On yesterday's episode of Political Machismo Theater, your narrator revealed through backstory that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and his band of merry Dems played Rush Limbaugh and RNC Chair Michael Steele like a guitar. Yes, the stage crew, along with the Player in Chief Obama, baited the conservative blowhard and Republicans early and they took the bait.
Limbaugh, lover of worms, keeps going back for more, making the Grand Old Party look old indeed but mostly retarded. For Rush, it's all about his ratings.
Today our story takes a melodramatic turn with whispers that Limbaugh, beloved by core Republicans, may be what our narrator has long suspected--a troubled soul suffering from narcissistic personality disorder with high-functioning mania. USA Today and other major news sources report that Limbaugh wants to debate the President of the United States of America.
From the talkshow host's own website:
RUSH: ... But I have an idea. If these guys are so impressed with themselves, and if they are so sure of their correctness, why doesn't President Obama come on my show? We will do a one-on-one debate of ideas and policies. Now, his people in this Politico story, it's on the record. They're claiming they wanted me all along. They wanted me to be the focus of attention. So let's have the debate! I am offering President Obama to come on this program -- without staffers, without a teleprompter, without note cards -- to debate me on the issues. (Limbaugh's website)I rarely read Politico, the site where Limaugh says it was revealed that he's been a target, and so, I didn't read its grand "exposé" published yesterday. But who needed Politico to tell them that the Limbaugh as head of RNC media blitz was a set-up, and really, Rush, who cares? You took the bait because you're a predictable egomaniac, as discussed on this blog yesterday.
Still, I may have to put Politico on the list of regular reading since they have access to the smoking guns, something I knew, but I still neglected them. It's hard to keep up with the political junkie sites. My post about the Rush/Steele set-up was written on my gut instinct that knows slick strategy when I see it, what Politico is calling the "Rush Job."
Its exposé documents backroom schemes and Limbaugh's complicity:
Soon it clicked: Democrats realized they could roll out a new GOP bogeyman for the post-Bush era by turning to an old one in Limbaugh, a polarizing figure since he rose to prominence in the 1990s.See what I mean by narcissistic personality disorder. Media whore. Media whore. Media whore! Boy, I wish I had blogged my Rush/Steele set-up theory Tuesday morning when I'd intended, but I didn't have time that day.
Limbaugh is embracing the line of attack, suggesting a certain symbiosis between him and his political adversaries.
"The administration is enabling me,” he wrote in an e-mail to POLITICO. “They are expanding my profile, expanding my audience and expanding my influence. An ever larger number of people are now being exposed to the antidote to Obamaism: conservatism, as articulated by me. (Rush Job)
At his site, Limbaugh's growling that the Democratic Party and their operatives are mean and nasty and don't want to face their opposition. He should know of mean and nasty--Rush, the verbal sociopath.
And now a commercial break: Are you a talk show host? Got a dirty mouth? Clean it up!
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Meanwhile, a GOP sage, Ed Rollins, discusses at CNN that this debate over who's in charge of the GOP, Michael Steele or Rush Limbaugh, is silly. "The battle to be the "de facto leader" of this party is akin to the question of who wants to steer the Titanic after it hit the iceberg," writes Rollins. Furthermore, Rollins gives statistics showing how badly the GOP needs to hauled from the icy waters and its leadership given CPR.
He says that Rush doesn't want to run the party because LImbaugh's making mega-millions as an influential conservative voice. He also has a few words about Michael Steele and what he was elected to do. Boring! Watching Limbaugh prove he wants to be king of the world is the hotter ticket.