Obama to GOP leaders: Stop listening to Rush Limbaugh; Update: Rush responds

posted at 1:40 pm on January 24, 2009 by Allahpundit

Haven’t they already?

President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.

“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.

One White House official confirmed the comment but said he was simply trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.

Smart points in response from Tom Maguire, especially number three. If, contra his campaign rhetoric, The One really does plan on bringing back Fairness, he just made his task of selling it to the public as a nonpartisan measure not aimed squarely at conservative talk radio a lot harder. Exit question: What’s his game here? Obama’s a shrewd guy; he must have known a comment like that would leak and that Limbaugh would have a field day with it. Maybe he’s trying to buy himself cover with the left by antagonizing Rush into a blood feud? Progressives will be less likely to grumble about his tack to the center if their archenemy is on the air every day accusing him of being the Marxist antichrist. Or, doubly Machiavellian, maybe he’s trying to bolster Rush’s influence so that he’ll drag the GOP back to the right, leaving the center to Obama and the Dems. Maybe? All theories welcome! The more sinister, the better.

Update: Limbaugh fires back, via Byron York:

To make the argument about me instead of his plan makes sense from his perspective. Obama’s plan would buy votes for the Democrat Party, in the same way FDR’s New Deal established majority power for 50 years of Democrat rule, and it would also simultaneously seriously damage any hope of future tax cuts. It would allow a majority of American voters to guarantee no taxes for themselves going forward. It would burden the private sector and put the public sector in permanent and firm control of the economy. Put simply, I believe his stimulus is aimed at re-establishing “eternal” power for the Democrat Party rather than stimulating the economy because anyone with a brain knows this is NOT how you stimulate the economy. If I can be made to serve as a distraction, then there is that much less time debating the merits of this TRILLION dollar debacle.

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This dude picked the wrong fight with the wrong conservative!

ConservativePartyNow on January 24, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Wait a second. Didn’t Obama attend the Daily Kos convention? Didn’t he “listen” to Reverend Wright for 20 years? Didn’t he take millions from MoveOn.org (General Betray Us)?

Who the hell is he to tell anyone who to listen to?

JohnInCA on January 24, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Pretty simple… no teleprompter.

Pianobuff on January 24, 2009 at 1:46 PM

I always thought there were 3 independent branches of government . . . or perhaps that was just a myth. Bow down, the king has spoken.

rplat on January 24, 2009 at 1:47 PM

Attacks Rush within 72 hours of being sworn in.

Influential indeed.

artist on January 24, 2009 at 1:47 PM

Wait a second. Didn’t Obama attend the Daily Kos convention? Didn’t he “listen” to Reverend Wright for 20 years? Didn’t he take millions from MoveOn.org (General Betray Us)?

Who the hell is he to tell anyone who to listen to?

JohnInCA on January 24, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Nice.

artist on January 24, 2009 at 1:47 PM

The more sinister, the better.

Limbaugh, wanting to get revenues from satellite radio, is in cahoots with Obama to force the enaction of the FD. That way, he gets loads of shares of Sirius and lots of press to encourage people to sign up.

Sinister enough?

lorien1973 on January 24, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Obama didn’t play this to be shrewed. He was being Obama. Defensive and impulsive.

katy on January 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM

What this should mean to GOP leaders:

Listen to Rush Limbaugh.

Why the hell would you take advice on what leaders to listen to on your side from someone on the complete opposite of the aisle?

MadisonConservative on January 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM

“Dissent is unpatriotic in Obama-rica.” ~ Tom Hanks

BHO Jonestown on January 24, 2009 at 1:50 PM

All this is going to do is make a vast number of listeners tune in Monday to see what Rush is going to do. It’s not nice to mess with Rush.
L

letget on January 24, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Obama’s a shrewd guy; he must have known a comment like that would leak and that Limbaugh would have a field day with it. Maybe he’s trying to buy himself cover with the left by antagonizing Rush into a blood feud?

