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.