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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

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To: exist

At least they identified the reporter as a “liberal extremist.”


151 posted on 03/01/2009 12:27:10 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: DBCJR

Exercising the First Amendment is a barrier to progressives, not a barrier to progress.


152 posted on 03/01/2009 12:29:15 PM PST by Bryanw92
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To: Republic
For the reasons you list, the Left will pull out all the stops to kill Rush and talk radio. He/they are too effective. Let the battle begin.
153 posted on 03/01/2009 12:30:41 PM PST by Jacquerie (Rahm Emanuel is Obama's William de Nogaret. Heretics beware.)
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To: jackmercer
Why? What do you fear from Rush as a figurehead? That is all media crap. 20 million people is a HUGE number. And probably that many more are infrequent visitors to his show.

I don't think we lose with Rush, just the opposite. I think we need to start being PROUD OF OUR CORE....PROUD OF WHAT WE STAND FOR...and stop the groveling and meowling and all that other crap liberal commie victems are so good at producing.

154 posted on 03/01/2009 12:32:29 PM PST by Republic (Jedem das Seine)
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To: FocusNexus

because “the rich” will leave the country and there won’t be anyone left from whom to take things away.

Oh, there’s always the “Middle Class”,
it is indeed a war on the successful,
there won’t be peace until all are reduced to poverty.
It’s very much like Islam in that respect.


155 posted on 03/01/2009 12:34:28 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Bryanw92

Excellent distinction.


156 posted on 03/01/2009 12:35:29 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: FocusNexus

Rush is definitely a barrier to “progress”ives.


157 posted on 03/01/2009 12:40:13 PM PST by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their government funding!)
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To: Republic

“Why? What do you fear from Rush as a figurehead?”

Did you not see the poll numbers? Are you not aware of Rush’s unpopularity? I personally find Rush entertaining as hell but take his numbers and facts with a grain of salt.

But a nice chunk of Republicans and a majority of Independents can’t stand him. These numbers mean electoral thrashings if Dems can successfully make Rush and Republican candidate synonyms.

That’s what I fear. This is no longer 1994, Rush is not political gold, he’s political cryptonite.


158 posted on 03/01/2009 12:40:40 PM PST by jackmercer
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To: Jacquerie

“For the reasons you list, the Left will pull out all the stops to kill Rush and talk radio. He/they are too effective. Let the battle begin.”

I think just the opposite. I now see why Obama is against the fairness doctrine and I will predict now that he will veto any fairness doctrine or anything that comes close to it regardless of what it is called.

Rush is not careful with his words, he doesn’t have to be. He can pull Howard Dean 2004s all he wants. Remember when people instantly recoiled and abandoned Dean after the famous yell, even Dems? Well Rush says and does things all the time that are viewed as politically incorrect by a majority of voters and is constantly put in a bad light by the MSM.

Obama wants him out there, he knows about Rush’s poll numbers and his unpopularity. He needs Rush’s microphone to be unfettered, free, no pressure. He wants Rush to be relaxed and feel powerful. Once in that state, Rush gets risky. The more Rush talks, the more likely Obama can tie Rush to the individual Republicans and the more Dem victories can be eeked out by the Dems.

We are being played like fiddles by Obama. He has a brilliantly sinister mind.


159 posted on 03/01/2009 12:49:25 PM PST by jackmercer
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To: FocusNexus

They have to have a rallying point, a point ot focus their energies and hatred at. It is much more effective to ‘put a face’ on a movement, something tangible.

Remember 1984 and “Goldstein?”

And if you don’t like that, remember George Bush the last 8 years? And still today to some degree?


160 posted on 03/01/2009 12:50:29 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: ync1994
still cannot get over the fact that THREE NETWORKS carried

No? The MSM's job is to build an audience and one way to do it is to foment discontent. It was an hour 28 minute commercial for Rush -- there is business to be done on both sides. If everything were nice and bipartisan, who would watch? MSM has to make sure there is a credible challenger in the room so everyone will watch the fight. None of the current crop on Capital Hill are up to the challenge, so the MSM has to promote Rush and Rush is more than happy to oblige.
161 posted on 03/01/2009 12:51:32 PM PST by sefarkas (Why vote Democrat Lite?)
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To: FocusNexus

‘’Barrier to progress’’,,,,,towards communism.


