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'Pretty sad' Limbaugh's the lead GOP voice: Ron Paul
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Posted on 03/02/2009 12:03:53 PM PST by Sub-Driver

'Pretty sad' Limbaugh's the lead GOP voice: Ron Paul @ 2:13 pm by Michael O'Brien

It is pretty sad that conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has become the de-facto voice of the Republican Party, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Monday.

"I think it’s pretty sad," Paul said during an appearance on CNN Monday morning. "And it means that the Republicans are really starving for some type of leadership."

"He really didn’t broaden the base," the former Republican presidential candidate told the network's John Roberts. "I mean, it’s still very narrow, and that is why some of us would like to see an approach that would emphasize personal liberties and civil liberties."

Limbaugh's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this past weekend has been the subject of much discussion on the left and the right, with a number of Republican leaders (such as Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele) sounding off on Limbaugh's role and influence within the GOP.

"I think a lot of people like to hear what he’s saying, but I think it’s also a little bit polarizing and confrontational, and I think that’s why the Democrats are bragging that Limbaugh now speaks for the Republicans," Paul added. "So I guess the Democrats think it’s to their advantage if he’s leading the charge."

The Texas Republican also indicated there was little chance he would rekindle his presidential bid in 2012, opting instead to focus on his "Campaign for Liberty" fund.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; limbaugh; paulistinians; preciousbodilyfluids; ronpaul; rush; rushlimbaugh; talkradio
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Here's another one.....

Must be dump on Rush day....

1 posted on 03/02/2009 12:03:53 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Hey, Ron, aren’t there some wild shrimp somewhere in dire need of an earmark?


2 posted on 03/02/2009 12:05:06 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: Sub-Driver

Remember what Rush said, he doesn’t have time to get offended by those kinds of comments. He does not give people the power to offend him. Those are great words to live by.


3 posted on 03/02/2009 12:05:17 PM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: Sub-Driver

Jealousy.


4 posted on 03/02/2009 12:05:49 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Sub-Driver

Looking more and more like this is a planned attack on conservatives.


5 posted on 03/02/2009 12:06:43 PM PST by icwhatudo
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To: Sub-Driver

Emphasize personal liberties and civil rights!??? Tha is what Rush talks about all the time. He is a big advocate of those. What is Paul talking about?


6 posted on 03/02/2009 12:06:45 PM PST by danmyte (dana)
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To: Sub-Driver

More moronic musings from Congressman Rhu Paul.


7 posted on 03/02/2009 12:06:48 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberal Democrats are the party of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: Sub-Driver

8 posted on 03/02/2009 12:06:49 PM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m starting to think this is a coordinated effort from RNC.


9 posted on 03/02/2009 12:06:55 PM PST by nhwingut (,)
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To: Sub-Driver

Widen the base, widen the base, give up any and all opinions in the name of widening the base...

Stick it, Ron. We’ve played the widen the base game for 20 years, and the only time we’ve actually been successful is when we work to cut back taxes, trim the size of government, and fry liberals on their spending. The secret, though, is not to be spending like liberals when you’re trying to do it, or expanding government faster than any liberal can, or working out tax hikes.


10 posted on 03/02/2009 12:07:28 PM PST by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Gee Dr. Paul, and how is it exactly that YOU ‘expand the base’???


11 posted on 03/02/2009 12:07:52 PM PST by MatD
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To: Sub-Driver
"...and that is why some of us would like to see an approach that would emphasize personal liberties and civil liberties."

D'uh, Ron! That's exactly what Rush was talking about!

12 posted on 03/02/2009 12:08:36 PM PST by DTogo (Time to bring back the Sons of Liberty.)
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To: kingu
Widen the base?

13 posted on 03/02/2009 12:08:58 PM PST by mnehring (!!!!!!!SHRUG!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Ron Paul - Leader of Neo-Nazi’s, 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists, anti-War On Terror groups and other assorted nuts...Pretty sad.


14 posted on 03/02/2009 12:09:00 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: Sub-Driver
He really didn’t broaden the base," the former Republican presidential candidate

And you have? LOL

15 posted on 03/02/2009 12:09:03 PM PST by sausageseller (http://coolblue.typepad.com/the_cool_blue_blog/)
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To: Sub-Driver

I appreciate Ron Paul’s Constitutionally based approach to issues. It’s too bad he’s an idiot the rest of the time.


16 posted on 03/02/2009 12:09:03 PM PST by GBA
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To: Sub-Driver

And how long has Paul been living off the taxpayer in office?


17 posted on 03/02/2009 12:09:11 PM PST by roses of sharon (Pray Hussein fails!)
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To: Sub-Driver

The Democrats talk about Limbaugh because they want to cause division in the Republican Party. The real enemy of our freedom is the Democratic Party. Plus, the Democrats don’t have the first clue what they’re doing. Republicans can lead by standing up for principle. The Democrats don’t have any, and don’t care.


