Friday, November 21, 2008

Losers of the Week: Rush and the Right-wing Radio Talkers

It's not news that Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing radio talkers are one-note blabbers. With no new ideas and a persistent lack of reason and evidence, Rush and his kind offer almost nothing to the national dialogue beyond party-line rants and inconsistent nonsense.

This week, however, Rush and the ranters took it on the chin from none other than Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican (Yes!) and Vietnam War veteran (unlike Rush, Sean Hannity, and many other Chickenhawks).

Speaking at the Johns Hopkins School of Advances International Studies, Hagel, according to one source:
leveled harsh criticism at his own party, the lack of intellectual curiosity among some of his colleagues, the Bush administration's handling of nearly every aspect of governance and -- perhaps most bitingly -- the conservative radio voices that often dictate the GOP agenda.

Hagel continued: "We are educated by the great entertainers like Rush Limbaugh," said Hagel, sarcastically referencing the talk radio host who once called him "Senator Betrayus."

"You know, I wish Rush Limbaugh and others like that would run for office. They have so much to contribute and so much leadership and they have an answer for everything. And they would be elected overwhelmingly," he offered.

"[The truth is] they try to rip everyone down and make fools of everybody but they don't have any answers."

Well put, Sen. Hagel.

1 comment:

Tulsan said...

Even right-wing columnist Morton Kondrake is calling for Rush to ignored in today's paper. Where was Kondrake with that advice earlier in the year or the decade?

Rush would make a nice, juicy scapegoat. But goating Limbaugh won't help the GOP's cause much.

On the bright side, they do have the old, white, poorly educated, highly religious vote nailed down pretty solidly.