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Limbaugh the Leader? Obama Chief of Staff Calls Talk Show Host a Barrier to Progress
FoxNews ^ | March 1, 2009 | FoxNews

Posted on 03/01/2009 10:44:47 AM PST by FocusNexus

President Obama's chief of staff said conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh is the de facto leader of the Republican Party, and suggested that Limbaugh's desire for the president's policies to fail is the uniform position of the GOP.

Chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said Limbaugh is the "intellectual force" of the GOP and Republicans now have to live with that choice.

"He is the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party. And he has been up front about what he views, and hasn't stepped back from that, which is he hopes for failure. He said it. And I compliment him for his honesty, but that's their philosophy that is enunciated by Rush Limbaugh. And I think that's the wrong philosophy for America," Emanuel said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

On Saturday, Limbaugh gave an hour-and-a-half speech to cap off the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. Limbaugh said it's fine for Republicans to criticize Obama's plans and Republicans must return to their core philosophies.

He added that Obama's plan won't restore prosperity and that's why he wants it to fail.

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Why is Rahm Emmanual attacking Limbaugh? I think there are two reasons:

1. He wants to split the Republican party, "divide and conquer" motto has worked very well for the Dems, when Republicans/conservatives are divided and are fighting amongst themselves, the DEMS WIN.

2. I think Obama IS actually afraid that Rush' message will resonate and there will be a united opposition to Obama's socialist policies.

I think we all darn well need to hope and work to make sure that Obama's socialist, dictatorial policies, resulting in the destruction of our economy and the US as we know it WILL FAIL.

Obama's success is a third-world-like USSA (United Socialist States of America), where everyone ( except the ruling class) is equally poor, because "the rich" will leave the country and there won't be anyone left from whom to take things away. That's what happened in the communist countries.

1 posted on 03/01/2009 10:44:47 AM PST by FocusNexus
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To: FocusNexus

Straight out of the Alinsky playbook.


2 posted on 03/01/2009 10:46:04 AM PST by Nachum (Obama theme song: Ball of Confusion by the Temptations)
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To: FocusNexus

If the left actually thought Limbaugh was bringing down the Republican party, they would promote him as much as possible.

Instead, they tear him down which means they are afraid he is effective.


3 posted on 03/01/2009 10:46:04 AM PST by mnehring (!!!!!!!SHRUG!!!!!!!!!)
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To: FocusNexus

If the left actually thought Limbaugh was bringing down the Republican party, they would promote him as much as possible.

Instead, they tear him down which means they are afraid he is effective.


4 posted on 03/01/2009 10:46:06 AM PST by mnehring (!!!!!!!SHRUG!!!!!!!!!)
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To: FocusNexus
Glad to see the mainstream media's fair and balanced coverage of Rush Limbaugh's speech.
5 posted on 03/01/2009 10:46:19 AM PST by exist
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To: FocusNexus

Yes, Rahmbo would think that exercising the First Amendment would be a “barrier” to progress.


6 posted on 03/01/2009 10:46:40 AM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: Nachum

Yup. Rush is a barrier to serfdom.


7 posted on 03/01/2009 10:47:16 AM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: FocusNexus

He is right! Rush is a barrier to the O’s success.


8 posted on 03/01/2009 10:47:22 AM PST by carjic (I would crawl over a mile of "Broken Glass" to vote for Palin!!!)
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If Rush Limbaugh is the intellectual leader of the of Republican party, at least Republicans have an intellectual leader.
9 posted on 03/01/2009 10:47:40 AM PST by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: Nachum
Well, we see the play coming, and Obama isn't John Riggins.
10 posted on 03/01/2009 10:47:53 AM PST by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven!)
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To: FocusNexus

......I think Obama IS actually afraid ......

He took counsel of that fear, and then he made a critical strategic error. He dissed Rush. His ego got the best of him and his arrogance prevailed.

The rule was once never go to war with a man that buys ink by the barrel. The corollary is never dis a man with 3 hours a day on 650 radio stations and 20 million listeners


11 posted on 03/01/2009 10:48:27 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . John Galt hell !...... where is Francisco d’Anconia)
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To: FocusNexus
"And I think that's the wrong philosophy for America," Emanuel said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Perhaps it is wrong for the commie America YOU want to create. But it is RIGHT for the FREE AMERICA we want to retain.

