And see that is where your estimation fails. Rush doesn't tell anyone what or how to think. He merely expresses his opinion.
Al Franken gave it a valiant effort and the left even had an entire Radio conglomerate. Anyone remember Air America? It failed because nobody listened. All they could do was bash Bush personally. Any kind of actual conversation turned into a Bush bash or it turned into a Bush bash.
The conversations always were about the "facists" and the "bigots" and all the other names in the book. Again, my point about the extremists.
And not to put too fine a point on the subject, Rush Limbaugh has the highest average audience for a 3 hour show. Some 20 million listeners I think. Statistically that is a much larger percentage than can be passed off as extremists. In fact it is quite mainstream. So to dismiss Limbaugh as an extremist is to make the same mistake the media is making.
Yes, AM Radio, that's the ticket. Back to the Future!
Rush's "20 million listeners" is a myth. His audience is the shrinking group of old white guys who can't figure out how to use an iPod. He couldn't even stop McCain.
I think it's a brilliant ploy by Obama. The RNC has been trying to paint Obama with the "extremist" brush since he emerged. Well, Obama is painting them back. Limbaugh has two decades of insane sayings, bad predictions and out right lies that will make wonderful campaign commercials. The period between 2008 to 2010 is the pre-revolutionary period in this country. The elections of 2010 will decide the future, the GOP has 14 Senate seats up for grabs, and if it loses much more in the House, the Democrats will get the 2/3's it needs to pass constitutional amendments.
The only people who care for Limbaugh are tired out white guys who think the 90's never ended. Each year demographics does it work, the old white guys die, replaced by Latinos and other minorities the GOP has spent decades writing off or pissing off. The Steele ploy was brilliant. The RNC's national black boy has to go groveling to Massa Rush, something lost on most white people, but something that every minority person has taken note of.
In the wings is Limbaugh's decade of women-bashing, the man is a closet gay who hates women, it comes out left and right in his tirades. Next comes his years of bashing Latinos and his racist statements against the Phildelphia Eagles quarterback. And it isn't going to stop, Limbaugh's huge ego relishes in being the new head of the GOP, even if it means that his presence at the top means the GOP will be restricted to it's base of greedy old white guys. I think it is brilliant. Now we've got them arguing with each other, it's like getting the enemy to shoot at each other. I love it.