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Chuck Todd: Limbaugh Couldn't Win GOP Nomination - Doubtful Palin Could Either
NewsBusters ^ | July 10, 2011 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 07/10/2011 5:00:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

David Gregory decided to have a very fair and balanced roundtable discussion at the conclusion of Sunday's "Meet the Press" exclusively with the perilously liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and the equally left-leaning Chuck Todd of NBC News.

With the subject being Newsweek's new cover story about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Todd mysteriously made the case for how slim her chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination were by claiming, "Rush Limbaugh is an incredibly influential figure in the Republican Party, and he could never win the Republican nomination" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

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DAVID GREGORY, HOST: Let me do one other political note because Sarah Palin is being heard from again--cover story in Newsweek. And I want to pullout the portion where she talks about her prospects, which is quite interesting. We'll get that together and put that up on the screen. Again, granting an interview to Newsweek. "I can win." She says, "The people of America are desperate for positive change, and deserving of positive change ... I'm not so egotistical as to believe that it has to be me, or it can only be me, to turn things around. But I to believe that I can win."

What is she up to here, Chuck?

CHUCK TODD, NBC: I'm not going to pretend--we never--to try to crawl inside and see if she's going to do things predictably the way other presidential candidates do is a mistake. It feels like she is simply trying to go out on her own terms. You know, she didn't want the Tucson response that she made when she called blood libel and all those things after the Gabby Giffords shooting to be the most--the lasting impression of Sarah Palin 2011. She wanted to get out--she wanted--if she's not going to run, she wants to be able to have that be the message. "I could win, but I don't need it."

GREGORY: But she has this quality of wanting to very much stay on the margins, be a spoiler if that's, if that's the role. But it, it's just completely unconventional.

EUGENE ROBINSON, WASHINGTON POST: It is completely unconventional. I'm not exactly sure, beyond the influence she has now as a, as a kind of gadfly, as a, as a political presence, I'm not sure how this path that she seems to be on gets her any more influence. I'm not sure where it gets her. She hasn't done any of the stuff that you'd--that you would need to do, traditional or nontraditional, to run for president. I don't think she's running.

TODD: Look, Rush Limbaugh is an incredibly influential figure in the Republican Party, and he could never win the Republican nomination.

ROBINSON: Mm-hmm.

TODD: I think that's where Sarah Palin's coming. She's going to be an incredibly influential figure on a conservative movement in the Republican Party. That's what she wants. And I don't know if she'd get nominated. Look at her numbers among Republicans. She doesn't have the support among Republicans to win this nomination.

To begin with, one has to wonder whether "Meet the Press" has decided to go MSNBC on its viewers.

David Gregory, Eugene Robinson, and Chuck Todd a roundtable doth not make. This is the kind of "roundtable" one would expect on "Countdown with Keith Olbermann."

That said, it's quite a statement for Todd to claim Limbaugh could never win the Republican nomination for president.

As one of the most popular and highly recognizable conservatives on the face of the planet, Limbaugh could be a powerful force in politics if he ever chose to run for office.

If a totally unqualified junior senator from Illinois with absolutely no accomplishments in public or private life outside of academia can get elected president, Rush Limbaugh conceivably could win the Republican nomination.

But whether or not that's the case, exactly what has Limbaugh to do with Palin who has successfully run for office achieving a governorship which is no small feat.

Bringing Limbaugh into the equation seemed more of an opportunity to bash conservatives, which again was what one would expect from MSNBC.

Sadly, this was in keeping with the entire tenor of Sunday's installment which began with a rather softball interview with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner who was largely allowed to echo White House talking points with little challenge.

Particularly disturbing was the section about the debt ceiling when Gregory chose to not ask specific numbers despite being given a big opening to do so.

The Secretary told his host that following August 2nd, the treasury will only have existing cash on hand and incoming revenues to pay the obligations of the federal government:

TIMOTHY GEITHNER, SECRETARY OF TREASURY: And every week starting the week of August 2, we have to go out and finance roughly $100 billion in maturing obligations of the government. We make 80 million checks a month to Americans, 55 million people on Social Security benefits, millions more Americans on veterans benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, people who supply our troops in combat. Eighty million checks a month. So on August 2, we're left with the cash on hand and the cash we take in. And we have to convince people to come and refinance $500 billion in maturing principal payments that come due in August.

