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The Rush Limbaugh Victory
New York Times ^ | May 19, 2010 | Zev Chafets

Posted on 05/20/2010 12:28:22 PM PDT by chickadee

THERE are many theories for why very conservative Republicans seem to be doing so well lately, taking their party’s Senate nominations in Florida, Kentucky and Utah, and beating Democrats head-to-head in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia. Some attribute this to a generalized anti-incumbent mood. Others say it reflects the tendency of parties in power to falter in midterm elections. Recently it has been fashionable to ascribe right-wing success to the Tea Party movement.

But the most obvious explanation is the one that’s been conspicuously absent from the gusher of analysis. Republican success in 2010 can be boiled down to two words: Rush Limbaugh.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2010midterms; conservativism; gopcomeback; gotv; limbaugh; mcdonnell; palin; republicans; rushlimbaugh; talkradio; victory
Zev Chafets is the author of the forthcoming “Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One.”
1 posted on 05/20/2010 12:28:23 PM PDT by chickadee
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To: chickadee

So the score is Rush 4 and Obammy 0?


2 posted on 05/20/2010 12:30:27 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I was pondering this editorial . . . and I must admit there is a lot of truth in it. While most of us were in a corner sucking our thumbs and clutching our favorite bankies in January of 2009 (immaculation day) - Rush was defiant in saying he hoped Obama would fail. That took a lot of guts at a time when we were all expected to give in and allow the Obama/Pelosi Express to roll over us.


3 posted on 05/20/2010 12:33:13 PM PDT by chickadee
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To: chickadee

Wish Rush would think about political office.


4 posted on 05/20/2010 12:37:36 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: chickadee

Rush reflects how pissed America is at the Left because greater numbers of people are becoming aware of how the Left is rushing to national suicide by following the example the UK is setting. Rush simply gives that a voice.


5 posted on 05/20/2010 12:39:30 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: presently no screen name

Wish Rush would think about political office.


Rush is best where he is. Besides,as he says, he’d have to take a huge pay cut.


6 posted on 05/20/2010 12:40:35 PM PDT by unkus
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To: presently no screen name

Rush is fulfilling his destiny. He can do the most good from his perch behind the EIB golden microphone.


7 posted on 05/20/2010 12:41:24 PM PDT by chickadee
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To: chickadee
Thanks for the post. Excellent editorial.

This appearing, in the NY Times, will really drive the regime crazy.

8 posted on 05/20/2010 12:41:59 PM PDT by Upstate NY Guy (Gen 15:16 The iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.)
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To: presently no screen name

“Wish Rush would think about political office.”

You think the Left was pissed at Palin for running? Just wait and see what happens if Rush ever decides to run.

The Left was able to talk about assassinating Bush openly and get away with it. They went berserk on Palin worse than any other politician in modern history when she ran.

Rush? They’d not only try the character assassination route but they would get violent on him and his followers in more ways than one if he ran.


9 posted on 05/20/2010 12:43:28 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: chickadee
Instead he decreed that the Republicans must become the party of no, and force Democratic candidates — especially centrists — to go into 2010 with sole responsibility for the Obama program and the state of the economy. And that is what has happened.

Thank you Rush. You helped impose the quarantine that kept the pox solely in the dim camp. Obama has been citing the actions (what we view as failures) of Bush as arguments in favor of what he's doing (e.g. TARP). If there had been any more buy in to the Marxist's agenda, we would have been hearing more of the same with the line blurring that there ever was any alternative.

10 posted on 05/20/2010 12:51:22 PM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: presently no screen name
Wish Rush would think about political office.

He can accomplish more as a free agent - we need him where he is - without his voice out there - we'd be a lot worse off.

11 posted on 05/20/2010 12:53:15 PM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: chickadee
Zev Chafets
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Zev Chafets, (born 1947) is an American-Israeli author and columnist who was born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he moved to Israel. He spent a decade in the army, government service and politics. In 1977, he was appointed director of the Government Press Office, a post he held for five years during the administration of Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Chafets was an active participant in the Egytian-Israeli peace process and a delegate to the first Israeli-Egyptian peace negotiations.

He was the founding managing editor of the Jerusalem Report magazine and is the author of twelve books of fiction, media criticism, and social and political commentary, three of which have been named Notable Books of the Year (by The New York Times). He is also the recipient of the 2008 Wilbur Award for his book A Match Made In Heaven.

