It's pathetic that the face of the Republican party has repeatedly shown his moronic racist and gender discriminatory attitude and no one in that party dares to piss him off. As long as Rush preaches his hate the GOPtards will be vulnerable to social issues and continue to see shrinking support.
Just how much influence does Limbaugh have, though? It's easy to denounce him if no one cares but if there's a small army out there who won't vote for you unless you're deferential to his views then that's the problem.
I mean, just think to that incident where Limbaugh called that woman a slut. No major Republican that I'm aware of came out and bashed that as the vile **** it was, which means they made the calculation that they stood to lose more votes than gain by repudiating it.
Assume for a minute they're right. Who are those people? I mean, a solid 98% of my family are Republicans. There might be a dingbat or two in there willing to stand behind some tortured and misogynistic version of that logic, but not many.
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Seems that the Republican Party is doing some soul searching. This is a good thing. Just to hold onto the "base" a national candidate has to pander to way too diverse a group of people, all the while alienating the voting groups they need to reach to win. Even W in both of his wins won by a finger nail. The Republican base is not enough to win a national election anymore. So do the Republicans need to completely reinvent themselves? No of course not. What they do need to do is stop alienating the people they need to vote for them. They need to win over people that agree with them on fiscal issues. They need to change their we know best attitude and try to relate to people that have not voted Republican before.
There is no equivalent among the liberals that I know of to Rush or Glenn Beck or Ann Coulter, where craziness is matched by huge audiences who won't stand for seeing that craziness repudiated it. Bill Maher maybe? He's a comedian after all, like Beck. Keith Olbermann? At least he's a professional journalist, which neither Rush nor Beck nor Coulter is.
But anyway you slice it, I think you'd agree there's no liberal media figure whose words carry as much weight in Washington as Rush Limbaugh. So while you might not take him very seriously there is obviously enough people who very much do.
i don't mind maddow, I actually watch her show sometimes and agree with her on some things. Ed Schultz and o'donnell are steaming piles of **** and are easily as bad as Limbaugh.
I don't think the left doesn't see the similarity in idiocy of their talking heads. But what the Republicans can't admit is their talking heads are doing them more damage than good on a national scale. It's easy to point to Rush et al and it hurts them with undecided voters.