Limbaugh to Levin: “I’m being Alinsky-ed”

posted at 2:38 pm on January 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

“They are trying to marginalize me,” he insists, which is only half the story. See Ben Smith for the other half, or just eyeball the table he’s posted. The data suggests that Limbaugh’s already been marginalized, which is a hard fact for conservative partisans to swallow but neatly explains why The One and his media accomplices are suddenly so hot to paint GOP stimulus naysayers as doing Rush’s bidding. They need a “villainous” Republican svengali with national name recognition to blame for opposition to the bill (rather than its own astounding crappiness), and right now there’s no one else on the scene. Exit question: If Obama’s the Messiah, does that mean Rush is …? Click the image to listen.


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In no way does the data suggest Limbaugh is marginalized. It’s meaningless numbers.

poljunkie on January 30, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Exit question: If Obama’s the Messiah, does that mean Rush is …?

Better to rule in “Hell” than serve in “Heaven”.

MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 2:43 PM

I’m a conservative, who doesn’t listen to Limbaugh. I can’t stand his pompous, self-serving schtick. It got old, real fast.

I’m “conservative,” because that’s how my dad and mom raised me, and because that is what I’ve always embraced.

I didn’t need Limbaugh, or any other radio or television “svengali.”

OhEssYouCowboys on January 30, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Democracy Corps poll?

Carville’s outfit…

artist on January 30, 2009 at 2:44 PM

If Obama’s the Messiah, does that mean Rush is …?

Let me guess, JUDAS or SATAN, which one?

Liberty or Death on January 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

I think this strategy is a product of the liberal bubble Obama is in. They think ordinary people think Rush is a nut, but I think they have miscalculated – especially since the “Limbaugh Plan” is more appealing than the trillion dollar hog roast they are trying to rahm through.

forest on January 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

I will not let these d’s make me not listen to Rush I don’t care what they come up with. Rush at least tells the truth, even if you don’t like it. Keep up the good work Rush!
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letget on January 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

In no way does the data suggest Limbaugh is marginalized. It’s meaningless numbers.

Yeah, just like all the polls showing Palin is a polarizing figure. Conservatives love her. Everyone else must, too.

There are certain people on the right — her and Rush, first and foremost — who simply can’t be criticized, even with facts. If the facts are bad, the facts must be wrong. The numbers must be meaningless.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

but neatly explains why The One and his media accomplices are suddenly so hot to paint GOP stimulus naysayers as doing Rush’s bidding.

It would appear that Obama is following in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln Joseph McCarthy.

MB4 on January 30, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Fairness Doctraine like legislation should absolutely trigger the first of hopefully many “Million Conservatives Marches” on Washington for this administration to deal with. Even if you hate Talk Radio, you have to understand this would truely be the beginning of the end of this country.

hawkdriver on January 30, 2009 at 2:46 PM

He’s marginalized to the extent that he now has 30 million listeners…

Vashta.Nerada on January 30, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Democracy Corps poll?

Carville’s outfit…

Yeah, I was waiting for someone to note that. The numbers for Bush in that poll were in line with all the other polls at the end of his presidency, and Fox News actually came out with a positive rating. If you think they’re deliberately cooking the numbers, provide evidence.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:46 PM

He’s marginalized to the extent that he now has 30 million listeners…

Which is 1/10th of the population. And even among Republicans, he couldn’t muster enough opposition to deny McCain the nomination.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:47 PM

“There are certain people on the right — her and Rush, first and foremost — who simply can’t be criticized, even with facts”

A poll is a fact?

artist on January 30, 2009 at 2:47 PM

There are certain people on the right — her and Rush, first and foremost — who simply can’t be criticized, even with facts. If the facts are bad, the facts must be wrong. The numbers must be meaningless.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Sounds very like the behavior of those who worship Obama. That’s bad.

MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 2:48 PM

There are certain people on the right — her and Rush, first and foremost — who simply can’t be criticized, even with facts. If the facts are bad, the facts must be wrong. The numbers must be meaningless.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Just asking — What do you think the numbers would have been on Rush if this had been done in 1993?

jon1979 on January 30, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Cindy Munford had a great idea. This site could provide and informational series about Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, the way you previously provided critiques of the Koran.

