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Leonard Pitts: Limbaugh Only Loves Attention
Springfield, IL State Journal Register ^ | Posted Jan 26, 2009 @ 12:02 AM

Posted on 01/26/2009 1:20:45 PM PST by lewisglad

“I hope he fails.” — Rush Limbaugh

It is, of course, a calculated outrage.

Meaning, it was spewed by a clown in the media circus to kick a familiar sequence into motion: angry denunciation by bloggers, pundits and supporters of President Obama (the “he” whose failure is hoped), followed by Rush Limbaugh refusing to retract a word, a courageous truth teller who will not be moved. And, trailing behind, like the folks with brooms trail the elephants in the circus parade, Limbaugh’s devotees, complaining that their hero has been misquoted, misunderstood or otherwise mistreated. “What Rush meant was ... yadda yadda yadda.”

A calculated outrage.

And knowing this, knowing how adroitly media are manipulated by self-promoting media clowns who defame conservatism by calling themselves conservative, one is tempted to let the statement pass, to make its way unimpeded to the dustbin like so many other manufactured controversies. But occasionally, it’s necessary to intercept one of them and hold it up to the light.

This is one of those times. Not because what Limbaugh said on his radio program a few days before the inauguration was an outrage — outrage is the point, remember? — but rather, because of what the thing he said says about him and his fellow clowns.

“I hope he fails.”

Do you ever say that about your president if you are an American who loves your country? Would you say it about George W. Bush, who was disastrous, about Bill Clinton, who was slimy, about Jimmy Carter, who was inept, about Richard Nixon, who was crooked? You may think he’s going to fail, yes. You may warn he’s going to fail, yes.

But do you ever “hope” he fails? Knowing his failure is the country’s failure? Isn’t that, well ... disloyal?

The irony is that Limbaugh and the other clowns would have you believe they are bedrock defenders of this country, that they love it more than the rest of us, more than anything.

That’s a lie. Limbaugh just told us so, emphatically.

It’s not the country they love. It’s the attention. The ideology, their perversion of conservatism, is but a means toward that end.

Yes, an observer might point out that it’s counterproductive to give them attention while decrying their love of attention. But, as already noted, occasionally the clowns spew something that cannot, and ought not, be ignored.

Ideological division is nothing new to politics. But has ideology ever taken quite the seat of prominence it now enjoys? Have people ever been quite so prone to regard their ideological identity as more important than their national identity? The last 30 years are rare in that regard, if not unique.

“I hope he fails?!”

So that, what? The defamation of conservatism Limbaugh represents will stand vindicated? The Republicans will pick up a few seats in the midterm election? Limbaugh’s “side” — his word — will score points?

Is this only a game, then? No lives at stake, no future on the line, no planet in the balance? Just a game?

I hope he bricks this free throw.

I hope he fumbles that pass.

I hope he fails.

And to hell with the country.

The country doesn’t matter. The “side” does. And Limbaugh’s side seems angry in power and angry out. It’s as if anger is all they really have.

Barack Obama was elected in large part on a promise to carry the nation past anger, past the notion that either party has a monopoly on wisdom, past the belief that ideology is identity. He was elected because people want a sense of mission that makes them feel like Americans again.

If he is successful, Limbaugh and the other clowns will face tough sledding in a radically different world. Small wonder he is so eager to strangle this presidency in its infancy. And need it even be said?

I hope he fails.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
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1 posted on 01/26/2009 1:20:45 PM PST by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

Leonard Who?


2 posted on 01/26/2009 1:21:57 PM PST by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: lewisglad

Where is the Barf Alert?


3 posted on 01/26/2009 1:22:01 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: lewisglad

Who let the troll in here?


4 posted on 01/26/2009 1:23:07 PM PST by 84rules ( Ooh-Rah! Semper Fi!)
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To: lewisglad

Because “white will embrace what’s right” and stimulus jobs not being for white construction workers is really getting past hate...give me a break.


5 posted on 01/26/2009 1:23:12 PM PST by MNlurker
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To: lewisglad

I support the 0ne, just not anything he says or wants to do.


6 posted on 01/26/2009 1:23:25 PM PST by Paladin2 (No, pundits strongly believe that the proper solution is more dilution.)
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To: lewisglad

If Obama fails, America wins.