With such an opening, a good interviewer would have asked exactly how much cash is on hand, what are the projected revenues for August as well as the debt obligations so that they can be met.

As NewsBusters has been reporting for days, treasury is projecting $172 billion worth of revenues for the month along with likely no higher than $35 billion in interest payments.

Since this is a key issue concerning the debt ceiling, why wouldn't Gregory have asked the man with the most information about these figures?

Might that have let the cat out of the bag that this really isn't the crisis the White House has ginned up, and that there is indeed no chance America is going to default on its debt in the coming months?

Having let Geithner nicely off the hook for having to answer any indelicate questions, Gregory instead chose to grill Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty like a suspect in a capital crime.

If he would have been this aggressive with his previous guest, maybe America would have actually learned something about the looming debt ceiling beyond what the White House wishes.

I guess that's not as important to Gregory as bashing conservatives.


TOPICS: Campaign News; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: palin; rushlimbaugh; sarahpalin; talkradio
What accomplishments in academia does Mr. Obama have? Teaching freshman legal classes? That'd be like making me labor secretary because I taught classes in how to find a job!!
1 posted on 07/10/2011 5:00:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I do not care what these people have to say.


2 posted on 07/10/2011 5:03:50 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

What rattles around in Chuck You Todd’s pea brain is irrelevant to anything.


3 posted on 07/10/2011 5:05:31 PM PDT by webschooner (Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure - Robert LeFevre)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I doubt Chucky could manage 20 million radio listners for the past 20 years.


4 posted on 07/10/2011 5:08:51 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
GREGORY: ...But it, it's just completely unconventional.

EUGENE ROBINSON, WASHINGTON POST: It is completely unconventional.

Welcome to Sarah-ville, dumbasses.

5 posted on 07/10/2011 5:10:43 PM PDT by floozy22
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sorry “Chuck You” but they said the same thing about your boy Barry Soetoro. It was Hillary’s turn and Barry took it away from her. Stuff it Chuck!


6 posted on 07/10/2011 5:10:50 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (When the going gets tough, the tough check themselves into "rehab".)
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To: Huskrrrr
I doubt Chuck could corral 20 “friends” in his living room for a Mary Kay demonstration or a Tupperware party.
7 posted on 07/10/2011 5:14:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mr. Todd is cordially invited to go f.chuck himself.


8 posted on 07/10/2011 5:15:29 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

soetoro hung around radicals and homos at Occidental, roomed with pakistanis in new york, was given harvard law review because he was a black guy...end of resume.


9 posted on 07/10/2011 5:15:32 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, the expert at winning nominations, Chuck Todd has spoken. What’s he got, like five, six nominations to his name?

I hate all these talking heads.


10 posted on 07/10/2011 5:26:39 PM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan (A kid like Prescott & still pro-life all the days of his life. President Reagan was truly a saint!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

F. Chuck and the rest of the leftwing media hacks are in mortal fear of Palin and her embrace of traditional Constitutional America.


11 posted on 07/10/2011 5:26:47 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: All

According to the MSM, not is there not a GOP candidate they can elect, there is no candidate that can beat Obama, so we should just forfeit the election.

FU MSM


12 posted on 07/10/2011 5:38:50 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (David Horowitz: "The War on Sarah Palin is really a War on Conservatives.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
David Gregory, Eugene Robinson, and Chuck Todd a roundtable doth not make.

I think the term they are looking for is a 'circle j@rk'.

13 posted on 07/10/2011 5:40:10 PM PDT by arkady_renko
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To: freekitty

You got that right! bttt


14 posted on 07/10/2011 5:46:32 PM PDT by Matchett-PI ("I used to think Obama was an empty suit but now I think he has filled his pants." ~badgerlandjim)
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To: arkady_renko

I laughed when they said Limbaugh couldn’t win the election as president. I can’t count the number of times he has said he’s not interested in the job—wouldn’t take the papycut—LOL!


15 posted on 07/10/2011 5:48:03 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They know she’s inevitable.

They knew it the first time they saw her.