He was a regular columnist for the New York Daily News from 2000 until 2004. Today his columns appear frequently in major newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Post. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Sunday Magazine. In 2008, his NYT Magazine cover story on Mike Huckabee was a finalist for the National Magazine Award.

Chafets is a spirited political polemicist. A strong supporter of Israel, he has been a vocal critic of Arab dictatorships, Islamic radicalism, extremist groups such as Hizbollah and Hamas, and what he perceives as a pro-Palestinian bias in academia and the media. He is also well-known for his opposition to the role of religious political parties in Israel.

Selected works of non-fiction
• Double Vision: How America's Press Distorts Our View of the Middle East (1985)
• A Match Made in Heaven: American Jews, Christian Zionists, and One Man's Exploration of the Weird and Wonderful Judeo-Evangelical Alliance (HarperCollins Hardcover - Jan 9, 2007)
• Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One (forthcoming)

12 posted on 05/20/2010 12:58:13 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ( Racism is the first refuge of liberals. --J.T. Young)
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To: unkus

Pay cut? I don’t think he would mind - it’s all about his country. IIRC, he said as much.


13 posted on 05/20/2010 1:31:54 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: maine-iac7

While I agree, it’s time for action and less talk. And he’s the one to get ANY job done.


14 posted on 05/20/2010 1:33:38 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
They’d not only try the character assassination route but they would get violent on him and his followers in more ways than one if he ran.

Who cares what they 'try' - I'm not one to give up because of fear - what someone will do. Perhaps, I'm wrong but I believe the majority expect the msm rants but ignore them.

They went berserk on Palin worse than any other politician in modern history when she ran.

Totally agree but the last I saw, Sarah is still standing and the MSM hang on her every word. She went around them and gave them no credence.
15 posted on 05/20/2010 1:39:57 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: chickadee

His destiny doesn’t have to stop at the golden mike - it could be taken as a way of everyone getting to know him, learn from him and see he does have more talent than most with one hand tied behind his back.

Plus he’s not a politician - major plus!!


16 posted on 05/20/2010 1:44:30 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: presently no screen name

That’s because she not currently running for office. When she decides to go for it just watch the Leftards go into hysterics again. If she runs for POTUS what little if any slack the Left gave her before they won’t allow again.


17 posted on 05/20/2010 1:47:23 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: chickadee

I’m surprised The Slimes published this generally favorable piece on Rush.


18 posted on 05/20/2010 1:53:00 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Agree. While I’m not so sure SARAH will run, do you think voters are swayed by the msm any more? Barry would be mince meat with only one debate with her and they all know that.

Remember her book tour - the people who went and camped out were really saying - we hear you and not the msm.


19 posted on 05/20/2010 1:54:28 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: chickadee
Thanks for posting!

What Rush did is become a strong and central voice for those with no representations AT ALL in the media. He's the one Republican on the national stage with balls.

Everyone one else -- even my beloved Sarah -- has folded or equivocated to some degree.

I think this is a good article and I am glad some of the NYT readership will be exposed to it.
20 posted on 05/20/2010 1:55:10 PM PDT by hemogoblin (We're all on Flight 93 now.)
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To: Signalman

Perhaps it was done ‘purposely’ in error. Wonder if someone lost their job today due to ‘cutbacks’.


21 posted on 05/20/2010 1:56:10 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: chickadee
Did you hear that?

It's the sound of thousands of liberal heads exploding. They HATELimbaugh with a purple passion.

I love it. . . and in the New York Lies of all places.

LOLOLOLOL
22 posted on 05/20/2010 2:04:40 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: chickadee

Thanks to Rush - without whom Hillary would now be POTUS.


23 posted on 05/20/2010 2:07:23 PM PDT by Riodacat (Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
So the score is Rush 4 and Obammy 0?

Without Rush there's be no Obammy. We'd have Hillary.
So Rush has a radio show and Obammy is POTUS.
So the score may be a bit tighter than 4 - 0.

24 posted on 05/20/2010 2:09:56 PM PDT by Riodacat (Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: chickadee
if the party sweeps this November under the banner of Real Conservatism, Mr. Obama will find himself facing two years of “no” in Washington and, very likely, a Limbaugh-approved opponent in 2012.

We could do worse.


25 posted on 05/20/2010 2:10:50 PM PDT by Nick Danger (Pin the fail on the donkey)
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To: presently no screen name

Yes, I do think people listen to the MSM. Just not all the time.

I also think when they persistently beat down on something for years people get tired of fighting back and fold (the war) even if they aren’t against it per se.

