He does have "talent on loan from God." :eyeroll:
I think I may have just threw up in my mouth a little.
I am not a Rushie fan, never have been, though I am definitely a conservative. Does that make me a blasphemer?
No. Even when I was a Republican, and I felt the government needed to focus primarily on fiscal reduction and responsibility, Rush was a repugnant ass. Don't like Rush, Coulter, the Fox talking heads. To my way of thinking, the WWE analogy is appropriate: they're entertainers, if that sort of thing entertains you.
Limbaugh is about as much a "leader" in the Republican party as Keith Olbermann "leads" Democrats. The Republicans are a losing demographic, and need to chuck the talking points of the past 8 years, and decide if they want to be the party of Mitt, or the party of Arnold, or the party of Bobby. And by that, I mean stay the course (Mitt, not going to work no matter how much conservatives like Mitt), or move to the center (Arnold, thus abandoning the social conservative issues), or find an iconoclast to recast the focus (Bobby Jindal, who sounds a bit like a nipping cur right now).
I think it's people like Jindal, and Newt, who will have to carry the banner for the Repubs. Ideologues who aren't afraid to run counter to conventional wisdom, whose stock and trade are bold ideas. I actually disagree with quite a bit of what both of them say, but at least they're not just stuffed suits. And that's the only way forward for the R's, bold ideas. Just as Obama serves as a corrective to failed Bush policies, the next wave of conservatives will need to stop sounding like out-of-step and out-of-touch speedbumps to the Obama agenda, and will need to form a cohesive argument as to what their own vision is. The difficult part of that will be realizing how the Republican platform of the past decade has failed, and has disenfranchised the majority opinion.
It's that last part -- self-critique, rather than criticizing Obama -- where I don't see much hope for the Rs. The party has fallen hard.