162 posted on 03/01/2009 12:54:01 PM PST by Waco
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To: mnehrling

Perfect eaxample this morning on CNN ,they had the Internet Question “What did you think Of Rush Limbaughs speech last Night ?”The first response I saw was from a Woman who said she was surfing by and saw Limbaugh and she usually cant turn him off fast enough but instead listened to a good portion of his speech and found herself AGREEING with him. This she found Scary.
Now I think this reaction sent shivers down the spines of all Left wing Fairies like Rahm the Ballerina.
I truly believe most Lefties dont listen to Rush they just go by other people opinions and this reaction happens more times than the Left wing loons will admit and so now the assault begins to discredit Rush AGAIN. I hope it only brings more attention to Rush as most of these millions of unemployed have time to listen to him where they didnt before .


163 posted on 03/01/2009 1:00:47 PM PST by ballplayer
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To: Rome2000
That's what I want: A "No DC" politician! One that has never set foot in DC, even as a very young child, would be great but I guess that is asking too much. But I surely don't want another Senator or Washington insider. No DC people/politicians/insiders nohow! I am sick to death of DC beltway cliques!
164 posted on 03/01/2009 1:02:01 PM PST by pepperdog (The world has gone crazy.)
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To: jackmercer; Republic; FocusNexus
Rush is generally not well-liked in the U.S. by a majority of voters. Only 60% of Republicans have a favorable view of him and even more critical, only 25% of independents have a favorable view of him.

BFD.

Bill Clinton, the definition of narcissism, made his decisions based on polls. Real leaders do not.

Rush speaks the truth. The truth angers liberals. Does the truth anger you?

165 posted on 03/01/2009 1:02:36 PM PST by Jacquerie (Truth to the Left is that which advances their goals. Factuality is irrelevant.)
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To: FocusNexus

“Rahm Emmanual attacking Limbaugh?”

Fish heads, fish heads, rolly polly fish heads
Fish heads, fish heads, eat them up
Yumm!

In the morning, laughing happy fish heads
In the evening, floating in the soup

Fish heads, fish heads, rolly polly fish heads
Fish heads, fish heads, eat them up
Yumm!

Ask a fish head anything you want to
They won’t answer, they cant talk


166 posted on 03/01/2009 1:03:31 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (I'm studying Voodoo...curses cast daily. Landrieu be gone to the devil...)
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To: jackmercer
I now see why Obama is against the fairness doctrine and I will predict now that he will veto any fairness doctrine or anything that comes close to it regardless of what it is called.

Wrong.

Obammy is the b!tch of Pelosi and Reid. When our Marxist Congress passes a bill for ACORN groups to make life miserable for radio stations, Hussein will sign it.

167 posted on 03/01/2009 1:10:54 PM PST by Jacquerie (Truth to the Left is that which advances their goals. Factuality is irrelevant.)
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To: Jeff Head; FocusNexus; potlatch; devolve; MeekOneGOP; Grampa Dave; BOBTHENAILER; ntnychik; FARS; ...

168 posted on 03/01/2009 1:15:02 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: SumProVita

Funny that the Ballerina wasnt Complaining when the Democrats were rooting for our defeat every step of the way in Iraq. The Iraqi people will never vote for an interim Government,the Iraqi people will never have an election ,to much Violence in Iraq ,the Iraqi people will never vote for a Constitution ,they will never vote for a Permanent Govt .
The war is Lost ,our troops are worse than the Nazis ,George Bushs prescription drug program is to confusing will never work ,besides it is the biggest expansion of the welfare state since Medicare what is he trying to do Bankrupt our children and Grandchildren?
Selected Not Elected ,Bush Is not running the Country Cheney is . Bush started this war for his friends in Texas ,Halliburton,Enron ,Bush is a Moron ,cant Speak ,everyone Hates the United States ,Bush is Trashing the Constitution ,didnt connect the dots ,Bush Bombed the world Trade Center .
Not Once did George W Bush Go out and attack Individual Americans By name even under this Constant Barage for 8 years and Yet the ONE after 1 month cant take the Heat for trying to destroy the United States Of America .
I would have more respect for the Fraud if he had the guts to just say right out he is remaking the US in the Mold of the Soviet Union. But his type dont do things in the light of day,they are snakes in the grass,Back stabbers


169 posted on 03/01/2009 1:16:48 PM PST by ballplayer
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To: PhilDragoo

Sweet !


170 posted on 03/01/2009 1:17:32 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: FocusNexus; All

I think everyone on all the posts about this are missing the real point of the attacks...

