Here's Emanuel's response to a question about the radio talker's influence: “I do think he’s an intellectual force, which is why the Republicans pay such attention to him.”
A blogger over at Americablog offered a somewhat different slant on Limbaugh and other conservative thinkers (in the loosest sense of the word):
I'd disagree with Rahm on this one. Limbaugh is not an intellectual force, he's an anti-intellectual force. He's popular fascism with a multi-syllabic touch. And that is exactly why he's so popular with the GOP. From Sarah Palin, to Bobby Jindal, to Joe-the-Tax-Cheat, the GOP loves its intellectual lightweights.