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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, March 05, 2012

How low can you go?

While Republicans candidates have been perfectly adapted to play the Limbaugh limbo, but they may finally be forced to develop a backbone in the wake of advertiser defections.

The saga of El Rushbo and Sandra Fluke has been documented extensively. The only thing that has been missing has been reaction from the "leaders" vying for the GOP nomination. As George Will, hardly a flaming liberal, noted:
"They want to bomb Iran, but they're afraid of Rush Limbaugh."
Rick Santorum, who has an opinion on every moral issue facing the nation, has been silent, declaring "That’s not my business." Mitt Romney attempted to brush the topic aside, declaring simply "it's not the language I would have used," sparing himself another 180-degree turn down the road.

But that time may be coming as Limbaugh's advertisers appear to have more spine, at least for now. Declaring the "apology" insufficient, sponsors continue to bail out, applying good old American free market pressure.

The losses to date are pocket change for Limbaugh and he has faced short-term boycotts in the past.

But the landscape is changing with successful Internet-based campaigns on everything from bank fees to the Occupy movement. And while they may not silence the mouth that has been spewing hate for two decades, it can certainly put a crimp into profits -- and venues.

Just ask Glenn Beck.

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Blogger Unknown said...

These guys are garbage. The media should just start ignoring the GOP primary and all the weasels competing therein. There's never been a more deplorable assembly of spineless, worthless creeps than we see currently trying to unseat the mediocre President Obama. Crackpot Ron Paul is probably the closest to having some actual character (honesty, courage, principles, etc.), and he's nowhere close to getting the nomination. Just a nauseating and utterly depressing spectacle that's gone on for far too long.

March 05, 2012 9:36 AM  

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