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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.”

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


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To: Sub-Driver
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.

Heh heh. Yeah, keep playing that game. Obama was once very popular. Shows you how fast and wildly opinions can swing, doesn't it?

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.

Rush's true crime: not bowing and scraping before Dear Leader.

51 posted on 03/04/2009 4:13:24 AM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: Pistolshot
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.

Yes. The Democrats are giving Rush a gold-plated soapbox to match his golden EIB microphone.

52 posted on 03/04/2009 4:15:49 AM PST by syriacus (Send Obama some BIG towels. He's still wet behind the ears.)
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To: Cedric

Regarding this recent “controversy” can you name one thing Rush has done “dangerous” or “wrong”?


53 posted on 03/04/2009 4:15:51 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: Sub-Driver

The Democrats going after Rush is like walking up to a sleeping lion to kick him and shoo him away.


54 posted on 03/04/2009 4:20:30 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Obama needs to Fail !)
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To: Sub-Driver

Someone needed to file a FEC lawsuit against the alphabet networks for their no-charge political contributions to the dems in general, and the obama campaign in particular.

The media has gone over from biased reporting to running a propaganda campaign for the dems and obama. The “White House Press Corps” is now run from the White House.

It’s really disgusting.

Mark


55 posted on 03/04/2009 4:22:33 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Cedric

Then there’s only one way out of the trap: a direct assault.

We can either throw Limbaugh under the bus; abandon him; join the ridicule; say he isn’t our leader; agree that he’s “incendiary and ugly”; argue that he doesn’t speak for us, after all, he’s only an entertainer; cry uncle and ask the dems to relent.

Is this what you’re advocating, Cedric? If not, please explain exactly how you see us getting out of this “disaster”.

I think there’s another way out. We fight back. We counter by pointing out the obvious: that one man, Rush Limbaugh, is such a thorn in the democrats/Obama’s side, they’ll do anything to shut him up. Argue that as Republicans, we have a right to disagree with any policies we thing hurt the USA. Constantly bring up just how opposed and vicious the democrats were against Pres Bush and his policies, with even Hillary Clinton saying “Dessent was patriotic”. Bring up how we Republicans did not try to shut up Michael Moore, as every American has a right to Free Speech, especially when others don’t like what they say. Tell them trying to shut people up is un-American and wrong. Turn the issue into one of free speech and allowing other opinions to be heard, and just why do the democrats fear one man so much, if they’re so sure he’s a windbag with nothing good to say????

If we do NOT fight back, we will lose.

Maybe Cedric, given past Republican performance on not fighting back, you see disaster because THAT is the likely outcome?


56 posted on 03/04/2009 4:30:47 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Cedric

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

I guess you think Michael Steele is that leader?


57 posted on 03/04/2009 4:38:25 AM PST by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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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.”

Exactly. Now, maybe their curiosity will impell them to give an ear and listen to Rush. We should certainly hope so.

Approximately 68% of the voters in this country are conservative or somewhat conservative. If all of them listened to Rush Limbaugh, and thanks to the overly-clever Democrats who hatched this nefarious plan, Rush just might convince 68% of the voters to go out this next election in 2010 and sweep a Repulican controlled Congress back into Washington, D.C.!!!


58 posted on 03/04/2009 4:39:30 AM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!!)
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To: Alas Babylon!
Actually silencing Rush might be a good thing in one and only one way. Stick with me here.

Rush is the conservative "safety valve". Three hours we get to hear somebody "just like us". Silence him and the pressure will build and build so that conservatives will actually do something -action instead of words. I have personally graduated form "EIB". I am a post Rush radical conservative(if there is such a thing). He did a good job but he could now be a hinderence. Rush is doing the left a favor, and he probably doesn't realize it himself.

The question is what would be that something?

Input?

59 posted on 03/04/2009 4:40:08 AM PST by central_va (Co. C, 15th Va., Patrick Henry Rifles-The boys of Hanover Co.)
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To: Sub-Driver

As with every Democrat tactic it reveals something about their own fears. They know that they are in danger of Pelosi et al defniing Obama and they are desperately trying to deflect. Rs should be pummelling Congress right now but they are gutless.


