Quote of the Day

“We’re watching the end of right-wing conservative talk radio.  The genre is dying among ratings and dying among advertisers … Rush is at the end of his career. His constituency is all wearing Depends. And he’s getting himself into trouble he doesn’t need.

“Sandra Fluke was simply the lightning that struck and hit an old building that collapsed.  She didn’t do it. She helped to bring it down at the end, but it was falling apart on its own.”

Jerry Del Colliano, publisher of Inside Music Media, which focuses on radio.

Is Sandra Fluke This Year’s Joe the Plumber?

Frank Bruni has an interesting column in today’s NYT, “Poorly Told Political Fortunes.”  Some morsels:

“For starters most of us grossly miscalculated the ardor, the stubbornness, the spleens of a great many conservative voters, who thrilled to Newt Gingrich despite his leaden baggage, swooned for Rick Santorum in all his frigid sanctimony and would not be wooed by Romney, no matter how may dozens of roses he promised.

“To the extent that Santorum and Gingrich have been kept afloat by a crucial baseline of financing, they owe thanks to the dawn of super PACs, a development that was thought to be dangerous to Obama but might, in a roundabout way, wind up helping him.

“Meantime, the culture wars have resumed — usually something Republicans relish.

“But the surreal focus this time is on birth control as opposed to abortion, and conservatives keep overplaying their hands.  Rush Limbaugh fished tired epithets from a misogynistic toilet; advertisers proceeded to flush him.

“[Sandra] Fluke could be the Joe the Plumber of 2012, drafted by political circumstance into a pitched debate about the rightful role of government and given a symbolic currency she couldn’t have foreseen.”

My own prediction is that the GOP Silly Season officially ends tonight, that Mitt will be recognized as the eventual nominee however long the others choose to pretend they’re real contenders, and that Mitt won’t lose that status at any point between now and the convention.  I see tonight as Solidifying Tuesday.

RIP, 2012 Republican Primary.  You were an appalling embarrassment.

Brent Bozell Fundraises off Rush Limbaugh Flap

Brent Bozell, head of the batshit conservative Media Research Center, has launched I Stand With Rush (istandwithrush.org), ostensibly to get morons to sign a petition supporting the demented right-wing radio host, whose Sandra Fluke rants prove he’s either back on the Oxycontin or has crossed over into senility, as his sponsors head for the hills and some stations drop him.

But when you go to the site, there are two big red Donate buttons top and bottom to get you to give to Bozell.  So he’s using his friend’s troubles to squeeze a few more bucks out of the angry and ignorant.

Bozell has a regular feature called Media Mash on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show.  In one especially charming appearance last December, Bozell called President Obama a “skinny, ghetto crackhead.”

Bozell’s Rush petition reads as follows:

“I stand with Rush Limbaugh and appreciate the massive contribution that he has made to the conservative movement and our nation over the last 25 years.  Rush has apologized.  But the radical left will never accept it because they despise him and want him off the air.  I condemn attempts by radical left-wing organizations and the media to censor Rush and his commonsense [sic] conservative message.”