The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

24 January 2009

Obama Pushes GOP To Renounce Rush Limbaugh

NO WONDER HE'S WORRIED!

As Ratings Surge, Obama Undermines Dissenting Views






*** NEW: ANOTHER CROOKED MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRAT BROUGHT DOWN - IS TALK RADIO IN HIS FUTURE? ***


*** BELOW: RUSH RESPONDS ***

*** STORY GOES WORLDWIDE ***


To the 58 million American voters who've refused to join Barack Obama's creepy cult, these are difficult times. With the mainstream media eagerly awaiting their Dear Leader's orders, independent-minded citizens are left with few places to turn as they race to save the country they love.

Adding to the discomfort is the way some GOP moderates have seemingly jumped on board Obama's ship, oblivious to the likelihood that it will soon sink as his political bubble bursts, dot.com-style.

One non-believing medium their Messiah has yet to dismantle is talk radio, where Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have been pounding away at Obama's hollow rhetoric and empty promises. During the course of the campaign, the King Of All Egos went after the FOX News Channel host by name, but now he's aiming squarely at his most outspoken foe: El Rushbo himself.

From the New York Post:


WASHINGTON -- President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.

"You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.

One White House official confirmed the comment but said he was simply trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.

"There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats," the official said. "We shouldn't let partisan politics derail what are very important things that need to get done."

That wasn't Obama's only jab at Republicans today.

In an exchange with Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) about the proposal, the president shot back: "I won," according to aides briefed on the meeting.

"I will trump you on that."


Beyond the absurdity of a Democrat barking orders at his political opposition, he's especially foolish to air his fear of Limbaugh and talk radio in a public setting. Now, what was long suspected by conservatives has been verified by the man himself.

The timing was no coincidence: after a rocky first week in office, the Obamists are also faced with a resurgent Fox News Channel, where ratings have been climbing since the moment he took office.

In particular, Hannity's Limbaugh interview, which took place in the latter's Florida studios, scored fantastic audience figures for the former's network. In overall viewers, Thursday's Hannity nearly trebled his MSNBC competition and almost doubled CNN's Larry King.

And after a wildly successful fall ratings survey, talk radio is looking forward to record numbers with the installation of the Obamists.


Obama's words are also perfectly timed to meddle in another big battle underway right now: the race for leadership of the Republican Party, a fight that pits conservative grassroots supporters against traditional, elitist blueblood interests.

From Limbaugh's Friday program:


RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, stop what you're doing for just a second, will you? If you're driving, keep driving and pay attention. But if you can stop, stop what you're doing. Something profound here that just came across the Bloomberg wire and I wish to share it with you.

And as a setup, as a preamble, I said last night in the part two of my interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News as we were discussing the problems in the Republican Party, and I said -- split any number of ways, but I said, "What it really comes down to, Sean..." and you've heard me say this from behind the Golden EIB Microphone.

What it really comes down to is that the Republican Party is made up of a bunch of elites, moderate Rockefeller types. And the dirty little secret is that they resent being in the same party with a bunch of people who are pro-life, because the pro-life people are from the (southern accent) South, they're Southerners, and they like NASCAR and they chew tobacco-uh.

And they just hate going to the conventions, the Republican Party conventions and they get teased by their liberal elite buddies in New York and Boston and the whole northeastern corridor and California, too, for having these Deliverance types is what they think of them as, in the same party. Plus these guys, these Rockefeller liberal Republican guys, wives are always nagging 'em about abortion, to get the Republican Party to get rid of it 'cause, "You can't win with it," even though we've won landslides. I said this last night, and it's probably one of the first times it has been said so directly and powerfully on television. I've said it on this radio show numerous today. That's the preamble. A Bloomberg story out just this afternoon by Heidi Przybyla: "Republican Battle for Party Chairman Pits Leaders Against Base."