“Rush Limbaugh is the de facto leader of the Republican Party” Barack Obama

Why do you think he said that? There is no way that Obama can just come out and ask the Republican Party to forsake Rush like he did Jeremiah, his grandma and all the rest of his buddies. This is like you said a “divide and conquer” ploy, but more than that it is a roundabout way to get back at Rush and other talk show hosts for bringing the sins of his friends to light and making him repudiate them.

This is the moral equivalent of what they accuse George Bush of doing when we went into Iraq. Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright have been Obama’s surrogate fathers and he is taking out the people who took out his daddy.

Plain and simple...


171 posted on 03/01/2009 1:26:26 PM PST by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - Welcome to the brave new world...)
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To: tomkat

Right on, and F.U.R.E.


172 posted on 03/01/2009 1:29:26 PM PST by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: FocusNexus

Rush is Right..
Obama NEEDS to FAIL.


173 posted on 03/01/2009 1:32:42 PM PST by BuffaloJack (I want Obama to Fail !)
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To: FocusNexus
“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.”

If we truly want to be constructive, striving for prosperity and extending true charity, upholding the values and visions of our founding fathers, then we definitely should all be literally praying for the failure of all those intent on destroying our cherished country, whose blessings and freedoms are sealed in the blood of her fallen heroes.

The success and victory of America lies in the failure and defeat of her enemies, both foreign and domestic.

174 posted on 03/01/2009 1:33:06 PM PST by taraytarah (As respect for our government wanes, so do my CAPS.)
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To: Redcloak

Every time I watch the House or Senate on TV, I get this strange feeling that everybody is wearing madras shirts, white chino pants and hush puppies with no socks. Where are the real Americans?


175 posted on 03/01/2009 1:41:47 PM PST by rocksblues (Sarah and Joe, Real Americans!)
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To: jackmercer
If we take Rush as the leader of the party then we need to get used to Republicans yielding the real power to the Dems and get used to seeing liberal legislation being rammed down our throats for years to come.

We tried your way..we got McCain and failure.

Rush is NOT the leader of the Republican party. Rush's philosophy SHOULD be the philosophy of the Republican party. Appeasing Democrats is the surest road to failure.

176 posted on 03/01/2009 1:46:57 PM PST by Neverforget01
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To: FocusNexus; All
You people don't understand communists.

Whenever and wherever they come to power, their plans fail. They have an uniform explanation of this, and there is a Soviet neologism for the people who bring it about.

These people are the wreckers.

Before the wreckers can work their evil, it's important that they be rounded up and liquidated.

But in order to gain the power to liquidate the wreckers, running dogs, and capitalist roaders, first the people must understand that it is THEM, not the Dear Leader and not the Party, which is at fault.

Making Rush a "barrier to progress" is the first step on the road to the Gulag and to the execution post.

Don't misunderstand what I am saying. America is not Venezuela, or Cuba. We have infinitely more social cohesion and life force than Chile did in 1973, or Indonesia did in 1965. By what they are doing, they will destroy themselves.

But make no mistake, the attack on Rush is a new thing, a communist thing - and we should expect much, much more of the same before they bring the temple down on their own heads.

177 posted on 03/01/2009 1:49:24 PM PST by Jim Noble (They are willing to kill for socialism...but not to die for it.)
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To: FocusNexus

Rush is NOT the leader of the Republican party. He IS the leader of the Conservative movement.

Republican and Conservative are not mutually inclusive terms.


178 posted on 03/01/2009 2:19:41 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

BO is a fool picking this fight, and I’m glad he did.

FUBO FUBO FUBO
FUBO FUBO FUBO
FUBO FUBO FUBO
FUBO FUBO FUBO
FUBO FUBO FUBO


179 posted on 03/01/2009 3:41:08 PM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: tomkat

That makes a great bumper sticker.

I hope to see it on million cars by april.

The man makes me sick to my stomache. I would gladly pay to say to his face.


180 posted on 03/01/2009 3:46:58 PM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: Girlene

Agreed.


181 posted on 03/01/2009 3:58:57 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: Jacquerie
Rush speaks the truth. The truth angers liberals. Does the truth anger you?

Oh my gosh....I agree with you 110% and more if possible! LOL The truth enables me to get through the day without my hackles in an uproar after the latest commie liberal lie!

182 posted on 03/01/2009 4:02:50 PM PST by Republic (Jedem das Seine)
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To: jackmercer

He wasn’t political gold in 94 either. He was as polarizing then as he is now.


183 posted on 03/01/2009 4:03:53 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: Tzimisce
...Limbaugh can’t implement a single idea. Nor can he stop anything the left wants to do. And yet he’s liberal public enemy number 1. Very interesting...

