David Brooks has a theory. Or maybe even a screenplay:
The rise of Beck, Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and the rest has correlated almost perfectly with the decline of the G.O.P. But it's not because the talk jocks have real power. It's because they have illusory power, because Republicans hear the media mythology and fall for it every time.Of course! Duh! It's the mainstream media that's been holding the GOP down with these moronic shills for stupidity. They're Manchurian commentators, every one of 'em. But now Brooks is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore. One more Limbaugh rant, MSM, and the wingnut gets it.