MayBee on January 30, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Better to rule in “Hell” than serve in “Heaven”.

MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.
- Mark Twain

MB4 on January 30, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

No one says they can’t be critized. It’s the duct tape on their mouths I’d be scared of.

hawkdriver on January 30, 2009 at 2:48 PM

I listen to Rush. he’s far from marginalized. They fear him.

dogsoldier on January 30, 2009 at 2:48 PM

That poll was taken last fall. There is a lot you could read into that. I think this spotlight on Rush has backfired on Barry. The GOP has exposed this pork bill, and both Rush and the GOP has/will benefit.

marklmail on January 30, 2009 at 2:49 PM

“If you think they’re deliberately cooking the numbers, provide evidence”

It was an observation.

You seem a bit touchy over this.

artist on January 30, 2009 at 2:49 PM

People who’ve never actually listened to Rush (particulary moderates or apolitical folks) will actually hear him due to this controversy. This is not what Obama should be doing because Limbaugh is making more sense than him.

forest on January 30, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Democracy Corps poll?

Carville’s outfit…

artist on January 30, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Carville’s outfit had Obama winning North Carolina and Virginia before anyone and they proved to be one of the more accurate pollsters throughout the primary and general election season. I don’t know how people can have been so strident about “the polls are wrong” all through the general election, the polls are then proven right in fact they tended to underestimate support for Obama, and NOW the polls are once again not to be trusted? It’s so friggin wierd. What will it take another big loss in 2010 for folks to get it? Here’s hoping! Allah, it really upsets me that I think you’re right alot of the time.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 2:49 PM

The GOP has exposed this pork bill, and both Rush and the GOP has/will benefit.

marklmail on January 30, 2009 at

There are polls showing support for the pork bill dropping.

artist on January 30, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Yeah, just like all the polls showing Palin is a polarizing figure. Conservatives love her. Everyone else must, too.

There are certain people on the right — her and Rush, first and foremost — who simply can’t be criticized, even with facts. If the facts are bad, the facts must be wrong. The numbers must be meaningless.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

I didn’t suggest in any way that Limbaugh or Palin are not polarizing or loved by everyone. I simply stated that the chart does not suggest that Limbaugh is being marginalized. Do you think that you are being marginalized if you are a polarizing figure? If that is the case, then you are being marginalized because you are a polarizing figure on this site.

poljunkie on January 30, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Does anybody know if numbers for Rush’s program are listed anywhere? I suspect they are going up.

forest on January 30, 2009 at 2:50 PM

What are the approval ratings for other media outlets?
Doesn’t journalism in general have very low approval ratings?

MayBee on January 30, 2009 at 2:51 PM

If Obama’s the Messiah, does that mean Rush is …?

a fat, impotent, greedy, obstructionist, heartless, oxy-gobbling slob?

Yes.

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 2:49 PM

I’ll try this again.

It was an observation. Why are you drawing conclusions form it?

Look under your bed recently?

artist on January 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Yeah, just like all the polls showing Palin is a polarizing figure. Conservatives love her. Everyone else must, too.

There are certain people on the right — her and Rush, first and foremost — who simply can’t be criticized, even with facts. If the facts are bad, the facts must be wrong. The numbers must be meaningless.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Polls taken by Carville and Shrum’s firm just have to be unbiased, don’t they?

Polls are no longer a measurement of opinion, as Rush has pointed out many times. They are used to shape opinion, frame the narrative and scare the weak into submitting to the perceived “majority”…

Nat Hound on January 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

The point is, we must stand shoulder to shoulder with Rush if for no other reason that to defend his right to say what he will…and Republicans on the Hill must vote as conservatives no matter whether that squares with a pundit or not. Basically, R’s should be voting differently than socialist liberals ANYWAY, which is going to get you marginalized and muzzled. Rush is just round one. Remember, by the time they get to us, there will be no one left to help if we do not help him now…everyone is a target.

Mommypundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Exit question: If Obama’s the Messiah, does that mean Rush is …?

Bringer of light, indeed. Too Miltonian for me.

