Rush Limbaugh: Let’s face it, I’m too famous to moderate a GOP debate

posted at 4:01 pm on August 15, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, I think he’s half-joking but he’s right, isn’t he? If Rush moderates, Democrats will see to it that the debate becomes as much a story about him as it is about the field. It’ll be a pretext to revisit last year’s “war on women” crapola, this time in the context of the GOP likely facing a woman nominee in Hillary. Think Progress or Media Matters or whoever will manufacture some sort of “The GOP should boycott the Limbaugh debate!” controversy, and before you know it CNN and MSNBC will be dutifully running “Should the GOP boycott the Limbaugh debate?” segments. Who needs it? Not Rush, not the candidates.

Besides that, it’s a no-win situation for a conservative moderator. The expectation among righties tuning in would be that Rush would/should seek to destroy the RINOs onstage, no? That’s another way in which he’s “too famous” for the event — a huge chunk of the audience would be less interested in hearing the candidates’ views than seeing if Limbaugh himself would punish Christie for hugging Obama and Rubio for backing amnesty. If Rush decides not to do that, opting instead to ask straightforward questions from the right but otherwise declining to be combative with the centrists, grassroots conservatives will grumble that he went easy on the sellouts. If he does decide to be combative, then the debate becomes about him, not about the people running. And it also creates an expectation among conservatives that, having been duly repudiated by Rush in a big forum, someone like Christie can and must be fated to lose. If he ends up winning the nomination anyway, it risks making conservatives feel even more marginalized then they did by the McCain and Romney nominations, and it may also mean that a President Christie concludes that he can safely ignore talk radio going forward. All of which is to say, there’s not a lot of upside here. If Rush wants to quiz any of these people, he can always just have them call in and do it piecemeal that way.

Exit question: If you want a debate(s) with questions entirely from the right, why not have some right-wing think-tankers moderate instead? Get a panel together from Heritage, Cato, FreedomWorks, etc. That would avoid most of the problems mentioned above.


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Bmore on August 15, 2013 at 7:42 PM

What I said in the previous thread:
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Instead of “moderators”, I’d like to see a ‘Conservative panel’ made up of these guys (and others) that asks questions of the Democrat nominee(s).
Same thing for the other side … they make up a ‘Liberal panel’ of their choosing to ask questions of the Republican nominee(s).

listens2glenn on August 15, 2013 at 6:36 PM

listens2glenn on August 15, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Brit Hume, Thomas Sowell, and Victor Davis Hanson for moderators.

Or candidates, whichever.

M240H on August 15, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Steyn!

massrighty on August 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Rush Limbaugh: Let’s face it, I’m too famous to moderate a GOP debate

I suggest Ross Perot and Ron Paul.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 15, 2013 at 8:20 PM

How about R.Lee Ermey?

Oldnuke on August 15, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Such a lack of fortitude. Everything is determined by political calculations, and yet those calculations continue to destroy the GOP and the nation. I’m referring to the poster and those that agree with him.

How about courage for once? Try it and see if it works.

Limbaugh should do it, but he too is a coward when it comes to confrontations. With his vast fortune he could have started what Beck’s doing 20 years ago. But he prefers to sit and do nothing actionable.

Such a waste…and such a betrayal

The GOP will betray you

True_King on August 15, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Rush Limbaugh: Let’s face it, I’m too famous to moderate a GOP debate

Who does he think he is, Bill O’Reilly??