18 posted on 03/02/2009 12:09:15 PM PST by popdonnelly (I don't live my life to gain the approval of liberals and leftists.)
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To: Sub-Driver

If it IS true that Limbaugh by himself doesn’t “expand” the base (and I’m not convinced that is true), then it is absolutely vital for Republican leaders in WashDC and around the nation to stand behind Limbaugh’s conservatism and EXPLAIN what it means.

These wimpy Republicans allow the antagonistic media (AP, CNN, ABC, etc) to DEFINE what Limbaugh says.

Republicans must be the ones to define and extrapolate on Limbaugh’s sometimes brilliant points.


19 posted on 03/02/2009 12:09:17 PM PST by Edit35 (.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“I think it’s pretty sad,” Paul said during an appearance on CNN Monday morning. “And it means that the Republicans are really starving for some type of leadership.”

Which means that Ron {Paul hasn’t shown any leadership qualities.


20 posted on 03/02/2009 12:09:27 PM PST by chainsaw (If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J..)
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To: Sub-Driver
"He really didn’t broaden the base," the former Republican presidential candidate told the network's John Roberts.

And you did?

21 posted on 03/02/2009 12:09:34 PM PST by umgud (I'm really happy I wasn't aborted)
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To: Red Steel

I don’t see anything disparaging to Rush in these remarks. I think Ron Paul is rightly acknowledging that the GOP is no longer representing the values of the conservative voters. I think a lot of people in the MSM are being divisive and cherry picking comments like those attributed to Paul in an attempt to marginalize Rush. Don’t buy into it. Michael Steele’s remarks were anti-Rush, stupid and off the mark, but I don’t think what Ron Paul says here is comparable to Steele’s remarks.


22 posted on 03/02/2009 12:09:57 PM PST by Zevonismymuse
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To: xcamel

THAT is really gross!!!


23 posted on 03/02/2009 12:10:01 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: Sub-Driver

Dupe 100+ comments

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2197431/posts


24 posted on 03/02/2009 12:10:03 PM PST by Sir Gawain (With Obama's "tax cut" I can afford a torch and a pitchfork in just TWO WEEKS!)
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To: Red Steel

Rush is the voice of the Conservative Movement. The Republican Party and the Conservative Movement are distant cousins during the best of times. At the present time they are fourth cousins twice removed. The Republican Party will not regain power until they regain their core values. Bambi’s socialism will fail, big time. It can do nothing else but fail. Socialism equals failure. Just ask the Pilgrims, the Russians, the Chinese, the Cubans, the Mongolians, the Eastern Europeans and anyone else who’s tried it. Once it has again been proven a failure, and my guess will be sooner rather than later, people will embrace what has been proven to work.


25 posted on 03/02/2009 12:10:16 PM PST by appeal2 (Brilliance is the act of an individual, but great stupidity is reserved for the Government)
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh boooooy. Time to go to a hockey game so I can see the PUCK FAUL.


26 posted on 03/02/2009 12:10:28 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: dirtboy

You’re off base.


27 posted on 03/02/2009 12:10:35 PM PST by Sir Gawain (With Obama's "tax cut" I can afford a torch and a pitchfork in just TWO WEEKS!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Ron has some good ideas.

But in some areas I see him as the Lyndon LaRouche of the Republican Party. Rush Doesn’t see his job as needing to stay in government. Therefore he is free to speak the truth.

Leaders are where you find them, Mr. Paul.


28 posted on 03/02/2009 12:10:46 PM PST by TFMcGuire (Life is tough. It is even tougher if you are stupid--John Wayne)
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To: Sub-Driver
Ron Who?

The Kucinich of the republicn party?
Imagine my suprise.

29 posted on 03/02/2009 12:10:55 PM PST by ex91B10
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To: Sub-Driver

Memo went out today = Dump on Rush today and get even more free MSM love.


30 posted on 03/02/2009 12:10:58 PM PST by Rosemont
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To: Sub-Driver
Shove it, Ron. Limbaugh's got more leadership and integrity in his little finger than you do in your entire body.


31 posted on 03/02/2009 12:11:09 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Let the 2nd American Revolution begin!)
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To: Sub-Driver

The more the RNC dumps on the conservatives, the more bullets they put into their own head. The Democrats must be lovin’ this.


32 posted on 03/02/2009 12:11:18 PM PST by texas_mrs
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To: Sub-Driver

I just contacted the RNC demanding my recent donation back and Ron Paul can shove himself up an a..hole large enough to accommadate him. Rush articulated RIGHT and what we as Americans believe. Where the hell do they (limp wristed repubics) think they would believe without the SOLID foundation we subscribe to.

Michael Steele can go straight to hell as well as Ron Paul.

RUSH & SARAH 2012!!!!!!


33 posted on 03/02/2009 12:11:18 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlamp of an oncoming train.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Pretty sad that Ron Paul is a nut


34 posted on 03/02/2009 12:11:24 PM PST by woofie
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To: Sub-Driver
"I mean, it’s still very narrow, and that is why some of us would like to see an approach that would emphasize personal liberties and civil liberties."

I can't decide who is the bigger idiot:Ron Paul, for suggesting that the republican party needs to attract people that support liberty; or the Republican party leadership, who have drifted so far left that they need a person like Ron Paul to suggest that they need to come out in support of liberty.

