Sunday, March 8, 2009

Bloviators, Comedians & GOP Leadership

Before Michael Steele came along we only had Rush Limbaugh as Bloviator/Comedian/Head of the GOP in Residence.

Now don't think for a moment that Steele can replace Rush - the former(??) Oxycontin Head still has a huge listening audience comprised of 60+-year-old angry white males - but the 50-year-old Steele is offering up some serious competition.

Steele is promising a “hip-hop makeover” that would attract even “one-armed midgets” to his party. Seriously. He said that.

In true GOP tradition, Mr Steele is a born actor and a former high school drama star. He recently gained lots of media attention when he accurately described Rush the Comedian's show as "ugly" and incendiary."

That pissed Rush off. Not a good thing for an obese former drug addict. Getting his blood pressure as high as his picture seems to indicate may be a death sentence.

Which is kind of the same thing he wished for Sir Senator Ted Kennedy this week when he said Kennedy would be dead when health care reform passed.

The Steele comment sent Rush rushing to the hustings where he gave a jugular-vein-popping speech that prompted the White House to name him the face and the voice of GOP leadership.

The sweaty, swollen man in the black, half-buttoned shirt
ranted for nearly 90 minutes at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He reiterated his desire to see the president of his country fail. He misstated the Constitution’s intent while accusing President Obama of “bastardizing” the document. He made fun of one man’s service in Vietnam, to laughter.

David Letterman compared him to an Eastern European gangster. But he looked more like a bouncer at a strip club who spent all his tips on one bad outfit.

But for the Republican Party, Limbaugh has become very much a vice. Rush is as addictive as those pain-killers he used to take. And angry white men on the fringe just can't seem to get that monkey off their backs.

But wait a minute, there's a new drug on the street. And new comedian doing Hip-Hop shtick. Is that Michael Steele I see around the corner, trying to "apply conservative principles to urban-suburban hip-hop settings?"

Yep, it sure is.

Michael Steele who offered the "friggin' awesome"
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal some "slum love." (yes, that Bobby Jindal, you know, the Tom Sawyerish, 14-year-old Gov of Louisiana who gave the worst speech in history in response to Obama's Joint Congressional Address - Bobby Jindal - the former next best thing in the GOP).

Michael Steele is the GOP's new fix/ation.

Anyway, have fun with all of this. Don't take any of it too seriously. And remember, it will only be about 3 years before Romney and Palin reappear - reestablishing their rightful claims as Comedians in Residence for the GOP.