There’s plenty of sneering in the Newsweek cover story on Rush this week, but the first thing really wrong with the piece is the analogy of Rush being a “Wizard of Oz.” Unless, of course, Evan Thomas fancies himself in the role of Dorothy.
With this metaphor, Newsweek suggests Rush is a pathetic little man who likes nothing better than scaring young girls from Kansas and their little dogs, too, but are really powerless. They know better. They have to suspect that without Rush there was not quite the same GOP landslide in 1994, that without Rush there was not quite an impeachment in 1998, and that without Rush, there was not quite a Bush election in 2000. Why else would they be leaping on him like flying monkeys now?