Rush Limbaugh is a problem. He is the Moqtada al Sadr of Right Radio, an organizer of dissidents into a political militia, and quite frankly a loose cannon. If there is anybody with a larger ego in America it has to be Steve Jobs. We have a great deal to be thankful for so long as Jobs stays out of politics. Rush, however is knee deep and his Operation Chaos is testament to both the danger of his unhinged populism and the leaderless weakness of the Republican Party. Yesterday he called himself the supreme commander and had his minion dittoheads calling in as if they were foot soldiers. Freaky.
The premise of Operation Chaos is bizarre enough. Have Republicans re-register as Democrats and vote for Hillary Clinton in the primaries with the aim being to give the supporters of Clinton a false sense of security and ultimately demoralize the party. This is quite obviously subversive which is bad enough, but when Limbaugh much to the consternation of party bosses on both sides claims to be influencing elections and manipulating democracy with his plotting it demonstrates what I consider unconscionable hubris. He's gone too far and he needs to be stopped.
McCain most certainly has the cojones to stand up to Limbaugh, and several others in Right Radio have stood against his monkey wrenching, but it's going to take some concerted effort to bring his blimpness down to earth. I've heard stories about how Walter Winchell was a one man wrecking crew and I'm just waiting for somebody to cross Limbaugh enough to turn him into an vengeful demon.
It has been 18 years since I found Limbaugh entertaining. He has been nothing but topical and clever, and of course he is a peerless professional, and certainly an innovator of the first order. But I do believe that he's looking to do more than radio at which point it would be just the hour to cut him down to size.