Now, wait. It's not what you think. "Republican leaders' efforts to select a new national party chairman are stirring concerns among a vital constituency: Republican voters." Tell me if you believe this. "Rank-and-file..." This is what it says here. "Rank-and-file Republicans are telling their leaders they want more ethnic, gender and age diversity in a party that is dominated by white males. They also want party leaders to cooperate with President Barack Obama, according to surveys." Now, let me continue. "After losing the White House and 28 seats in Congress last year, some party leaders still aren't hearing the message from voters who are urging them to claw their way back to power by promoting minorities and striking a less partisan tone, said Rich Bond, a former Republican National Committee chairman. 'We need...'"


Remember the mushy moderates who were claiming Rush was ineffective and overrated? If that were the case, then why would Obama be attacking him by name?


After a rough start for the Obamists this week, the last thing they want is a viable, effective opposition movement. Rush, Sean and others provide hope that America can be saved from this budding dictator and his cultist followers.

But as the new regime oversteps its bounds, it is far more likely to elevate talk hosts to heights they've never before seen, proving Obama is truly a rank amateur.


UPDATE: Rush Limbaugh responds here:


There are two things going on here. One prong of the Great Unifier's plan is to isolate elected Republicans from their voters and supporters by making the argument about me and not about his plan. He is hoping that these Republicans will also publicly denounce me and thus marginalize me. And who knows? Are ideological and philosophical ties enough to keep the GOP loyal to their voters?

Meanwhile, the effort to foist all blame for this mess on the private sector continues unabated when most of the blame for this current debacle can be laid at the feet of the Congress and a couple of former presidents. And there is a strategic reason for this.



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64 Comments:

  • Bring it on, O-man!

    This is going to be better than the Clinton Presidential downfall. Bill's name is mud amongst the Democrats now.

    Harry Reid did not learn his lesson and paid the price. Reid's re-election chances look very poor.

    The more the O-man complains about the truth being focused on his socialistic policies and administration, the more the media will focus on comments from Limbaugh.

    Rush's fortunes will continue to climb as people continue to question Obama’s judgment on middle America.

    Remember what Obama said to a friendly crowd among the hard-Left elite millionaires in San Francisco. Obama slammed small-town voters as bitter xenophobes who “cling” to guns and religion only because — and this is particularly revealing — “government failed them”. His solution was to provide an even bigger dose of government intervention in order to get them to see the Utopia that he would create.

    And now we see that President Obama implementing his radical perverted view of government of 1 trillion dollars worth of earmarks. Example: Millions for condoms??? This will supply unending fodder for Rush.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 January, 2009 08:25  

  • More fodder for Rush to throw back at Obama:

    The President can't even promise one single job will result from the Democrats' outlandish stimulus proposal.

    Consider the earmarks like $1,000,000,000 for new Censuses, $400,000,000 for "habitat restoration and migration activities, $150,000,000 for bridge removal, $800,000,000 more for Amtrak losses, and $200,000,000 for the leaking underground storage tank trust fund.

    The democrats think these expenditures may be necessary to some (mainly those who have a financial stake in each of those projects). But none of these outrageous projects are actually stimulative to the economy.

    As long as Obama continues supporting this crap, Rush will continue to "speak truth to power".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 January, 2009 08:36  

  • Go get'em Rush! I guess Prez Obama didn't see when Dingy Harry got his azz handed to him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 January, 2009 08:38  

  • Obama isn't afraid of Limbaugh, you idiot. I mean, if you want to go all Rush on the bit and be idiots, that's fine. In that case, Obama will roll you. His statement was about getting things done which, I know, you guys don't care about.

    Oh, and just for the record, NOBODY'S TALKING ABOUT BRINGING THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE BACK, except Republicans.

    By Blogger Jeff Fecke, at 24 January, 2009 10:53  

  • That Bloomberg article had it exactly wrong. Bizarro World. The base is incensed with the elitist moderate non-conservative GOP leadership and we are letting them know. The Palin phenonemon is real.

    Also, Mark Levin is even harsher on the Messiah than Rush is. Flee takes no prisoners and is a refuge for the outraged base.

    Knowing the mental illness that rules the Left, I hope Rush, Mark and Sean have good security.