MaiDee on August 15, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I partially agree that Limbaugh would be too big, but I think that could be turned into a positive. Name one other person that could draw an audience as large as him. The only people that could even close would be George Bush, or Sarah Palin. Limbaugh isn’t going to play the stupid gotcha games, a smear tactics. He would conduct a serious debate on serious issues. The average low information voter will see that there is no war on women in the GOP. They will see that it is a group of serious individuals that have class and dignity, and a handle on the issues. I really like the idea of having think tank leaders moderate, along with bloggers and other radio hosts. I think the think tanks should play a “consultant” role where they sit in for s few questions and then leave, but I don’t ever see then drawing half the audience Limbaugh would. The same goes for all others. Fix and The Blaze could do a debate. I’m not crazy about celebrities because they rarely have command of the issues like radio, or bloggers but what if some of the celebrities on or side led the debate? Maybe with help from bloggers, think tank, or radio? Clint Eastwood, with Jim DeMint, Malkin, and Ingraham? Gary Sinese, with Chocola, Ed, Dana Loesch? We want to draw as big of an audience as possible.

It’s either that or keep the debates low key and let the “high” information voter decide. That won’t happen, so lets have the country view our side through our very own prism.

ritewhit on August 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM

I would suggest Lars Larson. He’s smart, he’s conservative, and is a former news reporter. I’ve listened to him here in Oregon for years. He has always been scrupulously fair to everyone. Even those he disagrees with. And I don’t think he is tied too closely to any Party. But he is anti-idiot, which usually puts him on the opposite side from Democrats.

schmuck281 on August 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Shame on you Rush! From one of your most loyal listeners I take umbrage at that statement. A man with this country’s interest at heart, you could make it about the contestants. Stop and think of what you are saying, that you could not professionally ask questions that would allow us, your loyal listeners, to make a proper decision. 25 years on the radio to teach and educate us on Washington and the elites that run it, and this is your reply to mc a debate. You really let me down. This isn’t, as you always tell us, about you. Stop with the ego and help make this happen. Damn you really have let me down.

jainphx on August 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM

gophergirl on August 15, 2013 at 4:03 PM

g

I’m trying to consider the average of ‘average voters’. There might be hope yet, gg.
Will you join us on the qotd.? You folks are ‘so smaht’. You are, the whole bunch of ya.
That lame-ass ‘smaht’ of NewEngland. Yep, Texan, now and at last, and forever.

We do have limited patience, sometimes. No worries.

mickytx on August 15, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Rush is correct for once.

gerrym51 on August 15, 2013 at 7:41 PM

For once? Please list the most recent example of Rush being wrong.

Kataklysmic on August 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

For once? Please list the most recent example of Rush being wrong.

Kataklysmic on August 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

See, in my humble opinion, folks, if you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in manmade global warming … You must be either agnostic or atheistic to believe that man controls something that he can’t create.

lol

triple on August 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM

For once? Please list the most recent example of Rush being wrong.

Kataklysmic on August 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

About a year and a half ago he stated that chimpanzees were not primates. That is incorrect.

Oldnuke on August 15, 2013 at 10:50 PM

How about MKH?
She’s sharp, conservative, and not difficult to look at. I also love how she smacks Juan Williams around on a regular basis.

freedomfirst on August 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM

lol

triple on August 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Yeah I was asking for Gary’s opinion not some libtard’s. I wouldn’t trust an Obama voter to collect my trash properly let alone weigh in matters of policy.

Kataklysmic on August 15, 2013 at 11:05 PM

I wasn’t so much replying to you as demonstrating your lack of critical thinking skills

but turns out you did that for me

so good show

triple on August 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM

ps: rush is never wrong, he’s like a talk radio pope

triple on August 15, 2013 at 11:19 PM

ps: rush is never wrong, he’s like a talk radio pope

triple on August 15, 2013 at 11:19 PM

I disagree. He is occasionally wrong but it’s hardly the rule. Let alone on hoaxes designed to control the sheeple such as AGW.

Kataklysmic on August 15, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Beck would probably do the best job at moderating it. Laura Ingram would be good, also.

Buddahpundit on August 16, 2013 at 12:07 AM

He is occasionally wrong but it’s hardly the rule.

Kataklysmic on August 15, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Rush himself has proclaimed he is 99.9 percent accurate. Or was it 99.4?

John the Libertarian on August 16, 2013 at 12:28 AM

High school debaters need moderators.

