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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They are trying to marginalize me,

Yes, they are, but hardly turning away listeners. Instead the opposite is happening, it’s hardening our view of Rush, Palin and others as being our hero’s.

The links you provided AP, like the poll, are obviously selective. Especially since no one polled me. Who did they poll? The MSM?

Kini on January 30, 2009 at 3:14 PM

You would know this if you were a regular listener.

Bishop on January 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

I admit, I only started regularly listening this primary season and listened a lot in 2004. I am NOT a dittohead and therefore do not know all the minutia of the show (which ditto heads love to proclaim they know all about). I only just figured out the whole Snerdly inside joke.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

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

Rush doesn’t have 30 million listeners. That is the totally number of people listening/week. So if you have 5 days of listners, that’s 6 million people. It’s probably closer to 8 or 9, given that most people can’t listen every day.

lorien1973 on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

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

and lemme guess, “Barack the Magic Negro” isn’t racist, either?

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

I’ll tell you why they hate Rush so much.

Because his audience is largely middle class, working folks — salesmen and truck drivers, delivery people and mechanics, small business owners and housewives who listen to talk radio while they are working every day. Democrats think they should own this group of people. They blame Rush for making them conservative, which they believe is against their economic interests. This isn’t just an Alinsky play to tun Rush into the enemy of The Messiah; it’s a concerted effort to get people to stop listening to him, because people who listen to him are not going to accept bigger and bigger government.

rockmom on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 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

Well Allah, as you know, every infant, toddler, and adolescent in America votes.

Every Rush listener votes, presumably. I’d say he has a much larger percentage of the voting population than 10%.

BKennedy on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

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

DaveC on January 30, 2009 at

And I haven’t seen any evidence it’s working.

I HAVE seen the GOP House recently vote unanimously and a House Rep has apologized to Rush.

Support for pork bill is falling.

That’s what I’ve witnessed.

artist on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Rush, marginalized? Let’s see, has millions of listeners. Called out publicly by the POTUS in his first week in office. Included by Barbara Walters in her “top 10 fascinating people of 2008″ (along with Palin, and um… the guy who had a baby). Called out by a Republican politician, who feels the need to apologize so fast his head’s still spinning.

Polarizing? Sure. Marginalized? Not even close.

cs89 on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 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

Yah Allah, Rush’s listener numbers must be meaningless also. But than he has done more for conservative thought in this country than you could ever dream of doing. How about growing some man…………

jims on January 30, 2009 at 3:16 PM

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

How about if Obama is the Antichrist, does that mean Rush is..?

I watched a show on the Antichrist and Herr Hussein is running at about 75% and gaining momentum. Someone that most of the world population likes and trusts, claims that only they can solve the big problems, replaces God by being seen as a god, and is just waiting to turn on those that oppose him. Too creepy.

Hening on January 30, 2009 at 3:16 PM

and lemme guess, “Barack the Magic Negro” isn’t racist, either?

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

You really are a tool. That’s been explained, unless you are an F-Tard that listens to the MSM. Guess you fit into that category, noneya.

HornetSting on January 30, 2009 at 3:16 PM

That which you fight and demonize you ultimately make stronger.

worlok on January 30, 2009 at 3:16 PM

It’s probably closer to 8 or 9, given that most people can’t listen every day.

lorien1973 on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

How do you know the 6 million per day are not unique listeners?

artist on January 30, 2009 at 3:17 PM

They are laying the groundwork for the localization/censorship/destroy talk radio doctrine..

But Rush is right this is Obama’s playbook.

I like Rush and clearly he is the biggest fish in the pond on our side.

winged on January 30, 2009 at 3:17 PM

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.

Wait. They need a scapegoat, so that proves he’s marginalized? I’m not following the logic here.

I can only take Limbaugh in small doses, but I’ve been listening to him this week on Obama’s anti-recommendation, and he’s making sense about this unprecedentedly crappy bill. A thing can be true even though Rush Limbaugh says it. And it seems to me that’s what they’re worried about.

Jim Treacher on January 30, 2009 at 3:17 PM

The antiChrist is long dead. Nero was his name.

I get the joke though. Yeah, El Rushbo the antiOne. Ha! ;-)

worlok on January 30, 2009 at 3:17 PM

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

It only gets questioned and explained by Rush…oh…about all the time.

You listened in 2004 and just started listening again in the primaries. Wow, you’re an old hand, just the person to turn to for in-depth analysis about Rush.

