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Obama v Limbaugh
The London Guardian ^ | January 27, 2009 | Terry Mancour

Posted on 01/27/2009 5:12:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

This week's media feud between Barack Obama and Rush Limbaugh has far more significance than you might suspect. When Limbaugh came out with his reaction to the possibility of a successful left-leaning Obama administration with a heartfelt and purposefully incendiary "I hope he fails", it was the first shot in an inevitable war.

Dismissed as a mere right-wing blowhard by much of the left, Limbaugh is perhaps the closest thing to a unifying voice in the American conservative movement. His syndicated radio show is on the air for three hours a day Monday through Friday in hundreds of markets: 15 hours a week of solid commentary and opinion with no holds barred. He is the highlight of the rural American lunch hour, and his strong, confident voice can be heard in mechanic's shops, petrol stations and barbershops every day. He is – as he claims – an excellent broadcaster, a shameless and skilful self-promoter and a mover and shaker among the conservative elite. One or two marriages ago, he was wed to his bride under the auspices of supreme court justice Clarence Thomas. Last time I checked, that was a hard booking to get.

Limbaugh first came to prominence as a force in national politics in the 1994 elections, which brought a Contract With America-waving Republican majority to Congress. That deprived Bill Clinton of the agreeable legislature he wanted for his reform. After that, Limbaugh was a perpetual thorn in the Clintons' sides, ultimately leading to Bill Clinton's impeachment and setting the stage for the controversial election of George Bush. Limbaugh was instrumental in convincing the right-wing rank-and-file to support the Patriot Act, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and a possible air raid on Iran.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; agenda; bailout; bho2009; bho44; democrats; obama; rushlimbaugh; talkradio
If the GOP had half the spine of Rush, we would've never heard of Barack Obama.
1 posted on 01/27/2009 5:12:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The ‘RAT “messiah” is in way over his head.


2 posted on 01/27/2009 5:13:41 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("Elections have consequences.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My money is in Rush!


3 posted on 01/27/2009 5:13:47 PM PST by WellyP
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To: WellyP

The media better stand up for Rush because if he goes so do they.


4 posted on 01/27/2009 5:15:34 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (Welcome to Obama's America... Be afraid, be very afraid)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And the British get it wrong, too! Rush didn't say he wanted Zero to fail. He said he supports the President but hopes his policies fail. (In the same vein as ‘I support the troops but not the war[their mission]’). Sheesh. The manipulation of information is worldwide.
5 posted on 01/27/2009 5:16:41 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Media v. Obama

http://www.ctv.ca/mar/photo.html?pname=http://images.ctv.ca/archives/CTVNews/img2/20060713/tianasquare_tank.jpg&win_width=869.0&description=A Chinese man stands in front of a line of tanks heading east on Beijing's Cangan Blvd. in Tiananmen Square June 5, 1989. (AP Photo/Jeff Widener)&slug=tiananmen_six_four_040603 http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1086288981248_81698181
6 posted on 01/27/2009 5:17:55 PM PST by combat_boots ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."Aldous Huxley)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“Never pick a fight with a man who buys his ink by the barrel.”

Mark Twain.

7 posted on 01/27/2009 5:18:02 PM PST by JOE6PAK (~in vino veritas~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rush has poofters like the author over for lunch then makes them clean the pool.


8 posted on 01/27/2009 5:19:07 PM PST by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck. (Let them eat arugula!))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Drudge is headlining a DEM petiton against Rush...just mail the dude a huge check you morons...


9 posted on 01/27/2009 5:19:23 PM PST by databoss
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To: originalbuckeye

“Sheesh. The manipulation of information is worldwide.”
*

That’s what we’re up against.


10 posted on 01/27/2009 5:19:54 PM PST by Canedawg (Lincoln freed the slaves, BO will free the terrorists. "Unity of purpose" my a- -. Mr.POS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Rush would be happy to retire....and he would if we had decent conservative leadership right now.

Fear of low approval ratings have paralyzed them, its blackmail by the MSM, pure and simple.

11 posted on 01/27/2009 5:19:58 PM PST by roses of sharon (Pray Hussein fails!)
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We support America and don’t want it to fail either, Rush.


12 posted on 01/27/2009 5:20:09 PM PST by combat_boots ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."Aldous Huxley)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
"The ‘RAT “messiah” is in way over his head.'

Perhaps. But with gutless Republicans cowering and looking for acceptance by the masses, The man may soon reach the point of near absolute power.

13 posted on 01/27/2009 5:20:46 PM PST by R_Kangel (`.`)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Wow.

Everyone has got to read the whole article.

It starts out saying that Obama picked the right time and the right guy to attack. Obama is absolutely brilliant.

Then it gives Rush credit for not throwing verbal bombs but replying in a very canny way. I was going to quote that paragraph, which does Rush real justice, but it’s too long. Read it.

