Norah O’Donnell to Mike Pence: Why are you so beholden to Rush Limbaugh?

posted at 7:15 pm on January 28, 2009 by Allahpundit

A lefty friend e-mailed me this afternoon before this even aired asking why MSNBC was running so many segments today on Limbaugh being the new head of the GOP. Answer: For the same reason Obama name-checked him in that meeting with Republicans leaders last week, knowing full well that it’d leak. The more the left builds him up, the more they can tar the whole GOP with whatever controversial thing he’ll say tomorrow. Rest assured, if the stimulus tanks, the economy craters, and centrists lurch back towards the right and noninterventionism, this momentary media spotlight on him will disappear mighty quick. As for why Republican leaders are loath to criticize him, Gingrey already told us in his pathetic, groveling apology this morning: “Because of the high volume of phone calls and correspondence received by my office since the Politico article ran, I wanted to take a moment to speak directly to grassroots conservatives. Let me assure you, I am one of you.” Such is Limbaugh’s standing with the base that to criticize him, however gently, is sufficient to call one’s conservative authenticity into question. There’s only one person who trumps him in that regard, in fact, and it’s that person who’s the real de facto head of the party.

Below the O’Donnell clip you’ll find a long, entertaining exchange between Joan Walsh and Dick Armey from tonight’s Hardball on — guess what — whether Rush Limbaugh’s the head of the GOP. Click the image to watch.



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Such is Limbaugh’s standing with the base that to criticize him, however gently, is sufficient to call one’s conservative authenticity into question.

Not quite. Such is Limbaugh’s take on policy. And besides, Gingrey was just trying to grovel in front of the idiot messiah, the libs and the MSM, anyway. Cowardice turns people off – except libs, of course, who revel in it like a pig in slop.

progressoverpeace on January 28, 2009 at 10:33 PM

Interesting that the “Thrill Up My Leg” Chris Mathews was ascribing the same characteristics to Rush that he had already demonstrated about himself during the Primaries and Election; kinda hypocritical, I say.

DL13 on January 28, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Dittohead — someone who admires and apreciates Rush – based on people calling in and saying Ditto to what the last caller said. Nothing to do with what Matthews is talking about at all.

LifeTrek on January 29, 2009 at 12:15 AM

And the Sarah-worshippers continue to act like the Left and their love of Obama. All I posted was that Sarah wasn’t on my list and I get attacked. Some conservatives aren’t all that into freedom of thought, are they?

Back on topic, I hope that with the good news today of the House GOP finding their lost backbone, that it means someone besides righty pundits will find their voice as well. Hopefully our days in the wilderness are over soon.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 29, 2009 at 12:16 AM

“How can you take pride in your individualism, and then call yourself a ‘dittohead’?”

One could ask the Democrats how they can take pride in their diversity and then engage in identity politics. Didn’t Dick Army think to make this point?

Turn their “Our differences bring us together” psycho-babble around on them. That’s why you’re on TV. Grow a pair.

chunderroad on January 28, 2009 at 9:46 PM

That illustrates perfectly why the left doesn’t get Rush and his listeners. They hear “ditto” as, “Gee Rush. I’m so glad you’re doing my thinking for me. Whatever you say, I agree.”

The truth is, people started calling in to Rush and saying, “Ditto,” because Rush tended to say the exact thing they were thinking. The typical conservative’s reaction to Rush’s take on an issue is, “Exactly!” Ergo, “ditto.” And what the conservative is usually thinking is, “Why doesn’t anyone else in the media see that?”

ThereGoesTheNeighborhood on January 29, 2009 at 12:28 AM

You know, watching a conservative on a show like Hardball reminds me of watching pro wrestling on TV as a kid. (There was really nothing on.) You’d always have a good guy and a bad guy wrestling, and the bad guy would be cheating, and the ref never saw it. You would be just sure the good guy would win, but the bad guy would cheat and get away with it.

Now of course, they did that to get people all stirred up and mad at the “bad guy,” who was really just playing a part. But these liberal shows with a conservative guest seem to do the same kind of partiality. You’ll notice in that second clip that Joan Walsh went on and on, and when Armey finally got a chance to respond, he had about 15 seconds, barely enough time to point out that Clinton took credit for passing welfare reform only after vetoing it twice, then acting like it was his own idea.

ThereGoesTheNeighborhood on January 29, 2009 at 12:35 AM

Exhibit A: Why does any self respecting conservative bother to go on to MSNBC? It makes no logical sense.
Exhibit B: Well here’s ONE reason … the GOP lacks the ability to vault over these nutroots to talk directly to the public via New Media. Let’s not point to those forgettable Web ads that are up for 20 minutes god knows where on the Internet.
The absolute vacuum is far too much for a bedrock Reaganite to stomach.
August Horch on January 28, 2009 at 7:44 PM

I’ve been saying this for the past 20 years! There is no logical reason, political or otherwise, for conservatives, whether they be Republican or no, to agree to this kind of sandbagging. It happens every time!
Look how often Armey was interrupted, and how often his comments were mischaracterized on air. He won’t have a chance to answer them since Matthews made sure he cut the segment off. And, what will the people see? A conservative getting hammered again. We know Armey, and every other conservative, has better arguments, but you won’t get a chance to express them on these shows. You will be talked over, you will be shouted down, and you will be shut down before you can make a point.
It is time, way past time, for conservatives to bypass the MSM and go straight to the people through the avenue of new media. Commercial air time, radio time, internet videos, etc.

