Rush Limbaugh, bestower of mixed blessings


Conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh has legions of Dittohead followers who take his words to heart and often turn them into action. The problem is that Limbaugh’s loyal opposition also gets wind of his words, and that too often inspires action. Such is the case regarding the upcoming race for US Senate in Massachusetts.

Scott Brown (R-MA) scored an upset victory for the seat a couple of years back, completing the term of the late Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and scoring a major coup for his party in one of the Democrat’s most impregnable strongholds.

However, Brown is quickly in a position to defend the seat, and the liberal wing of the Democratic Party has put forth a champion – Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor and consumer advocate who was rejected as head of a new federal consumer watchdog organization by Senate Republicans.

That in turn has freed her up to accede to the wishes of her supporters and mount a bid for her own seat in the US Senate.

Warren recently went viral, making the claim, among others, that all fortunes made in the US owe at least part of the credit to the national infrastructure which makes commercial success possible.

Limbaugh attacked her position in no uncertain terms, turning the relationship between commerce and infrastructure into a chicken/egg argument and taking the opposite position. Limbaugh asserted that it is successful businesses that pay taxes and enable construction of infrastructure, not the other way around. He also called Warren a “parasite.”

Roll Call notes that the attack is out there – but in the end, it may actually benefit Warren by spurring even more liberal citizens to reach for their checkbooks and fund her run against Brown.

RBR-TVBR observation; Some times, check that, many times the media (left and right) pay way to much attention to the words of ‘El RushO’.  And it is not just Limbaugh it is all media pundits.

Wikipedia describes pundit: A pundit is someone who offers to mass media his or her opinion or commentary on a particular subject area. “The term has been increasingly applied to popular media personalities. In certain cases, it may be used in a derogatory manner as well, as the political equivalent of “ideologue.”

RBR-TVBR Publisher note: Limbaugh is not doing anything different today than he did when ElRushO worked with me in Pittsburgh and Kansas City in the early-mid 70’s except he mixed his commentary/entertainment in a music format between the hits. Then it was called show-prep.

In some respects and being humble Rush may not have ever made a come back in radio if yours truly who fired him in 1974 but rehired him in 1975. Glad to see the entertainer has made the come back a success. I’m still waiting for my check (lol). View: “Rush Limbaugh remembers tougher times”

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