There are two things that consistently drive me crazy about Rush Limbaugh. First is his irrational hatred of John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The second is his problem with "blue blood Republicans" and "country club Republicans."
Listening to Greta Van Susteren's series of excellent interviews with Limbaugh, I learned something. Evidently there have been "blue bloods" and "country clubbers" who have treated him like dirt at one time or another. I know the feeling. Only I've been treated like dirt by the far right conservatives and religious right.
I don't know if Rush is fueling the "civil war" in the GOP. To be honest, I don't think there are all that many "country club blue bloods" left in the GOP. The ones who are left appear to be supporting Mitt Romney, or, like Peggy Noonan, have completely gone over to the dark side and are slobbering servants of Barack Obama. Maybe he's talking about Kathleen Parker who is a Democrat in Republican's clothing.
Poor Rush thinks the GOP is still run by a bunch of country club Republicans who pay lip service to conservative values but are basically liberals. I have news for Rush Limbaugh — those country club Republicans he detests are the very men and women who labored night and day to put Ronald Reagan in office and did the same to make Newt's Contract with America a dream. I know. I worked side by side with these people.
The real problem is the rise of the extreme right, libertarian, tea party drinkers, who changed the game and have no rules.
Rush has this misguided theory that the "new" extreme conservative can win elections. Conservatives have won three major election cycles: Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich and his Contract with America, and George W. Bush. Now, are we talking conservative values or personality?
He then points to the Congressional defeats in 2004, '06, and '08 as an example of why conservative values must be used in order to win elections. It's like this. One of the real problems was the rise of the far, far, far, far outrageous right that that has slipped beyond reason. They are now more interested in the showman-like, overacting rants of Glenn Beck to the point where they are ignoring the fact that Beck is now "libertarian" and detests the GOP.
Which brings us to the real problem — the rise of the third party, independent, libertarian, and extreme right. They're lead by a handful of right wing talking head radio and television hosts who obviously have an agenda far beyond that of winning elections. They seem to be more interested in proving a point to promote the sale of a recent book than in doing what is right and honorable for the nation. Face facts. The far right is controlled by a bunch of literary hacks who are out for number one. It's about ratings, power, and money. Winning elections is secondary. Let's just call it for what it is — show me the money!
So, our little power-tripping, money-grabbing talking heads told their listeners to go out and vote for someone other than Republicans. Teach that naughty old GOP a lesson. (Then "I" can write a book about it.) Put 'em in their place. (Help "me" sell books.) They all but endorsed the Democratic candidates who paid lip service to all the right causes. (Give me more time on FOX as a well-paid pundit.) When those same Democrats defeated the GOP, our talking radio heads celebrated. (Book sales hit best seller lists). Conservatives had spoken. (They enriched the talking heads). They kicked out the less conservative Republicans and elected conservative Democrats.
A few of those "Yellow Dogs" ended up switching parties. But those "Blue Dogs" are nothing but Democratic pit bulls, junkyard dogs in poodle designer togs. The same talking radio head conservative pundit book-pushing millionaires who are now wringing their hands about the "Blue Dogs" need to go back and to listen to their tapes following the elections of these people. They were disgusting, crowing about the defeat of the treasonous GOP and the election of conservative Democrats.
Sorry, Rush, but they are the ones who have ruined the GOP.
I think one of the things that bothers me is this constant slamming of "country club" Republicans. I have a little side note: most of them are dead and buried. They were of the Ronald Reagan generation. The ones who are still alive donated and voted for John McCain. But the more conservative of the senior citizen conservatives are the ones who refused to go out and vote against Barack Obama. The same people his Democrats are planning to kill with health care reform are the ones who could have prevented this fine mess in which we now find ourselves. Don't you love the irony?
I'm beginning to wonder when Rush waxes poetic about "country club Republicans" if he isn't talking about turn-coats like Peggy Noonan. She has a few of her literary cohorts who are basically Obama-lovin' traitors, but there are very few country club Republicans left. Trust me, I know. I've spent my whole life in the grass roots of the GOP. The era of the country club Republican is long gone.
Maybe that's our problem. Maybe we really need more people like that to balance the absolutely irrational stupidity and conservative viciousness of the Ron Paul libertarians. What we need are more intellectually honest conservatives who don't mind admitting that we've been defeated by that great big center of "independents" who are neither liberal or conservative but moderate.
They are the ones who voted for Obama. The Republicans Rush and his buddies like to denigrate are the ones who worked our little hearts out for John McCain and all Republicans. We are the loyal Republicans who don't give a rip about sticking our finger in the air to check the ACU rating (which is 90% for Lindsey Graham, by the way). We are more interested in promoting the ideals of the GOP — limited taxes, pro business, small government, and strong national security.
We hear, constantly, how bad John McCain's campaign was. If you look at the vote totals, in any other year, McCain would have had a landslide. Why not admit he was defeated by the most corrupt political machine this country has ever known?
Why not tell the truth?
People like Rush Limbaugh don't mince words when it comes to criticizing John McCain. They don't mind going after Barack Obama. But they have no honesty when it comes to dealing with the McCain Campaign.
Makes you wonder why, doesn't it? Perhaps they are a little guilty for denigrating him and not working harder. (Just a theory).
John McCain was not defeated by Sarah Palin. He was not defeated by running a terrible campaign. He was not defeated by a lack of money. He was defeated by Barack Obama's abject corruption and unwillingness to tell the truth about anything. He was defeated by a media that was so slobberingly in love with him that over a dozen now actually work in his administration.
John McCain and the GOP were also defeated by the growing libertarian problem. There is nothing wrong with having a "libertarian" GOP streak. When I take one of those "what party are you" tests, I always score "libertarian", but there is something seriously disturbed by this current tea party, unaffiliated, play dirty libertarian movement that is starting to grow here in this country.
When I hear or read someone say they "have no party" and are "unorganized," then do nothing but diss the GOP, I now look for the Ron Paul libertarian. Unfortunately they are being fed by people like Rush Limbaugh who need to figure out that there is a difference between "conservative," "Republican," and what is going on today.
I truly fear we are watching the rise of a new, very nasty, ugly, will-stoop-to-anything libertarian movement. If so, then God help us all. The nation is doomed. Fed by the irrational, money-motivated ranting of people like Glenn Beck, who needs either a time-out with a Prozac chaser or a hot pink duct tape gag across his mouth, well-meaning Republicans are being sucked into the libertarian black hole of false pretenses.
If it continues, we can kiss our country good-bye. They will split the vote enough for Obama to continue winning and for Princess Pelosi to maintain her majority.
Kinda makes you wonder what side they really are on, doesn't it?