There’s no question that Obama sees Rush, Levin and Hannity as having a powerful enough voice and base of followers that if they collectively say to splinter the party or if they throw all their weight behind super right wing supporters in Republican primary. He absolutely wants the GOP run by the dictates of shock jock talk show hosts, and why shouldn’t he. That version of the Republican party will never appeal to latinos, that version of the Republican party will push Sarah Palin to the front of the ticket in 2012. And that version of the Republican party, purged of all non-conservatives will be a Republican party that can’t actually win any elections. Because the country really has shifted to the left in the last 8 years. It’s completely in Obama’s interest to have conservatism splintering from within and everyone taking their toys home and not sharing. I say, go anti-RINO crusade, go. The bloddletting and civil warring and self destruction will only make opposition harder. The main problem with an internal purge, the old hands will take their political organisations with them, you’d need a whole new set of donors etc. as old hands have those connections.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 24, 2009 at 1:51 PM

“leaving the center to Obama and the Dems. Maybe?”

No.

artist on January 24, 2009 at 1:51 PM

letget on January 24, 2009 at 1:50 PM

LOL, no kidding. He is going to do to Rush what he has already done to the gun industry.

WisCon on January 24, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Paul Shankin is warming up for Monday.

Dingbat63 on January 24, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Fairness doctrine is next….

nazo311 on January 24, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Obama is a megalomaniac. Plain and simple. His mouth has and will continue to write checks that his 10 cent brain can’t back up.

IrishSamurai on January 24, 2009 at 1:53 PM

I’m not so sure it’s a calculated strategy on Obama’s part, more likely just an emotional reaction, but if anything I suspect he is merely trying to encourage the fissure that has already appeared in the Republican Party to split further. If the RINO’s rally behind Obama it will leave conservatives out in the cold for a time—time enough for Obama’s purposes, at least.

FloatingRock on January 24, 2009 at 1:53 PM

I just think he’s telling the GOP not to do what would work – he’s afraid that if they do start listening to Rush, they might win! So he’s just telling the GOP to keep doing what’s been working for the Democrats.

Good Lt on January 24, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Limbaugh truly will have a field day, he will likely complain about Obama ALL WEEK.

Meanwhile, Obama, as elected leader of the free world, will enact his agenda.

Advantage: Limbaugh.

e-pirate on January 24, 2009 at 1:53 PM

This chimp has thrown a handful of feces at the wrong person…the denizens of the zoo that is Washington, DC are about to find out what ‘exposure’ is really all about. You don’t screw with the guy that has 20 million listeners.

It’s called a ‘bully pulpit’ dummy !

DoctorDentons on January 24, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Obama’s a shrewd guy

Wrong.

Osama Obama’s like the arrogant little rich kid who thinks his family’s wealth gives him absolute authority to speak and act without restraint.

I don’t think he can actually manage “rational” — never mind “intelligent” — without underlings, advisers, speechwriters and a teleprompter.

He is in so far over his head he can’t even see daylight. He lashes out blindly.

At this point I wouldn’t even bet on his managing to maintain the charade that got him elected for a full term.

MrScribbler on January 24, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Limbaugh truly will have a field day, he will likely complain about Obama ALL WEEK.

So, the show will be just like last week?

nazo311 on January 24, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Hey, will you bring the 350+ comments down from the Headlines or are you hoping we’ll hit 350+ here?

:-)

INC on January 24, 2009 at 1:57 PM

perhaps he is not as smart as you think. Its quite possible that his and the Democrats victory has given him a touch of hubris. All I have to say to that: Pride Cometh Before the Fall.

rob verdi on January 24, 2009 at 1:57 PM

So, the show will be just like last week?

nazo311 on January 24, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Yeah, and last week, Rush really showed Obama who’s boss.

e-pirate on January 24, 2009 at 1:57 PM

nazo311 on January 24, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Yeah, it will be like Olbermann against Bush for the past few years only with a host who has a brain and a listening base larger than the host’s extended family.

IrishSamurai on January 24, 2009 at 1:58 PM

The republican leadership hasn’t listened to Rush (or any other Conservative) for quite a few years. It’s the Conservative base that listens to rush etc.
If the republican leadership had listened to Rush and it’s base this would have been an easy election for them. Yet they continue to listen to the beltway democrats and continue to lose. Why would you listen to the opposition on how to beat them. I can just see a football coach calling the other team and saying, Well you know our run defense is horrible this year – so you might just want to run the ball against us. I guess the problem with the republican leadership is they think the opposition is the base and their team is the democrats.

