By Cheri Jacobus - 03/05/09 04:32 PM EST
While Republicans regroup to regain footing as strong voices for freedom, liberty and fiscal conservatism after the November election losses, Rush Limbaugh serves as a firewall against the unprecedented assault on our freedoms by Obama and the far left. Rush doesn’t lose his footing after an election, nor is he cowed by mainstream media attacks and those from (other) top Obama operatives. He is emboldened by them.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last weekend, reluctance to question the Obama agenda began to fade as speaker after speaker ventured forward to stand up for capitalism, freedom and fiscal responsibility. Culminating in a televised speech by Limbaugh, attendees and viewers realized keeping quiet out of fear of being ripped to shreds by the Obama-loving media and late-night comedians was not an option. The stakes are too high.
As Rush Limbaugh continues to lift the veil on what Obama is doing to the country, this “talent on loan from God” is a significant threat to the “messiah”; hence the early strategizing, secret planning and massive ad campaign to demonize Rush. With public support for the return of censorship in the form of the so-called Fairness Doctrine remaining tepid at best, the Obama team is using every other resource at its disposal to convince America to hate Rush more than they love freedom of expression.
Inasmuch as Obama and his cohorts want to believe Republicans are afraid of Rush Limbaugh, it is clear it is the Democrats who are terrified of the man behind the Golden Microphone.
Reports have emerged that top Democrat operatives — including Obama’s own White House chief of staff — began plotting Democrats’ political strategy to become primarily the “anti- Rush Limbaugh” party before Obama even won the election. Fearing the Obama extremist agenda was a recipe for failure unable to withstand close and prolonged scrutiny, they moved early and swiftly to construct the demonization of Limbaugh.
Rahm Emanuel, James Carville and Paul Begala figured the Democrats, with Obama at the helm, could not hold onto the hearts and minds of the American people with his unprecedented spending and far-left policies. With President George W. Bush exiting the political stage, they needed a new enemy target. In pre-emptive “Wag the Dog”-style script-writing, they got started early, and last October concocted a plan to divert attention from the looming leftist agenda the likes of which the United States had never seen. Astute enough to understand that the strength of the pop culture marketing of the Obama “cool” and the novelty of being “The First” would wear off in time as the impact of his policies was explained by Rush Limbaugh to his massive radio audience, the trio set their sights on the critic they have repeatedly failed to bring down, despite years of fruitless effort.
The Obama White House ad propaganda against private citizen Rush Limbaugh is the latest desperate attempt to muzzle conservative talk radio and, in reality, quash public conservative thought. The Fairness Doctrine as a legislative priority may be dead, but behind-the-scenes maneuverings for a Firewall Doctrine are very much alive.
Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. She appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.