In Rush’s case I think the biggest contribution he makes is tethering different groups together. He doesn’t go as far right as everyone would like. He doesn’t stand behind the party to the extent they’d like. But I would say he’s the main reason a significant third party didn’t develop thus far. He’s been the advocate to work from within the system and the other voices are following his lead. From DeMint, Palin, the Tea Party itself. He’s the only one in a position of power respected and influential enough by different factions to create that uneasy peace.

I cannot stand the GOP anymore. But I’m trying Rush’s way for now. In some ways because it’s easier then building an entire new party structure. But mostly because he’s the one person that seems to be proven more right then wrong over time that I’ve observed and what he says today seems to mimic what he said 15 years ago. That track record and experience counts for something.


26 posted on 05/20/2010 2:11:27 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (?)
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To: Riodacat

Hillary looks mighty good to me right now. One thing about the Clintons, they always worried about the polls.


27 posted on 05/20/2010 2:17:17 PM PDT by chickadee
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Ah..to the couple of people stating Hillary would be President. When will facts get it through your thick skulls Obama was winning that primary with or wthout Rush? What Rush did was help Hillary keep it interesting awhile since McCain had no intention of fighting Obama. he only fights conservatives.

You want to blame people for Obama alright then. Let’s start with the idiots who selected Keyes to run against him in Illinois. Or the Republican primary voters who selected mcCain as his opponent. How about the American people obsessed with style over substance? Or the Republicans for screwing their voters so badly they felt a change, any change, was necessary?

No, can’t blame Rush for Obama. He was the only one to fight him.


28 posted on 05/20/2010 2:17:40 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (?)
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To: Riodacat

>>Without Rush there’s be no Obammy. We’d have Hillary.<<

Keep fooling yourself.
George Soros picked Obama, preened and financed him.

They then paid their way to the Presidency.

Rush had NOTHING to do with that.


29 posted on 05/20/2010 2:19:53 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am inyenzi on the Religion Forum)
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To: chickadee
Rush has been stalwart for the conservative cause, even going after Republicans when they've veered toward the left in their 'go along to get along' attitudes.

Rush has also inspired many others, like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, to emulate him, and that has only increased the ability for the conservative message to get out in the country. Sure the MSM goes apey over talk radio and FoxNews, but that only serves to make people MORE aware of those outlets, and might even encourage some of them to listen in from time to time. I guarantee that if they do stop and listen, they'll find themselves agreeing more than they might think they might have. ;o)

30 posted on 05/20/2010 2:21:22 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: chickadee

doing what he was born to do.


31 posted on 05/20/2010 2:24:01 PM PDT by rahbert (Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in..)
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To: netmilsmom
Rush had NOTHING to do with that.

LOL. Yah gotta be kidding.
I give Rush most of the credit for making Hillary so toxic that even Democrats were convinced she couldn't win.
Rush wacked her daily on his show from 1992 thru 2008. I know cause I was a daily listener (or at least whenever I could).
Obama OWES his presidency to RUSH. That's called unintended consequences.

32 posted on 05/20/2010 2:27:34 PM PDT by Riodacat (Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: Soul Seeker
When will facts get it through your thick skulls Obama was winning that primary with or wthout Rush?

BULLROAR!!!. Give Rush credit for crapping on her daily for years and making her so toxic that most Democrats were convinced that she couldn't win the general election and so they went looking for someone with less baggage.
History will demonstrate that no one played a more important role in making Obama king than Rush Limbaugh.
Now that everyone agrees that Hillary would have been better, some want to revise history. But it is what it is.

33 posted on 05/20/2010 2:32:00 PM PDT by Riodacat (Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: Riodacat

>>I give Rush most of the credit for making Hillary so toxic that even Democrats were convinced she couldn’t win.
Rush wacked her daily on his show from 1992 thru 2008. I know cause I was a daily listener (or at least whenever I could).<<

LOLOLOL!!! Yeah, right.
Rush wacks people daily. Didn’t hurt Bill any with his reelection. Hillary was toxic in her own right. And People didn’t want another “family” in the White House.

She wasn’t liked by her own party because of her smarmy attitude and nasty personality. Bill is a charmer, Rush couldn’t hurt him. Hillary was a target to many.

Seriously, Rush can’t hurt anyone with the libs. When he slams them, they circle the wagons. And I have been a DAILY listener since 93 when I ran a Medical Office. My babies would dance to the Limbaugh theme and called him, Uncle Rush.

