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Leonard Pitts - Attention GOP: Love means having to say you're sorry (Ref: Rush) (It's the Pitts!)
The Athens Banner-Herald ^ | March 8, 2009 | Leonard Pitts

Posted on 03/09/2009 12:01:50 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

He once described feminism as something invented to allow ugly women access to the mainstream.

According to the media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, he once advised a black caller to his radio show, "Take that bone out of your nose and call me back."

He once made fun of the body tremors of a man struggling with a degenerative and incurable disease of the nervous system.

Yet, when Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele described Rush Limbaugh's radio program during a recent CNN interview as "ugly" and "incendiary," it was Steele who was required to tender a prompt apology.

People keep asking, in the wake of two consecutive shellackings at the voting booth, what is wrong with the GOP. They have wrung their hands and hung their heads over Steele's goofy attempts ("off the hook") to bring street cred to the party of big business and social conservatism, over the way Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal seemed to channel Howdy Doody in delivering the GOP response to President Obama's speech before a joint session of Congress.

But if you want to know what ails the elephant, you need look no further than the sight of its putative leader groveling before the throne of a radio talk-show host and declaring his "enormous respect" for this "ugly" and "incendiary" fellow.

It must be crowded at the base of the throne. Steele is only the latest GOP official (Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford preceded him) to find himself offering clarifications and apologies for making the mistake of speaking honestly about the party's bloviator in chief. It's a sign that, for all the talk about rebranding and reinventing, the party remains too reluctant and regressive to match its words with actions. And that bodes ill for both it and the nation.

You will not believe it, but I have been rooting for the GOP. As well deserved as its recent drubbings have been, the fact is, single party governance is invariably a recipe for overreaching; the Bush years proved that inarguably. So for the sake of the checks and balances that make our system work, I would like to see the party get off the mat.

But it is hard to imagine this is how the party will do it.

As many pundits and even party officials have noted, given the dramatic cultural and demographic changes under way in this country, the GOP faces a real possibility of being reduced to a regional party of limited national relevance unless it broadens its appeal beyond angry white men living primarily in the states of the old Confederacy. That being the case, why are its members kissing the ring of the angry white man who broadcasts from West Palm Beach, Fla.?

Why are they not in South L.A. talking about entrepreneurship? Or in the Ninth Ward bearing proposals to encourage marriage and strengthen families? Or in Liberty City offering ideas to stem the violence? Why are they not competing for the votes they say they want?

To judge from the eagerness with which they prostrate themselves before Limbaugh, the answer is troublingly simple: They fear losing the votes they have. They are unable to disenthrall themselves from that culturally intolerant, intellectually incoherent, perpetually outraged and willfully ignorant cohort of the American demographic they call their base, i.e., extreme social conservatives.

Through the years, the GOP has reliably been able to woo them by demonizing gays, people of color, Muslims, feminists and anyone else who did not fit their white picket fence fantasies.

But the changes afoot in our country suggest that won't work quite as well in the future as it has up until now. So it's all well and good if the party faithful feel a need to apologize.

But they're facing the wrong way.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; limbaugh; michaelsteele; obama; republicans; rush; rushlimbaugh; talkradio; waronrush
Why would someone take advice from their enemies?
1 posted on 03/09/2009 12:01:50 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You will not believe it, but I have been rooting for the GOP.

You're right, I don't.

2 posted on 03/09/2009 12:04:04 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Behind enemy lines in Boston and Cambridge)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

[He once described feminism as something invented to allow ugly women access to the mainstream. ]

I’m trying to see the problem here.


3 posted on 03/09/2009 12:07:23 AM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“He once made fun of the body tremors of a man struggling with a degenerative and incurable disease of the nervous system.”

I stopped reading there. That is a bald faced lie.

Rush said that Michael J. Fox wasn’t taking his meds when he filmed a pathetic commercial that advocated stem cell research. Turned out, that was exactly correct.

Surprise! Rush was right.


4 posted on 03/09/2009 12:07:56 AM PDT by Tex Pete (Obama for Change: from our pockets, our piggy banks, and our couch cushions!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why are they not in South L.A. talking about entrepreneurship? Or in the Ninth Ward bearing proposals to encourage marriage and strengthen families? Or in Liberty City offering ideas to stem the violence? Why are they not competing for the votes they say they want? To judge from the eagerness with which they prostrate themselves before Limbaugh, the answer is troublingly simple: They fear losing the votes they have.

No, the answer is that South L.A. doesn't want to hear about entrepreneurship, but victimhood. The Ninth Ward isn't going to increase marriages when any Republican who shows up will be met by Maxine Waters-ish brigades telling whitey to get out of their neighborhood. Liberty City goes to hell and WE are supposed to do what, exactly, to change that when what we will offer is "Stay in school, don't get girls pregnant" as opposed to "Buy from your own kind, get what's coming to you from the government" and whatever else the ACORNpones will offer.

