Limbaugh: Meaningless Clown, “Entertainer” or de facto Republican Leader?

If Rush Limbaugh is a meaningless clown, how come the White House, the DNC and liberal columnists are spending so much time on him?

Even PresidentObama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has seen fit to attack El Rushbo…..Hmmm…..

James Carville believes Rush Limbaugh is the “moral and intellectual leader and most influential person in the Republican Party.”  Really?

Related:
Rush Limbaugh as “moral and intellectual leader and most influential person in the Republican Party;” REALLY?

R. Emmett Tyrrell wrote today in the American Spectator: “What Limbaugh clearly wants is for the president to fail in his apparent goal of bringing social democracy to our shores (through his nationalization of much of the economy and his onerous tax increases).”
See: Obama Can’t Revive Economy With Socialism

As Democrats cast conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh as the de facto leader of the GOP, Republicans are decrying what they see as an orchestrated scheme designed to divert attention from the Democrats’ spending proposals.
From CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/0
3/05/limbaugh/index.html#cnnSTCText

Radio host Rush Limbaugh has been vocal about his displeasure with President Obama's policies.

Radio host Rush Limbaugh has been vocal about his displeasure with President Obama’s policies.

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

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By Timothy Egan

The New York Times
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Once upon a time, you could drive to the most remote reaches of the United States and escape Rush Limbaugh. But from the Mogollon Mountains of New Mexico to the Badlands of South Dakota, where only the delicious twang of a country tune or the high-pitched pleadings of a lone lunatic came over the AM dial, there is now the Mighty El Rushbo.

As someone who spends a lot of time on the road, I used to find Limbaugh to be an obnoxious but entertaining companion, his eruptions more reliable than Old Faithful. But now that Limbaugh has become something else — the face of the Republican Party, by a White House that has played him brilliantly — he has been transformed into car-wreck-quality spectacle, at once scary and sad.

Behold:

The sweaty, swollen man in the black, half-buttoned shirt who ranted for nearly 90 minutes Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He reiterated his desire to see the president of his country fail.

Filling a leadership vacuum in the beleaguered Republican Party ... 
Filling a leadership vacuum in the beleaguered Republican Party has come the outspoken voice of talk radio king Rush Limbaugh, seen here in 2008, — and the Democrats cannot conceal their delight.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Stephen Lovekin)

Read the rest:
http://egan.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/
03/04/fears-of-a-clown/?hp

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/05/new-rush-
derangement-syndrome-project-a-dnc-funded-billboard/

For Republicans: Bleeding Continues

In this Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 picture, former Maryland Lt. Gov. ... 
In this Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 picture, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele speaks after being elected the first black Republican National Committee chairman in an election by the RNC during their winter meetings in Washington. Two days after calling Rush Limbaugh a mere ‘entertainer’ with an ‘incendiary’ talk show, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele apologized and acknowledged the radio commentator as a ‘national conservative leader’ on Monday, March 2, 2009.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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