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Hey, Democrats: Stop Rushing Over The Cliff

Let me make one thing clear: I am no fan of Rush Limbaugh. I stopped listening to him back during the "Chelsea Clinton/Dog" incident, and it was only in the past couple of years that I stopped holding him in contempt. I still don't listen to him, as his style puts me off, but I do have a great deal of respect for his accomplishments and abilities.

That being said, I think that the Democrats really, really need to stop going after him -- such as the now-aborted plan to charge him criminally over his "meddling" in the Democratic primaries by encouraging Republicans and cross party lines to vote for Hillary Clinton.

There are so many reasons why this is a bad thing. Especially for them.

First up, many of those most upset over the matter had no problems when Kos of Daily Kos fame urged just the same, to monkey-wrench Republican primaries.

Limbaugh's fans love him a lot more than your fans love you. He can rally considerably more support than you can possibly hope for.

Limbaugh has not just a history, but an absolute gift for turning attacks against him around to make his attackers look like idiots. Remember that letter that (I think) all the Democrats in the Senate signed condemning him? He took that letter and put it up on EBay, with all the proceeds going to a very worthy charity. Then he bundled a bunch of other stuff with the letter, designed to tweak the Democrats even further -- including a Halliburton briefcase. Then he said that he would personally, out of his own pocket, match the highest bid with a check to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. Then he challenged the 41 Democratic Senators (among them some extremely wealthy people -- like John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Jay Rockefeller, and a scad more multi-millionaires) to match his offer, individually or collectively.

Limbaugh is referred to, with considerable justification, as "the king of talk radio." Ralph Waldo Emerson had it right: "when you strike at a king, you must kill him." One does not attack to injure a king; the retaliation of a wounded king is often extremely fatal.

Finally, Limbaugh thrives on attention. He revels in it. It's not only tremendously personally gratifying, it's great for his career. When he gets attacked, it's almost always to his benefit.

The only real reason to support these attacks on Limbaugh is for the sheer entertainment value. Those of us who don't care for either side will enjoy the spectacle, and that is tremendously tempting to me.

But the Democrats who get involved in this are often elected officials, and there is a part of me -- the patriotic part, the non-partisan element -- that gets depressed when our chosen leaders make such asses of themselves in such public ways. As a citizen and taxpayer of the United States, I want -- and expect -- better of them, utterly regardless of their party affiliation.

But there's also that tiny little voice that says "fire up the popcorn, this could be grand entertainment!"


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Comments (11)

His commentary does lack tr... (Below threshold)

His commentary does lack transparency, that's for sure.

When it comes to the Dim/Re... (Below threshold)
Paden Cash:

When it comes to the Dim/Retard divide, I couldn't agree more. As for the Lib/Con divide, I fall on the Con side. It is not that they are always correct, but have you ever listened to the Libs. So much anger and rage. If they have ideas, I can't get through the hate to listen. Besides, they want to use the force of the state to make me over into one of them. Honest disagreement is not tolerated, and is cast as evil. If they want me to listen, they need to stop screaming. I like Rush, but I rarely ever listen to him.

Yeah! I love this election... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

Yeah! I love this election cycle. It's like being in high school and seeing all your most despised bullies beat each other to a bloody pulp in the school yard. I hope they cripple each other into total political incapacity. I can't wait for that "open-border" loving, free-speech hating McCain to get the full attention of the Demo(c)rat character assassination machine.

Butter on the popcorn, please.

I can't wait for that "o... (Below threshold)
John S:

I can't wait for that "open-border" loving, free-speech hating McCain to get the full attention of the Demo(c)rat character assassination machine.

Except that when the Demoncrats finish pummelling each other there will be less than 8 weeks to the election and McCain will be sitting on a 20 point lead. Get ready for Bush 3.0, whether you think it's a good idea or not.

I think Rush has gotten bet... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

I think Rush has gotten better over time. I remember in the '90's when he did the abortion/vacuum cleaner schtick--that was a turn off.

But he is entertaining, and hits it about right 95% of the time. He is one of the guys, along with Buckley, who were warriors for conservatives. He on the retail end, WFB on the wholesale side.

Did Rush start this rumor h... (Below threshold)

Did Rush start this rumor himself? For attention?

I forget, did ONE of those ... (Below threshold)
SteveC:

I forget, did ONE of those donkeys give a penny to the MCLEF? I just remember Harry Reid *trying* to take credit for the aftermath of that pathetic letter of his and trying to paint Rush as some anti-military bastige.

Limbaugh did not start the ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Limbaugh did not start the accusation and none of the aforementioned jackasses gave a single penny towards the MCLEF.

I don't care for some of his bombastic comments but there is always the entertainment value of him turning the tables on the other side with the howls of discomfort emminating when his barbs hit the mark.

I think it was Machiavelli ... (Below threshold)
SATerp:

I think it was Machiavelli with the "Never wound a king" thing.

You are right about his bei... (Below threshold)
Largin Testin:

You are right about his being the King and even Rush reiterates that the reason he is initially listened to is his humor and then one can learn from his remarkable insight into the diseased liberal mind. I, like you , quit his show for several years after a comment he made about tobacco not being addictive! Nobody is perfect. Every other right slant radio show uses the same formula that King rush has been successful with to their various degrres of understanding and ability. Even Ann (acid) Coulter. It is similar to listening to Beatles era music and hearing their influence in seemingly every other pop song of the age. Long live the Rush guy, he does love America! the artman

This election cycle is pret... (Below threshold)
Chris G:

This election cycle is pretty tame compared to '04. Limbaugh is working hard to stay relevant because his old foe (and also the one he has the highest commercial interest in getting elected) Hillary is behind Obama in national poles. He can't attack Obama in a way different than what Hillary is doing. And concervatives' disdain for McCain has given him more credibiity among moderates who loathe Hillary, and are bothered by Obama's inexperience.

So at this point, his best value in the equation is to keep the Dems in the Capitol Building hyperventilating. Which makes the left look like even more of a cluster(gutter-slang for sexual intercourse) given their primaries are still going on 3 months after they started.




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