Rusty Republicans are getting a rush on with Rush Limbaugh who amazingly has replaced Sarah Palin as the sex symbol of the GOP. Creaky old conservatives who missed the fun of the free love generation are getting stoned breathing in Rush Limbaugh’s hot air. If they end up in control of the party agenda, Republicans who know they can never regain power in D.C. without the independent vote will challenge the Rushites current strangle hold on the GOP.
Do these shrinking violet Republicans fear that Limbaugh will become a modern Haystack Calhoun? Are they afraid he’ll deliver his version of Haystack’s "Big Splash", the "Blubber Squish", by lumbering off the ropes and smothering them under his oleaginous adiposity?
If the far right becomes the glassy eyed stoned Republican Party of Rush most Democratic Party candidates in all but the reddest of red states will win handily. (Image from Wikimedia Commons free use.)
There’s also a real chance we’ll see more third party candidates winning national elections based on who they are and what they stand for, not the party affiliation.
The best thing for the Democrats is to run against Rush-publican candidates.
They know this.
Witness White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel saying that Rush Limbaugh is “the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party" on Face the Nation
Here’s how conservative David Frum, a former special assistant to President George W. Bush, compares President Obama with Limbaugh:
Obama: "…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."
Limbaugh: "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."
If Rush stays in center stage illuminated by the Republican kleig lights, he will become marginalized by mockery from the media that younger voters pay attention to. For all his flailing about and jumping up and down like a deranged cheerleader he is a can’t miss target for comedic skewering.
Martin Short could put on his Jiminy Glick fat suit and play him to devastating perfection on Saturday Night Live. Network talk show hosts like David Lettermen, who said he looked like a Russian gangster, cracking Katie Couric up, will have their writers listen to all his shows for timely bits.
If you doubt the power of someone like David Letterman, consider what happened when he felt disrespected by John McCain.
The gentle humor of the network comedians will be benign compared to what the likes of Jon Stewart and Steve Colbert will do to someone without Sarah Palin’s saving graces of being personable, soft-spoken and pretty.
The Democrats will win unless moderate Republicans dump him.
The worst thing for Democrats is that Rush becomes such an object of ridicule that it leads to moderate Republicans taking over the party.
The best hope for moderate Republicans is the the liberal media makes Rush look like the noxious gasbag he is.