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March 06, 2009

Limbaugh and the GOP

So the left and the mainstream media are up in arms at the comments of Rush Limbaugh suggesting the failure of President Obama’s policies. How dare Limbaugh not support nationalizing health care, vastly expanding the welfare state, likely tripling the deficit of Bush, weakening the military, supporting a suspect global warming treaty, rolling back support of Israel, expanding abortion rights, illegal immigration and an almost unending list of other left-wing social programs that will bankrupt future generations?

Am I to believe that Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, television networks and newspapers were striving to support George Bush over the last eight years?

Millions of conservatives disagree with Obama’s policies. Last I heard, we had that right. God knows that the left has been exercising the same position as Limbaugh for years.

Tom Zach
Gladstone

To claim Rush Limbaugh to be the head of the Republican party demonstrates the intellectual grasp of Mary O’Halloran as much as it does the power of Mr. Limbaugh (3/4, A-1, “Is Rush GOP royalty?; Limbaugh is the party’s leader, some Democrats think, while Republicans are wary to cross him”). But it has provided the Democratic Party leadership a much-needed distraction from Americans’ close examination of their policies. You know, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

What Mr. Limbaugh should have said was that these liberal attitudes and policies toward governing can no more succeed here than they did in Cuba or the Soviet Union. Whatever relief the Democratic Party may temporarily enjoy now will be short lived, as their wild spending, tax policies and massive deficits in the face of economic crisis work against America over the next two election cycles. They will then pay at the ballot box, as surely as all Americans will pay for these deficits.

Charley Morasch
Leawood

Reading Rush Limbaugh’s rants and the ditto remarks of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, I wonder why they’re upset over President Obama’s plan. Evidently there is a blank spot in their memories of the $700 billion bailout of the banking system that President Bush pushed through Congress last October, with the panic that we had to save the economy. All this occurred without any oversight as to what was going to happen to the money.

Any individual, Democrat, Republican or Independent, wishing that Obama fail in his attempts to stabilize the nation is tantamount to saying the United States should go down the tube because you don’t like our current president. Pitiful!

Joseph Zaiotti
Kansas City

Rush Limbaugh should be a happy man. He was characterized as “a big fat idiot” in a book title a few years ago, but thanks to his expressed wishes that our new government will fail, he’s never looked smaller.

Dan Nastali
Kansas City

Comments

Kate

I saw the acronym the other day, Engineer. I'd say it's too funny, but I'm afraid it's too true.

And I believe March is the beginning of the Enlightenment.

Engineer

Kate's link is just another example of the fact that we had got a man who is not ready for prime time. It's also further proof that "Obama" is an acronym.

Roger Lambert

Whispering to KC is the new face of an Obama supporter: unfailingly hateful, dumber than a box of rocks, and confined to whining about a radio host because he can't defend his president on any grounds at all.

We can do better.

whispering_to_kc

Hmmm.

So, by an anonymous "well-connected Washington figure" account, Obama isn't getting enough rest because he's overwhelmed and "floundering" in only six weeks of dealing with the multiple sacks of dog poo Bush left for him on the White House doorstep.

While, in eight years, Bush was in bed by 9 each night and only worked 5 days/week. Bush spent nearly 1000 days on vacation (in Crawford or at Camp David) in eight years.

Hmmm.

Rush Limbaugh is the new face of the Republicon Pary: multiple failed marriages, fat, white and a multi-millionaire.

Kate

Engineer, I think you would appreciate this article. Apparently, the White House has realized that their insulting treatment of Gordon Brown ignited a firestorm in the British press. So they reassured the Brits that Obama meant no disrespect – it’s just that he’s in over his head and floundering.

“Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been "overwhelmed" by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest. . . . Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president's surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/4953523/Barack-Obama-too-tired-to-give-proper-welcome-to-Gordon-Brown.html

I do hope he gets some time to rest and shop for a proper gift before he visits the Queen. As it stands now, she’s likely to be presented with a packet of stationery from Air Force One and a Netflix subscription.

Engineer

Reading the letter and some of the comments on the thread helps one understand how a far left demagogue with no record of accomplishments and only empty rhetoric to offer managed to win the presidency.

Kate

”So are we supposed to believe that James Carville, Paul Begala and Rahm Emanuel held Rush down and forced him to say he wants Obama to fail?”

Don’t be silly. Their October polling identified Rush as more disliked than Wright or Ayers. The Rush’s “fail” comment was what Begala called the “tripwire”. And they jumped on it with both feet.

It’s to their advantage to keep the public distracted, and to fuel the internal strife in the Republican Party. Jonathan Martin said that a senior White House aide has been tasked with helping to guide the Limbaugh strategy, and “Americans United for Choice, a liberal group, and the Democratic National Committee are driving the message, in close consultation with the White House.”

