It may be true that right-wing extremist are no more loony than left-wing extremists, but they sure have bigger mouths. The quartet of Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, for example, surged to giddy heights under the aegis of the Bush administration when their collective vulgar volume raised the roof-tops. Simultaneously, their rabid mouth-frothing lowered the dignity of the Republican party. One can remember a day when Republicans were viewed as well-mannered, polite, thoughtful, prudent people. Made you kind of aspire to be like them. Well, not quite. But you didn’t'[t necessarily want to ring their necks. Today the loudest Republican voices (and boy are they loud) virtually wet themselves with excitement every time they eviscerate someone who agrees to be their “idiot” of the moment. Seems they can’t wait to crow about the rapier like tongue lashings they gave some poor guy who thought he would be treated fairly. With call-screeners to run interference, producers to feed fodder into ear-pieces and the all-important cut-off button, those screeching hosts are indeed a tough bunch of cowpokes who can swagger with the best of them. Here’s the thing – it’s always about themselves – how smart they are, how righteous they are, how quick-witted they are.
Bullies all, the venom and bile of Coulter, Limbaugh, Hannity and O’Reilly are perhaps meant to be some sort of one-up-manship. Who knows? Show men all, they have clearly discovered that shouting down the competition can roll into some big bucks. As they continued to defend the indefensible, like the war in Iraq, they became hollow, pandering liars. By the droves, prior to the election, intelligent listeners turned away from the radio and TV talking points and from the Republican party. As the falling ratings for Fox news and talk radio indicate, coupled with the dismal numbers for the Republicans in the 2006 mid-term election, the viciousness of the conservative bobble-head blabbers has begun to fall on deaf ears. How hilarious is it to see tubby Rush trying to wiggle out from under the pancake-stacked lies he’s flipped onto the airwaves for years. Oh, what’s that? He was just making it up, carrying the water for the party and now he’s feeling liberated? There nothing that man won’t say to save his butt and paycheck.
Mainstream Republicans surely long to again be seen as well-mannered, polite, thoughtful, prudent people. As a Democrat, though, I’m loving it just a tad. Do Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly have any idea how many liberals listen to their shows in order to have laughing points over supper?