Rush Limbaugh isn't the only media personality with strong words for his peers.
Matt Taibbi, a left-wing political columnist for Rolling Stone magazine, was a guest on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews last night. Famous for his harsh invective against the Bush administration and other Republicans, it isn't surprising that when asked about Rush Limbaugh, he didn't hold his punches.
“Why don't people like Rush Limbaugh?” Chris Matthews asked Taibbi expectantly.
“Because he's abrasive, he's divisive, he's...a fat, pill-popping idiot,” Taibbi responded. Matthews shook his head and guffawed loudly. “Well, I'm glad I asked,” Matthews added.
Rush Limbaugh has become an important issue to the mainstream media in recent months. On January 27th, Matthews talked with Pat Buchanan and Heidi Harris about the consequences of Obama giving recognition to Limbaugh. Both guests declared that Obama made a mistake by engaging Limbaugh, because it “elevates” his status within the party in a time when Republican leadership is lacking.
Since then, others have given Rush Limbaugh recognition for his prominent political position. An aggressive speech at a conference for conservative activists, on the same day as Michael Steele's public apology to Limbaugh after accusing him of “incendiary” and “ugly” rhetoric, propelled him practically to the top of the Republican party.
Matt Taibbi is happy to have Limbaugh as the top-dog Republican; he thinks Limbaugh will lose votes in demographics where votes are most needed. “Michael Steele has done the Democrats an enormous favor by kow-towing to Rush Limbaugh. The Democrats would like nothing better than to see Rush Limbaugh be the public face of the Republican party,” Taibbi explained.
This video is from MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, aired March 6, 2009.
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