Conservative civil war?

February 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

“On Point” host Tom Ashbrook discussed conservative pundits’ animosity toward Sen. John McCain on Monday as McCain seems poised to win the Republican presidential nomination. Ashbrook focused on Rush Limbaugh, broadcasting Limbaugh’s mimicry of McCain and angry response to 1996 GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole, who has criticized Rush for denouncing McCain.

Limbaugh headlines a long list of commentators — Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Pat Buchanan — whose audience includes many with an equally strong dislike of McCain. (I analyzed the pundits’ outrage here.)

To what degree will Limbaugh, Coulter et al. influence voters’ decision in November? Do people listen to them primarily for entertainment value, or does their audience take their opinions more seriously?

Many conservatives pride themselves on their independence — independence from Big Government in Washington, DC, independence from New York-centered media, independence from movie barons in Hollywood. They might also resent what is becoming their own version of the mainstream media telling them what to do, and who to vote for.

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