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Dear ’60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll’

November 30, 2009
What would WFB say? You could always ask him...

What would WFB do? Why not just ask him?

I’m enjoying your bemused/disgusted reaction to your own poll, in which Rush Limbaugh was voted the “Most Influential Conservative Voice In America:”

In a “Rush” to judgment, Mr. Limbaugh scored the most with 26 percent of the vote. His competitor, Mr. Beck edged out the last two Republican vice presidential candidates by a nose. It goes to show that you can attain more influence being an entertainer with a face for radio than by being potentially one heartbeat away from becoming leader of the free world. Republican Congressman John Boehner, the only elected member listed in our poll, came in dead last. Boy, the great Bill Buckley would have had a field day with this one.

Now, now — why the faux-exasperation? You asked folks to name the most influential “voice” — so not surprisingly, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck sprang to many minds by an overwhelming margin. Cuz they’re, like, on the radio.

And since you only listed “one elected member” on your very own poll, that might explain why the winners were those “mere” entertainers you put on the list, along with two  politicians you’ve been encouraging your fellow Americans to obsess over. Still, you profess (or more accurately, pretend) surprise and disappointment at the results. Odd.

(And would it be rude of me to wonder where  60 Minutes or Vanity Fair would place in a similar survey of “The Most Influential Liberal Voices in America”, even if the poll had been helpfully pre-seeded with your names? Just askin’…)

More importantly, I’m intrigued by your strange new affection for William F. Buckley (now that he’s safely, respectably dead, of course.)

Especially since your dictionary’s definition of “field day” must be different than mine…

RUSH: Well, but, Bill, you know, as I study things today, you are now treated and received — and properly so — with great affection and great respect, and there are some who say that, “Oh, we wish for the old days of Buckley conservatism when it was urbane and erudite and polite.” They say that the modern era of conservatism has descended into harshness and other things.

MR. BUCKLEY: Well, that’s a weapon. People use that when they want to be anti-Limbaugh. (…) It is, as I say, simply a polemical device.

Here’s a free tip for you mainstream media opinion makers, “investigative journalists” and self-appointed gatekeepers from a lowly blogger who never went to J-School:

I found that transcript in less than one minute. It’s called Google. You can have a field day with it.

Speaking of which: here’s my admittedly untrained and therefore completely unprofessional idea of what an actual “field day” might look like:

  1. Carterthewriter permalink
    November 30, 2009 10:32 am

    Anymore, Kathy, one suspects those writers who declare within their background an elitist education are quite lacking in common sense. Evidently, these supreme beings fail to recognize that soon their platform will rot beneath them and they will be lined up with the rest of us seeking bread and water. They cling to the past, forgetting the future has arrived.

    • November 30, 2009 11:32 am

      Two great posts about just that on the weekend:

      • Carterthewriter permalink
        November 30, 2009 12:39 pm

        Thanks. Do they even know who William Strunk, Jr. is?

        The main subject discussed in our local newspaper has been Gay rights. The journalist are scrambling to see who corporate retains while this state cuts back programs to help seniors even before the Feds decide whatever it is they plan on doing.

  2. Paul Cooper permalink
    November 30, 2009 1:26 pm

    You laid the smackdown! Very good.

  3. andycanuck permalink
    November 30, 2009 2:11 pm

    The Left also conveniently ignores the “I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University,” quote that also gives the lie to their newfound respect for WFB.

    • betty boop permalink
      December 1, 2009 8:43 pm

      What a great line.

  4. "gunner" permalink
    December 1, 2009 9:59 am

    now that buckley is “respectably dead” the left can misquote him as they please, but as gore vidal learned he could be elegantly brutal when he chose to be.

  5. Peachey permalink
    December 1, 2009 11:55 am

    It is not fair of you to use logic and truth when addressing the Progressive rotting agenda. Once a little thing like you have them in a half-Nelson, squeezing them until they cry uncle is just plain old rude, but, very funny. You go girl and feel free to kick some Progressive booty while you are at it. Remember, the truth to a Progressive is like garlic to a vampire.

  6. betty boop permalink
    December 1, 2009 8:43 pm

    “More importantly, I’m intrigued by your strange new affection for William F. Buckley (now that he’s safely, respectably dead, of course.)”

    Yes, good point. I have seen the same thing going on with Reagan in recent years. Once they are dead, and no longer pose a clear and present danger, the left feels they can safely de-fang the former enemy of the party. This is one way to render the potential inspirational figure harmless; emphasize their more agreeable moments and sweep their powerful message under the rug.

    This is why it’s important to keep these people relevant. What a difference it might make if all of today’s voters understood the grace and standards represented by the REAL George Washington instead of him being the funny guy in the used car ads, and on the money.

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