Awwwwww. Poor Rush Limbaugh! Methinks that man is just about to drown his corpulent sorrows once and for all in a cocktail shaker full of OxyContin, Lorcet and Vicodin. Get a load of his latest incoherent ramblings…
Now, I mentioned to you at the conclusion of the previous hour that people have been asking me how I feel all night long. I got, “Boy, Rush, I wouldn’t want to be you tomorrow! Boy, I wouldn’t want to have to do your show! Oh-ho. I’m so glad I’m not you.” Well, folks, I love being me. (I can’t be anybody else, so I’m stuck with it.) The way I feel is this: I feel liberated, and I’m going to tell you as plainly as I can why. I no longer am going to have to carry the water for people who I don’t think deserve having their water carried. Now, you might say, “Well, why have you been doing it?” Because the stakes are high. Even though the Republican Party let us down, to me they represent a far better future for my beliefs and therefore the country’s than the Democrat Party and liberalism does.
I believe my side is worthy of victory, and I believe it’s much easier to reform things that are going wrong on my side from a position of strength. Now I’m liberated from having to constantly come in here every day and try to buck up a bunch of people who don’t deserve it, to try to carry the water and make excuses for people who don’t deserve it. I did not want to sit here and participate, willingly, in the victory of the libs, in the victory of the Democrat Party by sabotaging my own. But now with what has happened yesterday and today, it is an entirely liberating thing. If those in our party who are going to carry the day in the future — both in Congress and the administration — are going to choose a different path than what most of us believe, then that’s liberating. I don’t say this with any animosity about anybody, and I don’t mean to make this too personal.
No, I’m not lying. Snerdley’s concerned. I’ve not lied about anything I’ve said. Let me try this a different way. (sigh) I’m going to have to think about this. I tried to make it as clear as I can. I’m not going to eat my own, and I’m not going to throw my own overboard, particularly in a campaign, and particularly when the country is at war — and I’m not going to do it for selfish reasons, and I’m not going to do it to stand out, and I’m not going to do it to be different. I’m not going to do it to draw attention from our enemies. I’m not going to do anything I do so that the Drive-By Media will like me or think that, “Ooooh, Limbaugh has changed! Ooooh, Limbaugh is coming around!” That’s not my thinking. My thinking is: the left doesn’t deserve to win. My thinking is: the country is imperiled with liberal victory. We may not have the best people on our side, but they’re better than what we have on the left. But it has been difficult sometimes, when these people on our side have not had the guts to stand up for themselves, have not had the guts to explain what they really believe and why they’re doing what they’re doing. When they haven’t had the courage to be who they are, when they haven’t had the courage to be conservatives.
It has been a challenge to come in here and look at some of the weaknesses and some of the missed opportunities and try to cover for them and make up for them and make sure that the opportunities are not totally lost. But at some point you have to say, “I’m not them, and I can’t assume the responsibility for their success. It isn’t my job to make them succeed. It isn’t my job to make elected Republicans look good if they can’t do it themselves. It’s not my job to make them understandable and understood if they can’t do it themselves — not in perpetuity, not ad infinitum.” So all I can tell you is I feel a little liberated, and I think this is all going to result in a lot of cleansing in a number of areas.
Gee, what a shame. All that crapagandizing, all that taking advantage of Reagan’s murder of the hairy, scary Fairness Doctrine, all that shameless boosting of Repugs while neglecting to actually VOTE for one until the oversight is pointed out by a reporter…all for nothing.
Try not to choke on your own vomit, Rush. We all know that contrary to what you say, you ARE lying, and this IS about you. Isn’t it always? Why else all the self-important harrumphing, attempting (and failing) to claim the moral high ground, and posing for pseudo-macho, faux-patriotic shots like this?
Why bother even to fake the patriotism anymore, since you as much as admit to having faked the partisanship all along, Rush? Are you now biting the hand that feeds you because you want more than you’re getting from it?
Jim Derych, of the Huffington Post, thinks the real reason Rusty’s so bitter is because he never believed his own smack to begin with:
This confirms what many of you have heard me say before. Given the nature of my book, folks ask me all the time “do you think Rush really believes this crap?” And now the answer that I gave has been confirmed. No. He doesn’t believe what he says. He’ll say whatever he has to say to keep Republicans in power. You can not believe a word that comes out of his mouth.
