Intimidated Republicans better step aside and make room for Rush Limbaugh when he walks into the building. He is a huge presence in the GOP. Limbaugh casts a shadow over the entire party and has an enormous impact on the Republican congressional agenda. He'll squash any opposition within the party like a pancake.
His heavy emphasis on far right values is a big treat for his fans. Feeding his gargantuan ego, Limbaugh's network of radio stations covers a wide variety of radio markets. The bulk of his audience is in red states where they like their leaders larger than life. Limbaugh may not have a vast understanding of the Constitution or the immense issues of the day, but the profits he generates are colossal.
He may be the biggest planet in the talk radio solar system, but Limbaugh's opponents generally think he is a pig. Yet, the party of the elephant still loves Rush. It will be an immense amount of time before his celebrity goes the way of the woolly mammoth.