The Controversy Involving Rush Limbaugh And Bobby Jindal Continues

It’s almost all out war….among conservatives. Read the ever lively Allahpundit. And read the comments from Rush fans under his post.

Further evidence that conservative talkers such as Rush Limbaugh who played such a vital role in rallying the Republican party faithful in the late 1980s and 1990s by helping provide party members with a cohesive world view, plus a place to get together and talk among like-minded people, have now become akin to members of a condo association who suddenly got on the condo board. He has the power — and if you don’t tow the line the way he wants, your opinion is haughtily dismissed (Like the old joke: “If I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you!”).

The GOP’s problem: the party continues to tow Rush’s line when it’d be far better off moving towards a more thoughtful, affirmative version of conservatism versus the conservatism of exclusion. Which some conservatives are now finding Rush is trying to do with them (but in the end, they’ll all make up and Rush will continue to rule). The GOP needs not only a new generation of leadership — but newer, 21st century, non-baby-boomer media role models who do more than attack, demonize and ridicule people in tidy sound bites. Until then, Limbaugh’s power will likely remain as large as his waist size.

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  • daveinboca

    Joe, I don't think you have the cred to give advice to the Repubs. And as for “attack, demonize and ridicule people in tidy sound bites,” that was your own specialty with Sarah Palin while most of the libtard bloggers do nothing else when talking about her. A little self-knowledge goes a long way.

    And Jindal became a target merely because of style points.

  • CStanley

    Manufactured controversy, more like.

    Why is it a newsflash that a party that's taken a routing is still sorting out its options five weeks into the new administration's tenure? Can we have a little bit of perspective here? It took 12 years after Carter for the Democrats to find Clinton, and then 8 years after Clinton to get to Obama. As short a time as one year ago, it was not at all clear that the Dems were going to rally behind Obama.

  • PeopleWatching

    Great point. While there is a new generation of GOP leadership ( Steele, Palin, Pawlenty, Sanford, Cantor and many others are part this new generation–Generation Jones, between the Boomers and Generation X), they have few counterparts in their like-minded media. Other than Hannity, there aren't many prominent GOP media GenJonesers, mostly it's old-school 20th Century Boomers.

  • CStanley

    Gee, PeopleWatching, I can't imagine why young conservatives wouldn't be attracted to journalism and the media. It's such a welcoming environment for them. {rolls eyes}

  • continuum

    Your own remarks demonstrate the reason why the Republican base is shrinking. “libtard bloggers”, Salin Palin, “Joe the Plumber”, . . . all catch phrases with no substance. Read Riehl World, Allahpundit comments, and discover how the GOP true believers savage anyone who disagrees with their own, limited view. I look forward to 2010 when the cycle continues, and the Democrats pull a three-peat of the 2006 and 2008 elections. At that time the GOP will continue its own self destruction as a party that isn't even viable in the South, as Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina have demonstrated. Word's out that Texas and Arizona are the next states to move to the Democratic column.

  • CStanley

    Continuum, in order to prove that those kinds of comments are causing the Republican demise, you'd have to explain why “ChimpyMcHitlerBush” and “Darth Cheney” didn't adversely affect the Democratic party.