REPUBLICANS MAY BE WEAKENED, BUT I BET THEY'LL STILL GET A LITTLE PAYBACK
Are we at a tipping point? Are we at a point where Rush Limbaugh's career can suffer the death of a thousand cuts -- or, rather, a thousand sponsor defections -- and the right won't be able to exact vengeance?
I don't know. Maybe we are at that point. Maybe the right is that weak, that out of touch with the public mood, that unable to rally its troops.
But I doubt it. What I really doubt is that the right has completely lost its ability to manipulate the mainstream press. Which is why I suspect that the right-wing campaign to get Priorities USA, the pro-Obama super PAC, to give back Bill Maher's million-dollar donation will ultimately pay off. Or are Palin and Fox and Fox News Democrats who write for Tina Brown and all manner of outraged conservative commentators really unable now to trigger the press's craving for balance and equity and all that? Could the mainstream "both sides do it" rule really not wind up being applied?
That would be a change. That would be a sign that we're in a whole new world.
Let me add that I didn't like Maher's slurs. There are equally harsh lines of attack that aren't generic female insults. It's not the same as attacking a person who isn't a public figure, but I really don't feel compelled to defend him on this.
All the more reason I expect the GOP to be able to get a little payback -- what he said makes him unsympathetic. But we'll see.