It’s A Good Old Party.

1 comment March 3rd, 2009at 07:04am Posted by Eli

First Gingrey, now Steele – Republicans diss Rush Limbaugh, King Of The Republican Party, at their peril, and must grovel and apologize before him in hopes that he doesn’t wish them into the cornfield.  David Frum, of all people, realizes that this might could just possibly pose a teensy little problem for his party’s crossover appeal:

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? Rush is to the Republicanism of the 2000s what Jesse Jackson was to the Democratic party in the 1980s. He plays an important role in our coalition, and of course he and his supporters have to be treated with respect. But he cannot be allowed to be the public face of the enterprise – and we have to find ways of assuring the public that he is just one Republican voice among many, and very far from the most important.

So either Republicans allow Rush’s ego and bile to drag them down to permanent irrelevance (at best), or they find the balls to shun and marginalize him once and for all.  It’s a win-win!

(h/t Phoenix Woman)

Entry Filed under: Bush,Media,Politics,Republicans

1 Comment

  • 1. Ruth  |  March 3rd, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Listening to what I could stomach of Rush L.’s rant at CPAC, I noticed that he continually portrays his faction as free and independent, needing no support from government or charity. I am delighted. When do they get off of our sidewalks and streets and dispose of their own garbage, most especially the swill coming from their mouths over publicly supported CSpan? I’m ready now.

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