That may well be the case. Anyone who’s sat through so much as a minute of the Pigman knows he’s a hopelessly vain self-promoter, as well as a pompous know-nothing who pretends to more sagacity than he will ever possess. He will literally say anything so long as it draws attention (and, one surmises, money) his way. Look at his promo merchandise, and even his so-called charity–all of it is sickeningly self-referential. So it’s natural that he’d hitch a ride on the bandwagon with the biggest pile of moneybags and the largest mass of glitzy, ditzy people hanging off it. If the left were like that–and thank mercy it’s not–he’d be a leftist. He’ll go wherever he thinks the wind is blowing. He’s not content to be merely rich and famous; he’s gotta milk his dumb sheep for all they’re worth. (Which is less than a lot of them like to think, but enough about them. It’s all about HIM, remember?)
And the Pigman isn’t above profiteering from the suffering of others, either. (How’s that Club Gitmo shit of yours selling lately, Rush?) Hell, even when it costs him a job (how’d that ESPN gig work out, again?), he can’t resist tearing a strip off someone else–gratuitously, scurrilously, even spuriously–in order to assert his fraudulent top-dog status. There’s not a vein of bigotry he won’t shamelessly suck–at least until it runs dry and leaves him sputtering.
Ever notice how people only feel the need to clarify the stuff that they’ve said that was stupid–Macaca, lazy firefighters, botched jokes, etc? Those guys didn’t do to well with the “let me be clear” setup.
It’s a political philosophy that his at it’s core the racism of the old Republican Southern Strategy. In my book I talk about how Rush has made ‘liberal’ the new ‘nigger.’ Now I’ve been around plenty of racists in my time. One of the mantras of a true, Klan-like racist belief is that the lowliest member of your race is still better than the best member of the race that you hate. Well, here we have Rush saying that basically the worst Republican is bet
ter than the best Democrat, and that he’s going to endorse accordingly. While I’ve always thought this to be the case, I’m a little surprised to hear Rush say it so candidly.
You know the Pigman’s admitting defeat when…
Actually, I’m not surprised. The Repugs have been very good to Rush; bear in mind that he could not have flourished unless Reagan abolished all legal requirement for the media to be honest and fair–and opened the door wide for the Big Money while slamming it on the nose of everyone else (to the detriment of society). Nor would he have had such a ready-made audience of white male bigots without their infamous Southern Strategy. In fact, according to Joe Gandelman at The Moderate Voice, there is a very compelling reason El Rushbo has been “carrying water” for the party so long:
The tragedy is that there was a time when Limbaugh was an entertaining, satirical independent conservative thinker — back in the days of the first President Bush. That seemingly changed after the then-President — who was being lambasted by Limbaugh — invited the mega talk show host to stay over at the White House and sleep in the Lincoln Bedroom. After that (coincidentally or not) the tone of his program changed and he became above all the defender of the GOP establishment and promoter of whatever its current line was.
In the journalism biz, editors sometimes warn reporters about being wined, dined and treated by news sources who figure such friendly treatment will soften potentially critical reporting. That is seemingly what happened to Limbaugh. He became the party establishment’s powerful long-range wattage voice.
And now that they’ve gotten an unequivocal non-confidence vote, he backs and fills quite bitterly, claiming they haven’t been properly conservative when in fact they’ve been conservative unto the point of fascism (which is conservatism’s logical and inevitable end). Richard Viguerie has recently chimed in on a similar note, to the same laughable, belief-defying effect. Conservatism on the whole has taken a body blow–it has proved idiotic, repressive and ultimately unworkable.
Oh yeah, and it’s also undesirable. As Jim Derych says,
Arnold Schwarzenegger ran as a liberal and won. Harold Ford Jr. ran as a conservative and lost. Different states, different races, but if we’re talking about the victory of one ideology over the other, I think conservatism just got its taint handed to it.
Well, Repugs, you may as well get down there with your chief propaganda piggie. Since he’s tripped and spilled the water he used to carry for you, and the ground is now fully saturated, why not join him in the smelly, muddy wallow you’ve made for yourselves? It’s not as if you’ll be getting back up on the high ground anytime soon.