2008’s most infamous obnoxious drama queen, Rod Blagojevich, also known as “King Blago” has just been oustaged by 2009’s biggest mouth in store: radio host Limbaugh. His several racist remarks – laughing at a comment comparing Obama to Curious George, saying that the President ‘disowned his white half’ – are probably making him the most conservative political commentator, and the most virulent in his opposition to the new administration. He may be called Rush, but it’s definitely not one to the brain: Limbaugh has advised the GOP senators to oppoose Obama’s stimulus package as it would ‘help the Democrats by letting them create new jobs’. Limbaugh is one of those tyrannic types who’d rather see the whole country fall rather than admitting they’re wrong. I bet he and Joe Stalin have a lot to talk about.

halfway between Joe Francis and Nikita Krouchev.

Rush Limbaugh: halfway between Joe Francis and Nikita Krouchev.

Like most obnoxious types, Limbaugh believes that the louder, the better; nevermind his point passes as closer to bitterness and sheer provocation than to rational political commentary. Blatantly unashamed to express himself as the ignorant backwards envious spiteful kind, Limbaugh goes from attack to attack in a way that makes me wonder if it isn’t just personal. Like herpes, dearest Rush is the gift that keeps on giving. He explains: “Everybody thinks it’s outrageous to say. Look, even my staff, ‘Oh, you can’t do that.’ Why not? Why is it any different, what’s new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what’s gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here. Why do I want more of it? I don’t care what the Drive-By story is. I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: ‘Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.’ Somebody’s gotta say it.” Sadly enough for our poor little ears, said media did give him the exposition he’s always been running after.

If we’re trying to hone onto his fragile, translucid point, wade through the uncanny thickness of his irrational  rant, leaving much to desire on the rhetorical side, it’s only fair to ask whether somebody’s gotta say it. Does somebody really have to stand up and wish for the country to sink down to the bottom pit of eternal stench, just to prove Limbaugh right? Is it really necessary to put compromise aside in order to promote one radio host’s shrivelling sense of identity? Limbaugh took pride in highlighting his so-called alienation from the Republican governors and senators supporting Obama in his struggle against the identity crisis.  ThinkProgress also nailed Limbaugh’s weakness: his hypocrisy. In 2006, only two years before Obama’s election, there wasn’t any rush (sic) to be so cynical. “I am sick and tired of people rooting for the good guys to fail”, Limbaugh said. Well, so were we, and this is why we are in the situation we’re in. What has exactly made Limbaugh such an unabashed hater? Probably lack of credibility.

Let’s face it: Limbaugh is a radio show host talking to a cohort of vile, repudiated neo-cons who know they are on the brink of losing their seats.  This is why President Obama simply said, “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done”, referring to Limbaugh’s divisive appetite. It however takes more than a name-dropping from Obama’s mouth to quench Limbaugh’s thirst for attention. “He’s obviously more frightened of me than he is Mitch McConnell. He’s more frightened of me, then he is of say, John Boehner, which doesn’t say much about our party.” Strangely enough, I find it interesting that Rush Limbaugh thinks so highly of himself. His voice is rapidly losing any value, matching the parallel descent of the Down Jones; and unless he manages to rally enough support that does not belong to doubtful and shady organizations such as, say, the KKK or the National Vanguard, Limbaugh will carry on being who is – a glorified political version of Joe Francis. Cheap, sleazy and desperate for more media presence.

Limbaugh is taking a step aside from the GOP’s leadership. I believe said Republicans were just as happy to be finally free of the stinking presence of one über conservative moth fighting for attention. Republican House representative, Phil Gingrey, expressed what has been diplomatically called a “disagreement” with Limbaugh’s words: “I mean, it’s easy if you’re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You don’t have to try to do what’s best for your people and your party. You know you’re just on these talk shows and you’re living well and plus you stir up a bit of controversy and gin the base and that sort of that thing. But when it comes to true leadership, not that these people couldn’t be or wouldn’t be good leaders, they’re not in that position of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell.” This is exactly the reason why Obama prevails over Limbaugh: Obama is holding the mandate of a leadership position through a democratic process. Limbaugh is talking in a booth. The weight and burden of decisions to be made, especially in times of severe hardship that could affect the economy of a former hegemon for well over half a decade, do not weigh on his shoulders. They weigh on those who have been democratically called to make the vote, and to live with the inherent consequences, be they positive or negative.

According to media critic Michael Wolff, Rush is just a prom belle without a corsage. “The Obama dinner with conservative columnists, shortly before his inauguration, was as much about excluding Rush as coddling the columnists. Not only did the conservatives fawn, but Rush fumed. It got under his skin. […] He’s tried to make it out to be a political point ever since, but mostly he sounds like a guy who’s hurt he didn’t get invited to the hot party.”

It’s already annoying enough to have Limbaugh destroy other kids’ sandcastles, really, but for now he really should sit down and let the grown-ups do the talking.