When Republicans tried to tie Michael Moore to the Democratic party, Democrats cut him loose. Moore is not an essential cog in the party apparatus; for a working stiff in the Congressional sausage factory he’s a noisy pain in the ass. Mostly prominent Democrats seemed more than happy, eager, to kick him in the shins.
Meanwhile the grand Omabunist conspiracy involving Rush Limbaugh amounts to, what? Mentioning his name a couple of times? The first sentence of this paragraph doesn’t even have a proper verb. What was Obama trying to do? Casually mentioning how influential a guy is does not usually destroy a person or silence him or whatever the dumbest f*cking people on Earth, aka Ann Althouse’s commenters, think that Obama is trying to do (warning: link may cause brain damage). Here is the underpants gnomes version of Obama’s evil plot.
Step 1: Publicly suggest that Republicans agree with Rush Limbaugh.
Step 2: ??
Step 3: Clear Channel replaces Rush’s show with Randi Rhodes and CounterSpin.
Maybe Tom Robbins could put together a semi-plausible Step 2. I don’t have that kind of mojo.
Granted that Step 1 is so horrible that it is exactly like the ‘some say’ tic that George W called up practically every time that he wanted to make a point, except that instead of conjuring up a fanciful ‘some’ Gibbs said who said it. Everything that happened next, literally everything, happened within the Republican caucus.
I will recap. First a few brave and/or stupid souls tried to carve out some distance. Instead of brushing it off Rush went apeshit, and instead of moving on each heretic took a turn on his knees begging for mercy and to get the howler monkeys out of his switchboard. Other Republicans (to their credit) recognized that the whole sorry spectacle reflects badly on the party, but then blew it by stirring up a big campaign to complain about it in the media.
At the RNC, where better days would have smart minds planning out the next election, senior officials are still throwing chairs and pooping in one other’s lunch bags.
Republicans could have kept their yap shut and let the country think that a drug-addled ignoramus pulls their strings. Instead they opened their mouth and proved it.