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White House: Rush Limbaugh fight ‘counterproductive’
ACJ ^ | March 4, 2009 | Jim Galloway

Posted on 03/04/2009 7:47:46 PM PST by DirtyHarryY2K

Banks are on the brink, the stock market is in a torpor, and one of today’s hottest topics at the daily White House briefing was Rush Limbaugh, whom Democrats are trying to hang around the neck of the Republican party.

Robert Gibbs, press secretary for President Barack Obama, was asked if the White House had been complicit in the maneuver — and was not that hypocritical when considering Obama’s emphasis on getting past partisan sniping?

Here’s Gibb’s answer on C-Span:

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.ajc.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; debate; dncstrategy; limbaugh; obama; rush; talkradio; waronrush; zero
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To: romanesq

Considering His Largessee Zero’s “handling” of Rush and his rebuff at the hands of Russia’s President, I’d say he’s Zero for 2 in the diplomacy area!


51 posted on 03/04/2009 8:54:55 PM PST by cartoonistx
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To: DirtyHarryY2K

You would think would all the really important issues and problems this country is facing, that the White House would not have time to spend on a Radio talk personality.


52 posted on 03/04/2009 8:58:00 PM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: romanesq
Zero, you magnificent bastard... I read your d@mn book!


53 posted on 03/04/2009 9:00:12 PM PST by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: hinckley buzzard
Plus, with all his wealth, Rush couldn't afford to buy this kind of publicity. Some have argued that Rush is stepping into a trap somehow. I think the arrogant dorks of the Bammy regime jumped one shark too many. Only an idiot takes on a radio celebrity with 25 million listeners a week and who owns his own show so no one can tell him what to say or not to say. There are tens of millions of Americans who haven't listened to Rush before, but who will have their curiosity tweaked by this attack from the grease-stained White House Obama-Rahm-O-mama buttboy team.

You nailed it. Rush and his sponsors must be laughing all the way to the bank. Every day that Obama talks about Rush he adds more and more listeners. Rush is increasing his audience. He's smart enough to keep tweaking Obama and his lackies and keep the fight going to keep his name out there.

54 posted on 03/04/2009 9:02:41 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

Kinda reminds me of that classic warning, that politicians shouldn’t pick fights with someone who buys ink by the barrel!

Rush set him up, plain and clear. Now he’s laughing all the way to the bank, and has in a sense, immunized himself against any “fairness” doctrine. Now such a move would be clearly seen as retaliation against Rush.

Obama is a Harvard lawyer? Really? And he still walked into such an easily avoided trap? I can’t imagine him in a courtroom.


55 posted on 03/04/2009 9:07:54 PM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K

I don’t know why Obama just doesn’t put a sign on his back that says “Kick Me Rush”


56 posted on 03/04/2009 9:23:49 PM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K
This should be Obama's seal:


57 posted on 03/04/2009 9:38:16 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: txnativegop

LMAO!


58 posted on 03/04/2009 9:39:13 PM PST by DirtyHarryY2K (The Tree of Liberty is long overdue for its natural manure)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K

Glad you like it. I was afraid it was not acceptable though.


59 posted on 03/04/2009 9:39:57 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: DirtyHarryY2K
This is how Obama sees himself:


60 posted on 03/04/2009 9:41:35 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: txnativegop

61 posted on 03/04/2009 9:47:05 PM PST by DirtyHarryY2K (The Tree of Liberty is long overdue for its natural manure)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K

62 posted on 03/04/2009 9:49:48 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: All

Coward. Throw a limp punch and then try to deflect blame when the guy tosses one right back and crumbles your jaw.

Obama is a wimp. Just surprising it took him this long to meet someone who would have no fear of swatting him down.

Only fools engage Rush in a battle they cannot win. It’s not only that Rush can defend himself, or his philosophy. It’s not only that he has accumlated wealth and contacts and has a powerful medium to counter any attack. It’s that he’s probably one of the few if not only Republican left we’ll go to the mat for to defend simply because he does stand up for conservative principles at cost to himself when so many do not. And because we know Rush is being used as a surrogate to attack us and the principles we have in common. Therefore an attack on him is taken personally because it could and really is an attack on us as well.


63 posted on 03/04/2009 10:01:46 PM PST by Soul Seeker
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To: Libloather

O is a physical coward—just like Bubba. God help us if a foreign country starts a war,he’ll hide under a table or under his wife’s skirt!


64 posted on 03/04/2009 10:02:18 PM PST by pankot
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To: hinckley buzzard

Maybe tapes of Rush’s show should be played late in the day to catch the “driving home” crowd. ought to add another twenty million or so who are at work during the day. Think about it.


65 posted on 03/04/2009 10:06:29 PM PST by pankot
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To: romanesq
He pwned Zero. The guy is really smart.

He's even smarter than that. This is Rush's version of the Kobayashi Maru... a no win situation. Buried in his monologue today was an allusion to the fairness doctrine. Simply put, Obama loses either way because if he declines to accept, it makes his philosophical position (on the fairness doctrine) contradictory. It would give Rush, and by extension, conservative talk radio in general, the intellectual upper hand. I think by know the White House knows this and realizes their profound mistake.

66 posted on 03/04/2009 10:10:42 PM PST by csense
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To: coloradan

Trust a Democrat to protest too much and say exactly what he doesn’t mean.


67 posted on 03/04/2009 10:46:22 PM PST by dr_who
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To: ConservativeColumns

I dunno. So much of this garbage from Obama Inc. reminds me of Clinton’s remarks when he was president. The more things change, the more they stay the same. At least with Democrats.


