Rush Limbaugh eBay Auction, Anti-Conservative Smear Campaign
Reid Smear Letter Bidding Reaches Shocking Level
*** FLASH - $2,100,100! ***
BIGGEST EBAY CHARITY AUCTION EVER?
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When bidding reached $10,000, we were amazed. And when it ratcheted up to $45,000, many were astounded.
But now that the top bid in the auction for Harry Reid's original anti- Rush Limbaugh smear letter has reached $117,100, what can we say? It's enough to make a talk show host speechless.
UPDATE: $131,000! $138,100! $140,100!
Benefiting the Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation, which helps the children of fallen soldiers and federal law enforcement officers, the eBay auction will wrap up in just over a day. Limbaugh will match the final figure dollar- for- dollar.
And the event has been so successful that it seems certain others in talk radio will want to give this concept a try, should a similar opportunity present itself.
As for Rush, he couldn't be happier with the results to date, as evidenced by this monologue from Wednesday's show:
RUSH: We're still at $65,100 on the eBay auction of the Harry Reid letter -- we call it the Harry Reid "smear letter" -- signed by Harry Reid and 40 other Democrats, a letter filled with factual errors that they know are factual errors. They knew they were factual errors when they wrote and signed the letter. Several members of this audience are sending letters to various signatories of the Harry Reid letter, and they continue the smear in their response form letters to their constituents.
Barack Obama's letter says (paraphrased): Well, I listened to the transcript, and there can be no other conclusion other than Limbaugh smeared active duty soldiers that disagree with the war. It's just surreal. So, anyway, we've turned it around on them -- $65,100 -- the proceeds of the auction will go to Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, which provides scholarship bonds for the children of Marines and federal law enforcement agents who happened to be killed in action. They're up to, I think, $29 million since being founded in 1995. On our website, we have the link to the eBay page where you can go and look at it if you want to.
It's gotten to... You know, $65,100 now is unaffordable for a whole lot of people, so what we have done is put a PDF file of all four pages of the letter in blazing, brilliant full color, suitable for free download. Many people have said, "Hey, I can't afford that $65,000, but I'd love to donate something to the MC-LEF for a copy." Well, you can do that, but you don't have to donate in order to get it. We want as many people to have a copy of this letter as possible. It's the United States Senate's official smear of a private citizen. I know I'm a public figure, but I'm a private citizen. I'm not a politician. I'm not running for office. I have no influence over what government does in terms of having votes there. I'm not a candidate for anything.
So that's the distinction. I'm working in the private sector. The Constitution is supposed to protect people like me, all of you, from this type of action from the federal government. That's what's so historic about this, and whoever does end up being the high bidder for the Harry Reid letter is going to have a genuine historic document, with all those signatures. You've got Ted Kennedy on there, Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Some people have said, "Rush, that Robert Byrd signature looks too neat. I've seen him on TV. I don't think he could sign his signature that plainly anymore." Maybe not. Who knows? He's probably got some authorized person to sign for him if he didn't do it himself. It doesn't matter. It's genuine in terms of it representing Senator Byrd. So you can download the PDF el freebo. There's a link right at RushLimbaugh.com for the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation website where you can then go there if you want to donate a little bit of an amount of money. That's up to you. We treat you as adults here, not kids.
You've already paid for this letter, because they wrote it and signed it during the course of normal business hours. The auction goes for about two more days, until one o'clock Eastern Time on Friday, and then we'll be announcing next week what future plans we have. You get the Halliburton Attaché Case, and a thank-you letter from me and a picture of me on stage in Philadelphia last Thursday night presenting the attaché case and the letter for the first time in public.
While Rush's remarkably successful auction effort surely has provided an example of turning lemons into lemonade, that doesn't mean anti- talk radio smear campaigns will cease anytime soon. Here, Michelle Malkin provides fresh examples, backed by Amanda Carpenter's new piece on S-CHIP.
And Stop The ACLU has more on how the Randi Rhodes incident has been used to disparage the right, while New York magazine repeats fresh Media Matters slime here.
With millions of dollars backing the left's smear machine, there will be many more battles ahead, perhaps bigger than any we've yet faced. Thanks to Rush Limbaugh, however, we now have a blueprint for the most effective way to fight back.
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