Adults who are putting themselves forth for the most powerful and important job in the world should not.

If they can be President, then they should know the issues and be able to discuss them among themselves, with only a timekeeper to keep it even. Each candidate may use their time as they see fit, giving as long a statement on an issue as they deem necessary, asking or answering questions of the others as they set fit – BUT when their share of time is up, their microphone goes dead until the reserved period for final summations.

We still have a couple of years before the first debates, maybe we can perfect the Cone of Silence by then, and drop that over the talked-out.

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Who needs a bunch of overpaid, self-important leftist hack “journalists” asking “gotcha” questions to pad their own resumes?

Adjoran on August 16, 2013 at 12:35 AM

I nominate Hugh Hewitt.

He’s whip smart. He knows the issues inside and out. He’s a gracious gentleman who is well liked and respected across the political spectrum, and a he’s a solid center-right Reagan conservative.

aquaviva on August 16, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Why do we fear their lies instead of taking them apart for lying? It can be done,but not by the present bunch of capitulators who seek but to keep their lucrative status quo, with an occasional harrumph or two to deceive the base into thinking that they are actually worth voting for?

Don L on August 16, 2013 at 6:46 AM

I’d like to see at least 1 primary debate without a moderator and no set time limit. Let the people running ask the questions to each other. Don’t cut them off 90 seconds in, and let them have a go – take as long as you need. Let the debate run for several hours, even all day. (!!)

If you’re wondering who would cover such a debate (besides cspan), I’d say who says you need TV? You just stream it on the web. You could even do it during business hours and people could stream it at work on on the smartphones. Look how Rand Paul captured everyone’s imagination during his filibuster.

Let’s shake things up a bit.

pt on August 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

I love Rush, but modesty has never been one of his strong suits.

SGinNC on August 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Why not embrace the new webbased conservative leadership?

Have debates moderated by Ace (of Ace of Spades), Ed, Eric Erickson, and Michelle Malkin.

The last would be especially interesting because it would freeze the “war on women” motif as Malkin and her defenders can point how the disgusting things the left has said about her…

18-1 on August 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

The expectation among righties tuning in would be that Rush would/should seek to destroy the RINOs onstage, no?

That’s one good reason he SHOULD be a moderator!

If he does decide to be combative, then the debate becomes about him, not about the people running.

Bull. And who cares?! Weren’t we talking about the lib moderators and their “gotcha” questions in past years debates?

Sterling Holobyte on August 16, 2013 at 4:06 PM

People worried about Limbaugh’s anger haven’t ever listened to him. Junk info from the left. Simply not the case.

smoothsailing on August 16, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Give him the Bum’s Rush. He tried TV before and he bombed. He doesn’t moderate; he pontificates. Thanks, but no thanks.

flataffect on August 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Why not ask Helen Thomas to moderate? It would be better to have her cremation urn sitting there than all the Candy Crawleys of the world.

JoseQuinones on August 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

No not Rush. I love the guy, but he’s absolutely right. Off the top of my head:

Michael Barone
Larry Kudlow
Neil Cavuto
Peter Robinson
Ilya Shapiro
Brit Hume

Any of these would be great, but there are plenty more excellent candidates without resorting to someone like Rush who’d become the story.

Catahoula on August 17, 2013 at 4:05 PM

I would love to see BRIT HUME & JANINE PERO or many others, but never candy crawly or steffie!. If they ever have her again I will never donate to republicans. They allowed this travesty last time and I hope they learned their lesson.

Bambi on August 18, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Why not ask Helen Thomas to moderate? It would be better to have her cremation urn sitting there than all the Candy Crawleys of the world.

JoseQuinones on August 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

http://tinyurl.com/k34fb7k

davidk on August 18, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Limbaugh looks like he shops for clothes at the Special Needs Shoppe.

profitsbeard on August 18, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Mark Steyn.

profitsbeard on August 18, 2013 at 3:35 PM

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