    By Blogger Peg C., at 24 January, 2009 11:25  

  • maloney:Beyond the absurdity of a Democrat barking orders at his political opposition


    Bush did it for 8 years.... live with it....Dems have the mandate now, get used to it

    As for the Rush comment, translation:CONSERVATISM IS THE MINORITY SCHOOL OF THOUGHT NOW
    most Americans associate conservative with Rush...... only proving how dead conservative idologies are

    By Anonymous Conservatism=Dead, at 24 January, 2009 11:34  

  • I agree with what you're saying, but I would politely point out that the Left used words like "Dictator" when describing W. I don't believe it's the best practice to emulate with regard to Obama since he'd have to go a long, long, long way to be a true dictator like Mussolini. Can't argue like then when they're in power and all that.

    Thanks for a great article.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 January, 2009 11:41  

  • Oh, yes, Oh yes... obama wants complete power like a king and cannot take a descenting voice like Rush Limbaugh's... go RUSH!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 January, 2009 12:27  

  • The President picks, as his sparing mate (and so, presumptive, of similar stature) someone who is 2/3rd's entertainer. No bash on Rush, God bless, and I listen to him, but all the talk radio guys and gals claim to be "playa's" in the game. Its only so if the politico's lose their balance and believe the hype.

    Strap in, boys 'n girls, the next 4 years will be quite the ride.

    By Blogger pashley, at 24 January, 2009 13:58  

  • The Republican Party that is in such disrepute today is not the party of Reagan. It is the party of Rush Limbaugh, of Ann Coulter, of Newt Gingrich, of George W. Bush, of Karl Rove. It is not a conservative party. - Mickey Edwards

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 January, 2009 13:59  

  • The Republican Party that is in such disrepute today is not the party of Reagan. It is the party of Rush Limbaugh, of Ann Coulter, of Newt Gingrich, of George W. Bush, of Karl Rove. It is not a conservative party. - Mickey Edwards

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 January, 2009 14:00  

  • Ha! wingnut rage is reaching a fevered pitch now. But, please, by all means, throw every last bit of your support, and I do mean every LAST BIT, to Rush, Sean, and Sarah. Granted, the country seems to have a short memory. But apparently, not that short (see Barack H. Obama's historic win and repudiation of failed republican polices for example). It's going to take more than screaming from the rooftops in minor fury. It's, going to take a plan. Something y'all don't have.

    By Anonymous GOP08_DOA, at 24 January, 2009 14:25  

  • Mickey is hardly the guy to be listened to at all. Rush may just be an entertainer and pundit, but at least he makes sense asdoes Sean. If you can wish this country well, then let's hope Obama does some things right while he is overreaching.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 January, 2009 14:39  

  • Where is the quote from the Republican that responded thus: I do listen to Rush Limbaugh from time to time. However, I was put here by the voters in my state to whom I must listen to 24/7. I was not put here at your bequest and so, I will listen to my constituents and continue to vote against bad ideas that will prolong this recession.

    I guess this quote never happened. Sigh.....

    By Blogger Steve, at 24 January, 2009 14:53  

  • One of the great and widely misunderstood things about the American political system is that the "elites" have no direct power to reform the parties. They can rant and rave at them about God, guns, and gays, or take the British route and arc their eyebrows extravagantly while asking "surely you don't actually believe...", or elect an RNC leader who will hit the notes they want.

    But when it gets down to brass tacks, the presidential candidate left standing in February 2011 becomes the leader in the party, and he's the guy (or gal) approved of by the voters (not including those left out by the 19th Century primary system, of course).

    By Anonymous hitnrun, at 24 January, 2009 15:18  

  • Apparently we now have the Juvenile in Chief - taunting comments, middle finger to Hillary during the primary, and fist bumping his spokesperson. What's next pouting because some one asks a tough question - oh wait...

    By Blogger Thor's Dad, at 24 January, 2009 15:46  

  • No - he's just echoing the views of his main constituency in a public forum. Makes him look large and in charge and the Republicans look like his bitches. In other words, he's playing politics. Isn't that what politicians do?

    By Anonymous Bugs, at 24 January, 2009 15:59  

  • Nicely put, Mr. Maloney. Keep it up.