Then it closes by praising Obama to the skies again. And it ends, oddly, recommending that Obama should take the “Chicago way” and, wait for this, rub Rush out. Metaphorically, of course. I think.

Hmmm.


14 posted on 01/27/2009 5:20:48 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rush-Hannity-Levin-Ingraham, et. al. have been a losing bet the past two cycles. On top of that, you have a cadre of rhinos packing the congress.

obama/axelrod picked this ‘fight’ because they have an endgame and they want to distract the masses. obama knows that conservative radio has lost its punch.

Once again, the hands off approach to the BC issue will go down as an intentional shot to the foot when the truth finally comes out.


15 posted on 01/27/2009 5:21:05 PM PST by Doug TX
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL! 0bama is so naive! What a zero.


16 posted on 01/27/2009 5:22:03 PM PST by LiberConservative
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To: Doug TX

Whose foot? Not disagreeing, just curious.


17 posted on 01/27/2009 5:22:49 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: TribalPrincess2U
The media hates Rush Limbaugh. It is up to US to support him. Obama will fail. It is a certainty. His popularity cannot save his socialist and fascist ideas that have been proven failures every time they have been tried.

Obama is a treacherous viper who is trying to hoodwink the GOP to cover his own wickedness.

Rush was correct today. Obama needs no Republicans to ram through his pork barrel, big government pig feed. Rush says, correctly, let them pass it without the GOP and fall flat on their faces. They quicker the commies fail, the quicker sanity will return.

18 posted on 01/27/2009 5:22:55 PM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Dems always wanted Pres. Bush to fail, going so far as to declare the Iraq Surge a failure before it even started...


19 posted on 01/27/2009 5:23:05 PM PST by Unam Sanctam
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Obama, in his own words, says that he ‘has lived in muslim countries.’

PLURAL.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2173063/posts?page=19#19


20 posted on 01/27/2009 5:24:43 PM PST by combat_boots ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."Aldous Huxley)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
 
WINNER -- RUSH LIMBAUGH
 
loser -- Barack Obama

21 posted on 01/27/2009 5:24:52 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: R_Kangel; All

Well damn it , it’s up to us to flood the GOP with calls and letters and TELL THEM WHAT WE WANT. We did it with Dubai ports deal . We must keep up THAT type of pressure all the time. I’ll fight that Marxist bastard at any turn.
As always I ask on here IS there any organization of patriots that is willing to fight to keep America from crumbling? I’ve yet to get an answer on here .I’mserious , we need a VERY aggressive ,in your face organization to fight for OUR way in all this mess..Any suggestions freepers?


22 posted on 01/27/2009 5:25:55 PM PST by sonic109
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority
Sooner or later the media will get disenfranchised. º thinks he is one cool dude now but that attitude will get old fast.
23 posted on 01/27/2009 5:28:52 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (Welcome to Obama's America... Be afraid, be very afraid)
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To: Cicero
Rub him out is right. nobama, with cowering republican acquiescence, is prepping for the his fairness doctrine gambit.

“Even pubbies like mccain and graham agree with me that Rush is too dangerous to our precious bipartisanship to go unchecked.”

24 posted on 01/27/2009 5:29:18 PM PST by Tail Gunner John
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To: combat_boots

What did happen to the guy who stood in front of that tank?


26 posted on 01/27/2009 5:30:22 PM PST by rusureitflies? (OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD! There, I said it. Prove me wrong.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rush has a great opportunity here. He has a two-fer: the overreaching socialism of the Dems- and the “big government” Establishment Pubs. These Washington statists are going to try to conceal the economic mess they made through even more government- and Rush can go after them as his hero Reagan did the USSR. The divide has never been so stark.

Right now conservative politicians are holding back- but if the statists falter and Rush gets traction, they’ll come on board- and we might finally see a true conservative revolution. It’s really an historic opportunity. I think he knows it–

Vin


28 posted on 01/27/2009 5:31:55 PM PST by VinL (VinL---My unauthorized, amateur blog -(wegotsarah.com))
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To: WellyP

If Rush wanted to go down in history as the man who helped save this country, he’d seize this moment and start a third party and his entire audience would follow. YES WE CAN.


29 posted on 01/27/2009 5:35:12 PM PST by Hildy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good Move!!! President worries about a Radio Talk Show Host

Now the whitehouse cooks can carry out Foreign Policy and Domestic Issues.

Wouldn’t want to overtax the PREZ, being a heavy hitter and all!!!!


30 posted on 01/27/2009 5:35:19 PM PST by Colonial Warrior (Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.)
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To: originalbuckeye
"And the British get it wrong, too!"

Did you read some of the comments? These people are utter morons.

31 posted on 01/27/2009 5:36:47 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Now, it’s going to be interesting to see who stands with Rush. The enemy within is most dangerous whether through ignorance or by design.


32 posted on 01/27/2009 5:37:25 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: Baynative

Excellent site , many thank ..I’m in !