60 posted on 03/04/2009 4:44:06 AM PST by Rippin
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To: Sub-Driver

A very short while ago Rush couldn’t rescue the Republican Party from the “moderate” disaster that was John McCain - now he’s the leader of the party?

No, he’s the voice of the OPPOSITION. The two are not the same.

OT: We’d better fix the nominating process or we’re doomed to a succession of McCain-like failures.


61 posted on 03/04/2009 4:44:49 AM PST by StatenIsland
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To: Sub-Driver

Specter, Snowe, & Collins, will look attractive walking around with that sticker opver their mouths.


62 posted on 03/04/2009 4:45:09 AM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Sub-Driver

you can’t just protect Rush, you have to protect ALL of the conservative voices.

What the left does is attack the front runner in order to intimidate the up and comming.

They want to change the “I can start my own show” into “its too dangerous.” They are trying to PREVENT the next Rush. Folks there are more of us than them and they know it. They had to lie and have a weakling non-conservative republican in order to win.

(BTW as a conservative footnote: a managing director for BAIN Capital investments (pagliuca?) is busy advocating the obama collectivist plan in case anyone has an investment Bain)


63 posted on 03/04/2009 4:51:19 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: exit82

I agree. I know I’m not sticking with losers. (And by “losers” I mean in their thinking, not in their vote-count.)

McStupid is the last RINO schmuck I ever vote for. Ever. Never again will I fall for the argument that “the other side is worse”.

If that’s your only argument, then you have no “side”.


64 posted on 03/04/2009 4:53:03 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Alas Babylon!
If we do NOT fight back, we will lose.

I am grateful every day when I hear Rush's voice on the radio. If they silence him, it will be all over; that is, the phase of the Dems even pretending that they respect democratic dissent will be all over, and we are going to see massive repression in this country. Keep talking, Rush, and keep the volume up high!

65 posted on 03/04/2009 4:54:43 AM PST by livius
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To: central_va
Rush is the conservative "safety valve". Three hours we get to hear somebody "just like us". Silence him and the pressure will build and build so that conservatives will actually do something -action instead of words.
Good try, but I can't go along with that. It's too much like the "defeat is good for us" line in 2006. And look where that got us.

Sometimes a tactical retreat is necessary in a war, but never a wholesale surrender.

Giving up Rush would not be a tactical retreat; it would be a wholesale surrender. Which would be followed by a wholesale slaughter of Free Speech everywhere in America.

And what's the "good thing" about that?

66 posted on 03/04/2009 4:58:40 AM PST by samtheman
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To: ComputerGuy

lol, you are right. I think the dems are trying to act like they are smart after the fact. I would take Rush’s brain against theirs anyday.


67 posted on 03/04/2009 5:00:20 AM PST by libbylu (Sarah - the light of the midnight sun)
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To: srmorton; 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.

I agree with what you are saying and think I understand cedric's point. Rush is a private citizen with a huge "voice". He can remain true to his ideals. We have to point out that he is a conservative leader and not the GOP leader. We should work to strengthen the conservative voice within the GOP rather than helping the Alinskyites destroy it by fracturing it. I would think that by the time a third party could be big enough to make any mark at all, it will be too late.

68 posted on 03/04/2009 5:11:34 AM PST by stayathomemom (Cat herder and empty nester)
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To: samtheman
Giving up Rush would not be a tactical retreat; it would be a wholesale surrender.

I guess what your saying is the future if the entire free world rests on one man shoulders? If true then all is really lost then, depressing. :-(

69 posted on 03/04/2009 5:14:59 AM PST by central_va (Co. C, 15th Va., Patrick Henry Rifles-The boys of Hanover Co.)
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To: Alas Babylon!; All
I'm all for fighting back.

But, the GOP must be lead by a duly elected official.

What would Rush do if somebody started claiming that Snerdly, Kit Carson, Ann Coulter or Ben Stein could speak for for Rush?

70 posted on 03/04/2009 5:16:41 AM PST by Cedric
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To: Cedric

I’m still waiting (as I expected) for you to answer the question...what are the boneheads moves that Rush has done in the past? Please, enlighten us...


71 posted on 03/04/2009 5:29:55 AM PST by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: safeasthebanks

Government shutdown.

Operation Chaos.


72 posted on 03/04/2009 5:42:14 AM PST by Cedric
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To: Sub-Driver
Listening to yesterday's show, I realized that Rush linked the stock market to Zero. Every time the market goes down, Rush will beat Zero over the head with his new stick (the market). You know when you mess with people's money eventually they will understand the problem and the problem is Zero!
73 posted on 03/04/2009 6:00:59 AM PST by Lockbox
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama’s first item in order to establish bi-partisanship was to hire all the original Clinton administration’s team who were responsible for the Clinton war room in order to destroy their opposition. Sounds like a great way to bring people together. It worked so well during Clinton’s terms. Begala, Rahm, and Carville, what a trio of nincompoops.


74 posted on 03/04/2009 6:02:08 AM PST by maplenut
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To: Cedric
Government shutdown.

That one won't fly, and you know it. Not even a "nice try." If you insist on targeting someone for that, then combine it with your need for someone to be an "elected" official and throw Newt Gingrich under the bus.

Operation Chaos.

OC was a clever attempt at trying to get conservatives to herd ninnies and cretins in order to help divide and conquer the Democrat base, but too many "brilliant" conservatives screwed that up by being blind to the sycophantic appeal of Obama.

The GOP can't be fixed by trashing Rush.

Mr. niteowl77

75 posted on 03/04/2009 6:06:53 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: safeasthebanks
Here's another:

“We're gonna drag Yosemite Sam, kicking and screaming, across the finish line.”

Still waiting?

76 posted on 03/04/2009 6:07:47 AM PST by Cedric
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To: niteowl77
Ya, it flies just fine.

He egged the Republicans into running off the cliff without properly assessing the sustainability of the effort.

In OC he childishly led his “troops” into an arena they had no business in and didn't understand.

77 posted on 03/04/2009 6:12:35 AM PST by Cedric
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To: stayathomemom
I understand cedric's point. Rush is a private citizen with a huge "voice". He can remain true to his ideals. We have to point out that he is a conservative leader and not the GOP leader. We should work to strengthen the conservative voice within the GOP

You understand that part of my point perfectly.

78 posted on 03/04/2009 6:19:21 AM PST by Cedric
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To: Sub-Driver

“Democrats included Limbaugh’s name in an October poll and learned their longtime tormentor was deeply unpopular with many Americans.”

Correction: Democrats included Limbaugh’s name in an October poll and learned their longtime tormentor was deeply unpopular with SOME DEMOCRAT Americans.

This is a typical Demonrat lie. Demonrats haven’t really listened to what Rush is saying and besides that, they are stupid.

Rush said he hopes Hussein’s giveawythestore tax-and-empire-build policies fail. I think we all hope they do. Where’s the disagreement? He wants to destroy the wealth base and put yet more of us on the dole. Where’s the agreement to that? Among a few stupid DEMONRATS, useful idiots of the Leninists.!


79 posted on 03/04/2009 6:26:26 AM PST by RoadTest (The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? - Jer.17:9)
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To: Cedric

Operation Chaos!?!? Are you f’ing kidding me? Fine, you’re officially written off as clueless and not worth my time.


80 posted on 03/04/2009 6:37:02 AM PST by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: Cedric
"This is an absolute disaster for the GOP.

Eighteen posts before I found this final bit of sanity. Not good news.

Obama and the DNC are running the GOP in circles over this issue. If this keeps up, the GOP will be lucky to have 30 seats in the Senate and 120 in the house.

Good grief this is depressing.

81 posted on 03/04/2009 6:41:25 AM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: Islander7
"Don't confuse the GOP with conservative Americans."

