As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master

Has the current campaign season and the issues facing voters made right-wing hate radio less relevant,  The Biggest Loser

Last June, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that “hate radio” had hijacked the political discourse on immigration with “xenophobic, anti-immigrant” rhetoric. That same month, then-Republican senator Trent Lott charged, “Talk radio is ruining America.” An adviser to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee piled on late last year, stating, “Rush [Limbaugh] doesn’t think for himself.” Limbaugh, in particular, has aggressively gone after comprehensive immigration reform, blasting the failed bipartisan McCain-Kennedy bill. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) “has stabbed his own party in the back I can’t tell you how many times,” said Limbaugh. Yet as conservative pundit Bill Kristol noted last night on Fox News, right-wing radio has been unable to convince the public that immigration is the paramount issue. Voters are instead more concerned about an economy teetering on recession.

Immigration is an important issue and obviously we need some action and reform, but since the Right has decided that there will be nothing approaching civil debate it remains the dead elephant in the room. The Right, should they ever decide they would like to make some progress on the issue will have to start pretending to act like grown-ups. They might find that there is some common ground, but since they have such a deeply ingrained since of rage combined with  xenophobia that is unlikely to happen. Limbaugh in particular, a college drop-out with no expertise in economics, international relations or science seems to becoming even more unhinged in his elder years and its is clearly hurting with those Mom and Pop Republicans that think its time to try and move past Rovian politics.

“Frankly, folks, I don’t find it very conservative — I don’t even find it Republican — to start talking about wealthy people or hardworking entrepreneurs as somehow the problem, as the enemy that need to be punished,” Limbaugh said earlier this week. In particular, he has taken aim at McCain, who voted against Bush’s tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 because he said they overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy. (McCain now supports making them permanent.) But as NPR correspondent Juan Williams noted this morning, GOP voters appeared dissatisfied with the Bush administration’s policies yesterday, and overwhelmingly voted against the wishes of hate radio.

Limbaugh is a great example of the far Right’s inability to change tact. The wealthy are not angels by benefit of their wealth. Most Americans are wise enough to know that wealth creates wealth and it always rides on the back of the working class folks that produce the products and services. Limbaugh at best has lived an entire life without creating anything, without performing any labor or providing any service except maybe a little entertainment for some people that are too lazy to actually research the issues. Right-wing hate radio, though diminished will go on precisely because the Right thrives on having its boneheaded world view reinforced in the echo chamber.

Bush administration frontman Gen. Michael V. Hayden apparently lied. What a shocker another day and another lie from one of Bush’s puppets, C.I.A. Destroyed Tapes as Judge Sought Interrogation Data

The court documents, filed in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, appear to contradict a statement last December by Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the C.I.A. director, that when the tapes were destroyed in November 2005 they had no relevance to any court proceeding, including Mr. Moussaoui’s criminal trial.

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.” The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln.