I don’t listen to Rush. I’ve caught his shows before. I saw his CPAC speech and thought it was amazing. I have no beef with him. I read transcripts of things that are brought to my attention. Why don’t I listen? I just don’t listen to the radio. I work while he’s on. Do I agree with him? I’m sure there are places that I don’t, but overall, yes. I do. I was incredibly inspired by his CPAC speech. I thought it was amazing, and I think everyone should watch it. It’s worth the 10 part YouTube video.
That said, this mess needs to stop. Conservative principles are NOT about one person. Rush IS a party leader by sheer influence and national presence. His listenership was at 14 million before this debacle – this week it was raised to 25 million. His sponsors run the gamut from pizza chains to consultants offering company formation services. Which is good, because if he’s nothing else, Rush is an effective communicator of our message. The dialogue with President Obama is a testament to Rush’s influence – he is a threat. He clearly has more support from conservatives than our RNC chair right now. I have a lot of respect for him.
Side note: To the lefties who want to harp on Rush’s drug addiction – he went public and beat it. Addiction is a sickness I’m entirely too close to – it’s not something that can be taken lightly. Humans have weaknesses and only by acknowledging them and receiving help can they become stronger. Rush did that. If you’re going to rail against him, pick something substantial.
What frustrates me is us putting too much faith in ANY person. We see this with Palin. We see this with Obama. When things are overlooked because a person is blinded by their support for someone, bad stuff happens. Don’t drink the Kool Aid. Rush is still a human who says things he maybe shouldn’t say sometimes. We cannot afford to let anyone be without accountability.
I’m tired of the GOP cannibalizing itself. We are seriously our own worst enemy right now – all the Democrats have to do is sit back and watch us destroy ourselves. We’re responsible for sinking our own ship. I intentionally didn’t choose an RNC Chair candidate to support. Why? Because I didn’t want to go into this year with preconceived notions of a bad RNC leader. Steele has his faults, but it’s counterproductive to destroy our party head. He’s not a policy maker.
So basically what I’m saying is, Steele made a rookie mistake calling Rush out the way he did. He shouldn’t have done it. Once it was done, he should not have apologized. What’s done is done and the best thing he can do is let it go away. Because it will.
We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, and one of the grassroots movements biggest challenges right now is identifying solid, electable candidates – which we’re doing. If you are not plugged into a group, get on board and start doing the legwork. Join Smart Girl Politics. Check out Don’t Go, Raging Elephants, etc. If you need help figuring out how, ask me. I know how to put you to work.
Enough with the word vomit. Thank you to those who are doing the work and making our voices heard.