Which is 1/10th of the population. And even among Republicans, he couldn’t muster enough opposition to deny McCain the nomination.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:47 PM

But isn’t 1/10 of the population equivalent to 1/4 of those who voted for McCain? (assuming no Obamafans listen.) And also, didn’t he intentionally not endorse anyone in the primaries? I remember thinking McCain came out of nowhere.

emailnuevo on January 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

“If you think they’re deliberately cooking the numbers, provide evidence”

It was an observation.

You seem a bit touchy over this.

artist on January 30, 2009 at 2:49 PM

I think he’s touchy because throughout the campaign Allah would post facts, polls, articles and whatnot about the impending nightmare and everyone would shoot the messenger. Some people here refuse to accept anything they don’t like as true.
Limbaugh is popular with a quarter of the US population. For a radio host that’s amazing. Love him and listen if you’d like. But those numbers don’t a national party make.

Trent1289 on January 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Allah

Have you checked Drudge Report headline?

Worker tried to destroy Fannie Files. Was set to release a malicious virus.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D961I79O0&show_article=1

Dr Evil on January 30, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Hasn’t someone flushed you yet?

MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Which is 1/10th of the population. And even among Republicans, he couldn’t muster enough opposition to deny McCain the nomination.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Yeah, but keep in mind, Allah, that 100% of the pop. certainly don’t go to the polls on Election Day. Turnout is key. Example: remember the Chambliss/Martin runoff? Hardly any Democrats showed up to support Martin, compared to on Election Day when he (Martin) was riding Obama’s coattails.

I’m not saying if we ran Rush or whoever is most popular among conservatives we’d definitely have a win, but I am saying a jazzed-up base can frequently counteract negative polling come Election Day.

Pasalubong on January 30, 2009 at 2:53 PM

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Said the little guy wearing the devil suit sitting on his Left shoulder.

hawkdriver on January 30, 2009 at 2:54 PM

What will it take another big loss in 2010 for folks to get it?

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Please address the polls showing support for the pork bill is dropping.

Thanks in advance.

artist on January 30, 2009 at 2:54 PM

“If you think they’re deliberately cooking the numbers, provide evidence”

It was an observation.

You seem a bit touchy over this.

artist on January 30, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Criticizing poll numbers is to AP what talking religion is to many others. It gets touchy.

forest on January 30, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Carville doesn’t have much dog left in skewing numbers anymore. He’s become a fairly respectable political analyst.

MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Which is 1/10th of the population. And even among Republicans, he couldn’t muster enough opposition to deny McCain the nomination.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:47 PM

More than 20% of the voting age population, up substantially since last summer – I’d guess by 4 million. It is the beginning of the tidal wave of opposition.

Vashta.Nerada on January 30, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Trent1289 on January 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

True. Keep in mind, also, the many who cannot listen to radio during the work day. They might still be a fan but not listen. My parents are huge fans but don’t listen…they once did. Their ideas have not changed over time. I agree with most of what he says but not his style all the time…and I rarely listen unless I am doing dinner prep in the kitchen. So…not sure what this poll is supposed to mean. Are we also adding those who listen exclusively to Laura, Hannity, Levin, or even vote straight conservative republican but only listen to Christian broadcasts? This seems oddly, um, slanted to…well…marginalize. Scapegoat anyone?

Mommypundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Anyone suprised that a poll cited at that site has negative numbers about Limbaugh? Anyone think any poll done under the auspices of Carville wouldn’t show Limbaugh in the worst possible light?

Perhaps it’s comforting for the Left to believe that if they diminish Limbaugh that somehow means they diminsh the Republicans but personally I’ve never paid that much attention to him so their dissing him doesn’t upset me. Just makes the Left look petty and it isn’t likely to drag his supporters back to the Beltway pundits quasi-liberal opinions. Do they think that the Right is going to switch over to Parker & Frum out of fear? Nah.

katiejane on January 30, 2009 at 2:57 PM

There are certain people on the right — her and Rush, first and foremost — who simply can’t be criticized, even with facts. If the facts are bad, the facts must be wrong. The numbers must be meaningless.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

And his 22 million listeners a week? Meaningless!

spmat on January 30, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

A rep from the Left that clearly demonstrates they maintain a level of hate capable of ordering firing squads.

