Opinion polls show that Limbaugh has favorable rating of around 11%, he is more unpopular than Rev. Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of Obama. So it is in the Democrats’ interest to paint him as the leader of the Republican Party.
The problem for the Republicans is, the far right Republican base simply adores and loves Limbaugh. Many from the base probably would agree that Limbaugh is the real leader of the Republican Party.
Unfortunately for the Republicans, he turns off moderates and independents big time. Now ,Limbaugh himself doesn’t care what the fallout is of his rants. It gives him good rating and that is what he is concerned about. With the recent Democratic focus on Limbaugh, his ratings may even increase.
Which is good news for Democrats and for Limbaugh, but bad news for the Republican Party. If Limbaugh is generally considered to be the head of Republican Party, they are in big trouble, come next election.
If economy is in the tank, then of course, nothing matters, Republicans will be elected regardless. However, if the economy is in reasonably decent shape and the country in general considers Limbaugh to be the leader of the Republican Party, Republicans probably will end up with 25% of the votes. The may make very modest gains in the House and may even lose seats in the Senate(I think about 20 Republican Senators are up for election next time, only 13 or 14 Democrats).
I remember back when Clinton was successful in demonizing Newt Gingrich. It got so bad that Democrats only had to say ‘Newt supports such and such proposal’, and automatically 55% Americans would oppose it.
The Democratic strategy is clear, to demonize Limbaugh and to crown him as the leader of the Republican Party. And Republicans don’t seem to have any counter measure against it. GOP leader Steele stepped right into it, when he criticized Limbaugh and later he had to apologize. The democrats are probably laughing their heads off.
Republicans better hope that Obama really fails (as Limbaugh wishes) and country is in deep trouble come next election, or it will be the Republicans who will be in deep trouble.
Anyway, it was a brilliant strategic move on the part of Democrats.