    Conservatism is not only right, but a winning strategy. We fail when we let Rockefeller elitists pervert our party.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 January, 2009 16:19  

  • Sorry, jeff fecke, your opinion is not substantiated by evidence. 1. Prominent Democratic congresspersons have specifically called for the reestablishment of the Fairness Doctrine in the last year. 2. Telling people to stop listening to a political opponent in order to get things done only has meaning if the "things" refer to "what me and my pals want to do." It is as unamerican a sentiment as has been uttered in 2009.

    Conservatism=Dead: Dead wrong. Bush did no such thing, but any disagreement with what the Democrats wanted to do was advertised that way. I have said for years that it was mere projection on the part of the Democrats - an expression of what they would do if the had power. Obama is already giving evidence of that, and you are giving more. Your impression of who is being a sore winner/loser needs to be supported by something other than the opinion of your friends.

    By Blogger Assistant Village Idiot, at 24 January, 2009 16:31  

  • Praise Him!

    Praise The One!

    Praise Obama!

    Allahu Akbar!

    By Anonymous Yes We Did, at 24 January, 2009 16:50  

  • Can you imagine the SNAFU that would have happened if GWB had told the Democrats to quit listening to Randi Rhodes, John Stewart, etc.

    Impeach Bush would have been the watchwords.

    I think this President is and will be a disaster for this country. I suggest every member of Congress to not support this misnamed "stimulus" bill and vote 'present' when called upon.

    Tell your constituents why and tell the President and American people why.

    You think this method of 'spend until it hurts' is the wrong approach to getting our country back on it's feet.

    Chuck B.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 January, 2009 17:30  

  • What libs and us conservatives forget, is that McCain lost not because of the "extreme" right or that the country is now tilting to the left; McCain simply did not give any reason to for for him or his ideas.

    Leadership is about casting vision and then getting people behind the plan or ideas. McCain did absolutely nothing to convey any of his vision for the country.

    Obama will soon discover that there is a difference in casting vision just to get elected and casting vision to truly lead.

    It's always easier to create change by ruling with an iron fist and eliminating opposing voices. It is much more difficult to lead change by presenting your path and getting people on board.

    Clinton went down the same path and he paid for it in 1994. Neither one of them won with a huge margin and when its so tight, that 3 or 4 points he won by could easily slip to the other direction.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 January, 2009 17:34  

  • WTF, at least El Rushbo is constitutionally qualified to be President!

    By Blogger Ted, at 24 January, 2009 17:43  

  • Liberalism will never die because some people will always want money they weren't willing to earn.

    Conservatism will never die because some people will always resent having their earnings stolen by liberals, and the people who arise from the ashes of collapsed and rotted liberal societies embody conservative values.

    Even Marx understood that liberalism is a luxury that can only be purchased with conservative achievements. The host can live without the parasite, but not the other way around.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 January, 2009 18:06  

  • "What libs and us conservatives forget, is that McCain lost not because of the "extreme" right or that the country is now tilting to the left; McCain simply did not give any reason to for for him or his ideas.

    Leadership is about casting vision and then getting people behind the plan or ideas. McCain did absolutely nothing to convey any of his vision for the country."

    So, that's the neocon excuse for withholding your support of McCain/Palin, only to allow Barky to seize power?

    Over what are essentially minor, trifling, internal differences?

    Well! It looks like now WE get what YOU deserved...

    What "great Americans" you neocons are, LOL!

    By Anonymous hashfanatic, at 24 January, 2009 19:02  

  • Obama plates, mugs, books, magazines, jackets, teeshirts, toilet paper, his name mentioned 8 times on every 1/2 hour newsbreak, every lovefest on abcnbccbsmsnbccnnetc, newspspers,cartoons,

    I haveto listen to Rush for sanity in an ever incresing insane world. I will listen to all of them just to reaffirm that I am not alone out here.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 January, 2009 22:14  

  • Regarding the above assertion: CONSERVATISM IS THE MINORITY SCHOOL OF THOUGHT NOW.

    I have no doubt that's true among most of the east and west coast nutbags residing in the liberal echo chamber. But a glimpse across the heartland (aka real America) tells the opposite story.

