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The GOP Freak Show (John Batchelor shows which side he's on)
The Daily Beast ^ | August 7, 2009 | John Batchelor

Posted on 08/08/2009 11:03:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Conservative radio talk-show host John Batchelor says the whack jobs disrupting health-care town halls confirm the Republican Party has become a cruise ship to the seventh grade.

The sad-eyed Townhall Turfers now follow the saucer-eyed Birthers and the cranky Tea-Baggers as the latest political fad that the weakling Republicans not only cannot get away from but also cannot get enough of, like chocolate sauce on anything. The phenomenon of surly, verbose, sweaty voters crowding into overlit public rooms to hear out the numbing conclusions of a member of Congress on health-care reforms in all the 57 varieties has taken over talk radio and talk TV and swept through blogs like swine flu’s mutation. The suspicion of many gifted sleuths, working in favor of the Obama administration, that these are not grass roots citizens but rather hirelings and toadies, the astro-turf-eaters of Homo Pachydermata, stampeding to the whip hand of secret Blofelds of the GOP, has suddenly become a White House approved narrative endorsed by the colorful Robert Gibbs, who judged, “The Astro Turf nature of grassroots lobbying” are “manufactured anger.”

Would this were the whole story. Would that the Republicans were capable of such a vast right-wing conspiracy to rally and deploy growling scene-stealers with signage that is indifferent to paradox, “Stop Obama,” “Stop Socialism,” “Stop Fascism.” Those who have discovered these shadowy links of the nonsensically named “Conservatives for Patient Rights” to the infamous Swift Boaters’ latest awkward fantasy, “Tea Party Patriots Health Care Reform Committee,” serve less to enliven their suspicions than they do to prop up the spirits of the deracinated Republicans.(continued)

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: angrymob; batchelor; bhohealthcare; birthers; congress; healthcare; obama; obamacare; socializedmedicine; townhall; townhalls
This is a "conservative" talk show host?
1 posted on 08/08/2009 11:03:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No, Batchelor’s show is not a conservative talk show. He said once that he is a bad Republican, and he is.

I find his show to be very boring, but maybe others like it which is why he is there.


2 posted on 08/08/2009 11:09:47 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun
The only thing I know about Mr.Batchelor is before now I had never heard of him and I listen to alot of talk radio.
3 posted on 08/08/2009 11:13:11 PM PDT by BigCinBigD ('Evil white devil since 1960')
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Have no idea who he is. He’s cranky though.


4 posted on 08/08/2009 11:14:02 PM PDT by Jenny217
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
No conservative would work for, be paid by, a commie media propaganda organ like the “Daily Beast”.

Batchelor's shtick is contrariness, he has always been unproductive, and he is a bore.

5 posted on 08/08/2009 11:15:36 PM PDT by roses of sharon (It is not actual suffering but a taste of better things which excites people to revolt: Hoffer)
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To: Sun

My response to JB is if the townhall protestors are bad for the GOP, why did Obama need to dispatch ACORN and SEIU to crowd out the protestors????? If the GOP will look bad from these townhall outbursts, the White House do not need union goons, they need a small discrete camera crew to film it and use the clips for ads and encourage more of these outbursts on film.


6 posted on 08/08/2009 11:15:36 PM PDT by Fee (Peace, prosperity, jobs and common sense)
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To: Sun

Encourage KFI to carry a different radio host.


7 posted on 08/08/2009 11:19:49 PM PDT by Munson
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
John is one of those "beltway savants", the ones who are idiots but think they know it all!

Out here in Connecticut, we are in the midst of a

BLUE STATE REBELLION

8 posted on 08/08/2009 11:27:56 PM PDT by PALIN SMITH (Show them our respectable contempt!)
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To: PALIN SMITH

The GOP is laying low.....these battles are led by Libertarians!


9 posted on 08/08/2009 11:29:17 PM PDT by PALIN SMITH (Show them our respectable contempt!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
" This is a "conservative" talk show host jumping the shark ..? "

There now, fixed.
10 posted on 08/08/2009 11:30:10 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

...Regale, in the hilarity of the new word speak, for it dumbs down and is confutative...


11 posted on 08/08/2009 11:33:29 PM PDT by gargoyle (...My thoughts are not seditious, or treasonous, they're revolutionary...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you every wanted to see a living example of a “Pale Pastel” republican John Bachelor is it. I listen to him to keep an “ear” on his kind.


12 posted on 08/08/2009 11:35:33 PM PDT by Radioactiveman (Up and Atom!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

John, I’d kindly recommend you go find the basic definition of fascism and get back to us. We have a fascist government trying to ram fascist policies down our throat and you just expect us to quietly take it. I think not.


13 posted on 08/08/2009 11:38:43 PM PDT by DB
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To: Sun

I listen to Batchelor’s show on WABC’s website and it is actually pretty good in terms of the quality of his guests. He frequently has on authoritative guest that can discuss topics ranging from geopolitics to the economy in an informative fashion. That said, my impression of Batchelor is that he is a big RINO. In NYC he is what passes for a conservative. He doesn’t understand the country between NYC and LA.


14 posted on 08/08/2009 11:44:04 PM PDT by Norman Arbuthnot
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Batchelor is all over the place. I have listened to his show from time to time over the years and often found it boring and difficult to listen to. (For one thing, I don’t like his voice and speech.) I think he fancies himself a libertarian, but he’s just a kook. This story is a yawner, trust me. Nobody cares what Batchelor thinks.


15 posted on 08/08/2009 11:49:23 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Fee

As of now the Dems are looking bad:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2310723/posts


16 posted on 08/08/2009 11:50:19 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Norman Arbuthnot

He does have some good guests from time to time, but I find most of the show to be boring which is why I listen to other shows when he is on.


