Conservative pundits are still trying to find their footing after their post-election hangover. Rational Republicans are questioning the negative influence of the conservative flame-throwing entertainment machine.
Rush Limbaugh has been called the “unofficial leader of the Republican Party," but level-headed, realistic conservatives are now questioning if he is the right voice for them.
Republican Jon Huntsman, former Utah governor, who ran briefly to gain the GOP presidential nomination, railed against any perceived value of incendiary and narrow messages by radical conservative commenters in a recent MSNBC interview.
Last week, Limbaugh himself launched a rambling election post-mortem, in which he asked on his radio show, what the GOP was supposed to do now:
“We've gotta reach out to Hispanics, is that what they mean? If we're not getting the female vote, do we become pro-choice? Do we start passing out birth control pills? Is that what we have to do? OK, let me ask you, if that's what we have to do, pretend that we're doing it.”
A few of the more egregious highlights from Rush Limbaugh’s misogynistic, doggedly opinionated and no-proof-of-anything-but-trust-me-anyway platform:
Limbaugh called Georgetown law student, Sandra Fluke, a “slut” and a “prostitute” and demanded they put videos of sexual encounters online for all his perverted audience to watch:
“So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot point-blank in the head by 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, last year in front of a Tucson Safeway.
Limbaugh accused the Democrats of being glad about the horrific event, because they had been warning for two years that hate-speech has consequences that could lead to violent acts.
“They have been just wishing for this…they have been wishing for this, as a means of support for the president to shore up his base,” said Limbaugh, who went on to say that leading Democrats had been meeting with the president to figure out how they can use the situation to their advantage.
Global Warming is a Hoax
In 2009, Limbaugh had a conversation with an adoring caller on his radio program.
"There are no words to adequately describe our appreciation for your program and your individual accomplishments as a patriot."
"I normally don't pat myself on the back, but today global warming is an issue that has the concern of 30 percent of the American people, and years ago it was over 50 percent. That's because somebody spoke up day in and day out and said, ‘This is a hoax, this is BS.’That somebody was me."
As long as the GOP is dissecting what went wrong on Election Day, they should take a good look at talking heads like Rush Limbaugh. America rejected their divisive message, delivered by highly paid, highly self-serving pundits, who are highly motivated to saturate a willing conservative audience with ignorance and lies.
Reportedly, Limbaugh’s last contract netted him more than $40 million dollars. Clearly, money can’t buy honesty or integrity.
If you like to write about U.S. politics and Campaign 2012, enter "The American Pundit" competition. Allvoices is awarding four $250 prizes each month between now and November 15. These monthly winners earn eligibility for the $5,000 grand prize, to be awarded in December.
***PrairieDogPress is the media channel for keystone-prairie-dogs.com, which uses humorous images and serious-minded reports to challenge government on political issues, including protection of threatened species and Earth’s resources.