Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Camille gives Rahm-bo and Axelroids a Beatdown

Camille Paglia sums up the entire Rush fracas very well indeed:
The orchestrated attack on radio host Rush Limbaugh, which has made the White House look like an oafish bunch of drunken frat boys...... Has the administration gone mad? This entire fracas was set off by the president himself, who lowered his office by targeting a private citizen by name. Limbaugh had every right to counterattack, which he did with gusto. Why have so many Democrats abandoned the hallowed principle of free speech? Limbaugh, like our own liberal culture hero Lenny Bruce, is a professional commentator who can be as rude and crude as he wants.

But leftists who wish to turn the USA into a bureaucratic authoritarian rule by petty functionaries, as the EU is devolving into, really cannot abide opposition, and as many people believe, this attack on the only media [talk radio] that dares to oppose their socialist agenda aims to quash talk radio and effectively monopolize the "marketplace of ideas" for Democrat ideological cant and empty posturing. Camille is not satisfied with defending Rush, but takes an oblique swipe at the recently re-fat Oprah:
Rush isn't responsible for the feebleness of Republican voices or the thinness of Republican ideas. Only ignoramuses believe that Rush speaks for the Republican Party. On the contrary, Rush as a proponent of heartland conservatism has waged open warfare with the Washington party establishment for years. And I'm sick of people impugning Rush's wealth and lifestyle, which is no different from that of another virtuoso broadcaster who hit it big -- Oprah Winfrey. Rush Limbaugh is an embodiment of the American dream: He slowly rose from obscurity to fame on the basis of his own talent and grit. Every penny Rush has earned was the result of his rapport with a vast audience who felt shut out and silenced by the liberal monopoly of major media. As a Democrat and Obama supporter, I certainly do not agree with everything Rush says or does. I was deeply upset, for example, by the sneering tone both Rush and Sean Hannity took on Inauguration Day, when partisan politics should have been set aside for a unifying celebration of American government and history. Nevertheless, I respect Rush for his independence of thought and his always provocative news analysis. He doesn't run with the elite -- he goes his own way.

The butterball queen may banish Camille from the precincts of Harpo Prod. forever for that remark. But Camille doesn't mention Chicago-style politics when she rakes over Rahm-bo and Axelroids:
President Obama should yank the reins and get his staff's noses out of slash-and-burn petty politics. His own dignity and prestige are on the line. If he wants a second term, he needs to project a calmer perspective about the eternal reality of vociferous opposition, which is built into our democratic system. Right now, the White House is starting to look like Raphael's scathing portrait of a pampered, passive Pope Leo X and his materialistic cardinals -- one of the first examples of an artist sending a secret, sardonic message to posterity. Do those shifty, beady-eyed guys needing a shave remind you of anyone? Yes, it's bare-knuckles Chicago pugilism, transplanted to Washington. The charitably well-meaning but hopelessly extravagant Leo X, by the way, managed to mishandle the birth of the Protestant Reformation, which permanently split Christianity.

Thanks, Perfess'r Paglia, for the reference, though I don't think Obama has the heft to cause a permanent break in the party system's built-in duality stateside like the schism that split the Catholic Church in the 16th century.

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