There's a word for conservative movement without the GOP...

Immaterial.

82 posted on 03/04/2009 6:44:01 AM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: safeasthebanks

Sounds like you bought a tee shirt.


83 posted on 03/04/2009 6:44:29 AM PST by Cedric
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To: Big_Monkey; All
Correct!

In any organization: Never allow authority and responsibility to reside in two different people!

84 posted on 03/04/2009 6:50:49 AM PST by Cedric
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To: Sub-Driver

Big time backfire.


85 posted on 03/04/2009 6:50:59 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Big_Monkey

“Obama and the DNC are running the GOP in circles over this issue.”

Actually, Obama and the DNC are more likely to be running in circles over this issue. Focusing their energy in trying to demonize Rush(a private citizen by the way) will only lead to EPIC FAIL on their part.


86 posted on 03/04/2009 6:59:36 AM PST by princeofdarkness (Ronald Reagan- "Trust But Verify" MSM- "Report, Lie, Then Crucify")
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To: Cedric
But, the GOP must be lead by a duly elected official.

Cedric, this is rather exasperating. Rush isn't the duly elected official of the GOP. That is the claim the DEMOCRATS are making. When I say we must fight back, I'm saying we must fight back this charge by them. It is patently false and ridiculous.

Rush is a private individual who likes to express his opinion and has a very popular radio show that millions of Americans like to listen to. Those Americans have a right to listen to him and he has a right to express his opinion. Do the democrats not acknowledge this? That is the question we use to FIGHT BACK.

Limbaugh is not in charge of anything nor elected--he says this and acknowledges as well. His listeners also know this. Are the democrats claiming that Limbaugh's audience can't understand this? We should ask the democrats if they really think we're that stupid and why are they insulting us?

This is actually not about the GOP at all. It is about our rights as Americans to have a political opinion that differs from other peoples and the government, and the right for someone to express that opinion on a radio program, and finally the right of Americans to listen to said radio program.

OR--you could agree with the democrats that this is about Rush Limbaugh and the GOP that he "runs", and fall and stay very neatly in their trap.

Is there a third choice? Does that third choice include throwing Rush under the bus and tacitly agree with the dems that they can smear someones political speech right off the air? That is their goal. Keep your eye on THEIR prize.

87 posted on 03/04/2009 6:59:48 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Sub-Driver
The one thing you can count on with Rush, is that he will not run and hide from them or toss his principals out the window to get a good rating. He talked yesterday about Mr. Snerdley coming in and upset about how they were talking about Rush, and Snerdley asked him why he did not just retire and go away,that he did not have to take this crap all the time, and Rush said he would never go away, that they could talk all the crap they wanted. At least Rush stands up to them. Unlike the spineless republicans who are like mice. Funny how the republicans say they support the military and are so spineless. I guess in the long run, the republicans need the military to protect their spineless asses.
88 posted on 03/04/2009 7:03:51 AM PST by RetiredArmy (STATES RIGHTS!!!! TO HELL WITH THE MARXIST FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!!!)
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To: Big_Monkey

“Don’t confuse the GOP with conservative Americans.”

There’s a word for conservative movement without the GOP...

Immaterial.........”

That is exactly why there needs to be purge of the RINOs. There is framework in place in the form of the GOP for conservatives to work.

The Specter’s, Snowe’s, and Collin’s need to be booted.


89 posted on 03/04/2009 7:07:38 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: dirtbiker

Her track record isn’t much better and the party would be way better off without her advice.


90 posted on 03/04/2009 7:10:02 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Liquidity is a state of mind.)
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To: Alas Babylon!
Not so fast! Rush has played both side of this thing for a long time, as suits him at any particular moment.

The GOP has allowed the (Rush speaks for the GOP) notion to “burn in”.

The Dems are attempting to capitalize on it.

Both Rush and the GOP must separate from each other in this matter, publicly, completely and permanently.

(Again) In any organization: Never allow authority and responsibility to reside in two different people!

