We heard a political broadcast the other day about the Republican search for the next Great Conservative Candidate, someone in the tradition of Ronald Reagan for the 2008 election. Several names were mentioned in the story, including Sam Brownback, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee.
One GOP activist interviewed on the show left no doubt where he stood on another Republican hopeful. The man said he hated John McCain. "I'm a Limbaugh Republican," the man told the broadcaster.
Which raises an interesting series of questions: What exactly is a Limbaugh Republican?
Is it the Limbaugh who managed to avoid the Vietnam War because he had a bad boil on his backside? Not much patriotism or bravery there.
Or is it the Limbaugh who dropped out of college? Not much educational achievement there.
Or is it the Limbaugh who has been divorced three times? Not much loyalty or commitment there.
Or perhaps it is the more recent Limbaugh, the one with the prescription drug addition? Not much evidence of personal responsibility or fortitude there.
Given his track record, we wonder why anybody would want to be a Limbaugh Republican.