Whether you love him or hate him, Rush Limbaugh has been dominating the news cycle. Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel fired the first shot in the latest battle this weekend, calling out Rush as the head of the Republican party.
When it came to the surface that RNC chair Michael Steele criticized Rush as an incendiary "entertainer" Steele quickly apologized to Rush, just like Rahm had dictated. For a second it seemed like Rahm was the head of the Republican party!
But some progressives say the "brilliant" strategy of elevating Rush serves Rush, and the GOP. A former adviser to Hillary Clinton wrote in the Huffington Post yesterday:
The idea that making him more powerful in the hopes that it somehow illustrates the weakness of GOP ideas is too Rube Golbergy for me. Why not just conceive and implement smart, good, Dem policy, use Bush as a constant reminder of Republican failures, and let the results speak for themselves?
While some think it's smart for the Democrats to equate the GOP with extreme voices like Limbaugh, others think the White House's attention has elevated the stature of poisonous political discourse. If you're a Democrat this might not be the best thing, since Republicans could use an influential Limbaugh to do their "dirty work."