So I was thinking this week about all this hullabaloo about Rush Limbaugh. I was thinking from a strategic and tactical view point. Why are the Democrats continually putting Limbaugh in the limelight? Apparently they think that this is something that will harm Republicans.
Rush Job: Inside Dems' Limbaugh plan - Jonathan Martin - POLITICO.com
So this then begs the question of who votes. We know that time and again that the people who vote are the 30 somethings on up. This is further examined here:
Political Arithmetik: Age, Turnout and Votes
Now let's look at this all in as an objective way as possible. Let's forget the whole Republican Democrat difference (as if there are any).
- Rush is controversial because the mainstream media makes him controversial.
- The conservative element of the Republican party in this country has been lacking a personality to clearly articulate its goals and objectives since Newt Gingrich.
- The mainstream media has continually marginalised Limbaugh as an extremist. Nobody wants to be known as a person who laps up extremism so it is arguable that the people who are easily swayed and not as involved in the political goings on of this country (which we see is the majority of people in this country) by the media would not listen to Limbaugh's message.
So what is the result or the upshot of all of this?
The media is doing nothing but eating its own propaganda. It believes that Limbaugh is such a nut case that nobody will listen to him. The problem is, Limbaugh is more convincing than Obama when it comes to speaking, he is not tied down with political allegiances and worried about which group will turn on him. He can say whatever he wants and he does.
Limbaugh (whether you agree with him or not) has a following of people that rivals in commitment to that of Obama's supporters. True believers if you will.
All of this taken with the historical fact that in times of crisis or unrest, the American people have rallied behind a true conservative message (Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Reagan, Gingrich). Most recently just look at the Contract with America.
I really do not see how smart people like Carville think that this is going to pay dividends in the long run. The media is just giving wider voice to an arguably, more persuasive argument.