Rush's Power Examined In Article, Poll
February 9, 2009 at 4:59 AM (PT)
RUSH LIMBAUGH is getting even more attention than usual these days, with a front-page story in the LOS ANGELES TIMES examining the PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS host's power over the REPUBLICAN PARTY and a GALLUP POLL looking at his standing among Republican voters.
The TIMES article features quotes from LIMBAUGH critics on his own side of the aisle, including former REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE Chairman RICH BOND, who said, "The question is: Are we going to have an all-white-man litmus test under the REPUBLICAN PARTY? Or is there room for diverse opinion on environmental issues, on the issue of right to life, the issue of taxes and spending? There must be room for dissent in the REPUBLICAN PARTY. It must be sincere. It must have comity." Another unnamed "GOP strategist and LIMBAUGH critic" is quoted as saying "I don't need him crawling up my [backside] any more than the president does."
The article comes in the wake of a GALLUP POLL that reported 60% of Republicans retaining a favorable opinion of LIMBAUGH. The poll, taken JANUARY 30th-FEBRUARY 1st (after his "I hope he fails" comment about President OBAMA's policies), showed that LIMBAUGH's standing among Republicans remained constant from 2003, while the percentage of conservatives disapproving of LIMBAUGH declined from 29% to 23%.