Today on Rush Limbaugh's show, Rush referred indirectly to yesterday's article about the Instapundit vs. Rush fallout.
From listening to the show, Rush clearly seems to think that conservatives, such as myself, are being naive or as he put it, should "expand their horizons" on what the repercussions of a Democratic victory in November would be.
Considerable time was spent on the premise that votes shouldn't be used to "teach a lesson". Or more to the point, that a vote really can't be used to teach a lesson. I disagree. You can bet that if the Republicans lose, especially given how loud the right has been about its dissatisaction with Republicans in congress, that they will take it to hear.
The difference is that many conservatives, myself included, don't think the world will end if Democrats gain control of the house (and even the senate). We're not like the hysterical left that thinks if its opponents win that the world will be destroyed.
I don't think we'll see some massive tax increase, I don't think we'll "cut and run" from Iraq, I don't think Bush will be impeached, I don't think we'll lose the war on terrorism. If the Democrats were about to get a big majority of congress, I might feel differently, but at most, the Democrats would have a tiny majority in both houses with a veto-wielding Republican in the white house.
If congressional Democrats start acting like kooks for all the American people to see, they'll suffer in 2008 when the stakes are much higher.
And you can also be sure that congressional Republicans won't soon forget what happens in the age of the "new media" if you piss off your base.
So Rush, spare us the patronizing "we've been brainwashed by the 'drive by' media". It was on-line conservatives that got Trent Lott out after his foolish remarks about Thurmond. It was on-line conservatives that exposed the forged documents on 60-minutes. We don't get our marching orders from the MSM. If anything, the marching orders to the MSM increasingly come from the blogsphere. Sites like Instapundit, JoeUser, and tens of thousands of others who in turn express the opinions of ordinary Americans.
We are unhappy with Republicans. That doesn't mean we'll vote for Democrats out of spite, they have their own constiuencies to deal with. If Republicans lose, it's becauase they didn't earn our vote. And you can bet they will remember that. They will have plenty of statistical research to drive that point home. And the world won't end.
Update: And no, I won't be "glad" if Republicans lose. I just think if they lose, they brought it on themselves..
Update: Yes, I understand there are lots of Democrats who act like kooks. And yet, when the senate was narrowly under Democratic control prior to 2004 it wasn't the end of the world. IF the Democrats win back the house AND IF they pass bills that Republicans don't find acceptable THEN Bush should use his VETO. IF he does not use it, then that speaks to a totally different problem.
Response: Rush discussed this on the show, here is a response.