Rush Limbaugh took to the talk radio airwaves in 1984. Since then he has been a whipping boy for liberal elites and establishment Republicans who are continually dismayed by the large audience Limbaugh attracts daily. In their world, Limbaugh is not supposed to be successful because he is not well educated (never completed a semester of college), he loves this country to a fault, and he actually believes the Constitution protects liberty by limiting the powers of the federal government.
Oh yes, and he also loves Ronald Reagan. (Liberals and establishment Republicans still cannot comprehend how anyone who loves Reagan can be anything other than a hayseed hick.)
Sarah Palin became governor of Alaska in 2006, and was thrust onto the national stage upon becoming John McCain’s vice presidential running mate in 2008. Since then, she has been maligned by liberal elites and establishment Republicans who are consternated by her increasing popularity.
In their world, Palin is not supposed to be successful because she is not well educated (she went to school in flyover country: University of Idaho), she loves this country to a fault, and she actually believes the Constitution protects liberty by limiting the powers of the federal government.
Oh yes, and she too loves Ronald Reagan.
The liberal elites and establishment Republicans have clearly missed the boat here. And in so doing they’ve either ignored or simply overlooked the fact that Palin and Limbaugh provide a one, two punch that has KO’d politically impotent candidates and ideas in both parties since 2008.
It was Limbaugh who came out shortly after Obama’s inauguration with the now famous words:
“I hope he fails.” This resulted in a political pile-on, where spineless Republicans and opportunist-Democrats took Limbaugh’s words out of context and accused him of hoping our country failed. Yet Limbaugh wouldn’t back down, and instead of apologizing he reiterated his hopes that Obama would not be able to successfully implement his socialistic policies.
When Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele made the mistake of joining in the pile-on by calling Limbaugh’s words “incendiary” and “ugly,” he found his phone and email so bombarded with Republicans who supported Limbaugh that he not only retracted his criticism, but did so in a way that made it clear he realized he’d messed up by going against the undisputed king of talk radio.
Shortly thereafter, Obama’s then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel labeled Limbaugh “the leader of the Republican Party.” And while Emanuel meant this as a pejorative, hoping to drive voters away from the party of Limbaugh, both he and his boss learned the hard way that Limbaugh has more political clout than either of them imagined. Thereafter, it must have crushed their little feelings to watch Limbaugh pull back the sheets on RINO after RINO and fire up the conservative base of the Republican Party.
After surviving her own brand of torment from the liberal media (where dopes like Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow all piled on), Palin has likewise ascended to an undeniable leadership position among grassroots conservatives and Americans of all walks of life. Her book, Going Rogue, sold 1,000,000 copies in the first two weeks alone, and from 2009 to this point in 2010, Tea Party candidates she’s endorsed have trounced all over candidates supported by liberal elites and the Republican establishment (and where they haven’t trounced them, they’ve made the conventional candidate put up the political fight of his or her life in order to win).
With mid-term elections fast approaching, it’s simply impossible for the honest student of politics to miss that fact that conservatives are on the verge of something that Palin and Limbaugh have nurtured with dedication and defended with righteous indignation.
That’s right. The political demise that now hangs over the heads of Democrats, a demise foretold more clearly in poll after poll across the country, is in large part the result of the Palin/Limbaugh one, two punch.
As I watch the returns on November 2, I’ll be hoping for a knockout.