August 26, 2007

Uh, Conservatives--this guy is unbelievable

Olbermann refers to this guy as "the comedian Rush Limgaugh" but the truth is he isn't very funny. Take a look at the following exchange and let's see how many half-truths and racist comments we can find.
Talking Points Memo | : "LIMBAUGH: Yeah. This is -- you're not going to believe this, but it's very simple. And the sooner you believe it, and the sooner you let this truth permeate the boundaries you have that tell you this is just simply not possible, the better you will understand Democrats in everything. You are right. They want to get us out of Iraq, but they can't wait to get us into Darfur.

CALLER: Right.

LIMBAUGH: There are two reasons. What color is the skin of the people in Darfur?

CALLER: Uh, yeah.

LIMBAUGH: It's black. And who do the Democrats really need to keep voting for them? If they lose a significant percentage of this voting bloc, they're in trouble.

CALLER: Yes. Yes. The black population.

LIMBAUGH: Right. So you go into Darfur and you go into South Africa, you get rid of the white government there. You put sanctions on them. You stand behind Nelson Mandela -- who was bankrolled by communists for a time, had the support of certain communist leaders. You go to Ethiopia. You do the same thing."
Oh, and btw, Rush never mentions the word genocide (at least in the transcript I read) and is he suggesting that Apartheid was a good thing? Or that the Reagan administration was relatively tough on the Apartheid government? Or that Apartheid was awful? Or that opposing Apartheid was an "anti-white" thing?

Is this guy for real? If the conservative evangelicals had any guts they would put this guy on the carpet. Because say what I will and have about conservative evangelicals, one huge global moral issue that many have spoken out on passionately is Darfur. They have been very vocal on trying to stop the killing in Sudan--and they have been right about it. I think their allegiance to Bush has muted their criticism, but they spoken out. Time for Dobson and Robertson to have their supporters flood Rush's phones and tell him what a racist idiot he is. Or better yet, why not call all of Rush's advertisers and give them the riot act.

My fear is that the Republican part of the conservative evangelical will win out. I will be stunned to see them mobilize here. Sure, if Rush was advocating gay marriage or suggesting that the Ten Commandments be removed... I hope I am wrong. I would really love them to turn on Rush. Let's watch.


steve s said...

Uh, we know.

At one time I enjoyed Rush. I remember listening to him in the early 90's and reading two of his books. He seemed fairly original and was a nice change of pace from the MSM of that time. I don't know if he changed or if I changed, but I find it difficult to listen to him for more than a few minutes.

I don't know what his ratings are now, but I do know if you mention him on any 'conservative' forum, you are likely to get mostly negative responses. What connection is there between him and evangelicals? As for what should conservatives do, I already don't listen to him. I have called in to talk shows and if you don't agree with the host, they just mute most of your comments or hang up on you, so I don't think that route will work.

Streak said...

Steve, the connection here is not really to Rush, but to Darfur and to conservatism. Rush is still one of the venues of choice for Dick Cheney and even Bush, so it isn't like the administration shares your dislike. But will evangelicals go after him for being so very callous about Darfur?