Stay classy libs. None on your side ever have a substance abuse problem.

BTW, while you were savaging him, he was on the radio making an out of work Steelers fan cry by getting her free tickets to the game and a hotel to stay at.

THAT GOD DAMNED MONSTER!!! SHOOT HIM!!! SHOOT HIM!!!!

hawkdriver on January 30, 2009 at 2:57 PM

I’ll criticize him, but about what? This is just more divide and conquer tactics by the left. Just because he’s Rush Limbaugh doesn’t make him wrong. You are just suppose to feel goush for agreeing with him let alone listening to him. The One is equally divisive but listen to him makes you open minded and intellectual. Thanks, I’ll stick with those folks thinking I am stupid.

Cindy Munford on January 30, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Way back to the night of the Iowa primary when I watched The Obama’s speech after his victory that night I knew who he was and what he would do, but not necessarily how he would do it.

The Obama holds an emotional appeal over his cult following, and one thing that cult needs is a scapegoat. Today, that enemy is Rush, and the people who listen to him. If Rush is destroyed, or discredited, they will create another demon.

The only two questions remaining are, how far will they take it, and how vigorous will the targets fight back.

The Obama and his party feed the mob’s feeling of envy, resentment, and blame their enemy for all of the misery the mob claims. The Obama also feeds his cult followers feeling of superiority, and entitlement.

This is a very dangerous path for a national leader to take.

Skandia Recluse on January 30, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Also, doesn’t Carville meet daily with the White House to discuss the days talking points? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Mommypundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:58 PM

a fat, impotent, greedy, obstructionist, heartless, oxy-gobbling slob?

You’re attracted to Rush, admit it.

Bishop on January 30, 2009 at 2:58 PM

I love Rush Limbaugh FWIW.

Oink on January 30, 2009 at 2:59 PM

When a person says what others may not want to hear, but need to hear, it can mess with his favorability ratings. That doesn’t change the fact that it still needs to be said.

sheesh on January 30, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Exit question: If Obama’s the Messiah, does that mean Rush is …?

Better to rule in “Hell” than serve in “Heaven”.

MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 2:43 PM

In the Real sense, I’d have to disagree – but in the “Real” world – amen brother!

kybowexar on January 30, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Boy, Barry and Co are sure spending a lot of time criticizing by name someone who has already been marginalized…

Vashta.Nerada on January 30, 2009 at 3:00 PM

As for Rush being marginalized, he’s such a sideline player that polls are now being conducted on what people think of him?

Rush is a private citizen, the fact that the libs are now singling him out is what you should worry about.

Bishop on January 30, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Sure, AP cherry pick a poll from back in the fall. To the contrary, support for Sarah across the board is starting to creep upwards. Per Rasmussen yesterday:

Fifty-one percent (51%) of Republicans have a Very Favorable regard for Palin, while an identical number of Democrats (51%) hold a Very Unfavorable view.

Palin fares better with unaffiliated voters, too. For McCain, unaffiliateds break 10% Very Favorable and eight percent (8%) Very Unfavorable. But 35% of unaffiliated voters have a Very Favorable opinion of Palin, compared to 15% who have a Very Unfavorable view.

Even right before Election Day, Republicans were happier with Palin, their vice presidential candidate, than with their presidential nominee McCain.

Just after losing the election, 69% Republican voters said Palin helped McCain’s bid for the presidency, and nearly two-thirds said she should be the party’s 2012 presidential nominee. Sixty-five percent (65%) of GOP voters had a Very Favorable view of her at that time.

The poll you cited might as well be the box score from the Giant-Cardinal game back in November. Doesn’t tell a thing about who is going to win in the future.

Nat Hound on January 30, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Mommypundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:57 PM

From what I can gather from the chart, I don’t think participants were asked if they listened, just if they viewed him favorably or not.

