March 7, 2009

Rush Limbaugh for president in 2012?

POLITICS - Rush Limbaugh, talk radio icon, who hosts a daily three-hour show and preaches to the 14.25 million Conservative faithful who regularly listen to his show, has all but declared himself to be running for the presidency in 2012.

Last weekend Limbaugh declared that he wishes failure upon United States President Barack Obama and that Obama's plan to save the American economy will fail.

Since then Republicans and Democrats have united in admonishing Rush Limbaugh and demanding he recant. But Rush Limbaugh has no intention of apologizing or changing his stance. In fact, he's trying to build a base to support himself as a conservative leader and a potential presidential nominee in 2012.

American conservatism is in shambles, lost without a compass; and the divisive Limbaugh, no surprise, is as shameless a self-promoter as U.S. radio has even known. Conservatives need a new leader, and Sarah Palin (god bless her crazy antics) all but handed the presidency to Barack Obama. Limbaugh seems intent on capitalizing on that lack of direction and promoting himself as the new leader.

"Limbaugh is a bully with a contempt for dialogue. He speaks a lot, but he is literally deaf. And the fact that Republicans would turn to him for leadership shows how adrift they really are," says political rhetoric professor Stephen McKenna.

For Limbaugh, 58, the unprecedented White House attention is the ultimate payoff in a career built on controversy. Born in Missouri, the son of a World War II fighter pilot, Limbaugh spent his early career as a little-known deejay, before assuming the mantle of warrior-king against liberal media domination.

Limbaugh is extraordinarily popular with the 14 million Americans who listen to his show, and is used to being surrounded by his fans and has developed a huge ego as a result. Unfortunately for him the other 292 million find him repulsive.

He's not valedictorian. He's the class clown, but he hasn't realized it. Limbaugh is essentially all talk and rhetoric. He has no solutions, just criticism for the sake of criticism.

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