my personal opinion is that part of the remaking of the 'right wing/republican party' is to get the familiar faces out of the way and put fresh faces in- like camouflage. hence, the meghan mccains, george p. bushes, the bobby jindals and lest we ever forget she's around- the sarah palins. and you see the mirror effect in the evangelicals with the james dobson's stepping down from certain aspects of their mega church corporations. many of the online evangelicals are grooming their heirs- the first sons natch- to take over.
so, it comes as little surprise that so many congress critters are retiring or not re-running. and it is no surprise at all that everyone is ganging up on limbaugh. that's the plan. find a right winger who can take all of the anger, vitriol, hatred, loathing, etc. that most americans feel for the right wing right about now- and gang up on him. victimize him to the max- and martyr him. here's a little sample of what i have seen around- generally, i get one or two limbaugh stories- if that- in a month:
lefty- limbaugh and steele at war
lefty- cpac tells us a lot about the right
lefty- paul- 'pretty sad limbaugh leader of right'
lefty- cantor on limbaugh
lefty- limbaugh misquotes
lefty- limbaugh lashes at steele
righty- atlas shrugged dissed
lefty- limbaugh listened to
the reactionary left is being played like a fiddle. limbaugh loves the limelight and free publicity. the reason that his numbers are so good- lefties listen to him so they can bitch about him and the crazies in the republican party listen to him so he can tell them how to think. what i think folks fail to realize- the right is not going to go anywhere. all of those folks who were just in charge- not dead and gone- hence, still alive and scheming. just because they don't hold public office doesn't mean that they can't influence and shape and impose their ideology on the rest of us.
if you genuinely believe that the right is fading away and that all of this was a bad dream that we can clean up and move merrily along, you still believe in all of the illusions of the american dream. they are simply reinventing themselves and playing us and manipulating us to get there. just sayin'.
oh- and santorum hasn't gone away in two years. just sayin'