“I want to regain my First Amendment rights,” she said. “I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is the time to silence a voice of dissent and attack affiliates, attack sponsors. I’m sort of done with that.” – Dr. Laura Schlessinger to End Radio Show

The lady wants to be free to be as bad as her toxic self can be, free to hurl “n” word invectives into the void without being called on her vile agenda while she does it. Good riddance. Her departure cannot come soon enough.

The decaying medium of wingnut radio has shed one of its most toxic voices. After an “n” word blizzard, Dr. Laura is calling it quits when her contract ends later this year. Like Sarah Palin, who finally admitted to Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller that she just couldn’t take the media pressure, Schlessinger is running as fast as she can off the radio stage.

“This is the era of the Internet,” Dr. Laura admitted on Larry King’s show last night. A sign that whatever talk radio is today it’s long past its zenith and on the decline.

Readying to move onward, the worst “advice” talker on radio has finally been revealed for what she is. Another toxic gasbag who is lauded for opinions that have been foundational to our moralistic June Cleaverism, which should have died out with the turn of the century.

Having been tangentially involved back in the ’90s in opposing Dr. Laura’s TV show, when John Aravosis and I first crossed paths on this campaign, though we didn’t know it until years later, I took on Dr. Laura in my writings back then. Her anti-gay tirades and moralistic judgments on women as insulting as the “n” word monologue that caused her demise on radio.

This leads me to another development, this one regarding WND, who has dis-invited Ann Coulter as keynote speaker because she’s headlining “Homocon.” It’s quite a conservative collision amidst confusion that reveals the dying power of the toxic right-wing branch of the Republican Party, which doesn’t know which way to turn to stay relevant.

Don’t look now, but between the wacky Tea Party candidates and Sarah Palin, Laura leaving while Ann Coulter stands beside gay Republicans, the spineless Democratic elite and a diminished Pres. Obama, all of whom are facing a restless populace, out of these conflicts a new political landscape is going to eventually emerge. I truly hope part of it includes a vibrant Independent political wing, organized or not and wider than Crist and Bloomberg, to challenge the lumbering, corrupt big two parties.

Part of the shift will manifest this November when quite a few toxic Blue Dog Democrats are going to be defeated by card carrying Republicans, but like it or not, Tea Party candidates, no matter how few, will be part of the mix. Losing Blue Dogs would be a very good sign for the Democratic Party for reasons too numerable to mention. You movement progressives out there please opine in the comments, because I’m sure you have a lot to say on this issue. Rep. Henry Waxman certainly did recently, though he was also cajoled into walking it back, though the verdict had already been laid.

“I think a lot of the House seats we’re going to lose are those who have been the toughest for the Democrats to pull into line– the Democrats that have been the most difficult,” Waxman said.Via Howie Klein

As an aside, the mosque fury is now pitting Republicans against their Tea Party wing, which is causing quite a fight, with so called mainstream Republicans (both of them) seeing an opening to reclaim conservatism from the way out Right. Activist wingnuts, however, are looking to use it for short-term 2010 gain.

Dr. Laura’s departure from wingnut radio leaves many other strident personalities left to rant their hatred, but any time we lose one this big it’s a sign that the decaying medium is losing out, as Dr. Laura admitted, to the era of the Internet where truth at least can be found if you search.