Saturday, January 17, 2009

Some thoughts on Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh is a grown-up, a very successful grown-up. He can handle a little vilification in the enemy camp.

Two things are interesting:

He doesn’t get Rush’s message. Mr. Limbaugh wants President Obama to fail not just because it’s provocative to say so and profitable to say so, but also because President Obama program is antithetical to liberty (in Rush’s view). The Media doesn’t seem to understand this point. Their assessment that ideology needs to be complemented with new policies seems to have allowed him to turn a slightly deaf ear to ideology.

The Rush are very cogent and accurate. The Republicans do need to explain that Rush is one voice among many, and the Republicans do need to emphasize policies such as free-market health-care reform. And Republicans do need to show that Republican policies are better at ameliorating economic pain than Democratic policies. Rush Limbaugh, both at CPAC and on his show, sneered at “policies” as if it were a dirty word, and many conservative commentators have pointed out that this is a mistake on his part.

1 comment:

  1. I think the point Rush was trying to make was that Policies are different from Principles. Progressives always have to have a Policy because otherwise they do not know what they think.