Trent1289 on January 30, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Boy, Barry and Co are sure spending a lot of time criticizing by name someone who has already been marginalized…

Exactly! AP, if Limbaugh is so marginalized, why did you even post something about him?

poljunkie on January 30, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Skandia Recluse on January 30, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Totally agree. Whether we like his style, we need to reject this obvious scapegoating. They did this to the jews, remember? But, people just stood around…and then people were just glad they weren’t coming for them…but they did. This is an attack on those who listen or do not but espouse the same views. These are wicked, uh, fat, impotent, greedy, obstructionist, heartless communist slobs who cannot be trusted. We cant grow cold on this, folks. The media is not our friend and Obama is not our friend.

Mommypundit on January 30, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Things become dangerous beyond control when the truth is sacrificed. Obama and his ilk have no problems snuffing out the truth, in fact they can’t exist in the light of the truth. With the media fully backing this regime, there is a shadow of falsehood descending over this nation like never before, and the concerns should be if it will ever recover and who is willing to keep broadcasting the truth when things start to call for sacrifice.

Hening on January 30, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Which is 1/10th of the population. And even among Republicans, he couldn’t muster enough opposition to deny McCain the nomination.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:47 PM

While it was easy to ascertain his feelings based on his previous statements he was very careful to remain neutral during the primary. He never endorsed anyone, and he never condemned any of them. Pretty sure that among Republicans he could have a pretty big impact. Even just 10 million, 1/3 of his audience would have a massive effect in a primary.

As for him being marginalized, I would agree to a certain extent. However, such a condition is not static but is dynamic and able to be changed. I’d be willing to bet that the majority of that 51% have never listened to his program and if they did they would have a different opinion. Which is why I think this is a mistake. It’s almost guaranteed to make at least some of that 51% tune in to his show and that is bad news for the democrats.

Also, I think it’ll be a lot harder to negatively tie Rush to elected Republicans than it was to tie Bush. Bush was the president, Rush is, at least according to the same Liberals who are now saying he runs the party, just an entertainer.

Kronos on January 30, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Good heavens, AP. Rush Limbaugh is a textbook example of sustained, near-universal media slander. Of course he’s not going to poll well. Why should he poll well?

Better yet, why doesn’t he poll well? Because people don’t know anything about him except what they’re told by an openly hostile media. Put him in the spotlight, let him make his case in his own words, and eventually the manipulated sound bites will start to overlap into something resembling the truth. Folks will start to wake up and the winds will change.

spmat on January 30, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Does anybody know if numbers for Rush’s program are listed anywhere? I suspect they are going up.

forest on January 30, 2009 at 2:50 PM

And I suspect the Barrys numbers are going to go down.

grapeknutz on January 30, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Whenever a Republican STANDS UP ol’Allahpundit feels an uncontrollable need to try an’ knock him down. ESPECIALLY if said GOPer is a CONSERVATIVE.

Do us all a favor Allah and go work for the other side- I’m sure you could convince HuffPo or KOS that you’re REALLY a libtard. Then you could skewer the libs all the time for a change. Your charming little contrarian posture is wearin’ REAL THIN with us.

For you- this is one big game you play for money- for some of the rest of us it is FAR MORE SERIOUS- it is OUR COUNTRY.

If you can’t be a cheerleader for our CONSERVATIVE idealogy and for those who try to push them- then Please just STFU.

P.S. I just sent Mitch McConnell a pair of red balls (thanks to MM and Redstate) mebbe you could use a pair Allah.

ExTex on January 30, 2009 at 3:03 PM

People who’ve never listened to Rush really hate him. They have no idea why other than the media tells them to.

JammieWearingFool on January 30, 2009 at 3:03 PM

There are certain people on the right — her and Rush, first and foremost — who simply can’t be criticized, even with facts. If the facts are bad, the facts must be wrong. The numbers must be meaningless.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:45 P

You have finally seen the light, so now you can stop criticizing them because it is useless.
Actually AP, you miss the point, it isn’t the criticism, it is the incessant criticism.
Like the dripping of the water on the forehead, it is the constant drubbing that dilutes your otherwise excellent posts.
When the word Palin is in your posts, it is going to be negative, it has become a bit of a joke on the blog now.
Let me put it this way, when you write about Palin, there is no suspense or anticipation of how it will be slanted. And that makes for a boring post, so we make it interesting by laughing and ridiculing the obvious.

right2bright on January 30, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

By the by, can we officially toss out “hateful rightwinger” as a classification?