17 posted on 08/08/2009 11:51:55 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder how many townhall health care meetings Bachelor has attended? He writes like someone whose expertise comes from The Today show and The New York Times. That’s why it’s so easy for him to stereotype and label mainstream Americans. John: Don’t let the door hit you in the ass you whiny little puke.


18 posted on 08/08/2009 11:55:10 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The phenomenon of surly, verbose, sweaty voters crowding into overlit public rooms to hear out the numbing conclusions of a member of Congress on health-care reforms in all the 57 varieties has taken over...

But I thought these protestors were all "well dressed" corporate types? Didn't Pelosi say that?

19 posted on 08/09/2009 2:25:06 AM PDT by 101voodoo (OBAMA-OPIATE FOR THE DUMB ASSES)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Daily Beast seems like the new place for so-called conservatives to show up and bash real conservatives. It’s the MSNBC of the internet.


20 posted on 08/09/2009 3:59:37 AM PDT by nhwingut (The media's love affair with Obama reminds me of a dog humping a telephone pole.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Liberal bastard pretender who supports the overthrow of America by Communists should go to H$ll.


21 posted on 08/09/2009 4:18:48 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Conservative radio talk-show host John Batchelor

Closet Lib

22 posted on 08/09/2009 4:31:44 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: PALIN SMITH

> these battles are led by Libertarians!

Oh, please.

Open the borders, legalize crack, abortions for any one at any age at any time for any reason, no militiary defense.

That’s why they are best known as LOONEY-tarians.


23 posted on 08/09/2009 4:41:22 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The only whack jobs are:

1. so called moderate RINOs because they have not the words nor the gonads to oppose their opponents, and they invariably turn to the other side in similarly rationist “moderate” abstentionist puritano-communist behavior.

2. The whack jobs in Congress and at the White House intent on criminalizing every aspect of private health and consumption in the same evil dumbing down spirit mentioned in 1.

The only one descending us to 7th grade and below are idiots rationist “stuck in 7th grade” teacher/lesson-giver like him.


24 posted on 08/09/2009 4:41:59 AM PDT by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A jerk and a coward for sure.


25 posted on 08/09/2009 4:42:58 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When you constantly demean, degrade, insult, threaten, and ostracize your political opposition, as the Democrats have done, then is it any wonder that the opposition gets its rights and freedoms taken away. And that eventually, the opposition is the victim of violence?

People who question this Administration have to unite to defend themselves, or they will be marginalized, oppressed, and become invisible.


26 posted on 08/09/2009 4:45:55 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Batchelor is another ordinary guy who has no problem with our freedoms being taken away.


27 posted on 08/09/2009 4:47:17 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: Westbrook

Libertarian leisure only focused habits politics have somehow blinded them from responding and respect of those who fight in equal zeal. They are turning into liberals year after year, completely miscomprehending the situation.

It’s God’s great confusion and miscommunication at work so as to avenge the Son as intercessor in birthing the order of Melchizedek as key pivot of communication core between the zealous protectors and the zealous enjoyers of the fruits.


28 posted on 08/09/2009 4:47:40 AM PDT by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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To: popdonnelly

Exactly: do called moderates are abstinentionists and statists ultimately who cannot stand the zeal of patriots. They are deeply flawed and obsessed with Wilsonian style prostitutive professionalism.


29 posted on 08/09/2009 4:49:34 AM PDT by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Conservative radio talk-show host John Batchelor

ive never heard of this guy.. but he is no conservative.
30 posted on 08/09/2009 5:09:41 AM PDT by wafflehouse (RE-ELECT NO ONE !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How does he know they are “sweaty”? Was he there? and even if they were sweaty isn’t it about time someone got hot under the collar about Obambam’s socialist policies he’s ramming down our collective throats?

These are average Joes and Janes who care about the direction of their country. Simple as that.


31 posted on 08/09/2009 5:49:12 AM PDT by deannadurbin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He was on KSFO for a short stint on sunday nights.

He’s long gone.. as is his weird dirge-like music..

Bring Back Drudge!


32 posted on 08/09/2009 8:37:51 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge
Bring Back Drudge!

I sure do miss Drudge on Sunday nights. I still don't know why he quit radio. Anyway, he's been doing great work on the net lately - he's very brave going up against this admin.

33 posted on 08/09/2009 8:40:21 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have never heard of this guy.


34 posted on 08/09/2009 9:41:58 AM PDT by KansasGirl ( Obama's heroes have always been left-wing radicals.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am getting kind of sick of “conservatives” that apparently believe that we need to just bend over and take whatever the libs have to give. Is this some kind of Stockholm Syndrome?


35 posted on 08/09/2009 9:43:39 AM PDT by ajwharton (FL GOP Pollwatcher, ACORN-buster)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Batchelor has biting sarcasm, especially when he writes and speaks from the left position. This is some of it. If you listen to him enough, you know he hates Obama.
36 posted on 08/09/2009 12:13:27 PM PDT by jpeg82
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mr. Batchelor is intelligent, but he is hopelessly out of it as he clings on principle to pure idealism, ignoring the braindead youth and dependent-class structure of 0bama’s utopianism. He may have an idealized view of the political process, and would that it were so. But I don’t hear any recognition at all on his part of the astoundingly extreme nature of the current regime. We are in an era of extra-legal maneuvering, institutional seizure, and executive fiat. This is IMO the crux of the Republican problem. We are up against a faction that does NOT value liberty, because it has always had it.


37 posted on 08/30/2009 11:34:27 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (It's better to give a Ford to the Kidney Foundation than a kidney to the Ford Foundation.)
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