Ahhh, The Evil Plan!

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March 4, 2009 10:43 a.m.

These are trying times. So I appreciate the right wing media’s efforts to keep me rolling in laughs. I happened over to Drudge’s site to see “Enemies List: White House Plots Limbaugh Coverage”. That links through to Jonathan Martin’s piece in The Politico. And Michael Scherer picks it up in Time in a sort of broad-ranging homage to the greatness of David Broder.

It seems the Obama White House is mobilizing the vast power of the federal government to make Rush really popular among GOP nutball dead-enders, then coax various Republican officials to criticize Rush and then compel these same officials to issue craven and humiliating recantations of those criticisms.

The right’s capacity for gonzo victimhood really knows no end. Let’s focus on the realities here. Most people don’t like Rush Limbaugh. But for whatever reason he remains a redeemer-like figure for the rump of the Republican party. Politically that’s a very bad place for the GOP to be. They’re unable to criticize him. And their need to kowtow to him marginalizes them. But enough of the structural ins and outs of it. Fundamentally, it’s bad for Republicans because Rush is really where the GOP is right now. That’s all that’s left. And most Americans really don’t like that.

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