Many on Right are upset about Rush's comment.
"...perhaps the worst effect of Limbaugh et al. has been their draining away of political energy from what might have been a much more worthwhile project: the fostering of a middlebrow conservatism."
"There's nothing wrong with lowbrow conservatism. Or, to quote my actual words in the piece: "There's nothing wrong with lowbrow conservatism. It's energizing and fun." But where's the middlebrow counterweight?"
"I now wince when I see American conservatism being defined by Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, and other noisome sorts. They peddle anger and a dumbed-down patriotism."
"As conservatives form circular firing squads, your piece is of the type common a few months ago when certain writers, normally on the Right,discovered that Sarah Palin was not their kind of person, a bumpkin who couldn't find her way around the finer parts of Manhattan."
"On the one side, the president of the United States: soft-spoken and conciliatory, never angry, always invoking the recession and its victims. This president invokes the language of “responsibility,” and in his own life seems to epitomize that ideal: He is physically honed and disciplined, his worst vice an occasional cigarette. He is at the same time an apparently devoted husband and father. Unsurprisingly, women voters trust and admire him.
And for the leader of the Republicans? A man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as “losers.”"
"Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh, his whole thing is entertainment. Yes it’s incendiary, yes it’s ugly."So - our economy is in the toilet; our personal freedoms are quickly going down the toilet; our Constitution is being flushed down the toilet, and John Derbyshire is worried that there's no "middlebrow" conservatism?? David Frum is idealizing Obama? Michael Steele, the RNC chairman, publicly stated that he thinks Rush Limbaugh's show is "ugly?" What is wrong with this picture?
I just quoted those, but there were so many more "Republicans" like Derbyshire, Frum and Steele commenting on the Rush, Palin and Jindal type personas in the party. What a bunch of snobs. Seriously, they are petty, juvenile snobs.
There isn't political party that so often says "you're not good enough for us" like the Republicans do. Palin, Jindal, Rush, they have ideas. They have conservative principles. Jindal and Palin are actually implementing good fiscal conservative policy in our country and these snobs have the audacity to say "you're not good enough for us. We don't want you to lead us." Who cares what the person looks like, what they eat, how they speak, what nationality they are, how much money they make, where they went to college, how many kids they have, where their kids go to school - as long as they have smart, conservative principles and are able to work hard to get them implemented?
This is just my opinion, but Democrats seem much more accepting of diverse groups in their party. Why? Because when they're united they win. When the truth came out about Obama's ties to Jeremiah Wright, I didn't hear massive amounts of Democrats on the Left screaming about how he wasn't representing the party in the correct manner. And look what happened - he won! And even if they have internal arguments about policy or leadership, they usually put up a strong united front in the MSM. They usually say something like "I disagree with ____, but I understand where he/she is coming from."
CLARIFICATION: I'm saying Democrats present a united front to MSM and the general public. I know during primaries and elections they try to take down each other in shady ways, dig up dirt, expose information, etc. I'm just talking about public perception of the party as a whole, and lefty pundits' non-criticism of them. Sorry. I'm making it more confusing than it is.
Republicans really need to stop with the exclusionary tactics. The precious few Republican journalists in MSM need to be united in their beliefs so we can, you know, win some seats in 2010 and hopefully have a good strong candidate for 2012. These SNOBS really need to shut their mouths or get out of the party.