the only way they can become winners is by banding together all the losers and then empowering a leader of the losers to make things right for them.”
His views on gender issues:
"We're not sexists, we're chauvinists — we're male chauvinist pigs, and we're happy to be because we think that's what men were destined to be. We think that's what women want."
“Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream.”
“They vote with their vaginas”
Just general shamelessness:
“I'm going to tell you, what's good for al-Qaeda is good for the Democratic Party in this country today. That's how you boil this down. And it doesn't have to be al-Qaeda. What's good for terrorists is good for John Kerry.”
“Kerry is cheap. Most gigolos are. I mean — I think it — I think it goes with the, with the definition.”
In response to Michael J. Fox’s advertisement in favor of Claire McCaskill, because of her support for stem cell research, he said (while doing a jerky imitation of Fox’s Parkinson-induced movements), "He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He's moving all around and shaking and it's purely an act. … This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn't take his medication or he's acting."
“The difference between Los Angeles and yogurt is that yogurt comes with less fruit.”
“If you're Ted Kennedy and you call Bill Clinton to say, 'Look, you have to dial this down, this is not dignified', Clinton could come back and say, 'Hey, at least Monica is still alive.'”
“Screw the world. Do you really think we ought to govern ourselves based on what the world thinks of us?”
““Compassion is no substitute for justice.”
Believe me; I have hundreds more quotes just like this; the stuff he said in his early days was almost worse than the crap he says now.
Like I say, folks; if the Republican Party is going to align itself with this asshole, I say great. If it results in a greater audience for his crapfest, fine. But this guy’s been a tool of the Republican Party for 20 years, and the Republicans haven’t been getting the credit they deserve. Let’s give them some.
Limbaugh IS the Republican Party.