Corsair on January 24, 2009 at 1:58 PM

This chimp has thrown a handful of feces at the wrong person…the denizens of the zoo that is Washington, DC are about to find out what ‘exposure’ is really all about. You don’t screw with the guy that has 20 million listeners.

It’s called a ‘bully pulpit’ dummy !

DoctorDentons on January 24, 2009 at 1:54 PM

That’s right.

Sure, 70 million people just voted for Obama.
But Rush has 20 million listeners.

Take that, Obama.

e-pirate on January 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM

One way to get people to do something is to tell them not to.

Will he next be telling the GOP not to listen to their constituents?

I think Obama picked the wrong country to re-make.

katy on January 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Occam’s Razor.

Obama is scarcely more than a child. He lacks experience and common sense.

He says childish things that an experienced person with common sense would not say.

No need to look for conspiracies.
__________

RJGatorEsq. on January 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM

I wonder what the reaction would have been if Bush had ever told Democrats to stop reading and posting on DailyKos.

SteakRules on January 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM

This was not shrewd. This was Obama without his teleprompter. “I win” came out in the same conversation.

It’s just part of the same track record with the stupid crack about Nancy Reagan and psychics.

No doubt his staff is just looking forward so much to Obama’s press conferences.

Wethal on January 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM

DeathToMediaHacks on January 24, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Obama isn’t that smart. The commenter above who said, “No teleprompter”, had it right. I look forward to enjoying many more of these moments. Biden couldn’t have done it better.

a capella on January 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM

All theories welcome! The more sinister, the better.

How about this one?: Extemporaneously, he’s more Joe Biden than Abe Lincoln.

calbear on January 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM

The main problem with an internal purge, the old hands will take their political organisations with them, you’d need a whole new set of donors etc. as old hands have those connections.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 24, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Yeah – that is why the republicans were way behind in raising money – until Palin got on the ticket.

Corsair on January 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Attacks Rush within 72 hours of being sworn in.

Influential indeed.

artist on January 24, 2009 at 1:47 PM

And he attacked Hannity all through the campaign. I’m not surprised.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM

I wonder what the reaction would have been if Bush had ever told Democrats to stop reading and posting on DailyKos.

SteakRules on January 24, 2009 at

The msm would SCREAM gov’t censorship.

artist on January 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM

katy on January 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM
IrishSamurai on January 24, 2009 at 1:53 PM
FloatingRock on January 24, 2009 at 1:53 PM
MrScribbler on January 24, 2009 at 1:55 PM

I agree with those above who don’t think Obama is shrewd.

Arrogance and a thin skin.

INC on January 24, 2009 at 2:01 PM

INC on January 24, 2009 at 1:57 PM

HA!!

katy on January 24, 2009 at 2:01 PM

All theories welcome! The more sinister, the better.

Obama is a Marxist ideologue.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 24, 2009 at 2:01 PM

e-pirate on January 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM

LOL. Relax and stop straining. Your face is turning blue.

a capella on January 24, 2009 at 2:02 PM

SteakRules on January 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Are people just unable to read or being purposefully obstuse. Obama told GOP leadership that they shouldn’t legislate from the dictates of Rush Limbaugh. Now, I happen to think he wants to piss Rush and his 20 million listeners off and get the base sputtering mad at its leaders for not showing “backbone” and jettising Republican incumbents in primaries. We know that this guy understands the importance of primaries, as they have been the only place he’s ever been challenged. He also wants the GOP as unorganized as the Obama-DNC machine is organized.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 24, 2009 at 2:02 PM

I see I missed a few.

I should probably just say, Ditto, Ditto, Ditto!

:-)

INC on January 24, 2009 at 2:02 PM

As I said on the other thread, Bambi’s arrogant, thin-skinned, immature to the point of childishness at times, narcissistic and, when he feels his ox is gored, has a tendency to blindly lash out. This is what happened here. Nothing Machiavellian–he just engaged his mouth before engaging his brain.

Matt Helm on January 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM

/snicker

The GOP listens to Rush Limbaugh about as much as Obama does.

Lehosh on January 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM

It is really very simple.

The Obama is telling his Centrist Party loyalists to ‘get in the face’ of Limbaugh, and anyone who listens to him.

He is telling democrats in congress to make Limbaugh the scapegoat for why congress can’t get things done, and why the few remaining republicans oppose the beneficence of The One.

Skandia Recluse on January 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Come on everyone!