33 posted on 01/27/2009 5:40:06 PM PST by sonic109
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He is the highlight of the rural American lunch hour, and his strong, confident voice can be heard in mechanic's shops, petrol stations and barbershops every day.

You mean in places where they cling to their guns and religion? Somehow people in high rises in Manhattan know what he's saying, too.

34 posted on 01/27/2009 5:41:21 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (revolution is in the air.)
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To: combat_boots

Which ? is right .


35 posted on 01/27/2009 5:43:04 PM PST by Deetes (God Bless the Troops)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Two years ago I never thought he would get the Democratic nomination, much less win, so I am in the don’t make the mistake the democrats made and misunderestimate the man and what he is capable of doing.


36 posted on 01/27/2009 5:43:10 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mancour might have a good idea of the political game here, but does he really understand Chicago politics? Ø is already over reaching. Chicago thuggery cannot go unnoticed today. Not with the New Media, and Rush is very much part of that. There was a day when Rush would have been doomed. Not so today and Ø made a big mistake that will cost him and his party of fools. Too bad the eunuch Pubbies can't take advantage of it.
37 posted on 01/27/2009 5:56:55 PM PST by 50cal Smokepole (Hey Al Gore! Get your fat carcass over here and shovel all this global warming off my driveway!)
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To: LucyJo

“Now, it’s going to be interesting to see who stands with Rush.”

Well I would suggest those that might turn on Rush read Pastor Niemoller’s poem.

As a side not people should take a look at the cartoon version of Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom” at the Mises Institute website. www.mises.org/books/TRTS/


38 posted on 01/27/2009 6:03:49 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (Hitler advocated the nationalization of education, health care, transportation...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here’s how I feel about the RINO’s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMrm7ZQ0aMA


39 posted on 01/27/2009 6:10:12 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

True or this scumbag author.


40 posted on 01/27/2009 6:11:07 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Hildy

he’d seize this moment and start a third party and his entire audience would follow...

...that’s perhaps 15 percent of the voting populace, and that’s being generous...it’s big for a third party, but all it would do is guarantee a Democrat landslide, as all his votes would be siphoned off the pub candidate...sorry, have to come up with something different, el rushbo will never be POTUS...


41 posted on 01/27/2009 6:44:34 PM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: IrishBrigade
el rushbo will never be POTUS

No, he starts Party III, and we elect a 'conservative' vs whatever the Republicans run (Rhino monkey).

42 posted on 01/27/2009 7:13:00 PM PST by budwiesest (The do-it-over administration: "Care to repeat this election in six months?")
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To: A Strict Constructionist
Thank you.

The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich A. Hayek

Niemoller's Poem

A poem by Pastor Martin Niemoller, Berlin, 1939.
Niemoller was a pastor in the German Confessing Church
who spent eight and one-half years in a Nazi concentration camp.

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out--because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the communists
and I did not speak out--because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out--because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me--
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

-------------------------

Niemoller's address to the U.S. Congress

The exact text of what Martin Niemoller said,
and which appears in the Congressional Record,
October 14, 1968, page 31636 is:

"When Hitler attacked the Jews
I was not a Jew, therefore I was not concerned.
And when Hitler attacked the Catholics,
I was not a Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned.
And when Hitler attacked the unions and the industrialists,
I was not a member of the unions and I was not concerned.
Then Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church --
and there was nobody left to be concerned."

43 posted on 01/27/2009 7:13:14 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: IrishBrigade
all it would do is guarantee a Democrat landslide

You talking about Obysmal's bailouts? 'Cause they will buy loyalty to the democrat party the likes of which even our parents never knew.

A lot of eldery democrats vote that way 'cause they have always felt the Dem party was the party of the working man- the little guy (thank you FDR), not the rich.

Going forward, Bozama will create a new identity for the Dem party- "for the non-working man". He's so screwed and so are they, unless they usher in full-time socialism, which appears to be their goal.

44 posted on 01/27/2009 7:44:16 PM PST by budwiesest (The do-it-over administration: "Care to repeat this election in six months?")
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To: budwiesest

“President Obama’s Administration is seeking to create widespread “crisis” and “panic” in order to force Congress to act quickly on Obama’s Economic Stimulus Plan. DeMint is trying to get the word out to Americans about what is actually in the Stimulus Plan, which he says in no way resembles the stated goals of the plan.”


45 posted on 01/27/2009 9:44:54 PM PST by cowdog77 ("Here on earth all nations hate each other, and every one of them hates the Jew.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


46 posted on 01/28/2009 12:44:35 AM PST by jws3sticks (Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime, and the sooner the better!)
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To: LucyJo

Thanks


47 posted on 01/28/2009 5:48:45 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (Hitler advocated the nationalization of education, health care, transportation...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bambi better listen to the radio


48 posted on 01/28/2009 6:00:31 PM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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