Dem Strategists Hatched Plan to Target Limbaugh

Carville, Greenberg conspire to shine spotlight on Rush
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2009 11:45 AM CST
Radio personality Rush Limbaugh interacts with the audience before the start of a panel discussion.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Democrats think the hubbub surrounding Rush Limbaugh is solid political gold, and they didn’t strike it by accident. When operatives James Carville and Stanley Greenberg tossed Limbaugh’s name onto a poll last fall, they discovered that Americans can’t stand the conservative talk icon, reports Jonathan Martin in Politico. They moved swiftly to saddle Republicans with Rush, and rally everyone else against him.

Of course, Limbaugh himself has been helping—his “I hope he fails” rant started the wheels moving—and loving every minute of it. “The administration is enabling me,” he says. “They are expanding my profile, expanding my audience, and expanding my influence.” Carville’s fine with that. “It’s great for us, great for him, great for the press,” he says. “The only people he’s not good for are the actual Republicans in Congress.”