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Chris Matthews Scoffs at 'Irrelevant' Rush Limbaugh
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Posted on 02/21/2008 12:19:51 PM PST by RatherBiased.com

Appearing on Thursday's 1pm hour of MSNBC News Live, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews couldn't resist taking a few swipes at Rush Limbaugh. After anchor Peter Alexander played a clip of the conservative talk show host discussing the New York Times story on John McCain, Matthews irritably claimed, "Rush Limbaugh is irrelevant here. Irrelevant. He doesn't know anything more than what he read in the New York Times."

The radio clip, from todays edition of Limbaugh's program, featured the host urging the presidential candidate to learn a lesson from the front-page New York Times story speculating about a improper relationship with a D.C. lobbyist. In the clip, Limbaugh argued that Republicans should learn never to trust the liberal-leaning news media as they will always turn to help Democrats.

Matthews's apparent annoyance at Limbaugh might have something to do with being mentioned in the clip. At one point during the monologue, Limbaugh asserted, "[McCain] has thought Chris Matthews and these other people in the drive-by media, are his friends. They aren't."

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chrismatthews; msnbc; rushlimbaugh; talkradio
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To: Greg F

Don’t think you’re too far from the truth.
I’ve seen this guy on quite a few occasions and heard him a few times on the radio as a guest. I say this with all seriousness...I believe the dude is mildly retarded.


51 posted on 02/21/2008 12:49:28 PM PST by threeleftsmakearight
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To: RatherBiased.com
Lets us think about this. Rush has an audience of 20 million listeners. Matthews is lucky to reach 250,000 people with his show.

Seems Chris has his view of what constitutes relevance completely out of wack

52 posted on 02/21/2008 12:49:42 PM PST by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: weegee
Hey, weegee. Stops stealin' mah thunder.


53 posted on 02/21/2008 12:52:08 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: RatherBiased.com
The only one that’s irrelevant is Chris Matthews and MSNBC. Rush has more listeners in his three hours than MSNBC has all week.

I may be exaggerating but I doubt it.

54 posted on 02/21/2008 12:53:26 PM PST by puppypusher (The world is going to the dogs.)
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To: Jorge

Well maybe the people who want to claim Rush is irrelevent should look at who nominated McCain. McCain won with Independents and “Moderates” he lost 2-1 over those who describled themselves as “Conservative” or Republican. So McCain won on non party member votes. The only reason he got the nod was the Conservative split there vote too many other ways thus letting a minority canidate like McCain win.


55 posted on 02/21/2008 12:53:27 PM PST by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

I’m working on it.


56 posted on 02/21/2008 12:55:49 PM PST by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Rush has mentioned Chissy and his spitting speech many times, not just in this one clip.


57 posted on 02/21/2008 12:57:59 PM PST by Eva (Benedict Arnold was a war hero, too.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Here we have a Pinto calling a Hummer dangerous...


58 posted on 02/21/2008 12:59:20 PM PST by Antoninus (How did you come to Barack?)
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To: MNJohnnie

Conservatives need to make sure that EVERY Veep choice is a conservative . . . every time . . . scream bloody murder for it . . . whether the candidate is conservative or moderate. Bush I, and a dead in the water as far as future prospects Dan Quayle gave us 20 straight years of RINO candidates. Just picture what would have happened if Quayle had been an articulate conservative (that candidate or his Veep choice would have potentially been the been the leader in ‘96 and/or ‘00 . . . and no Bush). Better yet, picture a conservative Veep being elected as a follow up to Reagan. A real revolution.


59 posted on 02/21/2008 1:00:04 PM PST by Greg F (Do you want a guy named Hussein to fix your soul? Michelle Obama thinks you do.)
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To: ari-freedom
Pretty tough for a guy like Chrissy who reaches maybe 250,000 viewers on a good night to make or break a national election.

You McCainacs are going to get an abject lesson on where elections are won in Nov. It base plus. Elections are not decided in the middle, they are decided by who best mobilizes their base. You can get all the "moderate" votes you want and still lose if the 10 of millions of self described Conservatives stay home.

This is a 40-40-20 Country. 40R 40L 20I, spitting on the 40% to suck up to the 20% is moronic. But then you McCainbots are too busy screaming your arrogant McCainbot Cult of Personality drivel to actually listen to anyone who know politics.

You all should take a lesson from Karl Rove in 2004. Losing in the latter half of Oct he had Bush move hard right to fire up the Evangelical vote. That won him an election he was losing by trying to be "moderate"

60 posted on 02/21/2008 1:00:54 PM PST by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: nyconse

Matthews spat on Michele Malkin.


61 posted on 02/21/2008 1:01:00 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: puppypusher

Rush has more listeners in his three hours than MSNBC has all week.

Well it would be close but Rush probably does have more listeners in 3 hours then MSNBC has all week. None of their shows attract more then about 250-300,000 viewers


62 posted on 02/21/2008 1:02:46 PM PST by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

I’m still waiting for the “duel” with Zell Miller!