Bishop on January 30, 2009 at 3:18 PM

and lemme guess, “Barack the Magic Negro” isn’t racist, either?

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

And the LA Times journelist that wrote the article should have to answer for that outrage!

hawkdriver on January 30, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Let me guess, JUDAS or SATAN, which one?

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

I was fairly certain he meant anti-Christ. Judas would be someone close to Obama. Satan isn’t in play yet.

Allah, it really upsets me that I think you’re right alot of the time.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Come to the dark side, Death. Find your inner libertarian and ditch McKinney.

Seriously though, you haven’t forgotten 2004, have you? Polls that year were horrible. Forgive the suspicious here. They’re not wholly unreasonable.

Esthier on January 30, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

But, are you for the bailout?

Johan Klaus on January 30, 2009 at 3:18 PM

The Media Hack gets it completely wrong again. (3:04)

Dittoheads proudly claim that they agree, lock and step with *everything*

As Rush has explained many, many, many times, the word ‘dittos’ as Rush and his fans use the word is ‘I love the show.’ Only liberal hacks who have never listened to Rush understand the word ‘dittos’ to mean agreement to what Rush is saying.

It started when a caller was telling Rush how much he loved the show because Rush was saying what the caller had been thinking, and the caller thought it was great to hear someone agree with him.

The very next caller said at the beginning of the call, after following the previous call, ‘dittos’ to what that previous caller said. We love the show, even when we disagree with Rush, we’ll cut him some slack because he makes politics so interesting.

The Media Hack (3:04) is a perfect example of how the liberals distort something either through ignorance or deception. Rush fans know what Rush says, and why.

Rush says what I’m thinking. He doesn’t tell me what to think.

Media hack, you are a hack.

Have a nice day.

Skandia Recluse on January 30, 2009 at 3:18 PM

and lemme guess, “Barack the Magic Negro” isn’t racist, either?

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

First of all, that’s Paul Shanklin, not Rush.

Second, go ask your friends at the LA Times about it. They coined the phrase…

Nat Hound on January 30, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Polarizing? Sure. Marginalized? Not even close.

cs89 on January 30, 2009

I’ve yet to see someone here actually define “marginalize”.

artist on January 30, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Interesting to note that Obama is making a stronger effort to reach out to Iran than to the Republicans in this nation.
Disgusting.

redshirt on January 30, 2009 at 3:19 PM

and lemme guess, “Barack the Magic Negro” isn’t racist, either?
Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-ehrenstein19mar19,0,5335087.story

Right out of the famously conservative paper the LA Times.

Bishop on January 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

He has more folk listening today than in November…that is pretty good marginalizing.

JIMV on January 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

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.

ExTex on January 30, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Is Allahpundit a Kos planted hero
Or maybe just a contrarian contemplating everything from infinity to zero?
But he sure has spunk
Oh bunk!
The man’s a turncoat HuffPo lout
No, he’s just not one to with the talking points shout

The secret simply will not keep
For Hotair’s losing sleep
It’s time to break the spell
Won’t someone bloody tell?
Who is Allahpundit?

Is he vulgarian or sleek?
Authoritarian or meek?
I hear he’s steely as you please
I hear he’s really Japanese
He may be shrewd, he may be crude
Ah well, it’s hard to tell
Who is Allahpundit, do tell?

PercyB on January 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

and lemme guess, “Barack the Magic Negro” isn’t racist, either?

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Nope. Besides the magic negro is a Jew-hating bast@rd anyway, so he’s the racist.

Andy in Agoura Hills on January 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

and lemme guess, “Barack the Magic Negro” isn’t racist, either?

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

What, no Christian bashing yet?

Johan Klaus on January 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

“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

I’d word it this way: Ditto = Thanks Rush, for stating what I believe to a greater audience than I’ll ever have. Your helping me stay sane in the world of the drive-by media!

Christian Conservative on January 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Germans didn’t like the Jews , they were marginalized.

the_nile on January 30, 2009 at 3:21 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

I’d have to say telemarketer ranks below pollster, ACLU attorney, and even Obama Girl.

Laura in Maryland on January 30, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Yeah, if he’s marginalized, why are they kicking him when he’s down?

Jim Treacher on January 30, 2009 at 3:21 PM

You really are a tool. That’s been explained, unless you are an F-Tard that listens to the MSM. Guess you fit into that category, noneya.

