Ageism Richard Wolff Style

From an otherwise OK Richardl Wolff Vanity Fair piece on Rush Limbaugh, the following paragraph:

It is, rather, a crueler demographic point. The dirty little secret of conservative talk radio is that the average age of listeners is 67 and rising, according to Sinton—the Fox News audience, likewise, is in its mid-60s: “What sort of continuing power do you have as your audience strokes out?”

I like my age, which is 72, even though I have just gone through major surgery and know that I have lived longer than I will live.

The demeaning notion of being less alert, less important, less vital than any other age is so common that Woolf should not be singled out for blame, merely for his conformism and thoughtlessness.

I will put this unknown blog up against any media online or off for the last twelve months for prescience, insight and accurate daily assessment of the Obama movement, including its ongoing Limbaugh game, which Wolff’s article helps to perpetuate with no need for a push.

Write on!

I will put my own intellect up against myself at any prior age including my Phi Bete year at Williams. I have never felt so completely ignorant of fundamental things as now. Nor read as widely with more interest. Nor appreciated so many different viewpoints.

In his defense, Wolff suggests he is being cruel. Not cruel, Richard, exactly what I said above.


The Winning “RUSH” Billboard

The game goes on. I suppose the focus groups think it is still a good bet.


The RUSH is in red. The billboard includes a profile of Rush with a big cigar.




Chris Matthews Apoplexy

Chris should get rid of the Hardball name. He should call his show Apoplexy, featuring Pat Buchanan with incessant interruptions from Chris Matthews.

This show is becoming certifiable.


Rahm: “Limbaugh = GOP Intellect”

There’s a video here. And Sam Stein text. And a quote from Face The Nation. Keith calls him names and crowns him worst person. Rahm Emmanuel crowns Rush Limbaugh the intellect of the Republican Party.

Trap set. Bait placed.



“American Conservative” Disses Limbaugh

Here’s the conclusion of a longish piece by John Derbyshire in The American Conservative which takes Rush Limbaugh to task.


I repeat: There is nothing wrong with lowbrow conservatism. Ideas must be marketed, and right-wing talk radio captures a big and useful market segment. However, if there is no thoughtful, rigorous presentation of conservative ideas, then conservatism by default becomes the raucous parochialism of Limbaugh, Savage, Hannity, and company. That loses us a market segment at least as useful, if perhaps not as big.

Conservatives have never had, and never should have, a problem with elitism. Why have we allowed carny barkers to run away with the Right?

I think the mistake this makes, and it was made several times on MSNBC by Chris Matthews yesterday, is that conservatives will win by opposing President Obama, by going hard right. Centrist conservatives can move into an era of civil, common sense governance and blow the hard right out of the water. It may not happen and in that case we will see a permanent minority that will remain so until it wises up. If Richard Nixon could weigh in today, I bet he would echo this POV.


Public Divided on Limbaugh

PPP did a take on Rush and found what you will find below and more if you click to read their full report.


Public Divided on Limbaugh

A new national survey from PPP finds 46% of Americans have a positive opinion of Rush Limbaugh while 43% view him unfavorably.

The numbers break down on demographic lines pretty much as one would expect. Men, Republicans, whites, and older voters like him. Women, Democrats, young voters, African Americans, and Hispanics don’t. The gender gap is one of the largest PPP has seen on any issue it’s polled in the last year, with Limbaugh having a +19 (56/37) net favorability among men, but a -12 (37/49) with women. 31 point gender gaps don’t come along all that often.


Limbaugh Less Popular than Wright, Ayers

A Democratic Poll found Rush Limbaugh less popular than Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers.

Congressional Republicans have turned to Rush Limbaugh to lead the battle against Obama. One problem: A poll says he’s less popular than Jeremiah Wright.

Republicans who have turned to Rush Limbaugh to lead the fight against President Obama may have backed the wrong horse. According to one recent poll, Limbaugh turns out to be one of the most unpopular political figures in the country.

An October 24, 2008, poll conducted by the Democratic research firm Greenberg-Quinlan-Rosner has Rush Limbaugh enjoying a public-approval rating of just 21 percent among likely voters, while 58 percent have “cold” feelings toward the right-wing radio-talk-show host. Limbaugh’s cold rating was higher than that of all the political figures the firm polled. It was seven points higher than Rev. Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright and eight points higher than former Weather Underground domestic terrorist William Ayers. (As the firm points out in an email, it’s true that Wright and Ayers both had lower “warm” ratings than Limbaugh–as you’d expect for men who have virtually no constituencies.)


This is newspaper wrapping on one level, but it does indicate that today the public is more concerned with action than bloviation from whatever quarter, including this one. But the poll does suggest that Limbaugh’s limited popularity is amplified mainly by the attention given to him by both the media and those who do not like him. My conclusion is ignore him. And the media that puff him up.

The real action today is President Obama’s trip to Indiana and Florida where the hurt is strong and the people are impatient. We’ll check for videos and transcripts.