Super Tuesdayâ€™s Biggest Loser: Rush Limbaugh
The truly most divisive figure in the 2008 race is not Hillary Clinton, it's John McCain. His ascendancy has ripped the Republican Party asunder -- and his most vicious and vocal conservative opponents include the loudest mouths in America: Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity and, especially, Rush Limbaugh.
They don't like McCain because he is a leftwing Republican who advocates policies on campaign reform, illegal immigration, taxes and other policies they find to be insufficiently doctrinaire. The fact that he has promised to continue George Bush's occupation of Iraq for another century is not good enough for them.
On Monday, Limbaugh told his followers that McCain's true mission was to destroy the Republican Party:
"He's going to reach out to Democrats in Congress," Limbaugh said, citing "McCain-Kennedy" and "McCain-Feingold" as examples of McCain-sponsored bipartisan legislation. "This is how he's going to get even with Republicans for defeating him in South Carolina in 2000," Limbaugh said. "The Republican Congress will effectively be neutered."And:
"It was just six months ago that if a candidate was endorsed by the liberal media we were instantly suspicious of them," Limbaugh said. Now he said, "we've got drive-by media organizations having orgasms about McCain."And -- despite the fact McCain has a solid record of voting to cede women's control of their reproductive organs to government bureaucrats:
"It's pro-choicers who are voting for McCain. That's who liberals are!" Limbaugh said.And then there was the amazing spectacle of Ann Coulter saying she would vote for Hillary Clinton if McCain were to become the GOP nominee. (Someone should get her a Clinton 2008 yard sign and bumpersticker, post haste.)