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Inside the Dems' anti-Rush plan
The Politico ^

Posted on 03/04/2009 3:18:37 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Inside the Dems' anti-Rush plan By: Jonathan Martin March 4, 2009 04:04 AM EST

Top Democrats believe they have struck political gold by depicting Rush Limbaugh as the new face of the Republican Party, a full-scale effort first hatched by some of the most familiar names in politics and now being guided in part from inside the White House.

The strategy took shape after Democrats included Limbaugh’s name in an October poll and learned their longtime tormentor was deeply unpopular with many Americans. Then the conservative talk-radio host emerged as an unapologetic critic of Barack Obama shortly before his inauguration, when even many Republicans were showering him with praise.

Soon it clicked: 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.

Limbaugh is embracing the line of attack, suggesting a certain symbiosis between him and his political adversaries.

"The Administration is enabling me,” he wrote in an email to POLITICO. “They are expanding my profile, expanding my audience and expanding my influence. An ever larger number of people are now being exposed to the antidote to Obamaism: conservatism, as articulated by me. An ever larger number of people are now exposed to substantive warnings, analysis and criticism of Obama's policies and intentions, a ‘story’ I own because the [mainstream media] is largely the Obama Press Office.”

The bigger, the better, agreed Democrat James Carville. “It’s great for us, great for him, great for the press,” he said of Limbaugh. “The only people he’s not good for are the actual Republicans in Congress.”

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1 posted on 03/04/2009 3:18:38 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

One thing about Limbaugh that you don’t find in the other gutless Republicans is that he fights back. Keep it up Dems. Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight!


2 posted on 03/04/2009 3:20:11 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: Sub-Driver

http://www.mythfolklore.net/3043mythfolklore/reading/remus/pages/03.htm
Uncle Remus and Bre’r Rabbit


3 posted on 03/04/2009 3:23:27 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Sub-Driver

“I fear that all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve”

- Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Imperial Japanese Navy.


4 posted on 03/04/2009 3:23:47 AM PST by Tony in Hawaii (NUTS!)
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To: Sub-Driver
“The only people he’s not good for are the actual Republicans in Congress.”

No problem there, Jimmy. There aren't any actual Republicans in Congress.
5 posted on 03/04/2009 3:24:23 AM PST by ComputerGuy (not my real name)
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To: Sub-Driver
October poll and learned their longtime tormentor was deeply unpopular with many Americans.

Would like to know who they polled and how many of them polled actually listened to the show even once, my guess none.

6 posted on 03/04/2009 3:25:10 AM PST by bikerman (Obama lied;the Country died.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The ultimate destination of this fight is a drawing of the battle lines between the two Americas. The two Americas are not reconcilable.

There is no room in this country for capitalism and communism to coexist.

7 posted on 03/04/2009 3:25:24 AM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: abb

“’Skin me, Brer Fox,’ sez Brer Rabbit, sezee, ‘snatch out my eyeballs, t’ar out my yeras by de roots, en cut off my legs,’ sezee, ‘but do please, Brer Fox, don’t fling me in dat brier-patch,’ sezee.”


8 posted on 03/04/2009 3:25:59 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Tony in Hawaii

Good one. I also thought of:

“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.”


9 posted on 03/04/2009 3:26:06 AM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Sub-Driver
I want Obama to fail because for him to succeed means at the very least we are now Socialist.
10 posted on 03/04/2009 3:26:39 AM PST by tobyhill (Obama gets no free pass from Free Republic!)
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To: Tony in Hawaii

“The poor bastards have us surrounded.” General Chesty Puller.


11 posted on 03/04/2009 3:27:01 AM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: Sub-Driver
The bigger, the better, agreed Democrat James Carville. “It’s great for us, great for him, great for the press,” he said of Limbaugh. “The only people he’s not good for are the actual Republicans in Congress.”

And the last time Carville was right was when?

You'd think he would/could actually learn something from his wife....

12 posted on 03/04/2009 3:28:03 AM PST by dirtbiker (Obama is America's first Affirmative Action president....)
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To: Sub-Driver

To know Rush, is to love him.

At least a few open-minded folks are going to tune into his program because of the hullabaloo.

Some of them will like what they hear.


13 posted on 03/04/2009 3:28:08 AM PST by syriacus ( STOP FISCAL STORMING!!! Cap green emissions from the Treasury.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The Democrats are truely idiots. They think they harm the GOP by elevating Rush. All they do is exposing the RINOs. Thanks for that!

