Over at Salon, Joan Walsh writes about “The leaderless GOP,” and commiserates with Michael Steele about it:
Sorry, Michael Steele, but it’s going to be a while before you’re anything more than the figurehead frontman of a shipwrecked Republican National Committee. Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh remain the leaders of your party, and most Republicans are happy that way. A Rasmussen poll out today found that fully 55 percent of Republicans polled think their party should be “more like” Palin.
She also seems to be nervous that Democrats may be blamed for making Limbaugh and Palin “the public faces of the party”:
Democrats have had almost nothing to do with the growing prominence of either GOP entertainer emerging from the Republican wilderness; Palin and Limbaugh are hogging the limelight themselves. Just in the last week we saw the launch of SarahPAC, Palin’s new fundraising vehicle; we saw her pallin’ around with elitists and stalking Barack Obama at the stuffy Alfalfa Dinner; and today she’s composed an Op-Ed backing (surprise!) drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. Meanwhile, Limbaugh had his own Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, with a farcical approach to an “Obama-Limbaugh” stimulus proposal, and he’s continuing to use his radio show to campaign against the Democrats’ stimulus bill.
My advice to Joan Walsh would be: If in fact Limbaugh and Palin are the new face of the GOP; if in fact they are the new leaders of the Republican party; if in fact 55 percent of Republicans think their party should be more like Palin; if it is going to be “Limbaugh-Palin ’12”, or “Palin-Limbaugh ’12,” just relax and enjoy the ride, it’s going to be great—and I wish Democrats could actually take credit for promoting or influencing such a magnificent leadership for the GOP.
Read the rest of Walsh’s story, it’s interesting.
The author is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and a writer.