Wednesday, March 04, 2009

It's Good To Be The King

OK, this is friggin' hilarious.

Seriously, why do Republicans feel the need to apologize to a giant bag of hot air like Limbaugh when they give him the disrespect he has worked so hard to earn? Wouldn't marginalizing idiots like him be good for the GOP?


Mike said...

I was trying to come up with some justification for the GOP's actions toward Limbaugh, but no, you're right, they're idiots.

Matthew B. Novak said...

It's symptomatic of the short-sightedness that generally afflicts us. If just a couple politicians marginalized Limbaugh his listeners would probably eat them alive in the short-run, they'd lose their office/positions and thereby all their power. In the long run, however, the more that marginalize Limbaugh, the more effective that marginalization woud be, and his network of supporters would cease to so be.

There's a couple of problems with this. First, it requires a handful of martyrs, and you're probably not going to find too many of those among politicians. Second, the GOP is a really big, largely unified, party. Destroying the Limbaugh network undercuts that unity and uniformity, and opens up the door to a wider hodgepodge, where there are merely pockets of support for individual candidates, and not as much across-the-board support for the party.

Or maybe I'm overstating things... I dunno I guess. Just some thoughts.

Ben said...

Pretty smart of Democrats to play up Limbaugh as the "intellectual force of the GOP." Limbaugh's rantings alienate moderate Americans. So GOP leaders naturally want to distance themselves from him. But Limbaugh's also got a passionate following among the Republican base. So whenever those leaders say something bad about Limbaugh, they get slapped back into line.

So, as I said, it's smart of Democrats to put the focus on him.

Wonder if there's anybody on the liberal end with an equally large, passionate following who Republicans would use to bring down Democrats. No one comes to mind. Michael Moore, for instance, is not nearly as religiously followed as Rush Limbaugh. At least, that's my impression.