Posts tagged Rush Limbaugh
Republicans, it seems, have lost some of their mojo in recent years. They were once the party of fiscal toughness, foreign policy superiority and ruthless skill when it came to waging elections, but demographic shifts and the changing tide of human events, coupled with increasing Democratic strength in the new media (and some serious policy missteps by Republicans) have dimmed the sinister gleam of the once-mighty “vast right wing conspiracy.” Politics, as we know, is never static.
But for the moment at least, the playing field appears to have leveled quite significantly.
However, there is still one area where conservatives outshine liberals by several orders of magnitude. This is the sphere of political messaging — the “noise machine” — where Republicans reign supreme.
When it comes to developing and spreading a political message, the Republican party operates like a well-rehearsed rock ‘n’ roll band, with FOX News on vocals and lead guitar, the RNC on bass, John McCain on drums, National Review on keyboard, and Sarah Palin playing the triangle. But the set of giant amplifiers that pump up the volume and send the music blasting though the stadium and out into the street…that’s talk radio. And the sound system functions so effectively that by contrast, Democratic messaging resembles a discreet little group in evening dress, playing chamber music off in a quiet corner of the lounge. (more…)
I’ve written before about the “Republican War on Women”. It’s a meme, to be sure, but one that seems to have some stickiness or even truthiness to it, because key Republicans keep doing things that are so gloriously tone-deaf.
Instead of concentrating on jobs, the Republicans in the House concentrated on sex. House committees investigating the conflict between women’s previously established right to contraceptive services and the desires of the Catholic Church refused to hear testimony from women. When Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held shadow committee meeting with Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke testifying, de facto Republican spokesman Rush Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut”.
Faced with the ensuing controversy, Republican National Committee chairman called the idea of a “Republican War on Women” a false and pervasive meme, likening it to a mythical “War on Caterpillars”. Regardless of what he meant, the caterpillars were enraged. (more…)
The biggest, most dangerous problem currently facing the United States is not the deficit or the debt. It is lard. No, not the sort that gets slathered into appropriations bills. I’m referring to the kind of lard that is packed onto the butts and bellies of more than half of all Americans. The United States now has one of the highest obesity rates in the world. Mississippi is officially the fattest state, with more than 70% of its population either overweight or obese. And while it may be leading for now, a lot of other states are gaining fast.