Barack Obama is Community Organizing’s prized student!

He’s using Saul Alinsky’s rules #6 and rule #11

Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.” (what liberal wouldn’t love to jump on the “bash Rush” bandwagon)

Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.

Rush is at the top of the conservative talk radio food chain and has now become the personalized target of the Community Organizer in chief.

Barrack on January 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Saturday, Sunday, FUN DAY, Rush is on…

tarpon on January 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM

I wouldn’t exactly say Rush is all-knowing (he DID endorse that crappy poll conspiracy theory during the election, which I, admittedly, did believe), but he can have some good points. I think he could help destroy Obama, but realistically, I think we need to wait for Obama to pass all of his garbage plans and then win over the hearts and minds of America’s youth with libertarian conservative/Reaganist values.

Achilles on January 24, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Oh, you are issuing a clear invitation to the dance.

BDavis on January 24, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Ogabe doesn’t have some shrewd plan, he simply showed everyone that he is as stupid and unthinking as the average lib.

Rush is the liberal boogeyman, the shadow tyrant all of us dumb, glaze-eyed hicks flock to for our marching orders.

Ogabe is buying into it, as if Rush were to disappear, all of his listeners would instantly become democrats. Am I alone in thinking Ogabe could be one the goofier Presidents we have had?

Bishop on January 24, 2009 at 2:04 PM

(Through disillusionment with Obama’s spending craze, of course.)

Achilles on January 24, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Obama isn’t that smart. The commenter above who said, “No teleprompter”, had it right. I look forward to enjoying many more of these moments. Biden couldn’t have done it better.

a capella on January 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM

LOL which is it about Obama? Is he an overly wonky intellectual elite who charms the conservative intellgentsia with his ability to debate policy at a high level? Or is he so politically naive that he doesn’t get that Rush Limbaugh and talk radio is a huge part of the GOP’s political machine. Attacking that is just really, really smart politics.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 24, 2009 at 2:05 PM

nazo311 on January 24, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Let’s hope so. Last week the shows were spot on and his ratings skyrocketed. Between the Wisconsin school that aired his show on inauguration day to his rant that got Obama’s undies in a twist!

Keep em’ comin’ Rush!

katy on January 24, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Obama didn’t play this to be shrewed. He was being Obama. Defensive and impulsive.

katy on January 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Bingo!- this is a look into this dangerous mans character.
3 days into his administration, he holds ALL of the cards.
He will get 95% of what he wants yet sees fit to bully whats left of out spineless GOP.
Over Rush?
How is he going to react when real opposition eventually arrives? This is going to be ugly but ultimately good for the GOP to fight this man

jjshaka on January 24, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.” (what liberal wouldn’t love to jump on the “bash Rush” bandwagon)

Is it me or is this just a general truism of management. If you do this are you an Alinsky commie?

DeathToMediaHacks on January 24, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Pretty simple. He’s President now, knows he duped more than half the country into voting for him, knows he has 99% of the mass media supporting him 110%, sooo… he can do and say anything he wants with complete immunity. And if he get criticized, he knows that his army of useful idiots will go to bat for him and call us all racists.

This is how it is going to be for 4-8 years. Get used to it. This guy could order the nuking of Crawford, Texas and the country would cheer him on. And I am only 1% kidding there. Who here thinks the mass media wouldn’t go out of their way to explain away the nuking of Crawford, Texas if the domestic terrorists George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld happened to die in the process? Yes, I have become that cynical about the mass media and the people of this nation to believe that Teleprompter Jesus could get away with murder, if it was the correct people he was murdering.

More than half his supporters — including 99% of the mass media — consider this dufus Jesus, for goodness sakes, how on earth is anything going to penetrate that cult?

Michael in MI on January 24, 2009 at 2:07 PM

It is unseemly for the President of the United States to even acknowledge the existence of a mere radio talk show host. By doing so he grants Rush more power. It is especially stupid when you consider the fact that most elected Republicans probably consider Rush a thorn in their side, they obviously don’t take any advice from him. We will see how smart our new president really is, if his own agenda can’t keep him above these petty ego duels then he is nothing but the smoke and mirrors many of us have suspected.

Cindy Munford on January 24, 2009 at 2:08 PM

then win over the hearts and minds of America’s youth with libertarian conservativeconservative/libertarian/Reaganist values.