By the day Rush is increasing his audience and clout... and he'll ultimately bestow this awakened giant of discontent upon a solid Conservative candidate.

The Democrats have gone too far already. There is no way back for them.

14 posted on 03/04/2009 3:29:49 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: bikerman
Would like to know who they polled and how many of them polled actually listened to the show even once, my guess none.

There are scads of people out there who have never listened to Rush and who take their opinion of him from the mainstream media. Twenty-two million listeners is quite a lot, but it pales in comparison to the number of non-listeners whose opinion of Limbaugh is based on no actual experience whatsoever.

15 posted on 03/04/2009 3:33:56 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (What's Black and White and Red all over?)
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To: Tony in Hawaii
Yes, Admiral Yamamoto, we gained the resolve to equip a flight of P-38's with special, long-range tanks and to fly them hundreds of miles across the open Pacific Ocean to shoot down your cowardly, Pearl-Harbor-sneak-attack-ass, in a flaming crash of your plane, on top secret orders of the then President.

Paybacks are a bitch.

16 posted on 03/04/2009 3:34:16 AM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: Sub-Driver
“The only people he’s not good for are the actual Republicans in Congress.”

Actually, the opposite may be true.

RINOs will have to actually pick sides and not be lukewarm towards conservatism.

If they stop being lukewarm maybe people will stop spitting them out and we can win some elections.

17 posted on 03/04/2009 3:35:57 AM PST by paulycy (BEWARE the LIBERAL/MEDIA Complex)
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To: Sub-Driver; All
Carville’s right.

This is an absolute disaster for the GOP.

18 posted on 03/04/2009 3:37:08 AM PST by Cedric
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To: Sub-Driver

“Rush Limbaugh as the new face of the Republican Party”

WOW, We could wish..
I think it would be great.

Anything the left hates, I love.


19 posted on 03/04/2009 3:38:07 AM PST by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: Cedric

Wrong. It’s a disaster for the RINOs. The Democrats are unwittingly doing the purge for us.


20 posted on 03/04/2009 3:38:53 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: ComputerGuy
No problem there, Jimmy. There aren't any actual Republicans in Congress.
LOL!

That was my thought exactly.

Yeah, let's take the advice of our demonrat friends and muzzle Rush in order to save the congressional "Republicans".

Oh yeah. There's an idea.

NOT!

21 posted on 03/04/2009 3:39:12 AM PST by samtheman
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To: syriacus

Yes, think this will be ‘Rush’s outreach to Dems’ thanks to ‘rahmobama’.


22 posted on 03/04/2009 3:39:49 AM PST by cricket (January 20, 2009 - the day the music died)
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To: Tony in Hawaii

The exact quote I was thinking :-). Glad you made it available. This is exactly how I feel. When certain low people win they are cocky and if they get too cocky they inevitably take a punch that delivers back to them their fatal blow.


23 posted on 03/04/2009 3:40:35 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: SolidWood

There have been some bone headed moves by Limbaugh in the past but this one is exponentially more dangerous.


24 posted on 03/04/2009 3:41:33 AM PST by Cedric
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To: Sub-Driver

Dems will never catch on. Rush is a conservative, not a Republican unless the GOP adopts and practices conservative principles. Clueless Dems. A conservative will rattle the cages of fellow conservatives if they get off track, not just march in lockstep with them.


25 posted on 03/04/2009 3:42:59 AM PST by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority
" ... There is no room in this country for capitalism and communism to coexist."


That fact is about to come down on US like a ten ton weight.

Don't be caught looking down.

26 posted on 03/04/2009 3:43:10 AM PST by G.Mason
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To: samtheman
I didn't leave the Democrat Republican Party. The Democrat Republican Party left me.
Zell Miller ComputerGuy
27 posted on 03/04/2009 3:45:25 AM PST by ComputerGuy (not my real name)
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To: brushcop; SolidWood
Rush is a conservative, not a Republican

Precisely why he should never be labeled as the leader of the GOP.

28 posted on 03/04/2009 3:45:51 AM PST by Cedric
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To: Cedric
"There have been some bone headed moves by Limbaugh in the past but this one is exponentially more dangerous."


Hey Rodney ... Rodney King ... Is that you?

29 posted on 03/04/2009 3:46:43 AM PST by G.Mason
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
There are scads of people out there who have never listened to Rush and who take their opinion of him from the mainstream media.
I work in an office in NYC, full of liberals, of course. One of them is always playing AirAmerica/Pacifica/DemocracyNow crap on his computer, booming it out over big speakers.