68 posted on 03/04/2009 11:07:30 PM PST by dr_who
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To: dr_who

Before there was Obama and Gibbs, there was Clinton and Carville. Buffoons, all of them. But the press still looks up to them.


69 posted on 03/04/2009 11:10:18 PM PST by dr_who
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To: romanesq
Their strategy is backfiring on them. It’s putting Rush equal with the Presidency.

That's right, they made Rush much more important and that much more influential. They provided conservatives an opportunity to fight back and legitimized conservatism in one fell swoop. It was like Rush's Doolittle moment.

70 posted on 03/04/2009 11:10:36 PM PST by TheThinker (Shame and guilt mongering is the Left's favorite tool of control.)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K

I have to disagree about this being stupid on the part of the White House. It was fairly predictable that Rush would fight back, and be supported by conservatives, and that when it happened the WH would back off. But in the mean time, the Dems drew a line in the sand for the RINOs, and showed how they would be labeled and attacked if they actually supported any conservative oppositions to their policies.

Think it through - if you’re a conservative, your response to this is to declare your agreement with Rush. But if you’re a RINO, what side do you take now? Hell, you don’t dare say a word, and that’s exactly where the WH wants you - silenced.


71 posted on 03/04/2009 11:21:30 PM PST by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: Talisker

This is about DEMONIZATION, and “Framing” the debate the way THEY want it.

They want to peel off 1-2% of our voters by making it uncool to be seen as a supporter of “Right-Wing Racists and Hate-Mongers!”

They figure they can do this by making a fat, angry, white guy (EXACT QUOTE from Daily KOS) the titular head of the Party.

You wouldn’t want your college buddies and co-workers to think you a RACIST, now would you???

This is from KOS:

“Obama and DNC break off another 2% of the electorate from the GOPers, they get to dominate the 2010 and 2012 elections.

Middle of the Road voters — conservative financially, moderate for everything else — YES !!

The GOPers are in deep trouble.

The queue of subservient, bent over, ass presenting elected GOPers gets any longer — its over for them.

Limbaugh is physically repulsive.

I think it is possible that sucking up to Limbaugh will cost the GOPers that 2% of the electorate.

Vote ??? — Think George Bush. — Then think Rush Limbaugh. — Then try to vote Republican.”

Rush is RIGHT to fight back against this, and put the ball in Obama’s court, which is something I don’t believe they expected him to do. After all, EVERYONE is supposed to fear the power of government, and divine MEssiahs!!

REMEMBER, this is being driven by the KOS media moonbats. And the administration made a HUGE mistake in picking it up.


72 posted on 03/04/2009 11:30:40 PM PST by tcrlaf ("Hope" is the most Evil of all Evils"-Neitzsche)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K

America’s most important question is :

Who leads the DNC?

Answer: George Soros!


73 posted on 03/04/2009 11:53:08 PM PST by NoLibZone (To save our nation a strongly worded e-mail is in order!)
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To: txnativegop

Obama is indeed getting scared that the collapse of the economy will be blamed on him. The carnage is accelerating at a much higher pace while he sits atop the throne. He much rather would have had more of a “controlled burn” of the economy that lasted a little longer and that looked like it was Bush’s fault.


74 posted on 03/05/2009 12:03:07 AM PST by TheThinker (Shame and guilt mongering is the Left's favorite tool of control.)
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To: alecqss
The most hilarious part is the claim (quoted in Politico article) that by hitting back Rush damages the GOP and so he should shut up for the GOP sake. 0bamabots are the idiots who think of themselves as too darn smart.

Too smart by 'alf, apparently. The facts are these:

1. Obama promised a chicken in every pot.
2. The chicken plants are closing and going bankrupt.
3. Chicken plant employees voted for Obama, now they have no chicken, and no jobs, so cannot even buy eggs.
4. Rush is angry over what Obama Inc. are doing to the people of this country.
5. Obama-ites say Rush is being "counterproductive".
6. This makes Average Joe even more furious at Obama Nation.
7. Obama Press People insult the people even more.

I don't think this admin is mentally "tracking".

75 posted on 03/05/2009 3:23:46 AM PST by Alia
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To: pankot

There used to be two radio stations in Houston that did that. One was live, the other was on during drive-time. I missed it when I had to move.


76 posted on 03/05/2009 3:36:11 AM PST by mathluv ( Conservative first and foremost, republican second)
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To: originalbuckeye

I just saw a poll in the WSJ that shows ‘strong’ support for BO. 42% think country is on right track, up from 12% in the fall. 82& think BO inherited this economy (crappy, too general question) so he’s got more honeymoon than I had hoped. But, yes, it is so sad there are so many uninformed people out there. I pray for the country every night.


77 posted on 03/05/2009 6:32:11 AM PST by madameguinot (Our Father's God to Thee, Author of Liberty)
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To: goldstategop

So Dear leader is chickening out on his debate with Rush?? I wish I could spell the chicken noise.

So Dear Leader is all bluster and no fight!


78 posted on 03/05/2009 7:28:34 AM PST by Holicheese (Gimme Gimme Gimme!)
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To: Holicheese

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79 posted on 03/05/2009 7:34:25 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: TheThinker

Obama owns this Depression, which is why I think it should be called the Obama Depression.
It will be interesting to see which goes down in flames faster, Obama himself or his ego.


80 posted on 03/05/2009 7:54:10 AM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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