Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Like a fiddle

I don't have a lot of time to blog today... we have the Mass Speaker of the House coming to the hospital tomorrow and we're going to put on a dog and pony show to help beg for money so I've got to clean up the lab so we don't look especially slovenly... I'm making brick chicken tonight, and I hope to get some good pictures and blog that... but in the mean time I wanted to mention the watching conservative reaction to Obama's attempt to paint them as the "Party of Limbaugh". It's quite fascinating... and somewhat breathtaking how much they seem to be falling over themselves to do exactly what Obama wants. David Frum has a pretty good take here, but I wanted to highlight Daniel Larison's typically well written critique:
...Obama is not just having a good laugh at the expense of his imploding enemies, but he has to be feeling very pleased with himself. It seems as if all he had to do was say, “Don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh,” and in classic knee-jerk fashion activists and pols have gone running into Limbaugh’s embrace, which is probably exactly what Obama wanted them to do. Now, thanks to the bizarre Limbaugh litmus test that everyone on the right is supposed to pass, conservative blogs are agog with their newfound contempt for the RNC chairman, which helps ensure that cooperation between the national party and online activists will continue to be poor. You might call this a triple bank-shot by Obama, except that all of it is self-inflicted by the Republicans.
As a hyper partisan Dem, I certainly hope that viewpoints like this on the right continue to be marginalized. Yay Rush Limbaugh!

EDIT: Ooops, I guess the Speaker isn't coming... I still don't have any time, but at least I don't have to clean up the lab.