You know people are complaining about Rush Limbaugh taking the “leadership” of the Republican party David Frum for one:
Rush knows what he is doing. The worse conservatives do, the more important Rush becomes as leader of the ardent remnant. The better conservatives succeed, the more we become a broad national governing coalition, the more Rush will be sidelined.
Yeah the one thing Rush really wants is for conservatives to do bad. What planet is Frum on?
Apparently it is the planet of style not substance; to wit:
On the one side, the president of the United States: soft-spoken and conciliatory, never angry, always invoking the recession and its victims. This president invokes the language of “responsibility,” and in his own life seems to epitomize that ideal: He is physically honed and disciplined, his worst vice an occasional cigarette. He is at the same time an apparently devoted husband and father. Unsurprisingly, women voters trust and admire him.
Listen to this description, nothing concerning what he has actually done, all smoke and mirrors.
Now listen to how he describes Rush:
And for the leader of the Republicans? A man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as “losers.” With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence
Hey he’s loud , successful, smokes, has faults, and is fat! I guess that means he must be wrong about things.
What nonsense. Leaders lead. Rush is leading because nobody else is willing, who will lead, Romney? HA! Huckabee? Steele? HA!
When someone steps up, and articulates the conservative position with confidence and without fear then Rush will be able to recede into the background. The alternative is cowering and that will not do.