The other day a couple of people said they'd like to hear Rush's CPAC speech so this Top Leftist dude keys up the program but before Rush even begins to speak, before the introduction of Rush is even over, Top Leftist dude says "I can't listen to this gas bag" and turns it off.

I saw the look on his face when he did it. It was pure fear. Fear of actually having to THINK.

And he was having none of it.

It was a very revealing moment.

30 posted on 03/04/2009 3:47:07 AM PST by samtheman
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To: ComputerGuy
You are why Carville, et al, are doing this.

And you're playing right into their hands.

31 posted on 03/04/2009 3:47:59 AM PST by Cedric
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To: Cedric

And just what would those boneheaded moves be by Rush in the past?

You mean, like fighting back when President Clinton blamed him for the Oklahoma City bombing?

You mean, like fighting the bogus charges of drug shopping by the Palm Beach DA?

You mean, like exposing the Democrat communist agenda for the last 16 years?

You mean, by fighting back when the President of the United States tries attack you and undermine your work of 20 years by telling people not to listen to him?

Yeah, that’s real dangerous of the man.

Rush speaks for millions when he articulates what Conservatism is, something the GOP can even talk about without rank hypocrisy.

And just how big is your radio audience, Cedric?

When was the last time you put your neck on the line for anything?


32 posted on 03/04/2009 3:50:37 AM PST by exit82 (The Obama Cabinet: There was more brainpower on Gilligan's Island.)
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To: ComputerGuy

I’m not ready to say the Republican Party is dead or dying. I’m not ready to say we need a new party.

I do know we need a new Republican Party.

It’s time for all of us to only vote for Republicans who are actual Republicans and if none are running in an election we should all definitely vote 3rd party, to show the cruds who run the RNC that our votes are out there, and that we are ready to come “home” if there’s ever a home to return to.

Right now, in many jurisdictions, there simply isn’t.


33 posted on 03/04/2009 3:52:59 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Sub-Driver
alinsky Rule Number 12

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

The thing about Marxists is, while they are fierce and ruthless in their attacks, they never deviate from the playbook, whether Mao's Little Red Book or Alinsky's rules for radicals. Read their books, and you got them beat.

34 posted on 03/04/2009 3:55:09 AM PST by MuttTheHoople
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To: exit82; All
Rush is risking nothing here.

He jumps back and forth from “My first address to the nation” wisecracks to “I don't want to lead the GOP.”

The last damn thing any organization needs is a defacto leader who has no operational responsibility.

Wake-up!

35 posted on 03/04/2009 3:56:08 AM PST by Cedric
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To: Cedric; ComputerGuy

Cedric: if you quit being nervous in the service for a second you’d realize that this is an opportunity to really settle what the GOP stands for.

Are we milquetoast RINOs?
Or rock-ribbed conservatives?

One answer has the opportunity to save this country, and we’d better get off the fence before it splits us.


36 posted on 03/04/2009 3:56:53 AM PST by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: Sub-Driver
What Zero fails to realize is that this is not all about Rush Limbaugh, it's all about him. He's the president. He's in charge. It's by his policies that we'll inevitably sink or swim. All he is trying to do is deflect criticism away from himself by attacking his chief tormentor. As I've stated before, this will become increasingly harder and harder to do when people come to the realization that Obama’s policies have made things worse. All Rush is doing is stating an obvious fact: socialism has been tried in every corner of the globe and has failed each time. What Zero is doing is nothing more than a naked power grab which will do nothing to stimulate the economy. This will become abundantly clear to most Americans in the months ahead.
37 posted on 03/04/2009 3:57:49 AM PST by RU88 (The false messiah can not change water into wine any more than he can get unity from diversity.)
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To: Cedric
There have been some bone headed moves by Limbaugh in the past but this one is exponentially more dangerous.

If the GOP had the same ratio of "boneheaded moves" to successes that Rush has, you'd be having less trouble going from thread to thread trying to stamp out the resentment that is smoldering amongst many of us former (and current) Republicans.

Mr. niteowl77

38 posted on 03/04/2009 3:59:25 AM PST by niteowl77 (You wanted him, and now you have got him. I say, "Good day to you," America.)
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To: samtheman

If the GOP does not make huge gains in 2010, they are done as a political party.

That’s the cold hard truth.

They will be forever in the minority after that.

Obama and his crowd are seeing to that, and the American taxpayer is paying for it to happen.

