Are there any adult loyal-opposition Republicans out there, who will do the right thing and stand up to Limbaugh-Hannity-Levin?

We already had this discussion earlier this year –Rush Limbaugh as de facto, de faulto, Leader of the Republican Party.
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If there were any adult Republicans who disagreed with his extreme rightwing views, you’d never know it.
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Why?
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Not a peep out of a one of them!
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Every man-jack of them feared getting “the Bum’s Rush” at poll-time in 2010; feared drawing a “Rush of Ire”….
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There’s principle for you! –the principle of CYA. (Actually, to be precise, the principle of CYA at election time.)
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In the anatomy of the political animal, it is apparently a physical impossibility to Stick Your Neck Out when you have No Backbone.
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Orrin Hatch is SO SAD about losing his much-loved friend Ted Kennedy, but apparently not REALLY SAD ENOUGH to remain faithful to the memory of Ted, and to that much-vaunted aisle-crossing urge that we heard so much about during the Obsequies, which Orrin obsequiously persuaded us was the highest expression of politics….
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He was right….
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But how quickly it evaporated!
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On the Sunday shows today, he confined himself to those little Hatchian barbs that are the trademark of Orrin the Lesser. He is The Utah Dude who spikes that silvery-sibillant patter of his with the odd with-it phrase: today I noticed it was “You can say THAT again”.
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(And no doubt Orrin will.)
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Orrin the Lesser will never stand up to Rush-Sean-Mark. The question is: is there really an Orrin the Greater? After Ted?
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Rush Limbaugh speaks for The Republican Party. Yes, I know the RL riff about being A Conservative, but am not persuaded. Even in his dubious deflection and refusal of that De-Facto Mantle –James Brown was much more convincing!– Rush preens in the glare. Those nattering-nabobs of narcissism love to hear/read their own names, and Rush will never pass up an opportunity to quote them as proof of his standing as…. De Facto Leader.)
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Have no doubt about it: These extreme radio right wingers lead the no-surrender opposition to the Adminstration’s attempts to solve the huge abiding problems of our nation.
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That much-vaunted Town-Hall Tea-Bag anger has been stoked daily 9-Hours a day by our rightwing radio trio’s over-the-top tirade.
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Do try to tune into (any one of) them just for a few minutes: that anger that you will hear goes on at Full Tilt for Nine Hours –every day! It’s like opening your front door when there’s a blizzard raging outside! Or perhaps a better metaphor would be opening the door to a raging furnace and suddenly feeling the intense heat.
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And who are these Town-Hall Tea-Baggers? (–the ones who want to keep the Government out of their Medicare!)
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If I did a survey, I would want to ask them if they listen to Rush Plus –how often, how long?
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And it is probably not without significance that Rush Plus’s main advertiser is The Boston Medical Group.
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Who is the Boston Medical Group, and what do they do?
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The Boston Medical group is in the business of helping anguished males with Erectile Disfunction. “E.D.” is the newly polite way to refer to it. Or who suffer from Premature Ejaculation, or “P.E.”. Or who want to, shall we say, add to their penile stature. OK, let’s not beat around the bush; we’re all adults here. It’s called Penile Enlargement.
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(Is that “P.E.” too? Now I’m confused.)
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Now, why do you suppose The Boston Medical Group would be the main advertisers on those High-Testosterone Rush-Sean-Mark Shows?
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Let us be clear here –we will let the impugning to others. There has never –to my knowledge– been a suggestion that the “resolve” of Rush-Sean-Mark needed “stiffening”. True, there was that trafficking in pain-killers, but –come on–that was in carparks.
And all three of their programs come on precisely at noon, 3 pm, and 6 pm –although it is true that all three have more than a tendancy to shoot-off-their-mouths; and none too-maturely. That –one might say– is their trademark.
And as for enlargment, surely we would have to reject any suggestion of any room for enlargement in our three heroes, so endowed with wisdom are they.
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But the idea that Rush-Sean-Mark’s Town-Hall Tea-Bag angry audience is a lucrative audience –as it clearly is; (otherwise, why?)…– for The Boston Medical Group in the fields of E.D. and P.E. (not to mention that other P.E.) may hold some clues as to identities, in these aggravated, even vi-aggravated times.
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The various and sundry crises that our society is ongoingly immersed in –particularly the recession– did present us all with an opportunity to take responsibility. An opportunity to identify our problems, and to fix them.
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But -have you noticed?
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Unfortunately we can’t find ONE LEADER to own up, to take responsibility.
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No one has done ANYTHING WRONG!
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No one has made a “mistake”.
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Allen Greenspan, with his “partially responsible” (what a masterful construction that was!) seemed to get close. But, no cigar for Allen: he was still blaming the others. Their behavior was…beyond his belief.
“Partially responsible”: can you imagine Adam and Eve using that in The Garden? Rewrite Genesis? Now there’s an interesting idea!
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And John McCain’s evasive formula was “Enough mistakes to go round.” He used that on several occasions, whereas I only remember George W. Bush wafting his “Mistakes were made” once.)
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And fair is fair: so far as I know, nobody actually claimed “Yes, there were mistakes, but the mistakes made themselves.”

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Now it is all Green Shoots. And Recovery. And Stock Markets going up and up. And Goldman Sachs making huge profits again. And bonusses being paid out (–even if it is us who are paying them with our money, that we lost already.)
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Everybody –especially the banks– want us all to shut up so we can all return to that pre-Bubble concept of The BubbleHead Consumer, with all those BubbleHead Consuming Appetites. The very same appetites that got us into our various crises, and keep us there with –among other things– a tsunami of credit card debt, still to reach shore.
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A populace with a big streak of immature-indulgence (–you all know who you are!–) gives no indication, no serious indication, of wanting to change anything. Of wanting to call The Perpetrators, Their Exploiters, to account. We are, I fear, all set for a return to Business as Usual.
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Remember our poem?:

“CALVIN COOLIDGE MEETS AIG”
The Business of America
is to give Americans
the Business.
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Republicans might consider this: It is their default Leader, the aforesaid Mr. Limba(ugh!) that they should look to for the defeat of their own own 2008 candidate John McCain!
For most of 2008, RL spoke out with daily vituperation against McCain as a traitor to true conservatism, even to the point of avowing his preference for four years of Conservatism-in-Exile, rather than a McCain victory!
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His colleague Ann Coulter went even further: she declared that she would vote for Hillary Clinton rather than John McCain!
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(Careful, Ms Coulter, what you wish for: the political fates almost obliged you –until they came up with an even better “yes-we-can” idea.)
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So –yes, it is true!
We have Mr. Limbaugh in part to thank for Barack Obama’s victory.
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I am sure that in their heart-of-Republican-hearts all those reasonable Republicans loathe their extremist, overpaid, uncouth, Bloviator-in-Chief for destroying their candidate.
Right about now I’m prepared to bet that they really would prefer John the Maverick and Sarah the….what IS she now?…in The White House. (Careful with that Demonizing now.)
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Except….
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…As I have remarked above, it is an anatomical impossibility to stick out your neck when you have no backbone.
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Maybe one or more of them will surprise us. Maybe one or more of them will stick their necks out.
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Should I hold my breath?


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