63 posted on 02/21/2008 1:04:08 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (Vote for conservatives AT ALL POLITICAL LEVELS! Encourage all others to do the same on November 4!)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Hey Chris, just because Rush knows more than you doesn’t make him irrelevant. Makes you a non-issue.


64 posted on 02/21/2008 1:04:28 PM PST by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Greg F

“He and Keith Olbermann need to team up and do a show piped only into insane asylums, psychologist office waiting rooms, and the homes of people under house arrest.”

Oh the horror, the HORROR!


65 posted on 02/21/2008 1:10:20 PM PST by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: RatherBiased.com

Bwahahahahahahaha


66 posted on 02/21/2008 1:11:57 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: Panzerlied

“He and Keith Olbermann need to team up and do a show piped only into insane asylums, psychologist office waiting rooms, and the homes of people under house arrest.”

Oh the horror, the HORROR!
__________________________

Upon reflection, they may reach the bulk of that audience with their current programs.


67 posted on 02/21/2008 1:12:26 PM PST by Greg F (Do you want a guy named Hussein to fix your soul? Michelle Obama thinks you do.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Rushs audience is reported at 13 million + per week, NOT 13 million + per day.


68 posted on 02/21/2008 1:12:29 PM PST by bigred41
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To: RatherBiased.com
Limbaugh asserted, "[McCain] has thought Chris Matthews and these other people in the drive-by media, are his friends. They aren't."

Most poster on this site could have told McCain that

Sad and scary thing is that his ego wouldn't let him see that
69 posted on 02/21/2008 1:13:43 PM PST by uncbob (m first)
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To: RatherBiased.com

In your dreams, Matthews. Shall we compare Limbaugh’s audience with yours?


70 posted on 02/21/2008 1:14:19 PM PST by popdonnelly (Get Reid. Salazar, and Harkin out of the Senate.)
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To: MNJohnnie

I like morning joe sometimes


71 posted on 02/21/2008 1:19:19 PM PST by Billg64
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To: RatherBiased.com

Limbaugh - 20 million listeners per week. matthews - less than 2 million hardvall viewers per week.


72 posted on 02/21/2008 1:21:36 PM PST by yorkie01
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To: RatherBiased.com
Chrissy callein Rush "irrelevant?"
At one twentieth the audience?

Now, that's funny!

73 posted on 02/21/2008 1:21:36 PM PST by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: Jorge

No, he has always encouraged everyone to vote as they please, but to make it an informed vote. Do not delude yourself to justify your vote, etc.


74 posted on 02/21/2008 1:22:23 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: RatherBiased.com
Too Funny!! Hissy Mathews is just jealous of Rush, and he’s just wishing out loud that Rush were irrelevant or secretly wishing he was relevant. If Rush was truly irrelevant, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Just to put what relevance means in context for tard like Mathews: Rush loses more people on one commercial break, then those that watch Hardball all week. Who’s irrelevant Sissy??
75 posted on 02/21/2008 1:22:25 PM PST by skully (Conservatives...carrying the GOP since 1980)
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To: MNJohnnie

yes they are decided by the middle. That’s why battleground states are so important.
And McCain would be much better with the base than romney, rudy or huckabee. Romney and Rudy would have turned off the evangelicals and Huckabee would have turned off the fiscal conservatives who want less spending.

usually a candidate wins the primary by appealing to the right and moves to the middle for the general. The problem is that weakens the base.
Because mccain won the primary by appealing to the middle all these years, he can actually afford to move to the right and fire up the base as we get closer to november.


76 posted on 02/21/2008 1:23:12 PM PST by ari-freedom (Never a dude like this one! Obama's got a plan to stick it to The Man!)
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To: bigred41

I wasn’t aware of that. Thanks for that correction.


77 posted on 02/21/2008 1:35:46 PM PST by DoughtyOne (We've got Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dumb & Tweedle Dumber left. Name them in order. I dare ya.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

I guess Peter Alexander probably got another one reamed after Matthews ended that segment. How dare he have a clip of Rush using Matthews name as one in the media who is untrustworthy! I love it!


78 posted on 02/21/2008 1:45:29 PM PST by DallasDeb ((a.k.a. USAFA2006Mom!))
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To: nyconse

I don’t know about that, but I’d bet the farm that in a fair fight of any kind Ann would take the weenie Mathews.
Fact is I have an 8 year old nephew that could whip him.


79 posted on 02/21/2008 1:50:47 PM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Non-Sequitur
When it comes to being irrelevant, who better than Chris Matthews would know?

Who is this Chris Matthews? Is he a sports person?

80 posted on 02/21/2008 1:54:17 PM PST by MrPiper
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To: RatherBiased.com
"Rush Limbaugh is irrelevant here. Irrelevant. He doesn't know anything more than what he read in the New York Times."

He doesn't know about love! He doesn't know about that feeling that spreads up his leg in the aura of god-man brought to earth!"


81 posted on 02/21/2008 1:57:14 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

More people hear the irelevant Prissy Chrissy when Rush plays a clip than ever hear him on DNC TV


82 posted on 02/21/2008 2:00:00 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Never say never (there'll be a VP you'll like))
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To: RatherBiased.com

Chris Matthews is a self-pimping media whore who’s no more than a turd stain on the bottom of Rush Limbaugh’s shoe.