HornetSting on January 30, 2009 at 3:16 PM

of course, I live in an alternate universe, not you guys, never is……

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 3:22 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

The left is most vitriolic about things they fear most. The left fears Rush Limbaugh. And the left knows that if it can take out Rush, it can take out Talk Radio in general, and the rest of the Reagan conservative movement in particular.

petefrt on January 30, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Isn’t a poll taken three months ago and placed into context after Obama called him out last Friday about as relevent as Obama’s approval ratings before he took office? Allah, do you want to bet $10 Obama won’t have a 70% rating on April 16th?

DanMan on January 30, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Actual lyrics:

Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times, they called him that
‘Cause he’s not authentic like me.

Yeah, the guy from the L.A. paper
Said he makes guilty whites feel good
They’ll vote for him, and not for me
‘Cause he’s not from the hood.

See, real black men, like Snoop Dog,
Or me, or Farrakhan
Have talked the talk, and walked the walk.
Not come in late and won!

Refrain:
Oh, Barack the Magic Negro, lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times, they called him that
‘Cause he’s black, but not authentically.

(repeat Refrain)

Some say Barack’s “articulate”
And bright and new and “clean”
The media sure loves this guy,
A white interloper’s dream!

But, when you vote for president,
Watch out, and don’t be fooled!
Don’t vote the Magic Negro in
‘Cause… (then sharpton goes on a ranting tangent as the chorus continues)

Nope, don’t see any “racially-charged-I’m-truly-offended” words there. Next.

Andy in Agoura Hills on January 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Noneya (3:15)

The LA Times can help you out with that.

Skandia Recluse on January 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Rush has two audiences – the audience of regular listeners that agrees with him and the rest of the world that doesn’t listen to him. There’s very little overlap of Rush listeners and Obama supporters.

At this point, a lot of people who support Obama don’t want to hear what Rush is telling them. That’s certainly understandable; people don’t like to be reminded when they’ve done something foolish.

Mr. D on January 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Come to the dark side, Death. Find your inner libertarian and ditch McKinney.

I can’t..I believe in the National Endowment for the Arts and the Smithsonian and like public education and crap. I know, I’m there on alot of issues though, particularly in terms of the govt being outside of folks bedrooms and personal habits (outside of pedophilia)

Seriously though, you haven’t forgotten 2004, have you? Polls that year were horrible. Forgive the suspicious here. They’re not wholly unreasonable.

Esthier on January 30, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Really? Check out electoral-vote.com. They do an excellent job tracking the polls day in and day out and give you an electoral map that represents the averaged polls for that day. John Kerry was ahead in the electoral for a few days here and there post Swiftboad Ads, but he never recovered from the RNC. Bush’s lead was pretty steady, except for a few days after the 3rd debate. The EXIT polls were really off on election day in 2004, but considering it was a very close margin of different that shouldn’t surprise you. The polling agencies were more right than you may realize. The site keeps track of 2008 and 2004.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

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

No, you’re right there. If you weren’t, McCain would never have had the nomination.

Esthier on January 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

of course, I live in an alternate universe, not you guys, never is……

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 3:22 PM

You live in Obama La La Land. Go ride your unicorn.

HornetSting on January 30, 2009 at 3:26 PM

If Rush is marginalized, then why did 11 Democrats vote against the stimulus bill along with 177 Republicans?

I don’t think Rush had any influence on the vote, but Hussein is trying to demonize Rush as the reason Republicans and some Democrats are not towing the line.

I don’t think Hussein played that well. The stimulus bill is a sham and if that bill fails to fix the economy, which it won’t, those who voted for it, own it.

Kini on January 30, 2009 at 3:26 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

Well, the other 1/10th, the illegal aliens are not supposed to vote.

Johan Klaus on January 30, 2009 at 3:26 PM

and lemme guess, “Barack the Magic Negro” isn’t racist, either?

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Actually, no. “The Magic Negro” phrase uses an out-dated racial term specifically to call attention to a specific literary/narrative device which is actually the thing being considered subtly racist. By using the phrase in connection with Obama was to suggest that the media/DNC narrative surrounding him was itself subtly racist.

Blacklake on January 30, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Yes, O needed someone to take George Bush’s place and Rush is a logical target. These are not Soviet tactics as much as they are Islamic tactics. Find a common enemy and jihad him to keep the masses under control and seething about something they don’t really understand.

jeanie on January 30, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Second Place again, no more like distant fifth.
HotAir readers are fast.

