Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Not Trying to Start Anything, But... (Political)

I don't understand the Rush Limbaugh thing. When it comes to politics, I should say I'm about as likely to vote Dem as Rep. I'm listed as an Independent, but even that's not an overt political thing for me - I just find both sides sometimes do stupid things and both sides sometimes do smart things.

But Limbaugh? Really? He's the leader? That pretty much guts the GOP doesn't it? I mean, Limbaugh IS an entertainer, for goodness sake. I understand he has an Oprah-like platform, millions of people listen in everyday, etc. Fine. I get that and the kow-towing that comes with it. Certainly, nobody wants to piss him off intentionally. Understood. Hell, it would even be rude to in a certain way, but COME ON! He's a voice on the radio. He's not a leader. I can tell he's not a leader. Want to know how I'm so sure? He doesn't hold public office. As far as I know. Has he ever had to try to push a single bit of legislation through? Or make an executive decision that didn't involve donuts*?

Rush is a Monday morning quarterback. He puts spin on what real leaders have done. Frankly, if I were Mr. Steele, I wouldn't have taken back what I said. If there were enough pressure for me to do so, I'd rather quit than stroke Mr. Limbaugh's ego...Or any other part of him. Most likely, I wouldn't have responded to Rush's tirade. If anything, I would have put out a clarification that said: "We of the Republican party want America to succeed. We will work with the President to ensure that happens."
Given my penchant for sarcasm, I might have said something more like, "Sorry to Rush Limbaugh, I didn't mean to offend him. I thought for sure he was still high as a kite and wouldn't be paying attention..."

* Not a knock on his weight. I make executive decisions about donuts almost daily.


Blogger Graham Powell said...

I don't get Limbaugh either, and I generally vote Republican. I can only say there's all different kinds of conservatives. I'm a "budget hawk" conservative and a "strong foreign policy" conservative, but I don't have much time for "social" conservatives.

Limbaugh seems to appeal to those who feel that that the other side is just somehow wrong. Now, maybe Obama's polcieis won't work (I have my doubts about the stimulus), but there's nothing inherently "wrong" about him. And I don't think it's a racial thing, as I think Limbaugh and his fans feel the same way about Pelosi, John Kerry, etc.

March 03, 2009 11:03 AM  
Blogger JD Rhoades said...

Rush has given Obama a huge opportunity. If Obama can tie the GOP in the public's mind to a racist, self-aggrandizing drug addict who got caught coming back from a solo trip to the Dominican Republic with a suitcase fill of Viagra, then the public perception of the Republicans as the party of corruption, phoniness, hypocrisy and racism will be set in stone for years to come.

Bless their little hearts, the GOP seems determined to help Obama do just that by bowing the knee every time Rush bellows.

March 07, 2009 7:37 PM  

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