A: On whether or not Rush Limbaugh should be considered "the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican party."
David Frum, however, does not agree. In fact, he has a whole nuther take on Rush Limbaugh's Earth-moving speech from CPAC than you're likely to see many places elsewhere. He sees its orator as..
A man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as "losers." With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence — exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party.
And we're cooperating! Those images of crowds of CPACers cheering Rush's every rancorous word — we'll be seeing them rebroadcast for a long time…
But do the rest of us understand what we are doing to ourselves by accepting this leadership? Rush is to the Republicanism of the 2000s what Jesse Jackson was to the Democratic party in the 1980s.
Now that's just mean. Come on, David Frum, show some couth…
He plays an important role in our coalition, and of course he and his supporters have to be treated with respect.
That's better. I mean, you don't want Rush bad-mouthing you for three-seconds on his show tomorrow and therefore sending his mouth-foaming minions upon you.
I do have to say, it feels really nice having Limbaugh doing all his damage on the other side of the fence. At least for a little while.
(via Andrew Sullivan)
Tags: CPAC, David Frum, Rush Limbaugh