It's why they go insane every time they think of her.

ineluctable

16 posted on 07/10/2011 5:50:36 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." - Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins)
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To: webschooner

We will not stand for this anymore. The flailing of Obama and the Rats about this is telling. Do not raise the borrowing limit. Todd is a Rat. He is the one in a Panic. Good.


17 posted on 07/10/2011 5:50:48 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Socialism...Easier said than done.)
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To: basil

I certainly mess up on the words “pay cut”, didn’t I?


18 posted on 07/10/2011 6:06:32 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: basil

We all love Rush, but he is a multi-divorcee with no kids who doesn’t go to church, dodged the draft, didn’t even vote for many years and had a prescription drug dependency problem. He ain’t gonna get nominated and, of course, has said so himself. Plus, he wouldn’t take the pay cut. We need him on the radio.


19 posted on 07/10/2011 7:03:39 PM PDT by mighty atlas
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Chuckee must want some attention from El Rushbo.


20 posted on 07/10/2011 7:07:09 PM PDT by libbylu (Game On!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Chuck Todd - NBC =

Chuck Todd - NoBody Cares

21 posted on 07/10/2011 7:41:50 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (From her lips to the voters' ears: Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "We own the economy" June 15, 2011)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Sorry “Chuck You” but they said the same thing about your boy Barry Soetoro. It was Hillary’s turn and Barry took it away from her. Stuff it Chuck!

"Chuck U" is Schumer.. Todd is "F. Chuck". Amazing, though, how interchangeable the two are.

22 posted on 07/10/2011 8:54:47 PM PDT by Christian4Bush (PSA. As of 7/10/11, 485/560 days 'til we vote out/take out the trash. (Nov 6 2012))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"The Community Organizer Who Couldn't"
23 posted on 07/10/2011 8:57:26 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who the flick is Chuck Flicking Todd?


24 posted on 07/10/2011 9:59:51 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“TODD: Look, Rush Limbaugh is an incredibly influential figure in the Republican Party, and he could never win the Republican nomination.”

Wanna bet?!


25 posted on 07/10/2011 10:03:45 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: FreeReign

While in college, Todd worked for the 1992 presidential campaign of Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)

Wife, Kristian Denny Todd is a Democratic operative and communications professional.

She recently served as Senior Communications Strategist to U.S. Senator Jim Webb’s 2006 victory in Virginia

In 1993, Denny Todd moved west where for five years she worked first for U.S. Representative Gary Condit (CA-18) and later for the Washington state Democratic Party, as well as, the 1996 Washington state Democratic Coordinated Campaign effort. In 1998, Denny Todd worked as Press Secretary in U.S. Senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings’ reelection campaign in South Carolina.

In 1999, she moved to Washington DC where she served as Press Secretary in the office of U.S. Senator Patty Murray (WA). In 2000, Denny Todd became the first Public Relations Director for Atlantic Media Group, a Washington- based company who publishes such politically-centered staples as the well–respected National Journal and the ever popular The Hotline, as well as, the historic and highly revered Atlantic Monthly.

In 2002, Denny Todd returned to politics by accepting a position with U.S. Senator John Edwards’ (NC) leadership PAC, New American Optimists


26 posted on 07/10/2011 10:09:15 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Thanks.


27 posted on 07/10/2011 10:23:28 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As for Chuck Todd??? He has some input into the wording of the questions on the NBC/WSJ poll...I heard him say it with my own ears


28 posted on 07/11/2011 7:38:41 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge (DID I MENTION...SARAH PALIN OR FLIPPIN BUST!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As for Chuck Todd??? He has some input into the wording of the questions on the NBC/WSJ poll...I heard him say it with my own ears


29 posted on 07/11/2011 7:40:37 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge (DID I MENTION...SARAH PALIN OR FLIPPIN BUST!)
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To: mighty atlas
We all love Rush, but he is a multi-divorcee with no kids who doesn’t go to church, dodged the draft, didn’t even vote for many years and had a prescription drug dependency problem.

Straight out of the DU play book.

Enjoy your short stay here.

30 posted on 07/11/2011 1:02:06 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Woah, Obama will appease Trump, but not Lakin? Thanks LSM)
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