[OP-ED] Why Glenn Beck,Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity are powerless

This is a very interesting article on the real or perceived power Glenn Beck,Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity who seem to revel in the constant media glare but could not deliver another Republican in the White house this time around.

Here David Brooks explains his notion that these guys represent an illusory army that doesn’t materialize at the voting booth.

via NY Times

Picture 44Let us take a trip back into history. Not ancient history. Recent history. It is the winter of 2007. The presidential primaries are approaching. The talk jocks like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and the rest are over the moon about Fred Thompson. They’re weak at the knees at the thought of Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, they are hurling torrents of abuse at the unreliable deviationists: John McCain and Mike Huckabee.

Yet somehow, despite the fervor of the great microphone giants, the Thompson campaign flops like a fish. Despite the schoolgirl delight from the radio studios, the Romney campaign underperforms.

Meanwhile, Huckabee surges. Limbaugh attacks him, but social conservatives flock.

Along comes New Hampshire and McCain wins! Republican voters have not heeded their masters in the media. Before long, South Carolina looms as the crucial point of the race. The contest is effectively between Romney and McCain. The talk jocks are now in spittle-flecked furor. Day after day, whole programs are dedicated to hurling abuse at McCain and everybody ever associated with him. The jocks are threatening to unleash their angry millions.


One thought on “[OP-ED] Why Glenn Beck,Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity are powerless

  1. Rush L Glen B and all the rest of the whiners make their paychecks by acting like 4 yr old brats. As one who was once in the news business, One thing is consistent, what ever the policy, regardless of the benefit, their job is to disagree to earn a dollar. The bigger problem is this simpleminded individuals divide this country when we are at a place in history where the need to be united has never been greater. I do not watch, listen to, nor read any media that contains these leaches.

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