McCain and the Conservatives

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For almost 20 years now, Rush Limbaugh and the royalty of right-wing talk radio have been mighty barons in the GOP — ideological high priests, attack dogs, and megawatt poobahs with a huge base of followers in Republican country. They've been kingmakers.

This year, the Limbaugh crew is in despair. Cold fury. They despise John McCain, and John McCain is way out front for the GOP presidential nomination. He'll destroy the GOP, Limbaugh has warned.

But McCain's winning.

This hour, On Point: rightwing talk radio and its followers struggle with the rise of John McCain.Guests:

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online and associate editor of National Review.

Ross Douthat, senior editor and blogger for The Atlantic Monthly, his forthcoming book is "Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream."

Brian Maloney, conservative analyst and author of the blog radioequalizer, closely tracking conservative talk radio and the Republican Party.

This program aired on February 11, 2008.


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