Frank Luntz tried to keep the following statement a secret at a recent University of Pennsylvania talk. But nothing is secret when everyone has a smart phone. Money quote:
“And [Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin] get great ratings, and they drive the message, and it’s really problematic. And this is not on the Democratic side. It’s only on the Republican side…[inaudible]. [Democrats have] got every other source of news on their side. And so that is a lot of what’s driving it. If you take — Marco Rubio’s getting his ass kicked. Who’s my Rubio fan here? We talked about it. He’s getting destroyed! By Mark Levin, by Rush Limbaugh, and a few others. He’s trying to find a legitimate, long-term effective solution to immigration that isn’t the traditional Republican approach, and talk radio is killing him. That’s what’s causing this thing underneath. And too many politicians in Washington are playing coy.”
Coy? I’d say simply too scared to speak. But Luntz is right. The GOP leadership, if it still exists, needs to disown these two fanatics and haters if it is to stand a chance of becoming more than white, old, male and angry.