The contrast between Dreher's hostility and Onakoya's admiration for Limbaugh illustrates, I think, the extent to which Rush's popularity incites the envy of intellectuals. It isn't just that they disagree with Limbaugh -- I don't always agree with him, either -- but rather that they resent his lucrative success in reaching such a large audience. From my perspective, Rush's success is a phenomenon to be praised and celebrated, as I explained in March:
Whatever Limbaugh's faults, he has that one redeeming value: Courage to speak out, even when speaking out makes him the target of vicious personal smears.March was also notable for Smitty's debut as co-blogger here, including his first 'Lanche-worthy post, "Where Did the Pleasant Cthulhu Go?" Among other March highlights:
One of the basic principles of military strategy is to reinforce success. If you see a man who fights and wins, give him reinforcements, and bid others to emulate his success.
- The appearance of the "Going John Galt" meme.
- The inauguration of David Brooks Fisking Day: "Brooks is a classic example of The Writerly Delusion: The journalistic belief that one's aptitude for written articulation is the same thing as being knowledgeable about a subject."
- "Mamas, Don't Let Your Daughters Grow Up to Be Downloads" -- very good advice. In related news, a chat-room pervert convinced an 11-year-old girl to send him nude photos of herself.
- St. Patrick's Day was celebrated by guest-blogger Patrick O'Leary Gallagher McCain.
- Conservative lesbian Cynthia Yockey joined the "Wolverines" resistance.
- Economic News: A trillion here and a trillion there and pretty soon you're talking real money.
- Economic News II: "Top Hayekian public intellectual."