We asked all the Republican officials here in Washington. There are hundreds of them, for just one of them to step forward and say that he or she disagrees with Rush on anything. Anything.
We got this idea when a U.S. congressman from Georgia had to tip-toe backward on something he’d said. He’d actually dared to defend the Republican leadership against Rush’s charges. But not for long. After a few hours of withering nervousness, the Congressman decided that it was the better part of valor to tell Rush that he was sorry for what he’d done.
How can this happen in a democracy?
But listen up. It continued like this.
I thought for sure it might stop, this kow-towing to the radio man down in Florida, when Rush went so far as to back BP in the oil mess. He went out there and took “BP’s” side, attacking the President for being so unpleasant with the big oil company by getting it to set aside $20 billion for the people whose lives have been sunk by the oil spill.
Well, not even that got not a single congressperson to step up and say, “this is where I get off, where I cut Limbaugh loose.”
When we had the congressman from Louisiana on, not even “he” would side with his party’s leadership and take on Rush. While saying Rush didn’t speak for him, that he spoke for himself, he still would not complete the thought and say, darn it, Rush is wrong, couldn’t do it.
Perhaps he “can’t” do it. Maybe no Republican can do it, the way things are today.
We continue to look for that lonely Republican to stand up against big, bad BP and win one for the folks who are really getting messed with, the folks the chairman of BP calls the “small people.”
I happened to see this segment – usually unlikely because Matthews reminds me of nothing more than the traditional four-flusher big city pol he worked for, Tip O’Neil.
He made an interesting point as an aside. The Congressional Republicans, the RNC big dogs control the pursestrings; but, they have no clout with the teabaggers, NRA-types and the bible-thumping malcontents who seem to be all that’s left of rank-and-file membership in the Republican Party.
The declassé brigade fear RINOs as much as they do Black People, Hispanics, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. They don’t even know the names of Republicans in Congress from more than two states away. They do listen to Glen Beck and Rush, O’Reilly and the rest of the 19th Century leeches sucking an income out of the airwaves of America. That really is who they obey.
The Republican Party is just another radio church, after all.