We can see that byt ehir actions, from Steele on down, that they don’t get it—they are in the fight for their survival.

If the GOP does not reverse the trend by next year’s election, they will got the way of the Whig Party they replaced in the 1850s.

Conservatives will desert in droves and start a new party.

We don’t stick with losers.


39 posted on 03/04/2009 3:59:41 AM PST by exit82 (The Obama Cabinet: There was more brainpower on Gilligan's Island.)
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To: Cedric

Get real.


40 posted on 03/04/2009 4:01:12 AM PST by ComputerGuy (not my real name)
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To: Cedric
"This is an absolute disaster for the GOP. "

Only for the ones who want to remain hunkered down in the bunker.

41 posted on 03/04/2009 4:01:12 AM PST by Paladin2 (No, pundits strongly believe that the proper solution is more dilution.)
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To: Cedric

Cedric, why don’t you wake up?

Why does the GOP not have a leader, any leader at this critical point in time?

Why does Rush have to fill the vacuum at all?

We’re lucky to have Rush—at least he can hold his own with any Democrat, unlike the GOP which excels in folding like a cheap suit at any criticism from the Dems.


42 posted on 03/04/2009 4:02:09 AM PST by exit82 (The Obama Cabinet: There was more brainpower on Gilligan's Island.)
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To: Cedric
Others have tried to do that in the past and Rush is quick to point out that he is not a spokesperson for the RNC but for Conservatives. He thinks that in our two-party system the Republican Party is the best vehicle for promoting the Conservative position due to their position on life, but anyone who listens to him regularly knows that he is constantly calling the Republican party to task when he disagrees with them.

By the way, everyone should keep in mind who started this - President Obama himself! Good on Rush for not taking it lying down and not letting himself be defined by those who have no idea what he stands for.
43 posted on 03/04/2009 4:04:05 AM PST by srmorton (Choose life!)
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To: Cedric
There have been some bone headed moves by Limbaugh in the past but this one is exponentially more dangerous.

What has Rush done so "dangerous"? Critizised the Pretender in Chief? Articulated Conservatism?

The only one doing "dangerous moves" are the Democrats.

44 posted on 03/04/2009 4:05:38 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: VictoryGal
We rock-ribbed conservatives must identify and support someone who has actually won an elective office as our political leader........not some guy with a radio show.

This is a strategic blunder.

You could see Alynski’s Rule 12 coming a mile away and Limbaugh's leading you right into the trap.

45 posted on 03/04/2009 4:06:22 AM PST by Cedric
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To: Cedric
This is an absolute disaster for the GOP....."

Don't confuse the GOP with conservative Americans.

46 posted on 03/04/2009 4:09:21 AM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Yep, if the Dhims can demonize the message Rush brings to the airwaves, they win.

Of course, they don't realize that someone with a 4 million listener audience can really have a bad reaction to being attacked, like pointing out the Dihms socialist agenda and keep hammering them with relative impugnity.

I hope they don't stop. As long as they keep their message on Rush, and Rush keeps pointing out the fallacy of this administration and Congress, they can't win. It makes the Dhims look like idiots they are.

As the old saying goes..."Never argue with someone who buys ink by the barrel."

47 posted on 03/04/2009 4:10:43 AM PST by Pistolshot (The Soap-box, The Ballot-box, The Jury-box, And The Cartridge-Box ...we are past 2 of them.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The true conservatives are going to vote for conservatives, regardless of what anybody labels them. Frankly, I haven’t considered myself a Republican for some time as the party has been taken over by RINOs. Indeed, the name no longer stands for anything. In short, I’ll vote conservative and donate to conservatives.

Rush is a brilliant spokesman for conservatives and he has the guts to articulate the conservative philosophy. What we are seeing here is the birth of a new party which is known by its philosophy—The Conservative Party of the United States. We may not have official standing just yet, but we know who we are and we know who we can and will support. Conservatives. (And yes, I deliberately used the term ‘conservative’ multiple times to make my point.)


48 posted on 03/04/2009 4:11:37 AM PST by Marty
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To: Islander7

Tell that to Rush.

I got it straight.


49 posted on 03/04/2009 4:12:12 AM PST by Cedric
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To: cricket
this will be ‘Rush’s outreach to Dems’

Yes. Rush is going out of his way to explain things. His regular audience did not need those explanations.

50 posted on 03/04/2009 4:12:54 AM PST by syriacus (Send Obama some BIG towels. He's still wet behind the ears.)
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