I'm going to go with Ron Paul as the biggest idiot, for taking shots from the nosebleed seats at one of the strongest conservative personalities in the world. I'm sure it's out of jealousy, so I'll treat his remarks the same as would those of any child having a tantrum.
35 posted on 03/02/2009 12:11:42 PM PST by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A GUTLESS SOCIALIST LOSER WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: roses of sharon

It’s ok, with his congressional retirement benefits, he’ll be able to continue that for the rest of his life, and his wife’s life, and probably wouldn’t surprise me if they’ve extended the benefits to go beyond such mere things as mortality.


36 posted on 03/02/2009 12:11:46 PM PST by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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To: Sub-Driver

It is sad...not that it is Rush that is leading, but that no one else in elected positions has the stones to step up and take on this challenge. The leadership void is astounding...has been for about 5 years now.


37 posted on 03/02/2009 12:12:29 PM PST by ilgipper
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To: Sub-Driver
"I mean, it’s still very narrow, and that is why some of us would like to see an approach that would emphasize personal liberties and civil liberties."

The GOP's bag men don't like it when elected representatives talk like that. Individual liberty is a lousy fund-raising gimmick - they want to stick with what they know: fear.

38 posted on 03/02/2009 12:12:31 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("One man's 'magic' is another man's engineering. 'Supernatural' is a null word." -- Robert Heinlein)
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To: Sub-Driver

It is a coordinate plot, an agreement between Obama thugs and various Republicans to marginalize Rush. The blackmail? The fairness doctrine.


39 posted on 03/02/2009 12:12:34 PM PST by rintense (Go Israel!)
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To: Sub-Driver

What’s really sad is that Republicans in Texas keep re-electing the RINO blame America first fruitcake.


40 posted on 03/02/2009 12:12:38 PM PST by 2CAVTrooper (Today we've discovered a force more powerful than luck or genius----stupidity.)
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To: Sir Gawain
You’re off base.

Hardly. Ron preaches limited government until it limits what he wants to do. The key step in the earmark process is getting it inserted, which Paul has done repeatedly for special interests. Paul can then vote against the spending bill itself, thereby claiming Constitutional purity. It's extremely dishonest. I'll stick with someone like Tom Coburn, who tries to block earmarks from happening, and can turn around and not be an antiwar nitwit like Paul.

41 posted on 03/02/2009 12:12:58 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: Sub-Driver
This isn't a dig against Rush, it's a dig against the Democrat-Lite Republican Party.
42 posted on 03/02/2009 12:13:17 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Only after disaster can we be resurrected." -- Tyler Durden)
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To: Sub-Driver

Im reading this differently.

I read that Ron is saying it’s sad that Rush is leading the voice of the RNC (he’s not actually, but for the sake of the argument) and not someone who is in the capacity to lead the RNC isn’t speaking for conservative ideals.

Though, Ron is kind of an idiot so what do I know?


43 posted on 03/02/2009 12:13:29 PM PST by smith288 (Americans suffer from Stockholm Syndrome with the government)
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To: Sub-Driver
I agree with the headline of this post.

It is sad that a radio comentator is the leader of a political party and not the politicians who allegedly represent like minded voters,

GOP? = Gobs Of Poop

44 posted on 03/02/2009 12:14:14 PM PST by llevrok (Feral Consrvative)
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To: rabscuttle385

Hey,

What did you think of Ron Paul’s dumping on Rush today?


45 posted on 03/02/2009 12:14:17 PM PST by SoConPubbie (GOP: If you reward bad behavior all you get is more bad behavior.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yup, Ron, you’re a real leader.

Sorry, but it’s very very sad that a high school grad (Rush) totally out thinks, out argues, and out strategizes all you legal clowns in the GOP.

You’re history. Please go away and let we conservatives get about rebuilding the wreck you and the other non thinking loons have made of our party.

Whilst you’re at it, just become a dhimmicrat. You seem to fit right in.


46 posted on 03/02/2009 12:14:20 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Outlaw Woman

*CORRECTION* Where the hell do they (...) think they would BE without the Solid foundation we subscribe to?


47 posted on 03/02/2009 12:14:25 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlamp of an oncoming train.)
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To: nhwingut

I was thinking the same thing when I heard this. The McCain rino-types are calling the shots.


48 posted on 03/02/2009 12:14:33 PM PST by BOBWADE
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To: Sub-Driver
I honestly believe that those complaining about RUSH or dismissing RUSH as a fringe conservative NEVER REALLY listen to him on a regular basis.

They may tune in every once in awhile for an hour or so or listen to sound bites of his show played by the MSM but have no clue about his steadfast conservative principles.

49 posted on 03/02/2009 12:14:43 PM PST by PISANO
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To: Sub-Driver

I understand Ron Paul’s statement to not be a dump on Rush but to point out the fact that the RNC and the Republicans are no longer conservative, small government kinda people. Or at least the RINO’s in charge aren’t.


50 posted on 03/02/2009 12:15:02 PM PST by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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