12 posted on 03/01/2009 10:48:45 AM PST by NoGrayZone (Who Is John Galt?)
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To: FocusNexus

Once again, they fail to understand that Rush reflects and articulates OUR views and values, not give us orders on what to believe.
-They wanna take on Rush? They’ve got MILLIONS of us after him as well.


13 posted on 03/01/2009 10:48:46 AM PST by J40000
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To: FocusNexus
What Emmanuel is saying is that Limbaugh is a roadblack to progressives...meaning, a roadbloack to their marxism.

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS

NOW WE KNOW WHAT A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER DOES

OBAMA, THE STOCK MARKET, AND ENERGY

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S UPBRINGING

IT'S TIME FOR A RETURN TO THE OLD SCHOOL

14 posted on 03/01/2009 10:49:08 AM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: FocusNexus
What Emmanuel is saying is that Limbaugh is a roadblack to progressives...meaning, a roadbloack to their marxism.

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS

NOW WE KNOW WHAT A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER DOES

OBAMA, THE STOCK MARKET, AND ENERGY

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S UPBRINGING

IT'S TIME FOR A RETURN TO THE OLD SCHOOL

15 posted on 03/01/2009 10:49:08 AM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: FocusNexus

Rush Limbaugh wants Obama to fail

http://blogs.thetimes.co.za/minor/2009/03/01/rush-limbaugh-wants-obama-to-fail/

Transcript: Rush Limbaugh at CPAC

http://www.clipsandcomment.com/2009/02/28/transcript-rush-limbaugh-at-cpac/


16 posted on 03/01/2009 10:50:18 AM PST by FocusNexus ("Good and evil are present in this world, and between the two there can be no compromise." GW Bush)
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To: FocusNexus

Mr. Emanuel and his buddies are the BARRIERS to my progress in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness in the most important part of my life.


17 posted on 03/01/2009 10:50:44 AM PST by Pilated
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To: mnehrling

“the lady doth protest too much”


18 posted on 03/01/2009 10:50:45 AM PST by NoGrayZone (Who Is John Galt?)
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To: FocusNexus
I watched Rush's speech and I didn't see him promoting any particular party. Simply a stalwart champion of Conservatism. Not once did he mention the GOP, to the best of my recollection. Bravo for Rush!
19 posted on 03/01/2009 10:50:58 AM PST by ImpBill ("America ... where are you now?" signed, a little "r" republican!)
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To: FocusNexus
Why are Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats so worried about Rush? They have all the power. Really, can one man stop them? The reality is they can do whatever they want and yet they portray Rush like he can single-handedly thwart the Democrats socialist agenda!

ROFLMAO!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

20 posted on 03/01/2009 10:51:26 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: FocusNexus
FUBØ
21 posted on 03/01/2009 10:51:35 AM PST by tomkat
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To: FocusNexus

Apparently, Obama is Tinkerbell.

You see, at the end of the play “Peter Pan”, the audience is encouraged to say “I do believe in fairies.” in order to bring Tinkerbell back to life at the climax of the play. They used this line in the latest Peter Pan movie as well.

Well, I guess that it isn’t enough that Obama is the President. He cannot succeed, it seems, unless people believe — really believe — in him.

Hence, Obama is Tinkerbell. Perhaps, if we don’t believe in him, he will go away.


22 posted on 03/01/2009 10:51:53 AM PST by AmishDude
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To: FocusNexus

I hope Obama’s policies fail — and for the same reasons stated by Rush yesterday.


23 posted on 03/01/2009 10:51:58 AM PST by BenLurkin (Mornie` utulie`. Mornie` alantie`.)
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To: FocusNexus
ALWAYS marginalize those who challenge your authority and power. Attack the individual and destroy. Watch for stunning new revelations about Rush Limbaugh and (fill in the blank).

Why, pray tell, can't the REPUBLICANS EVER figure this out? Remember when we controlled the White House and both houses of Congress? No? Neither do I! Nothing happened!

24 posted on 03/01/2009 10:52:17 AM PST by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: FocusNexus
The biggest thing about Limbaugh is that he is no DC politician.

The socialists know that the DC GOP cares only about retaining their elected positions in DC and that means NOT ROCKING THE BOAT.

The DC GOP "Leadership" is DISGUSTING.

25 posted on 03/01/2009 10:52:36 AM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: J40000

“Once again, they fail to understand that Rush reflects and articulates OUR views and values, not give us orders on what to believe.
-They wanna take on Rush? They’ve got MILLIONS of us after him as well.”

BINGO! You hit the nail on the head.


