Who speaks for the Republican Party?
WASHINGTON – For Americans United for Change, the left-leaning political action group that worked to defeat President George W. Bush’s Social Security private accounts proposal, it’s conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh.
Americans United joined forces with the public employees union American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to finance a hard-hitting “No” ad linking the Republican party with Limbaugh, who said on his radio show that he wanted President Barack Obama to fail.
It’s part of a strategy by top Democratic strategists to associate Republicans, who opposed Obama’s economic stimulus plan, with those comments by Limbaugh.
“He is better known among Republicans than any of the leaders and when he speaks they listen and follow just as they did on the recovery package,” Brad Woodhouse, who heads Americans United for Change, said in a message to reporters.
“If you look at the polls he led them off a political cliff on the recovery package – and now they are – at his instruction – lining up to oppose the Obama budget and the rest of his agenda just like they did the recovery package hoping – as Limbaugh does – that Obama fails,” Woodhouse added.
The ad will run through early next week in the Washington, D.C. market and on some cable channels. Other ads linking Limbaugh’s comments to Republicans are planned, Woodhouse said.
Photo Credit: Reuters/Micah Walter (Rush Limbaugh speaks to group in June 2006.)