Skandia Recluse on January 30, 2009 at 3:28 PM

He has more folk listening today than in November…that is pretty good marginalizing.

JIMV on January 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Obama’s quip was worth $millions$ to Rush in free publicity and probably millions in first-time listeners too. His sponsors are probably dancing all the way to the bank. Rather than marginalizing Rush, the Obamattack elevated him to spokesman for the opposition.

petefrt on January 30, 2009 at 3:30 PM

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

You want to pay for the national endowment of the arts and tha Smithsonian, fine. Just keep your hand out of my wallet.

Johan Klaus on January 30, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Hey noneya, will you at least admit you were wrong about Rush being responsible for the “barack the magic negro” thing?
By now you have seen what everyone posted and I’m sure you followed the links.
Truth matters, right?

redshirt on January 30, 2009 at 3:31 PM

I’d have to say telemarketer ranks below pollster, ACLU attorney, and even Obama Girl.
Laura in Maryland on January 30, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Wai wai wai just WAIT! Ogabe Girl is pretty smokin’ and Janet Reno is now an ACLU attorney (representing Gitmo terrorists no less) so how about we don’t put Ogabe Girl at the bottom of the list?

Bishop on January 30, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Rush pointed out today that although the media is saying this is the worst economy ever, the statistics don’t back that up. Jimmy Carters time had a higher unemployment rate and a negative GDP. Hard to believe but we actually were positive in 2008. This is media driven thereby self-fufilling.

Cindy Munford on January 30, 2009 at 3:32 PM

and lemme guess, “Barack the Magic Negro” isn’t racist, either?

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

You will have to ask David Ehrenstein, the leftest reporter of the LAT, about that since I believe he is the one who applied it to Barack. As he stated…

Like a comic-book superhero, Obama is there to help

Take it up with the LAT and there little leftist writer.

right2bright on January 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM

and lemme guess, “Barack the Magic Negro” isn’t racist, either?

Noneya on January 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Negro isn’t an epithet. Not that it really matters, since you wouldn’t consider “Whitey” or “Cracker” racist, so your double standard makes your point moot.

MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM

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

Dr. Thomas Stockmann

elgeneralisimo on January 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Hey noneya, will you at least admit you were wrong about Rush being responsible for the “barack the magic negro” thing?
By now you have seen what everyone posted and I’m sure you followed the links.
Truth matters, right?

redshirt on January 30, 2009 at 3:31 PM

There is no reasoning with the unreasonable.

Johan Klaus on January 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM

this is the new tone under Obama. Using the power of the federal government to attack a private citizen.

Ampersand on January 30, 2009 at 3:34 PM

like public education and crap.

Well, the two often go together.

I like public education as well, but I wish we cared more about it doing well and offering people alternatives should they be able to go to a better school, as public schools are nearly always outperformed by private schools.

The EXIT polls were really off on election day in 2004, but considering it was a very close margin of different that shouldn’t surprise you.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Certainly not, but anchors calling states early based on exit polling, should.

But it’s not just that. As studies have proven recently the Bradly effect was exaggerated by bad polling.

Also, we saw time and time again, polls that oversampled Democrats. That alone is enough to cause concern for many.

Esthier on January 30, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Esthier on January 30, 2009 at 3:34 PM

You and Noneya ever get together? ;)

blatantblue on January 30, 2009 at 3:36 PM

this is the new tone under Obama. Using the power of the federal government to attack a private citizen.

Ampersand on January 30, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Harry Reid was the precedent, wasn’t he. My bet is this will backfire on Obama just as hard as it backfired on Harry Reid.

petefrt on January 30, 2009 at 3:36 PM

I am racking my brain trying to remember an example of Bush calling out an individual for criticism. Did he even go after Dan Rather for the false reporting he made? I don’t think so. But I may be wrong.

redshirt on January 30, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Allah and McCain, sitting in a tree…

The Dean on January 30, 2009 at 3:40 PM

You go Rush. Don’t let the bastards get you down!

JiangxiDad on January 30, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Republicans ARE afraid to fight. Except for a few. But then our intrepid beta-male GOP pundit class (cough-Allah-cough) sees fit to slam those few R’s who exhibit any stones.

By God- I WISH just SOME of our pundits would show a little HuffPo or Kos-like taste for battle instead of trying to court the opposition.

