Monday, December 24, 2007

Kissing a Toad

The Huckabee campaign reached out to Rush Limbaugh to give obeisance to the one person who, in his own mind, thinks he has the power to make or break the Huckabee campaign.

“I saw his comments and accept them as honest, sincere and genuine,” Limbaugh wrote in an e-mail.

Still, the conservative talk show host indicated his continued displeasure at the anonymous remarks Thursday from a Huckabee backer suggesting he takes his cues from the “D.C./Manhattan chattering class” that sparked this conflagration.

“What was somewhat stunning about all this is that NO ONE in the GOP field, including advisers and staff, could possibly misread my 19-plus-year career the way Gov. Huckabee’s D.C. supporter did,” Limbaugh said. “Whoever said those things was essentially repeating the Democrat mantra of all these years: that I am just an entertainer, not an independent thinker, part of the Wall Street/D.C. axis. If it was someone on Gov. Huckabee’s staff or support team, it was just silly, uninformed and thus curious.”

Limbaugh, the most listened-to talk show host in America and an influential voice in the conservative constellation, devoted part of his show Friday to defending himself against the charges.

“I’m part of the Cape Girardeau-Middle America axis,” Limbaugh said on the program, alluding to his Missouri hometown.

Ironically, Rush was probably sending out the message from his palatial estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

I love the bit where Rush gets all huffy that a lot of people think of him as “just an entertainer, not an independent thinker, part of the Wall Street/D.C. axis.” The two are not the same thing, but neither are they mutually exclusive; he’s entertaining in the same way it’s fun to play with a cat by making it chase a piece of string, and so far his “independent thinking” has been to make fun of the disabled and get his facts so wrong that there are websites out there that actually make a living out of pointing out what he gets wrong. Both can provide hours of fun and enjoyment at his expense.

It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if this whole kerfuffle between Rush and the Huckabee campaign was a bit of playacting because Rush is feeling left out; his nemesis, Hillary Clinton, is still strong in the polls, and no matter how much he rails on, nothing is more of a kick in the ego than the realization that you’re not as important as you think you are and that people don’t take you as seriously as you think they should.