Rush & Joe Assume Command

They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
-- The Holy Bible, Matthew

They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
-- The Holy Bible, Matthew

Many of my readers have been wondering what happened to the leaders of
the Republican Party since the election when the party took such a
beating. Herewith a report.

The leader whose career has generated the most interest is, of
course, Joe the Plumber. Many people thought Joe would complete
whatever training he needed to become a licensed plumber. That was not
to be. Unlike John McCain, who returned quietly to the United States
Senate to continue his life as a senator, and Sarah Palin, who went
back to Alaska to resume being a governor, Joe went in a brand new
direction. He became a correspondent for Pajamas TV. His first assignment sent him to Israel, a position for which he was uniquely qualified.

Before the 2008 election he had an extensive interview with Shepard Smith
of Fox News in which he explained why a vote for Barack Obama was a
vote for the "death of Israel." The interview was lengthy and I'll not
try to synthesize Joe's cogent explanation in a few hundred words. It
was no surprise, however, to learn that because of his incisive
analysis of Mr. Obama's position he was hired by Pajamas's
webpage gives an idea of the kind of in-depth reporting Joe did from
there. Joe posted many stories including "what he thinks Israel's
response [to the proposed cease fire with Hamas] will be based on his
conversations with regular Israelis", and an analysis of "what the
media should and should not do in time of war."

After completing his assignment in Israel he returned to Washington where, according to a posting on Pajama's
website, on February 5 he was asked to "investigate the stimulus
package" proposed by Mr. Obama. On February 11 the site said he had a
report wrapping up "his investigation of the stimulus bill for PJTV."

His next big assignment was to be part of the Conservative 2.0 Conference
that was being held in conjunction with the Conservative Political
Action Conference (CPAC) 2009 convention that took place February
26-28. Joe was to participate in a panel entitled "Bias in Media and
Education." His appearance there was also listed in the CPAC agenda.

Joe
was not the only celebrity to be part of the CPAC meeting. Many of the
failed presidential candidates from the 2008 election season were there
to make their suggestions as to how to save the country from the plight
into which George Bush had thrust it. Their main message was that
whatever the new president was doing was wrong, ignoring the fact that
the recent election suggests that much of the country thought
everything they'd done during the preceding eight years was even more
wrong. The main speaker was not, however, a failed candidate but an
icon of the conservative movement and someone who said shortly after
Mr. Obama's inauguration "I want him to fail." The speaker was none
other than Rush Limbaugh. According to reports Mr. Limbaugh was slated
to speak for an hour but because he had so much to say, he spoke for
almost an hour and a half. Explaining what he meant by saying he wanted
Obama to fail he explained that the president's plans include "rampant
government growth, wealth that is not being created yet . . . being
spent" and it is that policy that he hopes will fail.

It is
clear what Joe's future might be. He could be another Walter Cronkite.
It is less clear what Rush Limbaugh's future is. White House Chief of
Staff, Rahm Emanuel, observed
that Mr. Limbaugh is the "voice and the intellectual force and energy
behind the Republican Party." He pointed out that whenever a Republican
criticized Rush, the critic found it necessary to "run back and
apologize to him and say they were misunderstood." Mr. Emanuel was
probably thinking of Michael Steele, the new Republican National
Committee chairman. Responding to CNN's D.L. Hughley's statement
that Rush is the "de facto leader of the Republican party," Mr. Steele
said that the title belonged to him and went on to say that Rush is a
"mere entertainer" whose show is "incendiary" and "ugly." Using his
golden microphone, Rush went on the attack
the following day referring to Mr. Steele as a "so-called Republican"
and saying the party needed a little leadership." In response to Rush's
attack Mr. Steele retreated saying: "My intent was not to go after
Rush-I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh. I was maybe a little
bit inarticulate. . . . There was no attempt on my part to diminish his
voice or his leadership."

Now that that we all agree he's
the leader we can move on. It's not too early to focus on the upcoming
presidential elections in 2012 and it's certainly not too early to
suggest that an ideal Republican ticket would be led by Rush Limbaugh
with Joe the Plumber as his running mate.