Republicans have received their talking points regarding L’Affaire Limbaugh. You could tell by watching the teevee for five minutes last night. It goes like this:
It’s all Obama’s fault. He should be busy coming up with solutions to our problems so we can vote against them, but noooo. He’s creating a distraction by starting a fight with Rush. The ever credulous Chris Matthews tended to agree, despite the Obama-nspired leg tingling.
Matthews might buy it but most of us don’t. First off, while the White House certainly had a hand in feeding this frenzy, they must have taken a collective five to ten minutes discussing it. That might even include the time it took to indulge in a chuckle about the ensuing hysteria. After that it’s been all media, blogs and Republican apologies to the sociopath.
What the White House is doing is giving the Republican Party a chance to find a spine and to appeal to normal people. To take a hard look at themselves and reassess where they’ve been and move more into the mainstream of the USA. They’re not taking it. Or to put a finer point on it, they’re not allowing anyone in their party to take that opportunity.
In the most pathetic display of cravenness in the public arena, one by one they grovel at the feet of Rush Limbaugh, the big fat sociopath who must be obeyed. Rush Limbaugh, a radio talk show host who has made a fortune out of helping dittoheads get in touch with their inner lynch mob. That’s what the Republican party has become. Electing a black man to the chairmanship of the RNC (for however long that lasts) doesn’t disguise that the GOP has become the party of the Angry White Dumbass. And if they don’t walk away from Rush that’s what they’ll stay, which is a problem for them in this era of changing demographics.
P.S. I never thought that the rightwing would be providing this much entertainment immediately post-election.