83 posted on 02/21/2008 2:00:45 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Obama and Hillary - it's right there in black and white)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Chrissy should talk...he is the lightweight among talk show hosts.


84 posted on 02/21/2008 2:03:23 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: RatherBiased.com

Chris Matthews is a moronic, tiresome, juvenile horse’s ass with no audience and no intellect who only reaches the outside world with his fifth rate garbage out of an act of charity and political bias by NBC and Bill Gates’ news dabbling who pays for this colossal waste of time.


85 posted on 02/21/2008 2:07:54 PM PST by Imperial Warrior
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To: RatherBiased.com

Irrelevant??? Doesn’t Rush have the largest audience in the history of radio? I couldn’t even tell you the station or time Chris Matthews comes on. He’s a sorry excuse if I ever saw one.


86 posted on 02/21/2008 2:11:51 PM PST by FrdmLvr
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To: RatherBiased.com

I think Rush and Chrissy Poo should do 5 rounds in a UFC fight, with the lose being bannished forver from radio, tv, or print media.


87 posted on 02/21/2008 2:22:26 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: RatherBiased.com

Tomorrows New York Times headline:

‘Sources: Lobbyist was Surrogate
Mom for McCain-Alien Baby!’


88 posted on 02/21/2008 2:24:41 PM PST by DGHoodini (Happy Leap Month!)
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To: Miss Didi
Jorge, Rush never “urged” us to vote for or against any candidate.

Right. If you say so.

89 posted on 02/21/2008 2:30:01 PM PST by Jorge
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To: SkyDancer
"Anybody watch Hardball?????"

Is this "Hardball" some kind of baseball show?
90 posted on 02/21/2008 2:32:48 PM PST by FortWorthPatriot (No better friend, no worse enemy)
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To: LucyJo
No, he has always encouraged everyone to vote as they please, but to make it an informed vote.

No kidding...but this is after he railed on McCain endlessly as being the nominee who would destroy the Republican party.

91 posted on 02/21/2008 2:33:57 PM PST by Jorge
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To: ari-freedom
Your mistake is confusing polling data for an electoral strategy. You are arrogantly assuming your base will automatically turn out for you. Not necessarily. They did not turn out for Repbos in 2006.

Elections are not won in opinions polls, they are won in the Electoral College. Being popular in an opinion poll 8 months before an election does not necessarily translate into winning enough state to win a National Election

92 posted on 02/21/2008 2:39:16 PM PST by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

The green eyed monster got hold of Chris.


93 posted on 02/21/2008 2:39:25 PM PST by Jane Austen
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To: Jorge
Actually Rush said that McCain and the Huckster would ruin the party. Just informing his audience, that's all.
94 posted on 02/21/2008 2:44:51 PM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: RatherBiased.com
RUSH: They played almost the full monologue, at least two or three minutes of it, from the first hour of this program, and now they are discussing, Chris Matthews, "Why are we listening to Limbaugh?" (laughing) The network is playing these sound bites of me. (laughing) It's surreal. It is surreal. (cont.)



The Love Affair Is Over

McCain & Gray Lady: Love Story | Shanklin
95 posted on 02/21/2008 2:45:55 PM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Miss Didi

RUSH: "It's as predictable as Ted Kennedy finding a bar at happy hour, that the Drive-By Media would turn on a Republican candidate."

The Story Is the Drive-By Media Turning on Its Favorite Maverick
96 posted on 02/21/2008 2:47:40 PM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Jorge

No. Get your facts right. Rush simply laid out the facts, as he sees them, concerning the Republican candidates and how their nomination would impact the general elections and the Republican Party as a whole. The fact that a McCain nomination has so many negatives isn’t Rush’s fault. The fact that Rush discusses the McCain negatives logically and intelligently is not an “attack” or some kind of bashing of McCain - it is what it is - the truth.


97 posted on 02/21/2008 2:58:37 PM PST by GLH3IL (This so called 're-deployment' is really a vote catching program. General Patton - 1944)
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To: potlatch; PhilDragoo; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP; AlexW

MSNBC

Chris Matthews
FNC

Ann Coulter


98 posted on 02/21/2008 3:00:47 PM PST by devolve (------- --------Bob Dole without the honesty? ---------------That`s a tired old idea!)
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To: MNJohnnie

the GOP really didn’t have a strategy in 2006. they thought they could just spend $ on pork and that would be the ticket to victory
McCain will probably come up with a national agenda, like the contract with america. Balance the budget, overhaul the tax code, reform entitlements. Those are big things conservatives want.


99 posted on 02/21/2008 3:16:18 PM PST by ari-freedom (Never a dude like this one! Obama's got a plan to stick it to The Man!)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Hey, Chrissy. Hillary’s got your nads in a vise. Who’s irrelevant? And what are your numbers compared to Rush?


100 posted on 02/21/2008 3:18:37 PM PST by aruanan
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