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.


7 posted on 01/26/2009 1:23:25 PM PST by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: lewisglad

Controversy = revenue.

And that’s all Limbaugh is in it for.


8 posted on 01/26/2009 1:24:26 PM PST by Old Sarge (For the first time in my life, I am ashamed to be an American)
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To: penelopesire

9 posted on 01/26/2009 1:25:06 PM PST by Sloth (I am the governed, and I hereby withhold my consent.)
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To: lewisglad

Sure he does. But Zero is an ‘attention whore’. ;)


10 posted on 01/26/2009 1:25:07 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: 84rules

WHO LET THE TROLL IN?!? (HOO! H00! HOO! HOO!)


11 posted on 01/26/2009 1:25:40 PM PST by RPTMS
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To: 84rules

I should have put the barf alert up, my bad.


12 posted on 01/26/2009 1:26:05 PM PST by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad
The best thing that could happen for this country is for B. Hussein 0bama to fail and fail terribly. I pray and hope he causes complete chaos and turmoil in this country. I do not support the POTUS, I do support the office....
13 posted on 01/26/2009 1:26:43 PM PST by Born In America (Liberalism proves insanity can be learned....)
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To: lewisglad

Nice cherry-picking of quotes, Pitt. If the author cared to put Rush in context, he would have reported that Rush actually said that if Obama supported tax cuts and other things that would REALLY stimulate the economy, Rush would support him. But if Obama continues down the road he’s on with socialist policies, Rush hopes the POLICIES fail. In fact, Rush says that they have never worked in the past, and he doesn’t expect them to work this time, either.


14 posted on 01/26/2009 1:27:26 PM PST by Purrcival (Obama and Biden: The Marx Brothers! (Thanks FReeper Enduring Freedom for the tagline))
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To: lewisglad
How can a real American want the Obamanations agenda to succeed.

I hope Obama does succeed (and so said Rush) and by succeed, we mean succeed in keeping America the bastion of freedom it was created to be.

Unfortunately the Obama agenda is geared at some Marxist paradigm to let the country take care of us all. Pure Unadulterated crap, that we can't let succeed.

15 posted on 01/26/2009 1:27:31 PM PST by Vaquero ( "an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: penelopesire
The Pulitzer prize winner name calling Rush as a clown.


16 posted on 01/26/2009 1:27:40 PM PST by lewisglad
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To: MNlurker

If you wanna make a bambi supporter’s blood boil,

point out what a dumbass and what a racist zero is.


17 posted on 01/26/2009 1:27:51 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: lewisglad
Knowing his failure is the country’s failure?

He didn't listen; did he!

"I hope his POLICIES fail."

Leonard; YOU may want MASSIVE government intrusion into more of YOUR life; but MILLIONS of us DON'T!

18 posted on 01/26/2009 1:28:10 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: lewisglad

Lenny who and do these people really understand who they are dealing with?


19 posted on 01/26/2009 1:28:55 PM PST by svcw (Great selection of gift baskets: http://baskettastic.com/)
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To: lewisglad
A calculated outrage?

Rush didn't sound outraged at all.

This asshat on the other hand who expresses outrage after outrage in his column is probably lost in the irony.

20 posted on 01/26/2009 1:29:04 PM PST by SaveTheChief (Chief Illiniwek (1926-2007))
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To: lewisglad

I notice he wrote a spirited column about the nuances in Michelle O’s “first time I’m really proud of this country” statement. But I guess a different standard exists for white guys. No nuances allowed.


21 posted on 01/26/2009 1:30:03 PM PST by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things)
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To: lewisglad
"If he is successful, Limbaugh and the other clowns will face tough sledding in a radically different world."

I view that as a threat. This puke may not like this radical "New World" he seems to want. He should read "A Brave New World".

22 posted on 01/26/2009 1:30:09 PM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: lewisglad

Fortunately, we don’t have to spend any time or energy hoping Leonard Pitts fails. He already has.


23 posted on 01/26/2009 1:30:14 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: lewisglad

Leftists have been claiming for years that they “support the troops”, but not their mission. Well, Rush supports Obama but not his mission.