26 posted on 03/01/2009 10:52:45 AM PST by FocusNexus ("Good and evil are present in this world, and between the two there can be no compromise." GW Bush)
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To: FocusNexus

This is Rules for Radicals rule #13: pick a target, personalize it, polarize it.

Straight out of the Alinsky playbook.

This is an unprecedented strategy by the president of the USA to attack a private citizen.


27 posted on 03/01/2009 10:53:15 AM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: goldstategop

How can any report speak with Emanuel without asking in depth questions about his ethical problems?


28 posted on 03/01/2009 10:53:27 AM PST by wewereright
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To: Military family member

“If Rush Limbaugh is the intellectual leader of the of Republican party, at least Republicans have an intellectual leader.”

LOL


29 posted on 03/01/2009 10:53:30 AM PST by ync1994
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To: goldstategop

How can any reporter speak with Emanuel without asking in depth questions about his ethical problems?


30 posted on 03/01/2009 10:53:46 AM PST by wewereright
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To: FocusNexus
Why is Rahm Emmanual attacking Limbaugh? I think there are two reasons: 1. He wants to split the Republican party, "divide and conquer" motto has worked very well for the Dems, when Republicans/conservatives are divided and are fighting amongst themselves, the DEMS WIN. 2. I think Obama IS actually afraid that Rush' message will resonate and there will be a united opposition to Obama's socialist policies.

I'm not sure why he's doing it, but it's guaranteed to increase Rush's audience which is good for conservatism in the long run.

32 posted on 03/01/2009 10:54:40 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: FocusNexus

The bastards are pulling out all the stops to marginalize Rush.


33 posted on 03/01/2009 10:54:45 AM PST by VR-21 ("If it's a vision of the future you want...")
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To: NoGrayZone
Liberals are afraid to debate Rush. If Emanuel thinks Rush's philosophy is the wrong one for America, all he has to do is say he will get on Rush's show and offer to debate it on the merits. Liberals cannot do that because liberalism cannot win in the arena of ideas - it cannot win in the free market.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

34 posted on 03/01/2009 10:54:57 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: FocusNexus

I agree 110%! I hope and pray Limbaugh is a barrier, and an iron one at that.


35 posted on 03/01/2009 10:55:50 AM PST by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: FocusNexus

How short a jump is it from “barrier to progress” to “enemy of the state?”

Progress is good; the state is for progress; Obama is for the state.

Rush wants Obama to fail; Obama is for progress; failure is the enemy of progress; Rush is against the state.

Fire up the ovens.


36 posted on 03/01/2009 10:56:35 AM PST by DPMD (~)
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To: bert

“The rule was once never go to war with a man that buys ink by the barrel. The corollary is never dis a man with 3 hours a day on 650 radio stations and 20 million listeners”

Brilliant, bert! If you’ll allow me, I’ll add to that. Not only does Rush have his 3 hours a day, but I still cannot get over the fact that THREE NETWORKS carried his entire speech last night live without commercials!!! Sweet!


37 posted on 03/01/2009 10:56:41 AM PST by ync1994
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To: goldstategop
Truth is the first casualty of war.

Obama and his fellow communists are making war on everything that made America great.

Labeling someone an "obstacle to progress" usually means that person sees through your bulls--t and has been effective in stopping your agenda (or you fear he will be effective)!

38 posted on 03/01/2009 10:56:57 AM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: Jeff Head
You are SO RIGHT, Jeff.

This huge bru-ha-ha against Rush Limbaugh is a direct effort to marginalize him and hopefully turn fence sitters away from him completely.

There is probably a very good reason for this...and my guess is that this reason is as follows:

Just like democrats are afraid of Sarah Palin (for very good reason) and Bobby Jindal (again, for very solid reasons), they are PETRIFIED of Rush because as unhappiness grows across this nation, more and more may turn to him to hear his opinions and amazingly, Rush nails down the facts/truth of the dirtbag democrats plans--THE END GAME, as it were. And he does this in a way that makes the democrat socialist freaks scared because he clarifies their goals in a way that the average American can understand (with the exception of Rio Linda folks, of course :^).

Apparently Rush has the ability to unset their commie apple cart and they are determined to shut him up, at all costs.... even to the point of having the folks who work in our WH degrade Rush with name calling. It is beyond pathetic.

We have genuine children running the show in DC now, power crazed nuts who have the depth of a puddle and the maturity of a bitch in heat.

