Well, we knew that, not always from a knowledge standpoint of course, but in his political views at least. However, as much as we lefties like to dismiss Rush as a cheerleader, he does bring some intelligent insights to the table every now and then. Actually, based on my latest experience, it's probably even more than now and then (deference to righties here), as I have only heard him talk for about 10 minutes in the past couple years, but the comment he made in those 10 minutes has proven to be spot on.
To clarify what I'm talking about, it's probably helpful to refer to Friday's editorial page in the Erie Times-News. There are two articles on it that slam the Clintons pretty god. One (which I can't seem to find online) pretty much says the sleezeball factor is finally catching up with the Clintons. One thing I've found interesting is how once Hillary started struggling, Bill's precense strated amping up. In my opinion, this is bad news. I don't think anybody wants eight more years of Bill.
The second article, by Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, hits more directly on the Limbaugh comments I heard last week. I was driving around looking for something stimulating on the airwaves, and Rush happened to be the best I could fine. He started going on about how Hillary was tanking South Carolina so the Clintons could play the race card on Obama. Rush said something like this, "Now, the Clintons won't come out and say it themselves, but somebody in the Democratic party will. You'll hear the whispers. They'll go something like, 'He won because of the black vote.' In fact, they want Obama to win South Carolina, just so they can scare voters."
His point is that the Clintons want white voters to be scared of Obama as someone who is going to lead some sort of black uprising. This seemed a preposterous to me when Rush said it, but Limbaugh delivers his message with such casual authority, he makes you think...
Then, low and behold, less than a week later, according to Robinson's column, you get Bill Clinton himself making this comment in the wake of Obama's win in South Carolina: "Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in '84 and '88. Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here."
So, here's good ole' boy Bill trying to dismiss Obama as another "Jesse Jackson." Robinson, who is black, rightfully went nuts over this.
I think this proves, as the first article I mentioned, the Clintons are played out. Whatever energy and new-style politics Bill brought to the table in '92 has clearly disappated now, and they are falling back on tried-and-true good 'ole boy Southern-fried politrix. And because Hillary isn't a boy, she's relying on Bill to prop her up. It's really ugly.
Long live Obama!.