Achilles on January 24, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Fixed

katy on January 24, 2009 at 2:08 PM

All Hail King Obama!

Kjeil on January 24, 2009 at 2:08 PM

you’d need a whole new set of donors etc. as old hands have those connections.

Right, because donors wouldn’t have any interest in keeping their interests alive with the new pols, no they would rather just have everything fade away.

Bishop on January 24, 2009 at 2:08 PM

I just think he’s telling the GOP not to do what would work – he’s afraid that if they do start listening to Rush, they might win! So he’s just telling the GOP to keep doing what’s been working for the Democrats.

Good Lt on January 24, 2009 at 1:53 PM

I think that will basically be Rush’s response on Monday.

Already, the lot of Washington RINO’s are closer to Obama than Rush, which will make it easier for Obama to act on his agenda. Of course Obama finds this advantageous. Obama’s statement and Rush’s inevitable response will help to solidify the two sides in the Republican Party, IMO.

FloatingRock on January 24, 2009 at 2:08 PM

To me, this is the statement of an ignorant, malcontent, not a President of the United States. With what other schoolyard taunts will he regale Republicans? If I were in the room when he said that, my response would have been, “Are you kidding me? Is that the best you got? At least give me something I can work with!”

D2Boston on January 24, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Obama: the post-racial, bi-partisan president. Really? During his overpriced inauguration, he allows a ‘reverend’ to spew racist rhetoric against whites, and upon officially assuming office, lords his position over Republicans and all other dissenters by saying ‘he won’ and attacks Rush Limbaugh behind his back, without any offer to speak to him, face-to-face. Rush was right about Obama: his dinner with so-called Conservatives was nothing more than an effort to co-opt false Conservatives and garner more positive press, and intimidate others pre-emptively, so they will be reluctant to criticize him on his bad policies.

Virus-X on January 24, 2009 at 2:09 PM

He also wants the GOP as unorganized as the Obama-DNC machine is organized.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 24, 2009 at 2:02 PM

ACORN is under investigation in how many states? I wonder,…will those investigations continue?

a capella on January 24, 2009 at 2:09 PM

We know that this guy understands the importance of primaries, as they have been the only place he’s ever been challenged.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 24, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Challenged until the media somehow revealed sealed documents about his challenger. Funny how your side is all about privacy until it gets in the way of your side gaining power. Ask Joe the Plumber.

ClassicCon on January 24, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Cindy Munford on January 24, 2009 at 2:08 PM

+1

katy on January 24, 2009 at 2:09 PM

DeathToMediaHacks on January 24, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Good point, DeathToMediaHacks. I’ve been hearing theories that Obama is some super-intelligent sociopath who is plotting to exterminate conservative while I’ve been hearing other theories that he is an total nincompoop with no intellect at all.

Achilles on January 24, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Nothing sinister…Obama won. If he doesn’t start directing his followers now with a little red meat thrown in for good measure, they might become more aware of what he’s actually doing. Its a distraction, a ruse. It also puts the ball in Rush’s side of the court. Now Rush can’t just sit and snipe on the sideline. Anything Rush says now will be framed as a response to Obama.

genso on January 24, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Maybe he’s trying to buy himself cover with the left by antagonizing Rush into a blood feud? Progressives will be less likely to grumble about his tack to the center if their archenemy is on the air every day accusing him of being the Marxist antichrist.

I’d go with that, except for the fact that he hasn’t actually tacked to the center. Scapegoating Rush will make progressives happy, provide cover, and suck up all the oxygen while he pretends to move to the center.

BTW, does anyone here believe that Barry has ever actually listened to Rush? Or does he only know what Media Matters tells him?

Buy Danish on January 24, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Attacking that is just really, really smart politics.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 24, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Actually, no it is not really, really smart politics. As Rush talked about on Thursday/Friday, Rush isn’t a politician, he is an entertainer with a viewpoint. Attacking Rush is scapegoating, plain and simple … which will provide political cover from the liberals who rage against the talk radio boogeyman, but it won’t have much impact on the centrist/moderates which possess a brain …

And if you believe that Rush influences the GOP decision-making, John McCain never would have been our candidate … because Rush couldn’t stand him and neither could any TRUE conservatives.