I get why the libtards just love beta-male, gender-bender, metrosexual bloggers. BUT WHAT is the fasination for us red blooded conservative types with passive-aggressive GOP bloggers- who are endlessly tryin’ to show that they can fit in with the eastcoast media elite as$holes that consider CONSERVATISM a mental disorder???

Give me Sarah Palin and Rush any day over these pansy as$ed dem-lite wannabes!

ExTex on January 30, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Interesting to note that Obama is making a stronger effort to reach out to Iran than to the Republicans in this nation.
Disgusting.

redshirt on January 30, 2009 at 3:19 PM

++

the_nile on January 30, 2009 at 3:41 PM

I am racking my brain trying to remember an example of Bush calling out an individual for criticism.

He did call Adam Clymer an asshole once, but that was an aside caught on-mic. And I don’t remember any ads asking me if I was for Bush or Clymer.

Jim Treacher on January 30, 2009 at 3:42 PM

marginalize
One entry found.

I’ve yet to see someone here actually define “marginalize”.

artist on January 30, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Main Entry: mar·gin·al·ize
Pronunciation: \ˈmärj-nə-ˌlīz, ˈmär-jə-nəl-ˌīz\
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): mar·gin·al·ized; mar·gin·al·iz·ing
Date: 1970
: to relegate to an unimportant or powerless position within a society or group
— mar·gin·al·i·za·tion \ˌmärj-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌmär-jə-nəl-ə-\ noun

I think his $400 million contract kind of disputes this definition.

cs89 on January 30, 2009 at 3:43 PM

I was listening 15 years ago when the ditto thing started. A caller told Rush that he was glad that conservatives finally had someone in the media who spoke for them, etc. The next caller said ditto to what the previous caller said. It does not imply blind devotion, just sincere appreciation that conservatives have a voice in the media.

Rose on January 30, 2009 at 3:43 PM

And even among Republicans, he couldn’t muster enough opposition to deny McCain the nomination.

Allahpundit on January 30, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Conservatives were split between Rudy, Fred, and Mitt. One by one they dropped out as the Dems’ choice – McCain – beat them all out. This was after Rush had refused to endorse anyone until it was down to only McCain and Romney, which by that time was too late.

OneGyT on January 30, 2009 at 3:46 PM

You and Noneya ever get together? ;)

blatantblue on January 30, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Nah. She stood me up.

Esthier on January 30, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Yeah, yeah, conservatives aren´t nice, bla bla. What else is new?

I refuse to apologize for Rush Limbaugh, with whom I sometimes disagree but who is a smart analyst and a solid conservative. He is certainly more of a deep thinker than … well, who is there on the other side who is not an embarrassment? Look at their drunken louts they have for figureheads.

I´m not going to take lectures from the party of treason and corruption, and all of us know enough to call them that.

el gordo on January 30, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Sooner or later they will the left will start labeling Limbaugh’s criticism of Obama as racist attacks…

————-

The Republicans in Congress do need to have an active, vocal face out there as their leader. The Democrats go after the public and outspoken Limbaugh because all the Repubicans in Congress are in hiding.
(At least with Trent Lott you knew he was the voice of the Republicans in Congress. Was there a week that went by without him on the news and on the talk show circuit?)

albill on January 30, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Yes, Rush failed to get McCain elected.
I would have loved to see what would have happened if the republicans had ran a candidate that Rush fully supported. It might have been a radically different outcome!

redshirt on January 30, 2009 at 3:56 PM

This bipartisanship of Obama’s White House is so moving, don’t you think? He listens to others views and then brings them into the discussion: “I won.” He keeps his campaign promises: “I want to CUT government spending.” “I believe in and support Reagan tax cuts.”

Back to reality. President Obama is a liar, and an extremely partisan one at the moment. He is not standing up for any democratic ideals, but he is rewarding the party that put him in power and demonizing the opposition. Republicans have nothing to gain by caving to him. He has lied to make himself appear more centrist. Republicans are not even being so hard right conservative here, because they are living up to the positions that got Obama elected in states like VA, CO, NC, OH and FL.

chunderroad on January 30, 2009 at 3:58 PM

I would have loved to see what would have happened if the republicans had ran a candidate that Rush fully supported. It might have been a radically different outcome!

redshirt on January 30, 2009 at 3:56 PM

That’s kinda the point though. Rush didn’t support McCain in the primaries, and McCain still got the nomination. That really is saying something.

Esthier on January 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

It would appear that Obama is following in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln Joseph McCarthy.
MB4 on January 30, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Except that McCarthy was right.

