Monday, May 21, 2012

Is conservatism dying?

Rush Limbaugh is the de facto leader of conservatives. No question about it. Republicans are scared to criticize him. Politico is reporting that Limbaugh's radio ratings in major markets have taken a nose dive. This follows his controversial remarks regarding Sandra Fluke in which he called her a "slut" and "prostitute" after she argued that private health insurers should cover contraceptives. Politico's story says this:

"The conservative radio host's ratings fell 27 percent in the key 25-54 demo in New York City, 31 percent in Houston-Galveston, 40 percent in Seattle-Tacoma, and 35 percent in Jacksonville, according to a selection of the March 29-April 25 Arbitron ratings provided by an industry source."

But is there a bigger question here? Republicans like to tout their candidates as conservative as if the whole country agrees with their views. But I ask is conservatism dying? Rush's ratings taking a nose dive would seem to make an argument that it is.

Limbaugh's views reflect the view that many conservatives have. That's why Republicans don't criticize him. His remarks about Sandra Fluke are what many conservatives believe. It's become clear that many Americans have decided that they don't share those views.

This country is changing. It's changing within a span of every five years. It will be no longer dominated by white males. Moderates, independents, liberals, women and minorities outnumber the conservatives and particularly the angry white male contingent of conservatives. Rush's angry group of conservatives no longer are the majority or are even close to being the majority. His voice of hatred is being tuned out by the people who don't share his view. And while conservative super PACs are loud, they can't change the views of the great majority of Americans.

The Republicans are going to regret the day they turned so far right, that being moderate is a bad word to them. Their draconian views of how the world works don't resonate to the majority of Americans. Moderates, independents, liberals, women and minorities will not support them. That's a good thing. Because once they get voted out of office, real change can occur. And this country can move forward to a brighter future.

Stephen Colbert on Limbaugh's "satire" and Sarah Palin

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