91 posted on 03/04/2009 7:10:07 AM PST by Cedric
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To: G.Mason; Cedric
Hey Rodney (Cedric)... Rodney King (Cedric)... Is that you?

Perhaps Cedric just wants us all to just... just... get along.

92 posted on 03/04/2009 7:13:48 AM PST by Vision Thing (wussybama)
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To: Cedric; safeasthebanks

Holy moses, Cedric, Rush Derangement Syndrome much?

>Government shutdown.

You mean, during *Clintoon’s* reign? in the *90s*?

>Operation Chaos.

You keep mentioning this, it’s your favorite Rush boogeyman. To me, it was a wash — no net positive or negative. What was so awful about it?


93 posted on 03/04/2009 7:14:49 AM PST by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: Cedric
Ya, it flies just fine.

I suppose I might agree if I had swilled enough RINO kool-aid to stagger around blaming everyone except the incompetent boobs that have controlled the GOP since Reagan left the White House. Oh, that's right... Tim Pawlenty (et al) says that Reagan is dead. Never mind.

Mr. niteowl77

94 posted on 03/04/2009 7:23:51 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: Sub-Driver
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95 posted on 03/04/2009 7:28:20 AM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: Sub-Driver
“I was a little surprised at the speed in which Mr. Steele, the head of the RNC, apologized to the head of the Republican Party,” ("Beltway Bob") Gibbs quipped with a grin, before striding out of the press room.

There it is!! I posted a vanity here yesterday about this very quote at the end of the presser--this writer makes it sound like Beltway Bob was in control, but if you re-watch the ending, he fumbled around spitting out this comment and then literally ran from the podium before the journalists could question him...

The liberals in the white house (and their puppet master George Soros behind the curtain) must really feel threatened by Rush's power in leading true conservatives! Getting my popcorn machine ready for the ultimate showdown that's going to play out in the next few days/weeks!!
96 posted on 03/04/2009 7:35:22 AM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: VictoryGal

Here’s another “brilliantly conceived, flawlessly executed” Rush stratagem:

“We’re gonna drag Yosemite Sam (McCain), kicking and screaming, across the finish line.”

{Ya, I know, that’s ancient history!}


97 posted on 03/04/2009 7:37:16 AM PST by Cedric
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To: Sub-Driver
From the article: 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.

First, Rush isn't deeply unpopular - 20 million listeners can't be wrong. Secondly, Rush was against Oh-Man from the beginning of his campaign, not "shortly before his inauguration". Of course, Politico seldom gets facts straight.

98 posted on 03/04/2009 7:37:20 AM PST by NoPrisoners (Huh? You mean he's NOT the messiah???)
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To: From The Deer Stand

Isn’t he great?! I love it! Finally - a Conservative who will not back off - and has a backbone to stand up for what is right!

I don’t mind if he is the “leader” of the GOP! I just hope this will inspire more conservatives to be loud and vocal! Instead of wimps!


99 posted on 03/04/2009 7:43:15 AM PST by Anita1 ( "Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last." Luke 13:30)
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To: Cedric

OK. I understand you now.

I never thought that Limbaugh was the GOP. Even when it, in your eyes, suited him to pretend so, it never was something I believed. Having said this, now IS the time to challenge this and strongly state it ain’t so.

The whole premise of Rush’s ditto-heads was sometihng the dems took out of context and Rush has repeatedly fought this conceptualization. Now is the time to get this out into the public again.

When someone called Rush and said “Dittos”, it was not that they agreed with Rush or the previous caller, it was that Rush or the previous caller agreed with THEM.

Of course, the Left wants people to believe, or more likely THEY believe, that people say “Dittos” to Rush because they (blindly) agree with Rush.

Sadly, they have suceeded in this, in my opinion, because if you, Cedric, believe it—being a fine upstanding conservative—then most non-conservatives probably do as well.

So now we use this opportunity to emphasize that millions of Americans listen to Rush daily—not to take marching orders— but to see if the opinions he expresses matches their own. A tall order, but not impossible.


100 posted on 03/04/2009 8:05:43 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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