Akzed on January 30, 2009 at 4:01 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

Nah… Obama is running against himself now. Rush just happens to be somebody he keeps passing as he runs in circles.

Yoop on January 30, 2009 at 4:02 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

You need to start clarifying who and what you support then sir. Posting stuff just to piss people isn’t going to persuade anyone to take your opinion seriously. You’ve marginalized yourself with your approach.

I like Sarah but I’m open to whoever might come along, Romney or Sanford I hope, but if its Sarah I’m not going to continually bash her as you do and then complain about how poorly your being treated by Palin supporters. Maybe a more articulate and respectful approach would garner more support for you opinions, I would gladly listen.

Stop shooting yourself in the foot and then blaming the gun.

True_King on January 30, 2009 at 4:03 PM

He doesn’t really seem to realize that terms like “Alinsky-ed” have little to no resonance outside the 20 million or so zombies that listen to him every day.

crr6 on January 30, 2009 at 4:03 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 PM

The fact is, allah, that Rush is right 98.6% of the time.

Akzed on January 30, 2009 at 4:05 PM

That’s kinda the point though. Rush didn’t support McCain in the primaries, and McCain still got the nomination. That really is saying something.

Esthier on January 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Yeah, like obama elected president. There’s some really dumb people out there.
Seriously, I believe McCain’s victory in the primaries has to do with who gets to vote first. NH allows dems and indies to vote for either party. I didn’t get to vote until June when it was already decided.
We need a real ‘Super Tuesday’ when all states can vote. I’m tired of seeing the asshats, no offense, in IA and NH choose who’s running.

HornetSting on January 30, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Yes, O needed someone to take George Bush’s place and Rush is a logical target. These are not Soviet tactics as much as they are Islamic tactics. Find a common enemy and jihad him to keep the masses under control and seething about something they don’t really understand.

jeanie on January 30, 2009 at 3:27 PM

I thought you voted for Obama? At least you said you were at Polipundit once your 401k starting tanking. You thought that Obama would save it.

True_King on January 30, 2009 at 4:09 PM

That’s kinda the point though. Rush didn’t support McCain in the primaries, and McCain still got the nomination. That really is saying something.

Esthier on January 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Like obama being elected president. A lot of dumb people.
Seriously, McCain grabbed the nomination because NH allows dems and indies to vote for either party. I didn’t get to vote until it was over, in June. We need to have a true Super Duper Tuesday, where every voice is heard, not just the asshats, no offense, in IA and NH. I’m tired of a few states deciding the nomination process.
Oh yeah, and that asshat Huckabee didn’t help. Crapmaster.

HornetSting on January 30, 2009 at 4:11 PM

He doesn’t really seem to realize that terms like “Alinsky-ed” have little to no resonance outside the 20 million or so zombies that listen to him every day.
crr6 on January 30, 2009 at 4:03 PM

You apparently have no idea how assinine a statement you made.

Are you suggesting that Rush should speak to his audience as if they weren’t as erudite as you perceive them to be?

You are certainly implying that his audience is more tuned in to culturally relevent issues and personages than non-listeners.

Do you listen often? If not, then how do you know what he says? If so, please give us some original criticisms using Rush’s own words.

Akzed on January 30, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Rush pointed out today that although the media is saying this is the worst economy ever, the statistics don’t back that up. Jimmy Carters time had a higher unemployment rate and a negative GDP. Hard to believe but we actually were positive in 2008. This is media driven thereby self-fufilling.

Cindy Munford on January 30, 2009 at 3:32 PM

No, this is a true economic crisis and will deepen to a depression. The world has never seen what we are about to witness. Obama’s spending bill has protectionist clauses. It’s over for a while. Judgement cometh.

True_King on January 30, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Cross posting Ben Smith who references Dem data points older than the lime infused Tostitos I threw out last night. Allah you may be a RINO, but even you can do better than this. Does Ben need the traffic or are you looking for a new gig?

Angry Dumbo on January 30, 2009 at 4:14 PM

There is no reasoning with the unreasonable.

Johan Klaus on January 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM

noneya is not available…Krispy Kreme is marking down the donuts…

right2bright on January 30, 2009 at 4:14 PM

I didn’t get to vote until June when it was already decided.
We need a real ‘Super Tuesday’ when all states can vote. I’m tired of seeing the asshats, no offense, in IA and NH choose who’s running.