24 posted on 01/26/2009 1:30:32 PM PST by Sloth (I am the governed, and I hereby withhold my consent.)
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To: Sloth

LOL!!


25 posted on 01/26/2009 1:30:43 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: lewisglad
Leonard Pitts is as dumb as a door nail.

But, but, but... this is a (ahem) "historical" presidency, right Leonard? No time for intelligence and common sense. Throw "content of character" out the window, who cares?.... ain't that right, Leonard?

pig.

26 posted on 01/26/2009 1:31:00 PM PST by Hatteras
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To: All

One name. Dick Gephardt.


27 posted on 01/26/2009 1:31:17 PM PST by WillVoteForFood
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To: lewisglad

I wonder if this guy ever wanted Bush to fail, or spoke out against Bush’s policies?


28 posted on 01/26/2009 1:32:04 PM PST by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: lewisglad

Looks like a typical Obama Loser.

I hope Obama fails too!! In everything he does!


29 posted on 01/26/2009 1:32:19 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: lewisglad

Leonard,

Submit the attached document under your name. NOW!

Rahm


30 posted on 01/26/2009 1:32:34 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Republic of Texas
LMAO!

Pitts is just jealous no one will listen to him on a radio or TV show.

31 posted on 01/26/2009 1:32:41 PM PST by lewisglad
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To: pnh102

That would be the proper response. No one knows who this person is. Mention Limbaugh and hope Rush acknowledges him and then everyone will know who he is. Someone is looking for attention here...


32 posted on 01/26/2009 1:33:07 PM PST by Soul Seeker (Gov. Sarah on Palin '08 -- President Sarah Palin '12)
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To: lewisglad
Limbaugh’s devotees, complaining that their hero has been misquoted, misunderstood or otherwise mistreated. “What Rush meant was ... yadda yadda yadda.”

Here's the exact quote from Rush: "I got a request here from a major American print publication. "Dear Rush: For the Obama [Immaculate] Inauguration we are asking a handful of very prominent politicians, statesmen, scholars, businessmen, commentators, and economists to write 400 words on their hope for the Obama presidency. We would love to include you. If you could send us 400 words on your hope for the Obama presidency, we need it by Monday night, that would be ideal." Now, we're caught in this trap again. The premise is, what is your "hope." My hope, and please understand me when I say this. I disagree fervently with the people on our side of the aisle who have caved and who say, "Well, I hope he succeeds. We've got to give him a chance." Why? They didn't give Bush a chance in 2000. Before he was inaugurated the search-and-destroy mission had begun. I'm not talking about search-and-destroy, but I've been listening to Barack Obama for a year-and-a-half. I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don't want them to succeed."

Now Leonard, you a$$clown, you figure out what is misquoted, misunderstood, and who was mistreated.

33 posted on 01/26/2009 1:33:11 PM PST by Kent C
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To: lewisglad

Leonard Pitts: goosestepper...


34 posted on 01/26/2009 1:35:11 PM PST by LRS (Just contracts; just laws; just a constitution...)
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“I hope he fails.” — Rush Limbaugh

Hey, Leonard - you moron...

You forgot the first part of his sentence (wink, "forgot"...), which is "If his policies are socialist, I hope he fails."

Way to continue being a horrible liberal columnist.

35 posted on 01/26/2009 1:35:23 PM PST by SunStar (Democrats piss me off!)
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To: lewisglad
Hmmm. I wonder. Did Leonard Pitts EVER complain about any programs or policies promulgated by President George W. Bush or say he hopes they wouldn't succeed? If so, then Mr. Pitts perpetrated some 'outrages' of his own, and doesn't really have room to talk about Rush Limbaugh.

But we all know that, don't we, and it won't make a hill of beans worth of difference in the MSM, which did the same as Mr. Pitts for the last 8 years, but seems to be suffering from collective amnesia in that regard.

36 posted on 01/26/2009 1:36:45 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: lewisglad

Leonard Pitts


37 posted on 01/26/2009 1:36:47 PM PST by McGruff
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To: MrB

I like to go a step further and explain how their policies on abortion, welfare, education, social security, and estate taxes are designed to keep a high percentage of the city dwelling black population subservient makes them a much larger racist than any of their bile directed towards me or conservatives as a whole... :)


38 posted on 01/26/2009 1:37:17 PM PST by MNlurker
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To: Old Sarge
"And that’s all Limbaugh is in it for."

