Rush vs. the World

Maybe we’ll start seeing some establishment Republicans pushing for a return of the Fairness Doctrine.

USA Today has a play-by-play of the warfare that’s developed on the right, which all comes down to the central question of whether Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican party.

Here’s the quick version: Rush speaks at CPAC, RNC chair Michael Steele rebukes him, Rush hits back, Steele caves, and Rahm Emanuel eggs them on.

Actually, David Frum puts into words what some other Republicans are too timid to say. He calls Limbaugh “a man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as “losers.” With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence – exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party. And we’re cooperating! Those images of crowds of CPACers cheering Rush’s every rancorous word – we’ll be seeing them rebroadcast for a long time.”

This may be just the start of intraparty warfare or the start of a stronger populist revolt, but no matter what happens next, there is one person who is most likely to benefit: Rush Limbaugh. The reason: He’s an entertainer. Just make sure to spell his name right.

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