Elected Republicans Blaming Limbaugh and Beck for GOP’s Woes
Yeah, all that’s holding the Republicans back is Glenn Beck and El Rushbo.
Many top Republicans are growing worried that the party’s chances for reversing its electoral routs of 2006 and 2008 are being wounded by the flamboyant rhetoric and angry tone of conservative activists and media personalities, according to interviews with GOP officials and operatives.
Congressional leaders talk in private of being boxed in by commentators such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh — figures who are wildly popular with the conservative base but wildly controversial among other parts of the electorate, and who have proven records of making life miserable for senators and House members critical of their views or influence.
Everyone, all together now: awwwwwwwwwww.
Quick quiz: which of the following wingnut media types do not engage in angry, flamboyant rhetoric? El Rushbo, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, Neal Boortz, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, G. Gordon Liddy, Laura Ingraham, Hugh Hewitt, Mark Levin, Bill Bennett. Because they were all spewing their hateful tirades when Republicans were winning elections and talking of permanent majorities.
Turd Blossom is right for once:
“The question will be whether the Republican candidates next year can talk about a lot of kitchen-table issues and the deficit and spending,” Rove said.
And that’s why Republicans are screwed. Because those Republican candidates will tell us that the Answer to Everything is smaller government, lower taxes, increased defense spending, and keeping the brown people out. Exactly what they said during the “angry white man” Gingrich 90s, exactly what they said when they ruled the country during the Bush/Cheney years, and exactly what they said in 2006 and 2008 when they got their asses bounced out of every level of government.
Being closely associated with two hugely unpopular clowns with substance abuse issues may not be helpful to an already reeling party, but it’s the failed policies and incompetent governance of the GOP that killed the GOP — not the wingnut media industry.