We should be working for those votes, but after decades of Obama-like figures talking about "outsiders" and "typical white people" and "Hymietown," anyone who presents these ideas with a straight face must also think Obama is against big government.

5 posted on 03/09/2009 12:08:50 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Behind enemy lines in Boston and Cambridge)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"He once described feminism as something invented to allow ugly women access to the mainstream. "

I believe he said, "The feminist MOVEMENT was invented to ugly women could get dates too.". He was talking about the militant feminist, not women in general.

What "leonard Pitts" doesn't write is, most of us agree with Rush.
6 posted on 03/09/2009 12:10:34 AM PDT by FrankR (We are only enslaved to the extent of charity (bailout) we receive...think about it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
it was Steele who was required to tender a prompt apology

Way off base there; I have no desire to hear fake apologies from Steele or anyone else. His apologizing to conservatives for his previous apologizing to liberals only compounded his mistake. Just like everyone else in the GOP he needs to get busy going after Obama and his 'rat cronies, and not let himself be pulled into their childish political machinations.

7 posted on 03/09/2009 12:10:36 AM PDT by eclecticEel (I already have a Messiah, I don't need another one.)
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To: FrankR
I believe he said, "The feminist MOVEMENT was invented to ugly women could get dates too.". He was talking about the militant feminist, not women in general.

still, there's just one problem with that theory

8 posted on 03/09/2009 12:17:53 AM PDT by ari-freedom (Hail to the Dork!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t it interesting that Rush can keep an audience, and nobody on the left can? If he’s so bad, why is it that his ratings soar every time he is attacked?

His listening audience has grown by nearly 50% in the last few weeks. He’s not back to his all time high levels of listening audience.

Rush is not a racist, and no he doesn’t want out nation to fail. LMAO as if...

The left is playing the game by hurling so many insults that they know some will stick. And in the process, they are destroying themselves.

Rush may not have 20 million listeners every day, but he has had tens of millions of people tune in off and on over the years, and those people know he isn’t a racist or a hater of America.

He supports our founding principles, our troops, and this nation better than any other public figure bar none.

Good luck Democrats, and some of our vile miscreant RINOs, who always agree with them. Rush is here to stay. You are not.


9 posted on 03/09/2009 12:35:30 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Resolved: Gregg, McCain, Snowe, Spectre: 2010, Collins, Graham: 2014)
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To: DoughtyOne
He’s NOW back to his all time high levels of listening audience.
10 posted on 03/09/2009 12:36:24 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Resolved: Gregg, McCain, Snowe, Spectre: 2010, Collins, Graham: 2014)
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To: Tex Pete

That’s true. I had forgotten about that. The left lies. It cant’ tell the truth about what it is selling, ever.


11 posted on 03/09/2009 12:38:40 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Resolved: Gregg, McCain, Snowe, Spectre: 2010, Collins, Graham: 2014)
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To: ari-freedom

That’s the exception that proves the rule, my FRiend!


12 posted on 03/09/2009 12:40:27 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ("To insist on strength is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering." Barry Goldwater)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"He once described feminism as something invented to allow ugly women access to the mainstream."

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13 posted on 03/09/2009 1:01:30 AM PDT by Cobra64
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To: Cobra64
He also, repeatedly said......"I Love The women's movement, I walk behind it every chance I get".......god love Rush!
14 posted on 03/09/2009 1:06:16 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rush Limbaugh may be the most take-out-of-context, half-quoted person in modern history. I can’t count the times I’ve read about Rush doing or saying something outrageous, according to the person reporting it, but heard in context, there is nothing outrageous about it at all.

Not that libs bother to look into the facts before complaining. If they did, they wouldn’t be libs.


15 posted on 03/09/2009 1:41:37 AM PDT by LifeComesFirst (Until the unborn are free, nobody is free)
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To: sauropod

read


16 posted on 03/09/2009 1:47:01 AM PDT by sauropod (Mean Capitalist Bastard)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

boo hoo hoo. Lenny Pitts is all upset.


17 posted on 03/09/2009 1:48:35 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why would someone take advice from their enemies?

For the same ignorant reasons Leonard educates himself by the deliberate disinformation put out by enemies, who, by their 'truth told', should be his. Here is a deluded man who believes that 'accuracy-in-media' is an honest 'Left-wing' endeavor to truthfully inform the public; rather than recognizing 'AIM' for the propaganda machine that it is. Like an evil adult, who abuses a child; the Left abuses the truth. Only when finally unrecognizeable, does it serve them.

The 'truth' of Rush requires only a basic moral reason and 'fair' inquiry; and best of all, an honest listener; rather than one who imagines he 'get's it' by malevelent, third-party analysis.