Begala says he wants to send Limbaugh a big bottle of vitamins to keep him healthy. As Carville said on Tuesday, “The television cameras just can’t stay away from him. Our strategy depends on him keeping talking, and I think we’re going to succeed.”

basementfrog

Steele simply learned a lesson. He is the token lead chosen because he's the same color as Obama, like Palin was chose because she was the woman Obama didn't select (Hillary).

But big fat white men run the republican party.

Steele was told to shut up and he did, and he apologized, too. Disgusting to watch; delighted the truth is exposed.

It doesn't get worse than that. Steele has learned (if he is capable of learning) that the republican party made enroads into the south and became the party of the southern racist not because it supported equal rights for all, not because it supported integration and not because it worked with local officials to help get african-americans into schools or even a seat at the local diner's counter or in front of the bus.

It got it support by catering to big, fat white men. Rushie is just the perfect man to speak for the republican party because he's the ideal image: a fat drugged up, corrupt wacko with facist tendencies.

If Steele had any courage he would have publically said, "yasser, boss." Nothing worse than being a token when you know it.


Good job republicans, keep it up. You destroy the worlds economy and have chosen a man who acts like Hitler as you emblem.

If Steele had any courage he would have publically said, "yasser, boss." Nothing worse than being a token when you know it.

Got to love it.

JUNGLEJACK

putkidsfirst - the point is: why does Obama and company even CARE what Rush may or may not have said? Did you even once hear Bush answer to the ridiculous claims and complaints lodged at him from SNL or Al Franken - just to name two?

putkidsfirst

So are we supposed to believe that James Carville, Paul Begala and Rahm Emanuel held Rush down and forced him to say he wants Obama to fail?

Or did they kidnap him and hypnotize him, forcing him to say he wants Obama to fail?

This is one of the dumbest claims ever. Rush opened his mouth and said something stupid and is being criticized for it. And that's all there is to it.

Kate

“Obama better grow a thick skin quick - or support better policy ideas.”

JJ, Obama’s Humpty Dumpty ego has nothing to do with the attacks on Limbaugh. Obama’s team started devising this strategy back in October, and they rolled it out while the economy tanked. As the Politico wrote, “Democrats realized they could roll out a new GOP bogeyman for the post-Bush era by turning to an old one in Limbaugh, a polarizing figure since he rose to prominence in the 1990s.” James Carville and Paul Begala coordinated this effort with Rahm Emanuel on their morning conference calls.

The more time conservatives spend arguing with each other about Rush, the weaker the opposition to Obama. As Carville said, “Your opponent can’t hit back when you have your fist in his face.”

It’s Nixon’s “enemies list” resurrected by the Archangels of the Hope-n-Change Administration.

BudRog

Whatsa Matter Horsey, someone jumping on your little leftist hero!!?? Eww, they talked naughty about him, eww, eww...

You little leftist weenies had better wake up and get a grip before your man totally puts us down the crapper for good...

Good God Almighty, 3000 point drop since he won, unemployment at 8%, and he is talking about HEALTH CARE!!!??

God save us....

JUNGLEJACK

whispering - I'm surprised that no one who thought Quayle misspelled potato (which he didn't) haven't crucified Obama for his air-headed remarks concerning the invention of the automobile and how many states are in the union.

Comparing what Rush says to words uttered by those responsible for running the country is ridiculous. What about all the disparaging commentary by virtually every entertainment source imaginable over the last eight years - without a whimper from the Bush administration?
Obama better grow a thick skin quick - or support better policy ideas.

Roger Lambert

The Dow Jones has fallen 20 percent since the inauguration, and Obama has spent the last week whining about Rush Limbaugh?

Surely even the true believers see this as a shameful waste of time.

whispering_to_kc

I watched Rush's performance at the CPAC affair.

He's on something ... again. You can tell by the way he jumps around all nervous and licks his lips. And, as Letterman said, dressed in black, Rush looked like a Russian gangster.

I'm surprised none of the same people who were so concerned that "Obama thinks America invented the car" have showed up here to point out Rush's re-writing of the US Constitution for use in his speech. Well, I'm not that surprised.

Dan Beyer

And so do I!!!
I want this nation to continue in it's mostly successful heritage of being a capitalistic country!!!

Engineer

What kind of a small gauge Administration do we have that, during what they have assured us is a crucial financial crisis, they spend time and effort going after a talk show host? And, Joseph Zaiott, what Rush said was he hopes Obama fails in his attempt to install socialistic policies in this country. And so do I.

 
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