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Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain – Rush Limbaugh and the GOP

“The Blowhard and the Wimp” seems to be the tale of Rush Limbaugh vs. Michael Steele. Over the weekend Michael Steele appeared on the CNN show DL Hughley Breaks the News. During his interview the chairman of the Republican Party referred to Limbaugh as simply an entertainer who was not a driving force of GOP policies. In response Limbaugh says on his radio show that Steele supports Obama policies. In response to that, Michael Steele offered an apology to Limbaugh saying that his meaning had possibly been misunderstood.

It seems that the true leader of the Republican Party sits behind the microphone every day spouting loud rhetoric without the need to support his ideas with facts. Like Oz the Great and Powerful, Rush sits behind the curtain manipulating the party without really acknowledging that he is the real power behind the Republican Party. One has to only look to the stare down between the chairman and Limbaugh to see who blinked. Clearly Michael Steele recognized who was the more powerful person with Republicans and chose to defer to Limbaugh.

So where will Limbaugh take the Republican Party? Well, it seems his agenda is working towards the failure of the Obama administration which is currently trying to dig the American people out from the economic hole Republican economic policies got us into. It’s not hard to see why Limbaugh would be against that because he’s gotten quite rich during the times when average Americans have been downsized and restructured out of their jobs and homes. While he was getting a four hundred million dollar contract his listeners were losing their jobs due to the policies he supported yet they still love him and think he’s the guiding light all should follow.

Limbaugh said at a recent conservative conference that the only bipartisanship he supported was one in which conservative ideals are forced on moderates and liberals. It was a clear indication that the divisive and hateful politics of the past have taken root with Republicans and that despite earlier promises to work for compromise their true leader will have none of it. This may be good news for Democrats who had significant gains in the last election in part because of a national backlash towards Republican smear tactics and divisive rhetoric. Pundits from both sides of the aisle have already said that the current climate of Limbaugh being the driving force behind the GOP is better for Democrats than Republicans.

What remains to be seen is whether the long term strategy for the GOP will track with the Limbaugh philosophy or if they will choose to put the health and success of the Party ahead of the ideals of the far right faction headed by Limbaugh and his cronies. People like Limbaugh and Coulter who use divisiveness, anger and hate as their stock and trade are not served by bipartisanship which may be the only salvation for the ailing Republican Party. While Limbaugh and Coulter do have the support of many deep pockets, they don’t garner the support of the majority of voters. The GOP may end up having to choose between fundraising and votes when deciding the future direction for the Party. Chairman Steele has his work cut out for him and only time will tell if he has the tools to lead the Party to success in 2010 and beyond.

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