Rush Limbaugh is in the news again, yes he is. But this time, someone is referring to him, in a not so nice way – and not as overtly (as Rush is famous for doing). Well, that’s what top GOP consultant, Frank Lutz, seemed to think as he spoke to a group of college students. Little did he know when Luntz thought he was speaking, ‘off the record’, a student had him quite on the record, with via cell phone. Sort of a 47% situation. And as was the 47% conversation, this one also comes from Mother Jones.
Luntz told a group of college students that Limbaugh and right-wing radio were problematic in the polarization, not between Republicans and Democrats, but between Republicans and Republicans. Thinking he was talking privately to college students, Luntz went on to say:
And they get great ratings, and they drive the message, and it’s really problematic. And this is not on the Democratic side. It’s only on the Republican side…[inaudible]. [Democrats have] got every other source of news on their side. And so that is a lot of what’s driving it. If you take—Marco Rubio’s getting his ass kicked. Who’s my Rubio fan here? We talked about it. He’s getting destroyed! By Mark Levin, by Rush Limbaugh, and a few others. He’s trying to find a legitimate, long-term effective solution to immigration that isn’t the traditional Republican approach, and talk radio is killing him. That’s what’s causing this thing underneath. And too many politicians in Washington are playing coy.
The student recording Luntz’s commentary states:
This question came up after almost 40 minutes of Luntz’s inane and obviously pandering presentation. He had already offended multiple audience members with his cavalier flippancy. At one point, he cut off a student who was saying that his family is one of immigrants and loudly asked, “From Chechnya?” Raucous laughter followed from the College Republicans in attendance, but uneasy looks were exchanged by most others. To me, a man whose career is built on being viewed as the “Master of Words” should be willing to always stand by what he says. If he can say it to a hundred-plus Penn students, the rest of America deserves to hear it.
You can find out more about this story atMother Jones and hear Frank Luntz’s comments for yourself below:
If you’re not bothered by Luntz’s comments regarding Limbaugh, and not a fan of Limbaugh either, you can join the boycott groups hoping to nudge Limbaugh smut off public radio. Here are links to a Limbaugh Sponsor Petition, a Facebook Boycott group and the StopRush database containing and extensive list of Limbaugh sponsors. Tally ho and good luck Frank Luntz. I think you may need some.
(The author, Leslie Salzillo, is a political commentator, diarist and visual artist. She has been submitting diaries to Daily Kos since November 2012 and began contributing to Addicting Info, March 2013.)