Rush Limbaugh is brilliant. He is an entertainer. And after 8 years of Bush is clearly . . . a Democrat.
What Limbaugh does as well as anyone is create division. He motivates his lemmings dittoheads by using buzzwords like ‘socialist’.
He has led the Republicans in a charge of obstructionism never before seen in politics. Being the opposition party is not about saying ‘no’ to everything. It is about working with the other party in order to reach a workable compromise. But after years of forcing right wing legislation down Americans throats, the Republicans have evidently decided to reject anything that comes from the Democratic Party.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Rush Limbaugh has also made it his mission to go after any Republican who is willing to work with the Democrats in order to reach a compromise. He is attacking any Republican for not being ‘conservative enough’.
Look at the debacle in the NY-23. The Republican candidate withdrew from the election after a Conservative candidate entered the race and said the Republican was not conservative enough. The Republican ended up endorsing the Democrat and the Conservative candidate lost.
Limbaugh is now targeting popular Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist in his U.S. Senate quest instead going with rightwing Marco Rubio.
Crist would most likely win big in the General Election but because Limbaugh says he isn’t conservative enough is opting for the polarizing Rubio – who potentially could push moderates and independents to the Democratic candidate.
Limbaugh has even taken to criticizing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for not outright rejecting the Healthcare Reform Bill. Limbaugh acknowledges that McConnell is against the bill but is adding amendments to the existing bill instead of rejecting it.
“They just need to say no; there’s nothing wrong with saying no to this!”
The Democrats do enough to shoot themselves in the foot. They introduced a poor healthcare reform bill that didn’t allow for compromise as it eliminated the liberal preferred single-payer option and are now negotiating the removal of the public option. The bill smells of corporate interests and does nothing to improve healthcare coverage for Americans.
If Republicans work toward this ‘compromise’, they will come out huge winners. This bill will push many moderates and independents toward the Republicans and will discourage liberals and progressives from voting next year.
Progressives and liberals are thinking that with an overwhelming majority in Congress and the White House behind healthcare reform legislation, a decent bill that provides quality healthcare coverage to all Americans and doesn’t cater to insurance and pharmaceutical companies should have been easy to pass.
Instead, what we see is a thousand plus page embarrassment of a bill that does nothing to change the mess we’re in.
All Limbaugh and company had to do was sit back and point to the garbage legislation that is coming from the Democrats. ‘Look, the Republicans are working to try to improve that rubbish by introducing amendments to the bill …”
But Limbaugh criticizes the more moderate in his party trying to take the Republicans even further to the right. In a year (2010) that was expected to see an incredible swing back towards the Republicans, is Limbaugh supporting candidates that are generally unelectable in state-wide elections.
Rubio is strong in his Republican district but if the Democrats put up a viable option, the Republicans could lose the state that they have controlled in the Governor’s mansion for 12 years. Moderates and Independents most likely would wind up voting for the Democrat over a far rightwing Republican especially when their preferred candidate – Crist – was thrown under the bus by his own party.
Where Limbaugh is intelligent, he certainly has to know that by supporting far-right candidates he will push the moderates and independents to the left – allowing for Democrats to have a successful 2010 campaign. As long as he keeps this up, I’m glad to have him part of the Democratic Party.
On a personal note: I am a fan of Charlie Crist – except when he is running for office. If the Republicans don’t want him and choose Rubio in their primary, I hope Crist pulls a ‘Joe Lieberman’ – either running as an Independent or as a Democrat.
My 2 Buck$