Limbaugh will enjoy the scorn. But he’s a disgusting opportunist and racist. And his acceptability – indeed total dominance – on the right is one reason decent people will steer clear of the GOP for the foreseeable future. There is no nuance or doubt here. This is a man who wants a race war. Until the GOP throws him out, they deserve oblivion.
I don’t disagree, but the idea of linking decency with political success always amuses me. The GOP won’t be destroyed by race-baiting because “decent people” will stay away, it will be destroyed by race-baiting because in another generation, America will be living Ross Douthat’s nightmare. The idea that there is any justice in politics is silly. The right’s race-baiting is stupid not because it is immoral and offensive. It’s stupid because of demographic trends. If the population were becoming whiter, rather than more diverse, the race-baiting would work like a charm.