What makes you say that?

39 posted on 01/26/2009 1:37:30 PM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: lewisglad

Leonard Pitts is no Dave Barry.


40 posted on 01/26/2009 1:37:49 PM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. ---- Will Rogers)
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To: lewisglad

Hey, Leonard! I want Odumbo to fail, because what he wants to do to America is pretty much everything I oppose. Ergo, his failure would be America’s salvation and his success would be America’s doom. Leonard, you libs are forever associating one’s opposition to one of your chosen heroes to smack of something personal, as you always reduce everything to a personal level. However, in Odumbo’s case he has steadfastly refused to tell the American people anything about his past, or about himself pesonally (and the MSM, which includes you, Leonard, refused to even begin to question him, and thus you are complicit in his throwing a cover over who he is) as a person, so all we know about him is his politics; thus, all we know about him is his politics, and, quite frankly, his politics suck.


41 posted on 01/26/2009 1:38:16 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: SunStar

Exactly, Rush said if Obama persues a socialist agenda he would have no choice but to hope that he fails.


42 posted on 01/26/2009 1:38:49 PM PST by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

Lenny Pitts and any other idealogues trying to be “journalists” should not write about topics they know nothing about. Rush hopes 0 fails to get his agenda enacted because it’s bad policy and bad for America.


43 posted on 01/26/2009 1:40:50 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: lewisglad

And you, of course, Leonard Pitts, want no attention and want no one to read your article.

Idiot. Columnists, talk show hosts, anchor people on TV, entertainers: all of you want attention. That’s your JOB! To sell advertising space or time. Authors want to sell books. Attention can earn you a living. Haven’t you figured that out? Or are you pretending you don’t know the secret? If you are dull, you will get no attention. Your newspaper will fire you.

You, yourself, are using Limbaugh’s name to get attention for yourself.


44 posted on 01/26/2009 1:40:55 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (What's Obama's Secret?)
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To: lewisglad

Detroit Free Press: ‘Which Books Would Palin Want to Ban?’
Posted by Mike Bates on Sunday, September 28, 2008 1:49:52 PM
Last week, the Detroit Free Press’s Web site posted “Which books would Palin want to ban?,” a column by syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. Pitts begins with a series of possible questions for Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Then he makes his point:

http://bates.blogtownhall.com/2008/09/28/detroit_free_press_which_books_would_palin_want_to_ban.thtml


45 posted on 01/26/2009 1:41:12 PM PST by maggief
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To: pnh102

Wow, every day SOMEONE comes out against Rush? Rush is such a treasure to this country — a man who speaks the truth boldly. I think we should watch his back.


46 posted on 01/26/2009 1:43:53 PM PST by bboop (obama, little o, not a Real God)
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To: lewisglad
Meaning, it was spewed by a clown in the media circus to kick a familiar sequence into motion: angry denunciation by bloggers, pundits and supporters of President Obama (the “he” whose failure is hoped), followed by Rush Limbaugh refusing to retract a word, a courageous truth teller who will not be moved.

This guy is in desperate need of an editor. Or maybe he should just quit crack. Either would go a long way, probably.

47 posted on 01/26/2009 1:48:39 PM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: MNlurker

“white will embrace what’s right”

I just shake my head to have heard that on that day.


48 posted on 01/26/2009 1:51:22 PM PST by Canedawg (Lincoln freed the slaves, BO will free the terrorists.)
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To: lewisglad
This asshat was in our paper this weekend. The first thing that struck me was that this "journalist" writes like a 4th grader (my apologies to 4th graders).

These libtards always write articles based on what they were told that someone else said. How about they actually LISTEN to the show and then write the article? That used to be taught in Journalism 101.

49 posted on 01/26/2009 1:51:33 PM PST by anoldafvet
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To: Old Sarge

Yeah, darn that Rush for making Bambi mention him. Wonder how he got him to do it.


50 posted on 01/26/2009 1:54:58 PM PST by beandog
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