HuffPo Blogger: 'Wave the White Flag in the Limbaugh War'
It looks like at least one Huffington Post blogger has been paying attention to the surge in Rush Limbaugh's radio ratings since the White House began attacking him. As chronicled here in NewsBusters by editor Brent Baker, Limbaugh's numbers have increased drastically ever since the organized White House attack. As a result of this Rush Surge, Huffington Post blogger Earl Ofari Hutchinson who also writes a syndicated column, has called upon the Democrats to raise the white flag of surrender:
President Obama and the Democrats should wave the white flag in their strawman war on Rush Limbaugh. The Media Research Center delivered the grim casualty figures for the Democrats. Since January, the top talk show gabber's ratings have soared off the charts. Radio affiliates that carry Limbaugh's syndicated show call the ratings boost he's gotten from the Democrat's orchestrated attack on him a "dramatic surge." This writer predicted as much when President Obama cracked to Congressional Republicans in late January that they should knock off listening to Limbaugh if they expected to get anything done in Congress and with his administration.
Thanks for the MRC plug, Earl! Hutchinson then explains how El Rushbo once again turned lemons into lemonade:
The gabber instantly snatched at the quip and turned it into a multi show bonanza. No matter what topic Limbaugh gassed on, he managed to slide in a reference to Obama's prop up of him as the Democrat's prize punching bag. This did three things. It gave him an even bigger pile of fodder to puff himself up as the emperor of talk radio, claim to be the real kingmaker in the GOP, and in a perverse way paint himself as a credible and thoughtful political critic. It snapped many shell shocked Congressional Republicans out of their post election funk. Now suddenly feisty and combative, they draw a deep line in the sand against any and everything that Obama proposed. And it stiffened the spines of many timid Republicans and made them determined not to be bullied, or at least appear not to be bullied, by a mere talk show host into standing up to Obama.
So the attacks upon Limbaugh turned out to be completely counter-productive. Thanks should be sent to the initiator of this failed Crush Rush strategy: Paul Begala aka The Forehead aka The Skull.
This should have been the red flag warning to the Democrats to drop Limbaugh from their enemies rolodex. But no, they continued to blunder on. They took out ads, radio spots, and email blasts bashing and trashing bogeyman Limbaugh. The idea was to make sure that when the public thought GOP, they thought Limbaugh.
...Any other time this might be fun and games stuff, a side show distraction that bored reporters and TV talking heads used to fill up column space or a talk cast on off a slow news day, but the Democrats just couldn't let it go. And that insured that the Limbaugh as Democrat's foil ploy would continue to have shelf life.
Limbaugh in a phony self-deprecating moment mockingly minimized his importance as a radio talk show host, feigning puzzlement at why the Democrats were so obsessed with him. He was right. They never should have been. Obama didn't need him to get Congressional Democrats and whipsaw a few Republicans into backing his program and to approve his cabinet appointees. He still doesn't. And that's all the more reason to wave the white flag in the Limbaugh war.
Keep in mind that this was written by someone who absolutely does not like Rush yet even he is aware enough of the true situation to call for surrender. It reminds your humble correspondent of a Road Runner movie. Despite all the attempts by Wile E. Coyote to destroy the Road Runner, it is the latter who always prevails in the end leaving the befuddled Coyote behind in the dust. Beep! Beep!