IrishSamurai on January 24, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Can anyone explain what Rush has done that makes him such a genius lately? Its very likely “Operation Chaos” actually strenghtened Obama for the general by making every bad thing about him seem like old news.

Speedwagon82 on January 24, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Not that Obama was gloating. He was just explaining…

Shut up, Chuck

Ugly on January 24, 2009 at 2:11 PM

ACORN is under investigation in how many states? I wonder,…will those investigations continue?

a capella on January 24, 2009

Come on!

artist on January 24, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Foolish play by Pres. Obama, but not for the reasons you might think. Every push toward “getting things done” is a reminder that the GOP is the party that, presently, has nothing to lose but their principles (assuming they’ve any left). What majorities in what houses? What state strongholds? Might as well stick to our guns about small government, while we’ve still got our guns.

Pres. Obama is the one who has to not only pass his policies, but do it in such a way that makes him look bi-partisan, like he said he was every few hours since 2004. So far he is off to a less than auspicious start.

Spc Steve on January 24, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Maybe? All theories welcome! The more sinister, the better.

Eh….He’s trying to get El Rushbo off the air so He can have his own Dear Leader-esque radio show like his homeboy Hugo Chavez.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 24, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Bishop on January 24, 2009 at 2:04 PM

I’m with you, brother. Down in Dixie, we have a saying “goodier that a pet (rac)c**n. I’m censuring it, because I don’t wanted to be called RAAACIIIST. Mr. President has really showed his true nature these last few days: egocentric, socialist, petulant,and immature. This was not a shrewd plan. He attacked Hannity constantly during the campaign. He lets his alligator mouth overload his hummingbird rear end.

kingsjester on January 24, 2009 at 2:12 PM

goodier=goffier
oops.

kingsjester on January 24, 2009 at 2:12 PM

This is all prelude to Congress and the FCC shutting down “hate speech” web sites, cable, radio and other forms of media, with “hate speech” defined as any form of communication that is not 100% in line with the Obama and Congressional Left agenda.

Under the guise of protecting the masses from “hate speech” the logic holds that one can easily circumvent the First Amendment, rationalizing all of it, of course, via Shenk v. The United States, and perverting Oliver Wendell Holmes’ admonition that the First Amendment does not protect one who yells “Fire!” in a crowded theater.

Unless, of course, Obama actually believes the Far Left canard that ALL Republicans get their marching orders from Rush. Funny thing, though, when confronted by printed evidence of Media Matters and other Left-wing groups directing the national media with daily talking points, the usual response from the Left is that such is merely an exercise in free speech, or right-wing paranoia.

If, indeed, Obama actually believes that Rush and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is directing ALL Republicans…then he is a greater fool that one can imagine.

If this is indeed part of a preplanned Dem agenda to shut down all dissent, then we are in bigger trouble than most can imagine.

Welcome to the Brave New World

In the word’s of Kipling,

“And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
“When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins …” .

coldwarrior on January 24, 2009 at 2:12 PM

buy danish,
good points, by the way I would be surprised if Obama has ever heard one word out of Limbaugh’s mouth.

rob verdi on January 24, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Can anyone explain what Rush has done that makes him such a genius lately? Its very likely “Operation Chaos” actually strenghtened Obama for the general by making every bad thing about him seem like old news.

Speedwagon82 on January 24, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Hello, he attracted attention to himself by saying he hoped Obama failed.

Rush doesn’t care about America, he cares about his ratings. And Obama being elected was best case scenario for his ratings.

e-pirate on January 24, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Will he next be telling the GOP not to listen to their constituents?

katy on January 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM

He doesn’t have to. :(

FloatingRock on January 24, 2009 at 2:13 PM

I never heard Bush tell Liberals to stop listening to Olby, Matthews, the View, Kos, Rosie, et al.

Disturb the Universe on January 24, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Can anyone explain what Rush has done that makes him such a genius lately? Its very likely “Operation Chaos” actually strenghtened Obama for the general by making every bad thing about him seem like old news.

Speedwagon82 on January 24, 2009 at 2:11 PM

I agree…I fell off the Rush bandwagon years ago and now I want mail him back my autographed copy of Conservative Chronicle that I stalked him for before he became so popular.

