29 January 2009

"New Majority" readers and Rush Limbaugh

Most serious bloggers, at least political bloggers, admit that they owe a huge debt to the comments of their readers. Josh Marshall over at TPM actually encourages them to do some of the basic reporting for his blog. So it is always educational to read the comments sections.

Here is one from Frum's New Majority site by "HollywoodBill that claims Rush Limbaugh's popularity is waning. If true, one can only wonder what took it so long.
The free market is taking care of Rush. In Southern California, one of the largest talkradio markets in the country, Rush Limbaugh is bleeding market share. The afternoon rush hour shockjocks, John and Ken, openly call him the Morning Gasbag. Bill Handel, admitted at a symposium that Rush is losing money for KFI. KFI was fiercely against the idiotic choice of Sarah Palin as VeeP. Do they influence much? Bush lost California in 2000 by 10 points, 11 in 2004. McCain/Palin lost California by 23 points, the largest loss in a Presidential election in nearly 60 years.

Others point out that a high profile Rush benefits the Dems.

Interesting, if true.

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At 29 January, 2009 22:35, Anonymous Joey said...

Rush is no longer interesting. He occasionally comes up with something funny then wears it into the ground (I cracked up the first time I heard him call the President, Lord Obama the most merciful... but not time 342)


At 29 January, 2009 22:37, Blogger Clemens said...

Rush is an idiot. Also a big fat liar. Also a drug addict. And a sexual tourist of the slimiest sort.

Other than that I have nothing against the fellow.

I just hope the Repubs keep listening to him!

At 29 January, 2009 23:39, Anonymous Maire said...

I believe the scholarly analysis a few years ago was that Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot.

At 30 January, 2009 20:57, Anonymous The Old Man said...

It is my opinion that Rush is compared to political commentators like “professional wrestlers” are to real wrestlers. They are entertaining but not to be taken too seriously.

At 31 January, 2009 12:21, Blogger Clemens said...

Old Man: I take your point. But when the notoriously shy conservative VP goes on his show, and conservative politicos in Congress rush to his defense and kowtow to him, how much of a joke is he?

But - let's hope they continue to revere his political advice.


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