I actually thought Limbaugh had a fairly lucid moment or two. He was doing his thinking out loud thing, which he does well, if morbidly at times, when he paused and said, "There are now two schools of thought on what prosperity means." This followed shortly with, "We have lost control over that discussion..." Also followed with some less lucid and rather ordinary lists of things we've heard many, many times.
He's right about both of those things. Prior to this election, the idea that we had to go to Austerity was fairly solidified in Washington and among many substantial people. It was not entirely welcome, or cool, or appropriate to mention otherwise.
That has changed.
It actually took two times to change it, but it has absolutely changed.
I don't think very much of Limbaugh, but I do recognize he gets it. A whole lot of them don't, but he does, and he did so quickly. Right now, he's hard at work in his own mind framing that his way, the results of that to be aired over a considerable time, but in that moment he realized the shift, said it, and said so unabashedly, and with great concern.
Great radio, I might add. He does so much better at that, such as it is, than he does attempting to denigrate women to feed a large and painful ego.
Edit: And here's the thing about Limbaugh that I have always thought set him apart from the many others out there running the formula, lacking what he has, and that is he gets it, then he decides that's not how it should be and then he bends things until they are how he would decide them to be and takes people along on that ride, bit by bit, careful to nudge, push, frame, blur, until it works again, and that is a bit of magic he does and does extremely well. Always has.
Posted on November 8, 2012 - 10:25 PM