Go Ahead, I Dare You
Having said that (and you knew this was coming, right?), I feel Democrats and the Obama administration are making a HUGE mistake by engaging and mocking Rush.
Apparently, some level-headed Democrats feel the same way.
From NewsBusters via Malkin:
Susan Estrich is worried. Very worried. She believes that the current coordinated Democrat strategy of attacking Rush Limbaugh is completely counterproductive. And she's right:
He talks for hours every day. He gets paid to talk. Just talk. Doing it well is no small thing; witness the number of people who have tried to be him, or be the NOT-him, and failed. But he doesn't have to build a coalition. He doesn't need the votes of the other side to earn his check. He doesn't have to write the legislation, convince Olympia Snowe, raise money to keep the lights on, put his name on the ballot. All the things he doesn't have to do give him the freedom to be as effective as he is at what he does.
Trying to beat him at his own game when your own game is played by a different set of rules is a losing proposition. He knows that.
Estrich, whom I generally respect despite ideological differences, makes other good points in her piece. One thing she didn't mention that many Democrats and the White House are underestimating is one simple, basic but important thing (already alluded to):
Rush Limbaugh, like him or not, is an extremely smart and savvy man who has used his smarts and instincts to make himself the most popular radio host in the country. If you underestimate this, well....go right ahead. But consider this a fair warning.
Lampoon Limbaugh and his listeners at your own risk. Limbaugh has nothing to lose. I can picture Limbaugh right now doing his best Robert Conrad and daring the White House to keep it up. The opposite is most definitely true for the other side.