I very rarely bother about Rush Limbaugh. Nor do I pay attention to Ann Coulter. I don’t watch Fox News. Sean Hannity? I am aware of his work, I suppose.

I do, however, read a lot of "conservative" media, since I like to make fun of it. I observe the Corner inmates flinging bananas; I am always delighted to see if gristly kick-bigot Chuck Norris has something up at TownHall.

But I really do think Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, are not especially worth glancing at, because they’re very boring, because they’re passe. I saw that act in the 90′s, and it got old fast then. Yes, I was jarred from this torpor on Thursday night when I noticed Rush had been talking a lot about his anus, and I make no apologies. That was just plain weird, and, hence: comedy!

But Limbaugh? What-ever. Who cares? Certainly, the new president doesn’t. He said this:

"You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.

Which pretty much just means, "you can’t possibly be listening to Rush Limbaugh? How humiliating would THAT be? You’re not actually listening to that lunatic, are you…? You are?" Stunned silence. "Wow."

That’s not the spirit in which this rather banal remark was received in the Right Blogosphere, however. This genius explains it all, for instance.

Nobody is "afraid" of Rush Limbaugh. Nobody wants Rush Limbaugh to be "silenced." Nobody cares about suppressing the speech of conservatives.

I mean, rant on, guys. Irrelevance never sounded so entertaining, nor so politically profitable. Though I’m sure the fossils of the GOP base have a different perspective.