18 posted on 03/09/2009 2:13:24 AM PDT by cricket (January 20, 2009 - the day the music died)
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To: Tex Pete
Rush said that Michael J. Fox wasn’t taking his meds when he filmed a pathetic commercial that advocated stem cell research. Turned out, that was exactly correct.
No, it wasn't. Fox was on his meds.
19 posted on 03/09/2009 3:01:20 AM PDT by Mr. Know It All
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To: Mr. Know It All

Yeah I thought his was on his meds too. Does anyone have a link that says he wasn’t?


20 posted on 03/09/2009 3:17:55 AM PDT by JNL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From article: GOP faces a real possibility of being reduced to a regional party of limited national relevance

Not so. The party which booned the economy, the party which supported and fought for a successful war (two wars) is a long ways from "over".

21 posted on 03/09/2009 3:25:38 AM PDT by Alia
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To: ari-freedom
Just wondering, is that Gloria Steinem back in The Day?

She was a bunny for a while in Atlanta.

22 posted on 03/09/2009 5:12:19 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: DoughtyOne

Rush may not have 20 million listeners every day

I may be wrong, but I think the average is 30 million. Lately it has been almost double.


23 posted on 03/09/2009 5:39:41 AM PDT by chainsaw (If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J..)
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To: Mr. Know It All

No, it wasn’t. Fox was on his meds.

Explains why health care has to be fixed?


24 posted on 03/09/2009 5:44:27 AM PDT by chainsaw (If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
To judge from the eagerness with which they prostrate themselves before Limbaugh, the answer is troublingly simple: They fear losing the votes they have. They are unable to disenthrall themselves from that culturally intolerant, intellectually incoherent, perpetually outraged and willfully ignorant cohort of the American demographic they call their base, i.e., extreme social conservatives.

Excuse me?!?!?

25 posted on 03/09/2009 6:37:20 AM PDT by Dooderbutt
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To: chainsaw
Explains why health care has to be fixed?
Huh? I was just pointing out that Rush was not, in fact, "exactly right" about Fox not being on medication.

If I recall correctly, Rush even preemptively apologized if he was wrong and then restated his criticism of the Fox ad so as not to be so insulting to Fox and other Parkinson's sufferers. Naturally, that is left out by Rush's critics, but the fact is that Rush was wrong in his original statement.

26 posted on 03/09/2009 8:17:55 AM PDT by Mr. Know It All
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pitts is one of the most biased, racist columnists I’ve ever seen. This moron could find racism in white toilet paper.


27 posted on 03/09/2009 8:19:41 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Let the 2nd American Revolution begin!)
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To: Mr. Know It All

don’t forget fox was on record as intentionally manipulating his drugs to effect a sympathetic image.

that part is left out too.


28 posted on 03/09/2009 8:19:47 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory
don’t forget fox was on record as intentionally manipulating his drugs to effect a sympathetic image.
Where is a link to this record? I believe that these claims were debunked.
29 posted on 03/09/2009 9:07:46 AM PDT by Mr. Know It All
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To: chainsaw

Thanks. You could be right. I thought I had read 14 to 20 million recently, but I may have missed other reports.


30 posted on 03/09/2009 9:18:28 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Resolved: Gregg, McCain, Snowe, Spectre: 2010, Collins, Graham: 2014)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
to find himself offering clarifications and apologies for making the mistake of speaking honestly about the party's bloviator in chief

Fine. If the author wants to be open and honest, it was the DEMOCRATIC party instituted 'Rush is the leader of the GOP' ploy. Too bad none of the Gross Old Party can find their spine long enough to say something about it.

Calling Rush a bloviator in chief is just a cheap shot by a truly clueless person.

31 posted on 03/09/2009 9:23:44 AM PDT by MamaTexan (A REPUBLIC....if you can keep it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The next good idea Pitts has will be his first.


32 posted on 03/09/2009 10:50:44 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Darkwolf377

“You will not believe it, but I have been rooting for the GOP.

You’re right, I don’t.”

Pitts has, in this article, validly raised the issue of single party rule. Moreover, he states that single party rule failed under Bush and holds little hope that Obama can perfect single party rule.

While mostly a Liberalism impaired writer, Pitts occasionally rises to sheer excellence. His article “Tripping Through The Haagen Daz” is a case in point.

Personally, I will feel better about the future of the Republic when the voters are aware of their nation’s history, of the basics of economics, and such issues.

To depend on one party or another is a path to tyranny.

Public officials are servants. Servants steal - Lorenzo De Medici recognized that, and said that when theft went beyond 10%, steps had to be taken.

Note: He had available to him certain disincentives to theft not available to the voter.

On the other hand, we can simply vote the thieves out of office.

Pitts, for all of his being a black, Liberalism impaired writer, is aware of things like this.

Give the devil his due.


33 posted on 03/09/2009 11:14:59 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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