Desperate for a strategy and hungry for any news coverage they can get, right-wing talk dogs Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter have tried to grab headlines by seemingly rejecting Republican candidate John McCain in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Their strategy is as simple as it is deceitful. Coulter and Limbaugh are hoping that enough moderates and liberals will be so turned off by their poker-faced, right-wing “endorsement” of Clinton that they will run, not walk, to the side of Barack Obama. They, like many conservatives, believe that McCain’s chances are better against Obama, and that Hillary Clinton poses the larger threat, particularly among moderates and unpredictable swing-voters.
In other words, their “endorsements” are a scam. A planned attempt not at duping their own base, but a substantial base of right-wing leery, Bush-weary Democrats.
It’s a dumb strategy, born out of desperation, but Limbaugh, Coulter and company have nothing to lose. The hardcore conservatives they cater to will vote Republican in any event. Meanwhile, the majority of America is ready for a change of guard, not just literally but philosophically. If the right-wing can help lose votes for its most feared challenger by way of a false and temporary alignment — if they can use their own growing unpopularity to cast aspersions on their main rival — then they’ll do it, integrity be damned.
McCain’s their man. Don’t let them fool you into believing otherwise.
How dangerous is McCain? His reverence for Karl Rove is just one clue.