No one does irony like the mainstream media. When an opportunity arose to skewer one of the Right's most powerful voices, they jumped all over it -- and made themselves into fools for doing so. After hounding Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for a reaction to criticism by Rush Limbaugh over his centrist policies, the Governator replied that Rush is irrelevant to his decision-making:
Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are feuding.
Limbaugh says Schwarzenegger is a Democrat in GOP clothing. The governor responds that the talk show host is "irrelevant."
Limbaugh has been challenging Schwarzenegger's Republican credentials, asserting that the governor has betrayed conservative principles. Schwarzenegger has responded by turning the other cheek — until now.
"Rush Limbaugh is irrelevant. I am not his servant," Schwarzenegger said during an interview Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show.
The so-called "feud" must have ended quite rapidly, because Arnold was a guest on Rush's show this morning. They spoke for 15 minutes and had a polite and constructive discussion about policy. As Rush himself noted, the "irrelevant" remark came from the constant badgering Arnold gets about Rush's commentary, as if Arnold has to answer for everything Rush says.
The media gleefully repeated the quote, however, in an attempt to score a couple of points off of Rush. How many did that? Well, let's see - besides the CBS link, we have:
In fact, over 160 news outlets chose to publish this story, plus any number of blogs. It seems to be one of the hotter stories, as it has garnered all of this attention in less than 36 hours. The mainstream media has proven that Rush Limbaugh is exceedingly relevant in its attempt to publicize this to embarrass him.
Somewhere, Rush is lighting a cigar and enjoying one of the most satisfying laughs of his life.