Saturday, March 7, 2009
A Limbaugh-Obama Debate?
Rush Limbaugh has challenged Barack Obama to debate him on their respective political and economic ideas. That's a bad suggestion. Barack Obama shouldn't debate Rush Limbaugh because Limbaugh doesn't have very much of a following. In 2008, Obama participated in many debates -- with all the Democratic candidates, then with Hillary Clinton alone, and finally with John McCain. Each of his debate antagonists was a worthy opponent. They all had substantial public support. However, in a recent national popularity poll, Rush Limbaugh scored ten points lower than Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Obama has not felt the need to debate Jeremiah Wright. Why, then, should he debate a radio commentator whose national popularity is ten points lower than Wright's? True, Rush Limbaugh may be America's Biggest Hot Air Balloon. But he still doesn't have nearly enough of a following to justify a debate with the president. Rush has his posse of Dittoheads, and Obama has the rest of America. Not much of a contest.