Here's a handy rule for determining when a joke or meme has officially gotten old: It's old once a large Democratic organization finally decides it's funny.
For a few wonderful days last week, all the left-wing blogs had a fine time making fun of Rush Limbaugh, the thick-fingered vulgarian who delivered some crazy rant about Barack Obama at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Late night television hosts, too, had a field day, saying Limbaugh looked like an Eastern European gangster, and everybody chortled at Rahm Emanuel's laughable assertion that Limbaugh served as the intellectual heart and spiritual soul of the Republican Party.
It was good times! And then, of course, the Democratic National Committee had to ruin the fun.
They caught onto this whole "Rush Limbaugh is a mockably cartoonish clown" idea and sent out a mass email asking recipients to suggest slogans for a billboard to shame the radio host in his home town -- because obviously nothing stings nationally known loudmouth personalities like having more attention drawn to them.
The DNC received over ten thousand suggestions, of which veritable dozens must have been at least vaguely entertaining, and yet these are the final five options:
- “Americans didn’t vote for a Rush to failure”
- “Hope and change cannot be Rush’d”
- “Failure is not an option for America’s future”
- “We can fix America, just don’t Rush it”
- “Rush: Say yes to America”
And this, dear readers, is why people become Republicans: because there is no joke a Democrat cannot ruin with a terrible, earnest pun.