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#1 Panthers_Lover

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:00 PM

It's gonna backfire, if it hasn't already ...

http://www.politico....0309/19596.html

Top Democrats believe they have struck political gold by depicting Rush Limbaugh as the new face of the Republican Party, a full-scale effort first hatched by some of the most familiar names in politics and now being guided in part from inside the White House.

The strategy took shape after Democratic strategists Stanley Greenberg and James Carville included Limbaugh’s name in an October poll and learned their longtime tormentor was deeply unpopular with many Americans, especially younger voters. Then the conservative talk-radio host emerged as an unapologetic critic of Barack Obama shortly before his inauguration, when even many Republicans were showering him with praise.

Soon it clicked: Democrats realized they could roll out a new GOP bogeyman for the post-Bush era by turning to an old one in Limbaugh, a polarizing figure since he rose to prominence in the 1990s.

Limbaugh is embracing the line of attack, suggesting a certain symbiosis between him and his political adversaries.



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Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:33 PM

Targeting? They are embracing him as the leader. Nothing would make things easier for them.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:40 PM

Limbaugh could be the biggest moron on the planet. I enjoy watching him being made out as the idiot he is on the Daily Show.

Any smart party would have had him "taken care of" years ago.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:41 PM

In politics, there always has to be an enemy, either real or imaginary, for a group to stay in power.

Welcome to public organizations 101.

#5 Matt Foley

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:46 PM

Limbaugh could be the biggest moron on the planet. I enjoy watching him being made out as the idiot he is on the Daily Show.

Any smart party would have had him "taken care of" years ago.


Okay, you take care of Olbermann, I'll get Limbaugh. Deal?

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:46 PM

He's a pretty big target to miss.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:52 PM

It's gonna backfire, if it hasn't already ...


Don't poke the painkiller'd bear? Skurrrrrred

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:59 PM

Targeting? They are embracing him as the leader. Nothing would make things easier for them.


Exactly ... no matter that the Republican Party, and even most conservatives, don't embrace him as the leader.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 04:01 PM

Exactly ... no matter that the Republican Party, and even most conservatives, don't embrace him as the leader.


He DOES have a very loyal audience. They even came up with their own term for drinking his Kool Aid...dittoes. I disagree with him on a lot of stuff, but I certainly respect his refusal to back down on his opinions (it's something no politician would ever do), and when I believe he's right, I respect him for it. When I think he's wrong, I think he's a gaseous windbag.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 04:04 PM

How about the RNC chairmans targeting of Limbaugh? And then the sheepish apology? Forgot to mention that I see....

[quote]“His positives for voters under 40 was 11 percent,” Carville recalled with a degree of amazement, alluding to a question about whether voters had a positive or negative view of the talk show host.[/quote]

So old white guys like him.

Some great old Limbaugh quotes:

[quote]"The phony soldiers." --on U.S. service members who support withdrawal from Iraq [/quote]

[quote]"He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He's moving all around and shaking and it's purely an act. ... This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn't take his medication or he's acting." --on an ad by Michael J. Fox endorsing Claire McCaskill for Senate for supporting embryonic stem cell research [/quote]

[quote]"And don't forget, Sherrod Brown is black. There's a racial component here, too. And now, the newspaper that I'm reading all this from is The New York Times, and they, of course, don't mention that." --on the 2006 Ohio Senate primary race involving then-Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who is white [/quote]

[quote]"This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation...I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of the need to blow some steam off?" --on the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal [/quote]

[quote]"Too many whites are getting away with drug use...Too many whites are getting away with drug sales...The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them, and send them up the river, too." --in 1995 [/quote]

[quote]"I am addicted to prescription pain medication." --in 2003 [/quote]

[quote]"Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society." [/quote]

[quote]"We're not sexists, we're chauvinists -- we're male chauvinist pigs, and we're happy to be because we think that's what men were destined to be. We think that's what women want." [/quote]

[quote]"She comes to me when she wants to be fed. And after I feed her -- guess what -- she's off to wherever she wants to be in the house, until the next time she gets hungry. She's smart enough to know she can't feed herself. She's actually a very smart cat. She gets loved. She gets adoration. She gets petted. She gets fed. And she doesn't have to do anything for it, which is why I say this cat's taught me more about women, than anything my whole life." --on his cat [/quote]

[quote]"She sounds like a screeching ex-wife." --on Sen. Hillary Clinton [/quote]

[quote]"I've been racking my brain. I've been trying to figure out how Bob Dole's luggage got on my airplane...I told the doctor, I said, 'Look, I'm worried about the next election.' ... A misunderstanding." --after he was detained by custom officials for possessing Viagra with a prescription made out in someone else's name [/quote]

[quote]"The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies."[/quote]

[quote]"They oughtta change Black History Month to Black Progress Month and start measuring it." [/quote]

[quote]"Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it." [/quote]

[quote]"Sorry to say this, I don't think he's been that good from the get-go. I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well." --on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, while working as a commentator on ESPN [/quote]

[quote]"The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them." [/quote]

[quote]"There are more acres of forestland in America today than when Columbus discovered the continent in 1492."
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Posted 04 March 2009 - 04:14 PM

He DOES have a very loyal audience. They even came up with their own term for drinking his Kool Aid...dittoes. I disagree with him on a lot of stuff, but I certainly respect his refusal to back down on his opinions (it's something no politician would ever do), and when I believe he's right, I respect him for it. When I think he's wrong, I think he's a gaseous windbag.


a.k.a. stubborness?

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 04:17 PM

a.k.a. stubborness?


Or conviction. For example, not once, then or since, has he backed down from his comments about Donovan McNabb while at espn. Nor should he.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 04:30 PM

Or conviction. For example, not once, then or since, has he backed down from his comments about Donovan McNabb while at espn. Nor should he.


the only conviction he has is making sure he's getting paid.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 04:47 PM

Or conviction. For example, not once, then or since, has he backed down from his comments about Donovan McNabb while at espn. Nor should he.


Wow.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 04:55 PM

This is going to backfire on the dems big time.

As long as they demonize him from a distance, all will be fine. If they keep it in the news, people will get curious and actually listen. All the haters that have never listened to him will start to listen and many will find out they actually agree. They will be more educated on the governments other "side", the one the media does not protray.

In the end, it will be the dems that lose support, not Rush.

Get your popcorn, it's gonna be a show.


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