Is Rush Limbaugh good for the Republican Party?

United States
April 17, 2009 7:22pm CST
There is a concern out in the media that Rush represents a fringe of the G O P and draws more "heat" than "light" to the issues. With the Republicans needing some help in projecting a clear message, IS Rush that messenger or just lampooned as a cartoon buffoon? What do YOU think?
4 responses
@missybal (4492)
• United States
18 Apr 09
Is Ed Shultz good for the Democrat Party? I don't really listen to Rush, his use of absurd and sarcastic talk to prove a point I get enough from my own father. He's intense but he's a commentator not a politician. He actually does a great deal of good because of the wide number of people who listen to him. He's no stooge of the Republican party he is his own man and the Left would love to make him the figure head of the Republican Party which is why they put him in the spot light. Honestly I think that that tactic will only work against them in the end. Because of the recent attacks on Rush I am actually reading his books. Never listened to him before any more that the rare occasions he was on tv. Never read much on him but that spot light made me curious and I think it's had the same impact on many Americans because as I understand it the ratings on his radio station only went up further. by the left bringing attention to him meaning his message will only be heard more and that message is conservative values with a twist of humor.
• United States
18 Apr 09
Thanks, Missy. I am glad that he has made you look into things further. I was getting concerned that it was easier to become apathetic when all you hear is ranting and sarcasm, either from the left or right, but not with you. Thanks.
@missybal (4492)
• United States
18 Apr 09
I study all sides left and right and read books from both. I Like to know where everyone is coming from. I also research every statistic thrown at us from either side. I wish more would do the same instead of taking every word from a great speaker as the truth.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
18 Apr 09
I agree. Most people regard Rush Limbaugh as an oddball. Far out there with his rants but still touching on issues that are of concern to most Americans. The spotlight put on him by the Democrats made people curious about what is going on. He know has more listeners as a result. He might be extreme at times but it's done with humor. I never listened to him, well, not intentionally. I had to in other peoples cars at times. I, too, think that the spotlight put on him is actually helping to get the message out there, to make people think, instead of scaring them away from the GOP;)
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
19 Apr 09
The republican party itself is bad for the republican party. Guys like Limbaugh only serve to further the problem though. the problem with the republican party is they are no longer republican . and worse, they are as much an establichment party as the democrats are, they are 50% of the problem. There are very few left in that party worth supporting, most are now just bought and paid for shills.
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
18 Apr 09
I only occasionaly hear his short update on the radio when I am getting up in the morning. I don't identify him as representing the Republican part but as being quite conservative. I have heard him go after Republicans just as he goes after Democrats but just not as often. I sometimes think he makes some good points and draws my attention to some things I wouldn't be aware of otherwise but there are many things I disagree with him on also. So in my opinion is neither the messenger of the Republican party nor a cartoon buffoon.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
18 Apr 09
Lol, Rush Limbaugh being the messenger of the Republican party was actually something put together by the White House. Just something to get the Republicans riled up. I read an article where they explained how it was worked. Anyhow, I don't listen to him. He is too far out there. I'm not a Republican either, nor a Democrat, lol. But I do think that the efforts to label him the spokesperson for the Republicans backfired because now he got more attention and more listeners. He is getting the message out there and most people are perfectly capable to separate him from the Republican party. He has to be taken with not only a grain of salt, lol, but he does touch on issues important to people. IMO, his rants don't harm the GOP. If anything, it'll draw people to them as their concerns are being ignored by the Obama admin.