El Rushbo for President?
Obviously not. Why trade an 18-carat gold-plated microphone and a Gulfstream jet for the Oval Office and Air Force I? It's much easier to pontificate than govern. Besides, there's that little matter of a plea deal on drug charges.
Besides, he's got more power as the Mouth that Roars, as the New York Times demonstrates in paying homage to his ability to make grown men do things they don't believe in just to curry his favor.
John McCain has a base problem, which is easily demonstrated by the fact that Mike Huckabee continues to pick off primaries here and there even though, as he has said, he needs to rely on his roots in the miracle business to win the GOP nomination.
That base problem is exemplified by the daily Rush Rant about McCain's ultimate apostasy, a willingness to reach across the divide and attempt to find common ground.
Talk shows are not about common ground. They are, as The Times notes, about ratings, which Limbaugh is the first to admit are more important than silly things like national unity.
What people in the mainstream media — which Mr. Limbaugh refers to as the “drive-by media”— do not realize, he said, is that he is less concerned with being viewed as a national precinct captain who can deliver blocs of votes, or someone with the power perhaps to scuttle a presidential campaign, than with being seen as a broadcaster who can hold a huge audience.If the choice is the good of the nation or the good of Rush, the answer is simple: the most important thing to Rush doesn't involve McCain, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, or even the ability to say "I told you so."
Truly frightening stuff.
“Honestly, I don’t look at it that way,” he said. “If I were to look at it that way, then I’d be admitting that the entertainment quality of the program or the content in general is dependent on others. And it’s up to me. People listen to this program for me.”