I do think it’s a bit much to assume that becuasJames “Call the Republicans Names” Carville calls a Republican marginalized, the Republican is actually marginalized. Paradoxically, they decry his Operation:Chaos as ruining the primary. So do people listen, or not?

emailnuevo on January 30, 2009 at 3:04 PM

And his 22 million listeners a week? Meaningless!

spmat on January 30, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Actually? Yes. Look Allah isn’t arguing that Rush doesn’t have a loyal fanbase. He does. He even has a HUGE fanbase. But so does Barbra Streisand, but wouldn’t most people here find her a little bit disgusting? There is no difference between Dittoheads and the raving adoring fanbase of any idolized celebrity. Dittoheads proudly claim that they agree, lock and step with *everything* Rush said (the very meaning of ditto implies 100% agreement, word for word). It’s to his credit he has developed such a powerful and devoted fanbase. And I’m a regular listener so I guess I’m one of them though I disagree with him on pretty much nothing. But regardless of how large or powerful his fanbase is, it’s not targetted particularly towards people who turn out to vote or are politically active. Indeed, it’s targetted towards those who think politics are lame, destructive and fool of crooks. It’s targetted to those who are cynical. And jsut because Rush says “go vote” it doesn’t actually mean they will. In short, nothing about Rush’s fanbase translates into POLITICAL power any longer so he’s the perfect scapegoat. Now proceed to shout me down and call me a moron for pointing out basic facts.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Exactly! AP, if Limbaugh is so marginalized, why did you even post something about him?

poljunkie on January 30, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Again marginalized is a relative word. Obviously he is rich, well connected and paid attention to. But just because you know him, or even listen, doesn’t mean you like/respect him.
Horrible analogue, but think of him as the more successful Michael Moore of the Right. People pay attention, but even those who might agree with him don’t want to be associated with him.

Trent1289 on January 30, 2009 at 3:05 PM

There are certain people on the right — her and Rush, first and foremost — who simply can’t be criticized, even with facts. If the facts are bad, the facts must be wrong. The numbers must be meaningless.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

This blog’s gone topsy-turvy with its latest parlour game
You talk about this Rush and Palin from night to morn
You dress yourselves in a wreath of thorns as a tribute to their names
You’d think that saintly Ronald Wilson Reagan and Joan of Arc had been re-born
But the jackanapes are always runnin’ round in some disguise
Who they really are, God only knows

Sounds very like the behavior of those who worship Obama. That’s bad.

MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 2:48 PM

And every word is bittersweet
Up is down and down is up
When with the other side you must compete

PercyB on January 30, 2009 at 3:05 PM

I skipped the money quote from Ras, again, released yesterday:

For Palin, her favorables are 52% (28% Very Favorable) and her unfavorables are 46%, with 26% who see her in a Very Unfavorable light.

Again, the party differences are enormous, although Democrats clearly like McCain more than Palin while for GOP voters the opposite is true.

Thirty-one percent (31%) of Republican voters have a Very Favorable view of McCain, compared to five percent (5%) of Democrats. Nineteen percent (19%) of Democratic voters have a Very Unfavorable opinion of the Arizona senator, but only six percent (6%) of Republicans agree.

Nat Hound on January 30, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Also, you do realize that no other single media personality consistently has the ear of 1/10th the population per week?

spmat on January 30, 2009 at 3:06 PM

And look at that chart; politicians, a news channel, an amorphous group known as conservatives….and a private citizen.

I’m out in Michelle Bachman country which means I’ll soon be on the DFL’s “undesirables” lists, so when do I start seeing the surveillance cameras in my ‘hood?

Bishop on January 30, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Boy, Barry and Co are sure spending a lot of time criticizing by name someone who has already been marginalized…

Vashta.Nerada on January 30, 2009 at 3:00 PM

As for Rush being marginalized, he’s such a sideline player that polls are now being conducted on what people think of him?

Rush is a private citizen, the fact that the libs are now singling him out is what you should worry about.