It shows you the power of IDEAs--just talking about the right ones with no power to force them on anyone is sooo much more powerful than the creeps with bad ideas and the power to force them on people. It's interesting that the creeps seem to understand it so well.

184 posted on 03/01/2009 4:12:50 PM PST by Sal (The Mr. Cool mask has slipped and exposed the naked face of the Chicago Street Thug.)
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To: FocusNexus

“Who will rid me of this meddlesome talk show host?”


185 posted on 03/01/2009 4:43:09 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: PhilDragoo; All; Spunky; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1035rep; 2ndDivisionVet; 4woodenboats; 5Madman2; ...

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186 posted on 03/01/2009 9:11:51 PM PST by FARS
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To: FARS

Thanks for the ping!


187 posted on 03/01/2009 9:13:45 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: PhilDragoo; devolve

Good post Phil.


188 posted on 03/01/2009 9:19:45 PM PST by potlatch
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To: FARS; devolve

Will look at the links tomorrow FARS. Heading to bed now.


189 posted on 03/01/2009 9:20:57 PM PST by potlatch
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To: FocusNexus
2. I think Obama IS actually afraid that Rush' message will resonate and there will be a united opposition to Obama's socialist policies.

*HIT THE BULL'S EYE* ...
Zer0Bambi, Is flailing around again.

"Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money" Margaret Thatcher
There are two sets of rules. One set for the rulers and another for the rest of us. —Richard Yancey, former IRS tax collector

190 posted on 03/01/2009 9:26:53 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c you're paranoid, doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you.. :^)
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To: DBCJR

Rahmbo is a pissed off little ballerina..


191 posted on 03/01/2009 9:48:45 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: FocusNexus

I think people are over analyzing this.

It’s not fear, it’s not hate, it’s 1984 and Rush is Emanuel Goldstein.

Rush is a convenient focus for the hate of the disaffected dims when things start to fall apart and the magic marxist falls flat on his face. He is already pointing to Limbaugh as the reason his attempt to create a socialist utopia has failed.

Communists always have an enemy to blame for their failures, bammy is no different.


192 posted on 03/01/2009 9:49:57 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: PhilDragoo

Give ‘em he!!, Rush !!!!


193 posted on 03/01/2009 10:49:06 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (2008: The year the Media died. --Sean Hannity, regarding Barack HUSSEIN ObaMao's treatment ...)
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194 posted on 03/02/2009 1:30:03 AM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: MeekOneGOP
Give ‘em he!!, Rush !!!!

Mega DITTOS!

195 posted on 03/02/2009 1:43:25 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave ("Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: jackmercer
You are correct. No doubt Rush gave a great speech, and it was to our benefit that it was out there so some people could get the message who otherwise wouldn't hear it.

But the democrats will use Rush as the face of the party, and I am not confident that Rush can discipline himself on radio to avoid a statement that can be used against us. He has done it in the past...Michael Fox, Donovan McNab, etc.

The best thing would be if someone in the party would make a good speech to detract from Rush. The absolute best thing would be if there were several speeches and events, to keep the democrats distracted with a moving target.

Keeping my fingers crossed, as I really don't think we have any good strategizers in the party right now.

196 posted on 03/02/2009 4:10:42 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: FARS; FocusNexus

Classical dialectic approach is why.

Thesis, antithesis, synthesis. Look for a “moderate” replaced to Rush to be floated soon.


197 posted on 03/02/2009 5:12:53 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: FocusNexus

This is the Alinsky Method again.

They think this is effective.

In addition to the fact this is an old Clinton strategy (going after Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio, and the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy), it distracts attention, taking media time away from criticism of Obama and his Big Government deficit spending, and focuses on Rush Limbaugh. They try to make Limbaugh the issue and then twist it into a new McCarthyism: "Do you agree now or have you ever agreed with Rush Limbaugh?"

They have done some type of internal polling within the liberal Democrat twilight zone and found that Limbaugh is a hot-button figure who rallies their troops.

If you go back to the 1990s the Clintonoids tried to blame the '95 Oklahoma City Bombing on conservative talk radio and Rush Limbaugh. This is a Rush Scare of liberal McCarthyism.

198 posted on 03/02/2009 7:11:47 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Nachum
Straight out of the Alinsky playbook.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, etc. In this case it's Rush Limbaugh, and Rush said exactly that on his show today.

199 posted on 03/02/2009 9:21:57 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: PhilDragoo

200 posted on 03/02/2009 12:09:40 PM PST by Lady Jag (Believe in your heart that you're destined to do great things)
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