You’re deluding yourself.


34 posted on 05/20/2010 2:38:34 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am inyenzi on the Religion Forum)
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To: chickadee

This is a good take. No, Rush can’t win every battle (Hoffman, PA-12), but he’ll win more than he loses, especially if the GOP cooperates.


35 posted on 05/20/2010 2:45:04 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Riodacat

“Now that everyone agrees that Hillary would have been better, some want to revise history.”

Hillary would not have been better. She would have been more effective for the Left. And so far, the BO regime has not had suicides, plane crashes or Wacos.

Subject to change, of course.

But the affirmative action sock puppet presently operating under the alias of “Barack Hussein Obama” is less threat than a revitalized Clinton gang would have been. Conservatives have not been this motivated since G. H. W. Bush began to covertly deconstruct the Reagan revolution.


36 posted on 05/20/2010 2:48:16 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Let me be clear. The voluntary pancipation of Cinco de Quatro is mandated in all 57 states.)
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To: presently no screen name
There are many reasons why he can't and won't. He hates raising money---although I suspect he could do so in absolutely innovative ways and NOT be beholden to traditional "interest groups." I don't know one way or the other if he's a delegator, or how he is as an administrator: on his show, he's pretty much "it." Yes, he has a staff, but with something as large as the government, you have to work with people who are not entirely in your camp, even some within your administration. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan all dealt with such people.

The bad news is that without a Rush running for office, we'll never know what it would be like to have an "aggressive" conservative (vs. a "happy conservative" like Reagan) in office. I think that alone would be worth watching.

37 posted on 05/20/2010 2:48:44 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: chickadee

This article is simply golden and really nails it.


38 posted on 05/20/2010 3:06:33 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: chickadee

“Rush is fulfilling his destiny”
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And he creates it as he goes along. It isn’t just “out there” waiting for him to fulfill- he MAKES it happen.


39 posted on 05/20/2010 3:17:27 PM PDT by Canedawg (I'm not digging this tyranny thing.)
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To: Canedawg

I agree. When he said that he hoped that Obama failed in January of ‘09, you could hear the national intake of breath. Rush noticed the dog’s mess in the living room and was not afraid to mention it.

Fewer and fewer Americans are willing to continue to pretend that the dog didn’t leave a pile on the rug and want it cleaned up so that the ambiance of living in America improves.


40 posted on 05/20/2010 3:26:25 PM PDT by chickadee
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To: Soul Seeker
He doesn’t go as far right as everyone would like.

I agree but at the same time that's a good thing. If he were considered too far right (lefty term) - I doubt many of his converts would have taken him seriously. He's a good teacher.

In office we could count on him to do the will of the people - pro America. He's not a people pleaser and this would not be a career for him.
41 posted on 05/20/2010 3:34:47 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: LS
The bad news is that without a Rush running for office, we'll never know what it would be like to have an "aggressive" conservative (vs. a "happy conservative" like Reagan

And that's just what we need now - aggressive. This country has taken a quick fall in so many areas and needs aggressive to bring it back.
42 posted on 05/20/2010 3:37:54 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: Psalm 144
Hussein Obama” is less threat

You can't be serious. His contempt for America screams!
43 posted on 05/20/2010 3:45:01 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: presently no screen name

Hussein Obama” is less threat

You can’t be serious. His contempt for America screams!

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True, but his incompetence roars as well.


44 posted on 05/20/2010 3:55:47 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Let me be clear. The voluntary pancipation of Cinco de Quatro is mandated in all 57 states.)
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To: Psalm 144
but his incompetence roars

He's not incompetent- he is DELIBERATE!
45 posted on 05/20/2010 4:00:18 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: chickadee

Dittos Rush!


46 posted on 05/20/2010 4:34:32 PM PDT by carjic (Laid off since Dec 08...HELP!)
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To: presently no screen name

He’s not incompetent- he is DELIBERATE!

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In BO I see an utter incompetent who has brought the entirety of post-WWII liberalism to the chopping block. See my tagline.

Hillary’s policies would have been just as malignant, but executed with more skill, subtlety, persuasion, permanence and lethality.

Thus I stated and maintain that the election of Hillary would have been worse than the election of BO. Ambivalent about the Great White Quisling, a/k/a “The Maverick” McCain.

YMMV.


47 posted on 05/20/2010 5:40:31 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Let me be clear. The voluntary pancipation of Cinco de Quatro is mandated in all 57 states.)
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