Lefties Struggle To Make Rush Racism Charges Stick
Frustrated Left Still Can't Take Down Limbaugh
On one point, they get it: Rush Limbaugh probably IS intentionally antagonizing his political foes. If that's clear, however, why do our "progressive" friends continue to accept his bait?
The answer is simple: lefties still believe Limbaugh can be taken down and if twisted in precisely the right way, each new flap presents an opportunity to win the Super Bowl of media censorship: The End Of Rush.
Does a secret bounty exist for the person who figures out how to make it happen?
Let's face it: Rush doesn't call Obama's administration "graffiti on the walls of history" without realizing it will enrage the left. But rather than ignore his taunts, they crank up the Outrage Machine (!!!!!!!) once again.
When that once again fails to inflict damage, outright frustration is the result. From last Friday's Al Sharpton Show, that annoyance comes through loud and clear:
AL SHARPTON (32:25): This is a man (Limbaugh) that I was criticized for saying should not be allowed to own a NFL team and should not be allowed to deal with things that we public has to pay for, which is things like NFL teams. I mean this is not even borderline, this is not sending a signal this is blatant. I’m gonna do msnbc on this today and I just want you to know all of the sponsors all of the people Jim Clyburn says "the way we can work it all out is he can get a new position, driving Miss Nancy."
SHARPTON (33:39): What do you think of Mr. Limbaugh?
SMOKEY FONTAINE [SHARPTON ENTOURAGE / GUEST]: You know what, unfortunately Reverend, it does not surprise me. What this should be hopefully and your efforts are going to be, take lead in this is we are exposing these folks who have incredible political power through the lens of entertainment. I mean the Rush Limbaugh show is an entertainment show far more than it’s a news show.
But the danger of it masquerading as that is that it is extremely influential and people believe him. They feel like he is a politician. They almost want him to be a politician and they trust him more, his audiences trust him more then they even trust their own elected officials. And this exposes a man who has consistently overtime has said some of the most egregious and prejudicial and racists things of anyone who has that kind of microphone. Now, our biggest story of 2010 on News One is a listing of the top ten Rush Limbaugh racist quotes.
FONTAINE: That’s our number one story and that’s a story we actually put up in 2009. People continue to refer to it. We continue to update it and the fact that this man continues to build his audience, not only still on the air, but builds his audience, should tell us where the kind of mind of many many folks in this country are and we have to hold him to not being allowed to do this and it goes down to economics., it goes down to money Rev Sharpton, you’ve done this so many times in your past so far. His sponsors should not feel okay to support his man anymore.
SHARPTON: No, the heat must be on the sponsors as well as those in the Congress, the Republican members of the Congress that host him at Republican events. You gotta remember he keynotes Republicans event. They ought to be called on this.
FONTAINE: He (Limbaugh) is the de facto leader in my mind of the Republican Party. I mean last Friday you know you had Michael Steele on this show during the hour that I was here. He (Steele) in no way guides the voice of the Party. He doesn’t reflect the identity or shape the identity of the Party. Folks like Rush Limbaugh does, right now to this day and has for many many years. And so he’s the leader. And so he’s a leader we have to pay attention to. His ratings have gone up. I saw some loyalty ratings and some metrics of his show recently and you know the amount of fervor his audience has for him, they do feel like he’s someone that whatever he ask them to do they will do.
This isn't REALLY about race at all, however, the real issue is POWER. Sharpton and other activists have enormous egos that require constant feeding and the idea that opponents exist who cannot be quickly brought down via a pressure campaign or march is simply unacceptable, hence the preoccupation with bringing about his demise.
Rush knows this and happily provides all the fodder he can generate for the express purpose of publicly demonstrating their inability to destroy his career.