Bishop on January 30, 2009 at 3:01 PM

EXACTLY. What IS their deal? And, should we even care? Who are they preaching to and WHY? And, if they are preaching some message, should that change us in the slightest? No. They are illegal operatives against freedom of speech and should not have the constitutional protections that they still hold.

Mommypundit on January 30, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Sure after years of listening to Rush Limbaugh, how large is his audience? They are just going to stop. Habits are hard to break, especially when no one is trying to break them. Like people who are in the habit of listening to Rush. Marginalized? Compared to what?

Dr Evil on January 30, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Much like Bill Clinton.. Barack is in constant campaign mode..

Now that Bush is out of office, Barack is now running against Rush..

DaveC on January 30, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Actually? Yes. Look Allah isn’t arguing that Rush doesn’t have a loyal fanbase. He does. He even has a HUGE fanbase. But so does Barbra Streisand, but wouldn’t most people here find her a little bit disgusting? There is no difference between Dittoheads and the raving adoring fanbase of any idolized celebrity. Dittoheads proudly claim that they agree, lock and step with *everything* Rush said (the very meaning of ditto implies 100% agreement, word for word).

You know not of what you speak. That’s not the meaning of ditto-head. Never has been, never will be.

Oh, and Femin-azi isn’t what you think, either.

Nat Hound on January 30, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Dittoheads proudly claim that they agree, lock and step with *everything* Rush said (the very meaning of ditto implies 100% agreement, word for word).

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Stopped listening here.

You don’t know what you’re talking about.

spmat on January 30, 2009 at 3:08 PM

The lowest form of life on earth (except for Nancy Pelosi and Al Franken) is a pollster. There are lies, damned lies, and polls.

Percy_Peabody on January 30, 2009 at 3:08 PM

PercyB on January 30, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Rush isn’t our idol, he is our media source. In case you haven’t noticed we aren’t getting much from the established Fourth Estate. Normally there are two sides to a story and we are only getting The One.

Cindy Munford on January 30, 2009 at 3:08 PM

More specifically, you’re making sh1t up. How’s that?

spmat on January 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Woops I meant to say I agree with him on pretty much nothing, he’s getting to me! Argh :)

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM

People who’ve never listened to Rush really hate him. They have no idea why other than the media tells them to.

JammieWearingFool on January 30, 2009 at 3:03 PM

I listen to him about once every few months…I get his schtick, I love him for sticking it to the left, and I really love him for being hated by liberals.
I laugh when liberal acquaintances say “you must listen to Rush”. Rush just happens to be adept at putting into words what millions know and believe.
For decades they have tried to replicate him on the left…but they don’t get it, it isn’t his “insight”, we all have basically they same beliefs, it is his delivery.
All the others sound like the “Elvis” imitators.
And the left is so full of hate, and people don’t like hate…that is what has kept Rush on, he isn’t “hateful”.

right2bright on January 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM

At least we can say the Dem’s bring back childhood memories, like 3rd grade recess all over again!

GO RUSH!!!,…Keep on keepin on!

christene on January 30, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Exit question: If Obama’s the Messiah, does that mean Rush is …? Click the image to listen.

Wanna go there?
Okay, fine.
Obama is really the anti-christ and Rush is the sword that will slay him. Politically, of course.
Marginalized, only if you’re an F-Tard that believes the MSM.

HornetSting on January 30, 2009 at 3:10 PM

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Dittohead means “longtime listener who loves the show,” more or less. It allows the caller to get to the point.

Why I have to remind a “regular listener” is beyond me, though. Please don’t bluff so capriciously.

emailnuevo on January 30, 2009 at 3:10 PM

I find it hilarious that there is polling data on Rush’s popularity. Dang he gets under their skin!

t.ferg on January 30, 2009 at 3:10 PM

the liberals are worried that when they pass this piece of sheite crap and it fails completely
which it will.

that they will get blamed by all of those liberals who wanted free condoms believing that having more condoms would create jobs will riot..

Morons..
obama is an idiot period..
he is a complete fool
but what is more disconerning is that
as north korea is now threating war
(hey jimmy carter you moron) remembe that piece of paper you signed in 1994.. well they not only took you for a ride
you idiot
they also screwed clinton and the dems in their arse
and now..

they want to nuke south korea..

all because a Dumb liberal so stupid that he believes anything the enemy tells him sent them free oil and food
so they could re-arm..

