Barack Obama may be a gold mine for the Democratic Party but he is even more lucrative for those who want to cash in on the uneasiness many Americans have with a liberal, African-American President.
Those who make a living bashing Obama make a very good living doing so and it is a growth market.
Conservative media, which suffered under the failed administration of Republican George W. Bush, is bouncing back by raising the national level of concern on what Obama may or may not be doing to the country.
They cash in not only on America’s latent racism but with the unease that comes with economic hard times and fears about the growth of government control.
For such believers, Obama and Democratic control of Congress is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and if the party of the jackass doesn’t deliver on promises to restore the American economy and way of life, the rabid right-wing can thank Barack Obama for giving it new life.
Which means right-wing authors like Mark Levin, Glenn Beck and Michele Malkin are laughing all the way to the bank.
As much as both men might hate to admit it, Barack Obama has been very, very good to Mark Levin.
Levin is living the talk-radio dream: His three-hour broadcast is aired on more than 150 stations to more than 5 million listeners a day. And he has the hottest subject in the world: Obama.
The president, Levin pronounces almost daily, is a failure, a liar and a “statist” who is trying to destroy individual freedom. The broadcaster is accompanied by a Greek chorus of callers whose love for Levin is rivaled only by their disdain for the president of the United States.
His book “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto” debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list and has remained on the list for a remarkable 13 weeks, selling, Levin says, a total of 800,000 copies to date. (Nielsen BookScan puts the number at 714,000, but its figures don’t include sales from Wal-Mart and a handful of other prominent outlets.)
That’s a monster hit by publishing standards, and industry insiders say it is largely due to a wave of anxiety coursing through conservative and red-state America over the direction of Obama’s policies.
“I’m seeing a lot of people, conservatives and other people, who are starting to get extremely concerned that permanent damage can be done or is being done to their country,” Levin told POLITICO.