Shut em down! Without us, they can no longer claim to be “objective.”

Joe Pyne on January 29, 2009 at 12:39 AM

Aslans Girl on January 29, 2009 at 12:16 AM

Was I worshipful in my comment? Did I attack you?

You might disagree that Sarah Palin is a Reagan conservative, and you may think being a governor and vice presidential nominee are insignificant leadership experience, but that’s why Sarah Palin is both of those things and calls herself a woman instead of a girl.

chunderroad on January 28, 2009 at 10:23 PM

You said Sarah Palin is no Reagan. I disagreed. You said you wanted a leader, and I pointed out Sarah Palin was the Republican Vice Presidential nominee this year, and she is a sitting governor. Both are leadership positions.

chunderroad on January 29, 2009 at 12:45 AM

ThereGoesTheNeighborhood on January 29, 2009 at 12:35 AM

But Dick Army made lame points when he could respond. He just laughed at her and said he was glad she wasn’t his wife. You almost wonder if he’s on the take. No 15 seconds about it. He let her steamroll him with well-worn talking points.

chunderroad on January 29, 2009 at 12:48 AM

No 15 seconds about it. He let her steamroll him with well-worn talking points.
chunderroad on January 29, 2009 at 12:48 AM

I can’t argue with you there. Armey was not prepared for the usual liberal talking points. Laughing at her is not an argument.

However, Matthews did sandbag the segment, and made sure Armey could not finish his point.

Get out of the MSM, and bring the message of true conservatism to the people!

Joe Pyne on January 29, 2009 at 2:22 AM

OMG the look on these womens faces were priceless both of them. You can see they are used to intimidating femininized liberal men. The Repubs made them seem sooooo inconsequential. Ha!

sonnyspats1 on January 29, 2009 at 3:21 AM

However, Matthews did sandbag the segment, and made sure Armey could not finish his point.

To Dick Army’s credit, he got brought up the actual record on welfare reform before the show wrapped.

Get out of the MSM, and bring the message of true conservatism to the people!

Joe Pyne on January 29, 2009 at 2:22 AM

Tonight we saw a profile in courage moment from the House GOP. Actions speak volumes more than a week of Hardball.

chunderroad on January 29, 2009 at 3:26 AM

I’m the guy who recognizes that right-wingers can be douchebags

MadisonConservative on January 28, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Thanks to your mirror.

PS:It’s not “douchebags,” anymore, now they’re called “fiscal conservatives.”

TMK on January 29, 2009 at 5:31 AM

I just can’t get over the fact that Chris Matthews is accusing OTHERS of ‘licking boots’ and ‘groveling’.

The man in the glass house has decided to throw cinder blocks.

Barrack on January 29, 2009 at 6:31 AM

Question FROM Pence to Norah:

“Why are YOU so beholden to YOUR Messiah Norah?”

End of story…

Mark Garnett on January 29, 2009 at 8:27 AM

I’m the guy who recognizes that right-wingers can be douchebags

MadisonConservative on January 28, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Your also the guy who is WRONG 70% of the time with your opinios of compromise, moderation and kumbaya with The Messiah and his radical leftists…

But hey, no one is perfect.

Mark Garnett on January 29, 2009 at 8:31 AM

Matthews laughing and commenting about groveling?

These bullying useful idiots have zero ability to look at themselves with any objectivity.

And let Armey answer the freaking question, jackass.

Buy Danish on January 29, 2009 at 8:46 AM

One could ask why the left is so beholden to Barack Obama.

jeanie on January 29, 2009 at 8:48 AM

Rush and talk radio is basically the only organizing force in the gop, policy wise.
evangelical churches have lost a lot of steam for the GOP.
The immigration debate last summer is an example
Much of the establishment was for it and talk radio was pretty much the organizing force in the oppostion(not the house or senate repubs)

kangjie on January 29, 2009 at 9:28 AM

This must drive O’Reilly crazy – that Limbaugh has this kind of power.

AprilOrit on January 29, 2009 at 11:25 AM

2 questions:

Is there anyone else out there who refuses to watch the news, cable or local?

At what point does the “blame Bush” tactic run out of gas? In 2 years, we will finally have an election where there is no Bush, no Obama.

budorob on January 29, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Man, that woman from Salon was a complete witch with a capital “B”!

Torch on January 29, 2009 at 4:59 PM

That Mike Pence stood up to Norah and defended Rush to the death will stand him in good stead with conservatives and the GOP who support Sarah Palin. If the GOP takes back the WH in 2012 it will look back on this week as the beginning of the mobilization of the effort to take back America from the scoialist hordes.

technopeasant on January 30, 2009 at 6:12 AM

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