On the November 19 edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show, the portly, bloviating demogogue Rush Limbaugh turned and hightailed it away from the GOP’s 2012 election losses in the House, Senate and the Presidency. An interesting turn for Limbaugh, who is always one to trumpet his power and influence and who arrogantly predicted a Romney victory.
“All of my thinking says Romney big. All of my feeling is where my concern is. But my thoughts, my intellectual analysis of this — factoring everything I see plus the polling data — it’s not even close. Three hundred-plus electoral votes for Romney,” said Limbaugh, who noted over and over again that Republican voters were far more mobilized in 2012 than they were in 2010. (One wonders where these Republican voters were in the House and Senate races.)
Now Limbaugh is singing a different tune. On his November 19 show, Limbaugh stated:
You guys need to start asking yourselves some questions. You pick the candidates and you’re getting the candidates that you want. You’re getting the issues that you want. I’m not in charge of any Republican Party platform. I’m not in charge of anybody’s campaign. I have nothing to say, officially or unofficially, about what the Republican Party does as it tries to win elections. Zilch, zero, nada. I am simply a powerful, influential member of the media commenting on such things. But I can tell you that very little of what I thought should have happened in the campaign, very little of what I thought should have happened actually did. You wouldn’t find my fingerprints on much of this at all because not much of it is stuff I would have done had I had the authority or power, which I didn’t.
A very clear Limbaugh pattern exists: whoever wins or loses, or, rather, whatever occurs in America, happens precisely because no one listened to Rush.
What Limbaugh needs to understand (though he’s incapable of it) is that as the spokesman of conservatism—specifically, the divisive brand of the last few decades—when the GOP loses, it is not just a rejection of the party’s platform but of Limbaugh’s demagoguery in particular.
Limbaugh wasn’t the cause of the loss. But as one of the right wing’s most resonant mouthpieces, he did contribute to the voter rejection; which is now causing the GOP to re-evaluate the ugly core of its divisive political philosophy. And Limbaugh is at the epicenter of that ugly core. He knows it and is now sensing the GOP civil war aimed directly at his brand of conservatism.
But none of this should much matter to Limbaugh, who always stands to make money whatever the outcome of elections.