Although it’s hard to see Rush Limbaugh losing any listeners over the still simmering Sandra Fluke controversy, it’s probably safe to say that when it comes to job security, now is probably not the best time for Limbaugh to get any new competition on the airwaves.
However, it seems Rush Limbaugh’s show is getting a big challenge at what probably is the least-advantageous time, and from a voice that has been consistently reasoned on the right- Mike Huckabee. Huckabee is no slouch when it comes to controversial positions- in the past, he has vocally criticized unmarried mom Natalie Portman and for making remarks about President Obama’s childhood “in Kenya.”
Still, when it comes to Republicans, Huckabee is a fairly moderate and reasoned voice most of the time- and indeed, the marketing for Huckabee’s new show seems to squarely critique Rush Limbaugh’s schtick with the slogan “more conversation, less confrontation.” So it appears Huckabee may present a challenge to Limbaugh’s right-wing radio dominance by offering a show populated with content that might not make principaled righties feel like they need a shower after tuning in for some political commentary.
Huckabee himself also hinted at Rush’s slimy bent when he said to the Wall Street Journal:
“I’m not a person who would call anyone by names that would cause my late mother to come out of her grave and slap me to the floor.”
(The comment is in reference to Rush Limbaugh’s initial controversial remarks that Sandra Fluke was a “slut” and a “prostitute” for campaigning for birth control coverage.) Do you think Mike Huckabee will present a formidable challenge to Rush Limbaugh in his time slot?