We, Ourselves, of The Collective have noticed there has been a considerable argument brewing among conservatives regarding whether or not talk radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh should be chosen to moderate GOP Presidential candidate debates in 2016. This strikes Us as an interesting topic of debate on many levels. On one side of the issue Limbaugh would draw a considerable audience among conservatives who would want to see how he handles the candidates and what questions he would ask of them. Limbaugh is not the mainstream sort of moderator and would add We, are sure, his own particular brand of spice to the generally moribund debate schedule. On the other side of the debate the one that mainstream GOP elites, like Grover Norquist, reside this is a major problem– Rush would become the star of the debates casting shadows on the likes of Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Chris Christie.
We would like to offer a solution to the far right conservatives who find Christie too liberal and are weary of the name Bush. Why not support Limbaugh to run for President? The Meditators have the opinion that Limbaugh could win the GOP nomination quite easily and quite possibly could get out enough of the GOP base as to bring the Senate back into GOP control. The problem with a candidacy by Rush is that the Left especially the far Left would react equally to him as the far Right will. No amount of voter suppression in GOP controlled states would keep blacks and Latinos, the GLBTQ community and the Progressive Youth vote from flocking to the polls in 2016 to cast their ballots against Rush Limbaugh.
A Limbaugh third party candidacy We have estimated could raise as much as 750 million during the campaign with much of that being funded by powerful corporate TEA Party advocates with deep pockets such as the Koch brothers. This type of run would effectively divide the GOP forever and end the party as a national going concern. After 2016 the GOP would be lucky to keep control of the House in 2018 and would lose the 2020 election with Texas turning blue for the first time in many decades.
In the final analysis We, Ourselves, see the use of Limbaugh as a moderator for debates as far more of a destructive force in conservative politics on the professional scale. A Rush for President push will likely happen next year but it will fizzle out as the GOP establishment crushes any notion of having an entertainer whose job it is to occupy the minds of those already in the echo chamber on Monday through Friday stand on the stage with the party’s heavy hitters. For both of these tasks Limbaugh simply has too little appeal outside his own base and too much baggage to be anything more than a political novelty.
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