    Example: Obama refused to wear a lapel pin during the primary season, but as soon as it became apparent he would receive the Democrat nomination every one of his suit coats suddenly has a prominently displayed American flag.

    By the time November 4th arrived, Barack Obama sounded more conservative than John McCain.

    During his primary campaign season, he daily criticized Bush and the Pentagon for their disgraceful mismanagement of the war, yet when it came time to select a Secretary of Defense, who does he pick? None other than Robert Gates, Bush's Secretary of Defense since January 2007.

    Apparently, the surest way to understand a "liberal" is to watch what they DO, not what they say.

    P.S. Gov. Sara Palin didn’t draw record crowds (larger than most of Obama's) because she was more "liberal" than John McCain. Those crowds materialized because she was more conservative.

    Accordingly, you may need to jettison this whole “liberal thinking is sweeping the country” meme.

    By Anonymous Russ, at 24 January, 2009 23:22  

  • The stupidity on this blog is of astronomical proportions.

    By Anonymous km, at 24 January, 2009 23:31  

  • Rush is a buffoon. Come on, Rush, keep it coming. Make yourself even less relevent!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 January, 2009 23:52  

  • Slim Pickens rides the atomic bomb of conservatism. Wahooooooo! Wave your hats boys and girls! Buh-bye!

    Too funny.

    By Blogger open, at 25 January, 2009 00:01  

  • ... he bashed Clinton for 8 yrs then sucked up to the worst "president" in history for the next 8 need I say more . . .

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 25 January, 2009 00:16  

  • You bitches got OWNED.

    Bitches.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 25 January, 2009 00:28  

  • russ:
    P.S. Gov. Sara Palin didn’t draw record crowds (larger than most of Obama's) because she was more "liberal" than John McCain. Those crowds materialized because she was more conservative.


    Larger than most of Obama's?

    horse-sh*t.... Palin gave Obama the mandate.....McCain was in striking distance before Palin was picked... Palin drew more to a rally than McCain...... not Obama, Hard core wing nuts (like the crazy who claimed a black Obama supporter attacked her) usually don't have jobs and had time to witness the wife of an Anti-American separatist Mrs.Palin


    listen to Obama's advice, listening only to a junkie d.j will not fly anymore. Extreme ideological zealotry is dead.

    Rush is d.j high-school drop-out, he should not be advising the G.O.P anymore than I(non-junkie degree possessing, leftist internet radio host)should be advising Obama

    The last decent Republican was Eisenhower, he legislated for working people.... the rest especially Reagan and W legislated for corporations first first.

    Go back to Eisenhower's values, the repubs will be respected again.

    By Anonymous Rush's oxy dealer, at 25 January, 2009 00:34  

  • Elections have consequences

    The truth is that for at least the next two years the Democrats could pass whatever bills they want without a single Republican vote. They could even afford to lose quite a few Blue Dog, DINO, votes, and still win every vote.

    What Republicans think and say right now is completely irrelevant except insofar as they can convince a lot of Democrats in Congress to vote their way. I think that what the President was saying to those Republican lawmakers in referring to Limbaugh, is that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, and somebody who regularly refers to Democrats as socialists and traitors, however much you folks may believe these things to be true, is not likely to be expressing ideas that will help Republicans in Congress get many Democrats to vote their way.

    Nor does the Limbaugh line seem likely to attract a majority of voters at the next election. This majority voted for someone that Limbaugh calls a socialist and traitor. Is Limbaugh calling these voters socialists and traitors, or is he saying that they're just dupes? Neither seems likely to endear the voters to Limbaugh, or to the party that still treats him as some sort of great thinker.

    By Blogger Glen, at 25 January, 2009 00:38  

  • And as expected the feckless libs are proving Limbaugh, Hannity, myself and every conservative talk show host and pundit correct concerning the abject lack of intelligence, common sense, decency, morality and sanity by the radical leftists.

    Also, Jeff Fecke showed that he is either a) ignorant or b) disingenuous when he wrote:

    "NOBODY'S TALKING ABOUT BRINGING THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE BACK, except Republicans."

