"During its Rovian/Fox News heyday, the right tried to make Michael Moore's mug the face of the Democratic Party, hold Democrats responsible for every egregious thing Moore said or did. It only partially succeeded because Moore was too independent an operator to be seamlessly morphed with Al Gore and John Kerry. But Limbaugh bleeds Republican red. He has been glorified and embraced as the perfect Ganesh by Newt Gingrich, CPAC, and the Bush family. He is the face and mouth of the conservative movement. A mouth that has swallowed Michael Steele whole, and has room for plenty more."
Al Giordano posting on Limbaugh adds:
"This narrative is going to go on for a while, in large part because in public life you get back what you put in: Limbaugh has, for decades, sought to stigmatize and demonize those with less power than he: single moms, "ugly women" (what Limbaugh says "feminism" is for), African-American political leaders, gays, undocumented immigrants... add up who he has picked on from his microphone demographically and you've got a majority of the American people.
And for years while Limbaugh had the tacit and also overt support from the Republican political machine (right down to Dick Cheney and Karl Rove being in constant back-channel contact with him) the Democrats tried to ignore and wish him away. Even worse, as we saw with Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos" during last year's Democratic presidential primaries (in which he got millions of his Republican-leaning minions to vote in the Democratic primaries to prolong Senator Clinton's candidacy), you had elements of the Democratic Party playing footsie with him (remember Bill Clinton, in 2008, going on his show one day when a co-host was substituting?). "
But wait, it's not just us America-hating, commie-loving, socialist, godless Libruls who think Limbaugh is a disaster, Republicans with brains chime in:
"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."
And even friendly conservative bloggers are whining "NO FAIR," claiming President Obama is sliming Limbaugh by suggesting he's the head of the GOP! Ooooh that must cut to the bone!
Meanwhile, the country continues to support its very popular president.