There is a new strategy afoot in the Democratic Party. The White House has decided to use Rush Limbaugh against his own party. The White House is making Rush the symbol of partisan division. They are setting a trap for the GOP, which they are almost certain to fall into.
On Face The Nation, Emanuel said of Limbaugh, “He has been upfront about what he views, and hasn’t stepped back from that, which is he hopes for failure. He said it. And I compliment him for his honesty, but that’s their philosophy that is enunciated by Rush Limbaugh. And I think that’s the wrong philosophy for America.”
Host Bob Schieffer asked Emanuel if he though Limbaugh was such a force in the Republican Party, and he answered, “I do think he’s an intellectual force, which is why the Republicans pay such attention to him. But our goal, Bob, is to continue to reach out. And it’s our desire that the Republicans would work with us and try to be constructive, rather than adopt the philosophy of somebody like Rush Limbaugh, who is praying for failure.”
Rham Emanuel doesn’t say anything without a reason, and it seems obvious that the White House is baiting the trap for Rush Limbaugh and the GOP. Emanuel’s comments set up an interesting dilemma for Republicans. Do they disavow their most powerful media voice, or do they side with Rush as he drives the party into the ground? If Limbaugh was smart, he wouldn’t take the bait here, but since Rush is guided by ego, and not intellect, he is certain to use this on his show tomorrow.
By making Rush Limbaugh the leader of the Republican Party, Democrats are seeking to make the GOP look out of touch and extreme. This is a smart move by Emanuel, because Rush will say that the White House is feuding with him, and play up the Importance of his, “national address” yesterday. He will say something stupid like the he has the White House on the run and Republicans will feel compelled to defend him out of fear, thus playing into the White House’s hands. It is almost absurd the way Obama and the Democrats are controlling the Republican Party right now.