I suppose this story is as good as any of the types of scraps conservatives have been reduced to for sustenance. Even before the rumor has been confirmed, we’ve got every conservative on the board happily munching on it (1, 2, 3, 4).
Meanwhile, in the world of real news, the deficit continues to grow, government is busting at the seams, the very unpatriotic tax cuts during a time of war not only survive, but flourish, and the list goes on. But don’t take it from me, take it from a real conservative.
The idea that Air America is somehow a liberal canary is truly a pipe dream. The idea that anyone but a moron would not only believe that spin, but repeat it in the hope of influencing other morons is just plain sad. The truth of the matter is, Air America is trying to give liberals what conservatives need. That’s someone to not only report the news, but to tell them what they should think about it. But liberals aren’t like conservatives in that way. Liberals are quite content to just get the news, and to make up their own minds about it (see NPR). Are conservatives that way? Well, maybe not all, but a lot, or you’re going to have to find another way explain Rush’s success.
So the whole idea that if Air America fails it’s somehow a victory for conservatives is actually just the opposite. The lesson drawn would be that liberals are turned off by people trying to tell them what to think.
The disparity brings to mind a new idea. Sure, Republicans have proven they can motivate, energize and get out the base. They’ll probably manage it again this November. But their base is 1 through 4, and not real conservatives. My suspicion being maybe this November will witness not a mobilization of the base, but a demobilization of the backbone of the Republican Party. Conservatives who like to think for themselves, and who notice that the leadership of the Republican Party could use a wakeup call.