Rush - The Great Right Hope?

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    Back in the day, when someone asked if you’d heard the latest from Rush, it immediately conjured up visions of the legendary power rock band from Canada. The same question today, though, is more likely to evoke images of a mercurial and wily Conservative talk radio host than the talented trio from the Great White North.

    Where once the reply would have been, “Do they have a new record out”, today it’s “What’d he say now?!”

    Of course, I’m referring to Rush Limbaugh, he whose talent is on loan from God.

    The self-styled voice of Conservatism and a consummate self-promoter, Rush has selflessly stepped forward to defend the movement and its principals from the unmitigated assault he sees emanating from the White House and the Obama administration.

    Rallying the faithful at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, Rush launched into a blistering tour de force that has propelled his exposure and ego back to the heady days of the Clinton era when he was the face of the “Great Right Wing Conspiracy”. In the process, he has unwittingly given the President and the White House priceless political cover by becoming the story itself, instead of commenting on it.

    Don’t get me wrong. Rush is an intellectual and ideological powerhouse of the first magnitude. In truth, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and legions of authors, pundits and talk show hosts across the nation owe their success in no small part to Rush’s indefatigable and dogged efforts.

    However, at this point not only is he rallying the faithful among the Conservative ranks, he is also doing it among the devoutly Liberal. He inspires unrivaled passion and fury in both camps; one in support and the other opposition.

    The question on the minds of many is - How did this come to pass?

    The answer lies in two parts really. And both are relatively easy to understand.

    First, politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum.

    There is currently a power vacuum in the Conservative movement and the Republican Party. Rush, with his weekly audience of 16 million-plus loyal listeners, his reputation and influence among Conservatives generally speaking and his zeal for political combat – however personal it may become – is naturally positioned to fill that void.

    Many would naturally look to the leadership of the Republican Party and the Chairman in particular to step into the breach. While Michael Steele’s taking the helm at the Republican National Committee was greeted with great expectation and hope, he has to date been disjointed and incoherent at best and a bitter disappointment at worst.

    More than a month into his term, Steele’s executive staff lacks a chief of staff, a political director, a finance director or a communications director. So long as these critical elements of his staff are missing, his effectiveness will remain chronically crippled.

    In addition to offending and then subsequently kowtowing to Rush after the Conservative icon dressed him down on-air and condemned him to the children’s table of the movement, Steele has made repeated and highly embarrassing public gaffes that have left many Republicans nervous and questioning his ability to lead the Party organizationally, much less philosophically out of the political wilderness.

    That being the case, in the absence of any other credible and substantive contender, Rush is the de facto face of Conservatism and the loyal opposition for the time being. Controlling the largest bullhorn in the movement, with the White House, its Liberal base and the cable news networks eagerly awaiting his show each day and the target de jour of his scathing wit and analysis; this will remain so for some time to come.

    The second part of the answer can be found in the preferences of the White House and its’ supporters.

    Instead of having to defend the President’s proposed $3.55 trillion budget and projected $1.17 trillion deficit for fiscal year 2010, the White House and Liberal stalwarts like Paul Begala and James Carville are more than happy to play up Rush’s latest diatribe. They delight in highlighting the internecine warfare that is part and parcel of a political party wandering in the wilderness in search of direction, purpose and leadership. In the process, they have succeeded in transforming the debate into a clash of personalities and not ideas. Substance has been sacrificed for style as discussion of the nation’s future degenerates into the political equivalent of pro wrestling.

    While the outcome may be unknown at this point, what is certain is that it will not be Rush in the cage match for the title come November, 2012. While I have no doubt he’ll be at ring side loudly cheering on the President’s opponent, it will ultimately be someone else hitting the political mat and looking for the three count that John McCain never came close to sealing last November. The sooner the Republican Party can develop a staple of legitimate contenders to challenge for the belt, the better off they and the nation will be.

    In the meantime, Rush is gonna run wild on the Obama-maniacs, faithful readers! Oooohh yeeeeaahhh!!!

    Stay tuned for further updates as events warrant, the Republican Royal Rumble rises to a fevered pitch and the White House continues to benefit from a loyal opposition that is disjointed and leaderless.
     
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    An excellent analysis, I think.

    Yes, Rush is a real tool that serves the interests of those who seek to keep Americans targeting their neighbors, no doubt about it.

    The liberal wing of the Ruling class have no spokeperson that equals Rush.

    No single spokemouth claiming to be a liberal has the audience or the devoted followers that Rush has.

    Of course people like Carvel love the fact that Rush exists.

    He serves to reinforce the myth that liberalism and conservatism cannot coexist in America and that each philosophy cannot serve the interests of this nation, as they BOTH once did.

    Divide and conquor...truly the very best way to control any population in a shamocracy.
     
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    Rush has a lot of listeners, and a lot of them agree with him. That does not make him the voice of the Republican party, far from it. While there are some who agree with him on everything, most people I talk to, who have listened to him, say they agree with some of what he says but not everything.

    You have to give the guy credit though. He knows how to attract an audience.
     
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    It's not that he becomes the VOICE of the Republican party.

    It's that his supporters become the controling power within the Republican Party.

    He doesn't have to get every conservative to agree with him...just enough to give that wing of the party the power to nominate those who march to his drumbeat.
     
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    Only politcal junkies are following the Rush-white house thing, for most people it's a non starter.

    More and more are noticing it isn't getting better, stocks and still falling and the POTUS is proposing MORE spending, higher taxes and even a devasting cap & tax on energy that will put prices through the roof.

    Carvelle can craft all he wants, but when people get a doubled electric bill it isn't Rush they will be mad at, it will be obama.
     
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    Rush has pulled more people into the Big Tent than Lincoln.
     
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    The left has empowered Rush WAY more than the right. Maybe one day you guys will figure out your wailing and gnashing of teeth does more to popularize someone like Rush than anything HE actually does.
     
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    That's the only reason I have ever listened to him. Because the left was whining about him and I wanted to see why..

    They also lie about what he says,which I also found out after listening to him..
     
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    Stay tuned to what? You're not on TV. You're about a week and a half late with this and what events? You never update these "blogs" or whatever the fuck you call them. You're annoying as fuck.

    Stay tuned as I continue to stomp mud holes in your candy ass!
     
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    I wasn't really buying into this "Rush is the leader of the Republican party" talk until today when every conservative talk show host in America skewered Newt Gingrich for his comments. Now I'm not so sure that the party has any real leadership at all other than Rush.
     

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