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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Rush to Conclusion

I was just reading this Buck Naked post about the Republicans and wound up reading an argument in the Huffington Post against the new Democratic Party strategy to paint Rush Limbaugh as the leader of the Republican Party. Peter Daou just doesn't see the wisdom in this new strategy.
Sorry guy, but I do.
Daou doesn't see the sense in "political calculus." If the Limbaugh situation were a trivial matter, I would agree with Daou. This is no time for petty politics. But Limbaugh is calling the shots now for the Republican Party. For some reason that is pretty hard for most Americans to understand, Republicans have submitted to the power of this man whom the leader of the Republican National Committee recently characterized as an "entertainer" whose show is "ugly" and "incendiary."
The problem is that Obama wants some sort of bipartisanship in Washington. Limbaugh doesn't. Limbaugh is getting his way. Obama isn't. And it is not in the interest of the American people at this point for Republicans to refrain from participating in government. Obama knows that. Limbaugh doesn't.
The majority of the American public are agreeing with Obama. They want Republicans to rejoin the government, to re-engage in real politics instead of objecting to everything that the American people need and want right now.
The majority of the American public want the Republicans to turn their backs on the hatefulness of right-wing conservative talking heads.
The only way that's going to happen is if we call it like it is, and right now the way it is is that Rush Limbaugh is leading the Republican Party with his ugly and incendiary rhetoric. Let's get it all out in the open and let the American people pressure their Republican senators and representatives to abandon Limbaugh and his America-hating dittoheads.