I wonder how much of that stimulus bullcrap bill
will be sent by pelozi to north korean
heck i bet obama will offer them
FREE mediacare..

Idiots.

jcila on January 30, 2009 at 3:11 PM

The Democrat Party knows they need to get their goal of Socialism in America passed during this time of crisis they manufactured before the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Andrew Wilkow and Mark Levin awaken the unwashed masses and they’ve started already.

SeniorD on January 30, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Rush was a major catalyst for, and very effective promoter of, the Republican Revolution in 1994. It is possible that the Dems are trying to preempt a similar occurrence in 2010.

exlibris on January 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

“I skipped the money quote from Ras, again, released yesterday:

For Palin, her favorables are 52%”

Wow, that wass a quick recovery.

Don’t you think, AP?

artist on January 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

From the thread, it’s increasingly clear that no one on the left has an unfavorable opinion of Rush Limbaugh, they have an unfavorable opinion of what Keith Olbermann says Rush Limbaugh is.

How hysterical.

emailnuevo on January 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Dittoheads proudly claim that they agree, lock and step with *everything* Rush said (the very meaning of ditto implies 100% agreement, word for word).And I’m a regular listener so I guess I’m one of them though I disagree with him on pretty much nothing.

I call bullshiite, Mr. Regular Listener. If you actually did listen you would know that “Dittoheads” doesn’t refer to “yeah I believe whatever you believe, Mr. Rush.

It was born from people calling in and saying, “Hello Mr. Rush, I’m a loyal fan of yours from wherever and I think you are cool and I’ve been listening for years..etc. etc.

“Ditto” means they don’t have to say all that stuff and therefore waste more time on their call. “Ditto” is shorthand terminology for saying “I’m a big fan of yours”.

You would know this if you were a regular listener.

Bishop on January 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Woops I meant to say I agree with him on pretty much nothing, he’s getting to me! Argh :)

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM

My Muslim faith?

hawkdriver on January 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

a fat, impotent, greedy, obstructionist, heartless, oxy-gobbling slob?

Yes.

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

…as opposed to a fat, impotent, greedy obstructionist, heartless, lesbian?
Did they run out of Krispy Kreme donuts, so you decided to post?

right2bright on January 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Don’t forget the Dems make up their own polls. Don’t believe any of them. (After all, they wanted to make OK a blue state yesterday!) Rush’s audience is growing and as more people actually listen to him, then all the liberal strawmen are knocked down quickly. Go El Rusbo!
BTW if you feel like you want to do something about all this, how about supporting Rush’s 24/7 and Limbaugh Letter? Or support a sponsor Heritage Foundation.

Christian Conservative on January 30, 2009 at 3:13 PM

For a man with 400 million dollars Rush Limbaugh sure does *whine* alot. Like, buck up sailor, you’re fine. No one’s shut down your microphone, no one’s taken away your sponsors. You live in a mansion and you have a cute little kitty. It’s just not that bad for ya. The way people jump to his defense you’d think he was a member of an oppressed minority. Get it together Rush.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 3:13 PM

“I’m out in Michelle Bachman country which means I’ll soon be on the DFL’s “undesirables” lists”

Worse than that, I think you’ve been marginalized.

You may even be divisive!

artist on January 30, 2009 at 3:13 PM

It doesn’t take a genius to see that the left’s attempt to demonize Rush is prelude to their assault on Talk Radio.

My bet is that Rush is goading Obama into the fight, strategerizing that open and notorious public confrontation is the best way to save Talk Radio. If Obama is dumb enough to descend into a p*ssing contest with Rush, he will likely end up shooting himself in the foot.

I say BRING IT ON!

petefrt on January 30, 2009 at 3:13 PM

I find it hilarious that there is polling data on Rush’s popularity. Dang he gets under their skin!

t.ferg on January 30, 2009 at 3:10 PM

He drives them crazy, absolutely crazy…and has for decades.
The number one reason he is number one…and Obama foolishly took the bait…

right2bright on January 30, 2009 at 3:14 PM

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