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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Whose Spokesman?

Oh come on, Strother, surely you can do better than that.

What looks like a duck and quacks like a duck is usually a duck. Besides, ask most right-leaning Christians what they think of Limbaugh's opinions.

Following your logic, MoveOn.org speaks for all you "centrists" and Al Franken represents mainstream Democrat thought. The difference would be that MoveOn and Franken really wish those things were true, whereas Limbaugh likely couldn't care less.

I'm not sure how one would go about asking "most" of 30 or 40 million people their opinion. If you figure out a way to do that, be sure and let me know. "Most" of the right-leaning Christians I know find Limbaugh amusing and will concede that he is probably right in their view far more often than his leftist peers. However, I can't think of a single one in my awareness who considers Limbaugh a "spokesman."

Sure - there are others, but he is a spokesman, like it or not.

Why, because you say so? Dream on, Strother.

And even your most favorite and outspoken 'Hollyweird activists' don't need to sneak someone else's bottle of Viagra around the world in their shaving kit or purse. They don't have to cover their tracks - or maybe more accurately, cover their sins - in order to continue to appeal to their mascots.

Those are some heavy stones you're throwing, Strother. The only "facts" you have are being provided by a news agency and a local government, both of whom are openly hostile to Limbaugh. What are you going to do if you find out Limbaugh just found the bottle belonging to one of his entourage and threw it in his suitcase? I hope you brought plenty of water to wash that crow down. Granted, it could be just as the "news" has portrayed it, but I surely wouldn't be casting such aspersions on these flimsy grounds.

But let's examine that. All your Hollyweird pals don't have to duck or hide because the sycophant press gives them a pass when it comes to calling them to task for their hypocrisy. And you're trying to argue that it isn't hypocrisy if you don't get caught. Please tell me that you don't think someone who makes $18 million for a few months work is not hypocritical when he preaches Marxism to someone who makes $18,000 a year.

I would in no way excuse Limbaugh his peccadilloes, but you cannot compare the kind of scrutiny he is under constantly by the press to the utter lack thereof, at least on the topic of their activism, felt by people like Bono, Barbara Streisand, or Tim Robbins. As for calling them sins, they may well be, but try as hard as you like, Strother, you're going to have to do better than naked assertion to establish Limbaugh as an accepted moralist or spokesman for the faithful.

Finally, I doubt Limbaugh is particularly concerned over any loss of his following over this dust-up. If his faithful didn't desert him during the whole prescription drug fiasco, they most certainly won't desert him now. Heck, this might even win him a whole new demographic.

(It appears that everyone has mascots, right, Steve?)

Of course they do. However, unlike the leftist elite, Limbaugh doesn't dispense largesse to his at my expense, nor does he do so using the coercive force of the government.


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