HornetSting on January 30, 2009 at 4:07 PM

I agree but can’t rest the blame squarely on the Independents of Dems who crossed over. If Rush had as much influence over the GOP as Obama is pretending he does, McCain still would have lost.

Esthier on January 30, 2009 at 4:14 PM

If Rush is marginalized, then why did 11 Democrats vote against the stimulus bill?

Kini on January 30, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Probably because it wasn’t big enough. The word “principles” is not in most Democrats’ vocabularies, other than to mock conservatives for having them.

UltimateBob on January 30, 2009 at 4:15 PM

HornetSting on January 30, 2009 at 4:11 PM

You’re not seeing double. I spiced up the second entry. :) Damn computer.

HornetSting on January 30, 2009 at 4:15 PM

noneya is not available…Krispy Kreme is marking down the donuts…

right2bright on January 30, 2009 at 4:14 PM

They’re having a 2 for 1 rock sale at her local crack house.

HornetSting on January 30, 2009 at 4:16 PM

“freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.”

I knew what he meant the moment he said it, and I’m not even a fan. He’s absolutely correct.

DrSteve on January 30, 2009 at 4:16 PM

That’s kinda the point though. Rush didn’t support McCain in the primaries, and McCain still got the nomination. That really is saying something.

Esthier on January 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

If you will recall Esthier, Rush repeatedly said that he was not going to endorse a candidate in the primaries. We all knew he didn’t heartily support McCain, but if he had come out strongly for Romney, things might have been different.

Christian Conservative on January 30, 2009 at 4:17 PM

I agree but can’t rest the blame squarely on the Independents of Dems who crossed over. If Rush had as much influence over the GOP as Obama is pretending he does, McCain still would have lost.

Esthier on January 30, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Religious bigotry, that Asshat Huckabee, there was a lot of problems that led to McCain getting the nod.
I hope ‘we’ learn from our mistakes.

HornetSting on January 30, 2009 at 4:18 PM

You’re not seeing double. I spiced up the second entry. :) Damn computer.

HornetSting on January 30, 2009 at 4:15 PM

I understand why. Not a big Huck fan.

Esthier on January 30, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Rush didn’t support McCain in the primaries, and McCain still got the nomination.

Esthier on January 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

And he’s not going to stop this bill from passing.

So what are they so worried about?

He doesn’t really seem to realize that terms like “Alinsky-ed” have little to no resonance outside the 20 million or so zombies that listen to him every day.

crr6 on January 30, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Nobody’s responsible for your ignorance but you.

Jim Treacher on January 30, 2009 at 4:18 PM

We all knew he didn’t heartily support McCain, but if he had come out strongly for Romney, things might have been different.

Christian Conservative on January 30, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Maybe, but I kinda doubt it. As you said, his opinion of McCain wasn’t really news, even at the time.

Esthier on January 30, 2009 at 4:19 PM

“…The data suggests that Limbaugh’s already been marginalized…” What data? A crap poll put together by a pack of left-wing hacks who are so terrified of Rush that they will do and say anything to shut him up?

Rush is a radio talk show host. Favorable, unfavorable etc. doesn’t apply to him. That crap applies to politicians.

The fact is, this is just another attack in a long line of attacks on Rush by foaming-at-the-mouth Liberal loons.

Only “conservatives” built from the David Frum mold – who believe that they, not Rush, should be “the face of the Republican Party” – refuse to see this for what it is; just another sleazy attempt by libs at divide and conquer.

RMR on January 30, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Yes, Rush failed to get McCain elected.
I would have loved to see what would have happened if the republicans had ran a candidate that Rush fully supported. It might have been a radically different outcome!

redshirt on January 30, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Rush is a mirror of his audience…he just reflects their views as a wordsmith. Many of us cannot put our thoughts and beliefs as succinctly as someone like him, so people listen to him explain what so many know, believe but cannot or do not have a forum.
So his “half-hearted” support, reflected what the Republicans felt about McCain…just like his comments regarding we hope the policies fail, because we don’t feel they are right for America, not that we want an individual to fail.
He doesn’t “lead” anything, except that he “leads out” with defining many people positions, and political beliefs.
That is why this “attack” on Rush won’t, and it never has in the past, work. They aren’t attacking Rush, they are attacking 40+% of the voting population.
His listeners don’t say “I will follow what he says”, they say “He is stating what I believe”…big difference that the left cannot understand.

right2bright on January 30, 2009 at 4:22 PM

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