That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.
As Republicans still wring their hands over Rush Limbaugh, Politico has a story about the Democrats efforts to paint him as the leader of the Republican party, including statements coming out of the White House. The long and the short of it: They are organized in a campaign to declare him their leader, bolstered by poll numbers showing the radio talk show host unpopular in particular for voters under 40.
“It’s great for us, great for him, great for the press,” James Carville said of Limbaugh. “The only people he’s not good for are the actual Republicans in Congress.”
Brian Lowry writes, “For Limbaugh, of course, this is all good news, and he sounded not-so-secretly delighted at being the center of attention on such a vast stage during his radio show Tuesday. Lacking other identifiable big-name Republicans to lampoon, David Letterman called Limbaugh a “bonehead” on Monday night, while Jimmy Fallon joked that Limbaugh wanted his new show to fail, too. (It’s still early for Fallon, but in terms of the premiere, he got his wish on that one.)
“Limbaugh is undoubtedly the loudest conservative voice out there right now, and Sean Hannity probably ranks second. But Limbaugh is an entertainer, which is liberating for him but also perilous for politicians drawn into his orbit. They’re concerned about broadening their base; Limbaugh — sitting on a $400 million syndication deal — need only satisfy his existing one.”
Stewart & Sandra: Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor visits “The Daily Show,” promoting a new website that addresses attacks on “activist” judges.
Abuzz: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are in Washington this week, with Pitt planning to meet tomorrow with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to Yeas & Nays.