Do not doubt me on this…he cares more for his wallet than he does for his country. He may make some jibes at Obama, but will he really make any effort to change anything. He should pull a Soros and fund our own 527 groups to investigate media figures and our own PR astroturfing firms. Will never happen.

ClassicCon on January 24, 2009 at 2:15 PM

DeathToMediaHacks on January 24, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Reminds me of the good ol’ days with Bush: Liberals ranting about The Evil Genius™ who pulled off 911 yet so stupid he can barely tie his own shoes.

Bishop on January 24, 2009 at 2:15 PM

“Rush doesn’t care about America, he cares about his ratings”

Spot on, dumbass!

artist on January 24, 2009 at 2:15 PM

WisCon on January 24, 2009 at 1:51 PM

YUP!

katy on January 24, 2009 at 2:16 PM

goofier, not goffier
more caffience. oops again

kingsjester on January 24, 2009 at 2:16 PM

I don’t think that Barry Whosane is a skilled tactician. I think his approach here is the same as usual: knee-jerk reaction, scold and belittle the opposition into the corner/margin so that they do His bidding.
I know a retired English teacher who loves Obama because of his lecturing skills; it’s just like listening to himself, if he were King.
Barry and his buddies went after Hammity, (I love Sean, despite his lack of depth and scholarship), and that only made his fans defend him more–just like the Bushaters did for most of Dubya’s administration.

Christine on January 24, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Hello, he attracted attention to himself by saying he hoped Obama failed.

Rush doesn’t care about America, he cares about his ratings. And Obama being elected was best case scenario for his ratings.

e-pirate on January 24, 2009 at 2:13 PM

You mean the out of context, distorted reporting by your media. Nice work on that one. You guys reached a new level dishonesty this year.

ClassicCon on January 24, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Hello, he attracted attention to himself by saying he hoped Obama failed.

Stay off Obama’s radar or you too will be silenced.

Disturb the Universe on January 24, 2009 at 2:17 PM

More than half his supporters — including 99% of the mass media — consider this dufus Jesus, for goodness sakes, how on earth is anything going to penetrate that cult?

Michael in MI on January 24, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Set up a “free food” table at every local county fair and serve peanut butter cookies.

Rovin on January 24, 2009 at 2:18 PM

coldwarrior on January 24, 2009 at 2:12 PM

We could always use the HAM radio network to keep in touch and coordinate resistance activities.

It won’t stop at radio, the FD will eventually hit the internet too.

Bishop on January 24, 2009 at 2:18 PM

FloatingRock on January 24, 2009 at 2:13 PM

ouch…

katy on January 24, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Rush was right about Obama: his dinner with so-called Conservatives was nothing more than an effort to co-opt false Conservatives and garner more positive press, and intimidate others pre-emptively, so they will be reluctant to criticize him on his bad policies.

Virus-X on January 24, 2009 at 2:09 PM

The Beltway conservatives at George Will’s house may have conveyed to Obama that there were differences between them and Rush. Obama may see an opportunity to work a wedge between factions in the GOP in an effort to control the center and develop a working majority.

dedalus on January 24, 2009 at 2:19 PM

All theories welcome! The more sinister, the better.

Okay, I’ll bite. He really is the anti-Christ. No real human could say so many stupid things, look like such a petty middle schooler (“I won.”), blatantly try to control what people listen to and think and still be viewed by millions as the ‘messiah’. /sarc, because I refuse to admit I might really believe it, even though he and his adoring followers make it nearly impossible to explain any other way.]

DeathToMediaHacks on January 24, 2009 at 1:51 PM

If you consider Rush Limbaugh a ‘shock jock’ then I have to wonder if you have ever listened to him. Of course, to a liberal, the truth is shocking, I suppose.

Keep up the good work, Rush! We need you…desperately.

pannw on January 24, 2009 at 2:19 PM

….. Obama told GOP leadership that they shouldn’t legislate from the dictates of listen to Rush Limbaugh. ….(snip)
DeathToMediaHacks on January 24, 2009 at 2:02 PM

FIFY

Why is it that so much of what The One says needs to be explained away as something other than what he actually says?

iurockhead on January 24, 2009 at 2:19 PM

BHO said that because he must have seen the interview Rush did with Hannity this week. Rush made Harry Reid look like a total buffoon when Harry tried this… I see history is about to repeat itself.

maineconservative on January 24, 2009 at 2:20 PM