39 posted on 03/01/2009 10:57:25 AM PST by Republic (Jedem das Seine)
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To: FocusNexus
Barrier to Progress

Those pesky rights of dissent and free speech are getting in the way of the messiah's agenda. They might have to do something about that.

40 posted on 03/01/2009 10:58:38 AM PST by LouD
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To: FocusNexus

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

We’re onto you, Alinsky nutjobs.


41 posted on 03/01/2009 10:58:45 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Obama: in your guts, you know he's nuts!)
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To: FocusNexus
Hey Emanuel, I HOPE OBAMA the commie socialist FAILS TOO!!! Just like you all wished President Bush failed and tried everything in your power to destroy him (and still trying)!

Payback is hell especially when you are trying to ruin this country!!! Why don't you send me a dead fish you little putz!

What a little smart ass hypocrite!

FAIL OBAMA FAIL!!!

42 posted on 03/01/2009 10:58:53 AM PST by kcvl
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Emanuel: Rush Prays For Obama’s Failure

http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/03/01/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry4836756.shtml

Schieffer asked if Emanuel really believed that Limbaugh was such an influential force within the GOP, to which his guest said, “I do think he’s an intellectual force, which is why the Republicans pay such attention to him.”

“But our goal, Bob, is to continue to reach out,” Emanuel added. “And it’s our desire that the Republicans would work with us and try to be constructive, rather than adopt the philosophy of somebody like Rush Limbaugh, who is praying for failure.”


TRANSLATION: We want the Republicans to roll over and stop obstructing our communist agenda.


43 posted on 03/01/2009 10:59:37 AM PST by FocusNexus ("Good and evil are present in this world, and between the two there can be no compromise." GW Bush)
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To: FocusNexus; Beckwith
Obama is rattled by Rush Limbaugh.

Barrier to progress?

his country has never had unanimity in politics, why is it needed now?

Because OBAMA WILL FAIL, no matter what anyone says. His kind of policies have always failed, whether implimented in a democray, or in a totalitarian state.

" They don't elevate the bottom, the tear down the top!" is a recipe for disaster.

Obama wants disaster. And America has not yet begun to ask why, But we are getting closr to that point.

Obama wnats to destroy the nation that he hates, just as he hates white people, as outlined in his books.

Rush doesn't have to cheer the failure of Obama in order for obama to actually fail. Its a done deal. Obama WILL fail.

Saul Alinski indeed.

44 posted on 03/01/2009 10:59:41 AM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, ( member NRA)
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To: FocusNexus

Rush Limbaugh is Emmanuel Goldstein, and it is time for the two minute hate.


45 posted on 03/01/2009 11:01:30 AM PST by LouD
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To: FocusNexus

Rep. Eric Cantor, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House, could be next on the list. He said Sunday he does not take the Limbaugh approach of supporting failure.

“I don’t think anyone wants anything to fail right now. We have such challenges. What we need to do is we need to put forth solutions to the problems that real families are facing today. And our common-sense, conservative principles of limited government, and the belief in free markets, and the belief that really opportunity can only be created by the private sector are going to undergird our proposals going forward,” Cantor told ABC’s “This Week.”


46 posted on 03/01/2009 11:01:48 AM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: exist
Bill Schneider, another little whiny ass commie!

Rush Limbaugh must be doing something right to get all these little socialist to trash him. Maybe we will be next...I HOPE! They always over reach!

You are damned right, Schneider, we are ANGRY!

47 posted on 03/01/2009 11:02:10 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Nachum
Chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said Limbaugh is the "intellectual force" of the GOP and Republicans now have to live with that choice.

And Rahm told me Unicorns s**t ice cream...

48 posted on 03/01/2009 11:02:12 AM PST by ex91B10
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To: FocusNexus

REFRAME YOUR DEBATE (like libs do):

Voters speaking out is a “barrier to progress!”

How DARE a private U.S. Citizen speak out against the Chosen Ones!!


49 posted on 03/01/2009 11:02:30 AM PST by tcrlaf ("Hope" is the most Evil of all Evils"-Neitzsche)
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To: FocusNexus

“Chief of staff Rahm Emanuel...suggested that Limbaugh’s desire for the president’s policies to fail is the uniform position of the GOP.”

It’s not just the desire of Rush, but of every conservative American in the country! And Rahm ought to know that many independents and moderate Democrats are beginning to voice the same desire. It doesn’t take too many gray cells to see the logical and inevitable outcome of Obama’s policies.


50 posted on 03/01/2009 11:03:00 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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