Skip to comments.Inside the Dems' anti-Rush plan
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 Limbaughs 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. Its great for us, great for him, great for the press, he said of Limbaugh. The only people hes not good for are the actual Republicans in Congress.
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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!
Uncle Remus and Bre’r Rabbit
“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.
Would like to know who they polled and how many of them polled actually listened to the show even once, my guess none.
There is no room in this country for capitalism and communism to coexist.
“’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.”
Good one. I also thought of:
“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.”
“The poor bastards have us surrounded.” General Chesty Puller.
And the last time Carville was right was when?
You'd think he would/could actually learn something from his wife....
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.
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.
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.
Paybacks are a bitch.
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.
This is an absolute disaster for the GOP.
“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.
Wrong. It’s a disaster for the RINOs. The Democrats are unwittingly doing the purge for us.
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.
Yes, think this will be ‘Rush’s outreach to Dems’ thanks to ‘rahmobama’.
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.
There have been some bone headed moves by Limbaugh in the past but this one is exponentially more dangerous.
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.
That fact is about to come down on US like a ten ton weight.
Don't be caught looking down.
Precisely why he should never be labeled as the leader of the GOP.
Hey Rodney ... Rodney King ... Is that you?
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.
And you're playing right into their hands.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only for the ones who want to remain hunkered down in the bunker.
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.
What has Rush done so "dangerous"? Critizised the Pretender in Chief? Articulated Conservatism?
The only one doing "dangerous moves" are the Democrats.
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.
Don't confuse the GOP with conservative Americans.
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."
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.)
Tell that to Rush.
I got it straight.
Yes. Rush is going out of his way to explain things. His regular audience did not need those explanations.