    Jeff, time for a reality check. Plenty of liberals in Congress have spoken publicly about bringing the Fairness Doctrine (more aptly the "UNFairness Doctrine") back. Here's just some of the names:

    Nancy Pelosi
    Harry Reid
    Chuck Schumer
    Dick Durbin
    Dianne Feinstein

    All liberal Democrats and major names in Congress. So either you are woefully ignorant or intentionally lying when you wrote, "NOBODY'S TALKING ABOUT BRINGING THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE BACK, except Republicans."

    Which is it, Jeff?

    By Blogger Carl, at 25 January, 2009 00:45  

  • Someone else has said it better than I can, so I'll quote it here:

    "Nobody is "afraid" of Rush Limbaugh. Nobody wants Rush Limbaugh to be "silenced." Nobody cares about suppressing the speech of conservatives.

    I mean, rant on, guys. Irrelevance never sounded so entertaining, nor so politically profitable. Though I'm sure the fossils of the GOP base have a different perspective."

    By Anonymous EriktheRed, at 25 January, 2009 00:47  

  • This post has been picked up by some Obamist blogs in the last few hours, if anyone was wondering why the tone has shifted.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 25 January, 2009 00:57  

  • Anon:Liberalism will never die because some people will always want money they weren't willing to earn.

    huh? People want fair compensation for the precious hours they dedicated to a job where they helped make their employer rich... Conservatives don't believe in respecting workers,they bust unions and stack the cards against the commons

    Conservatives believe in "wanting money they weren't willing to earn", they voted for ending the inheritance tax for millionaires When you simply inherit family millions, there is no "earning" involved, yet conservatives believe those who inherit millions deserve every penny tax-free.

    Are you referring to welfare, my troglodyte friend? "liberals" may support welfare assistance for those "red state" poor folk who need it;republican southern states have higher welfare rolls than "lib" states; however, "libs" mostly work or own business and don't want to live off of $500 a month welfare checks...We all would however not mind a nice stack of cash by simply buying a lottery ticket, Conservatives would too.

    Typical Rush follower, no point , just archaic "lib" swipes form 1986

    "lib".... nobody fits the "lib" Rush invented.... All generalizations.

    By Anonymous Rush's oxy dealer, at 25 January, 2009 01:00  

  • Really, Brian? So more lib extremists are coming over to behave in the deranged, unhinged, borerline-psychopathic and ignorant manner that Limbaugh, Hannity, myself and just about every conservative talk show host and pundit have pointed out consistently (with plenty of documented examples)? They just can't help themselves and in doing so prove us Conservatives to be absolutely correct about them.

    They are so predictable and patheticly imbecilic in their posts thus far. Why should we expect anything else from them?

    By Blogger Carl, at 25 January, 2009 01:16  

  • Oh Pleeeze gimmy welfare Queens lots of'em ... they get chicken feed ... compared to the conservative / republican corporate welfare that has destroyed the world economy . . .

    Wake Up ... the gop (Greedy Obstructionist Piggery) hoodwinked ya 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 figure tycoons . . .

    By Anonymous Duke of Earl, at 25 January, 2009 03:10  

  • The only reason the Fairness Doctrine gets discussed on talk radio (our local guy talks about it every day!) is to confirm that listeners are both victims (of the power hungry left) and rebels (keep those ham radios humming.)
    If you weren't able to cast yourselves as victims, you'd have no identity at all. Obama has no interest in imposing such a doctrine, it's an irrelevancy to him wrapped in indifference. Have other Democrats talked about it? Sure, so what?
    Keep listening to Rush and Sean and their local familiars and you'll continue to fragment the Republican Party.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 25 January, 2009 09:45  

  • You just wait. Obama will shut down conservative talk radio yet. Right now he is just biding his time. Once his 3 FCC commissioners are in place, they will restore the fairness doctrine, impose local control, and shorten the license period - that is if Pelosi doesn't do it first by legislation. Rush will be relegated to the internet. Of course Rush already has a profitable pay internet site, and he is the best positioned to make a total transition to the internet of all the conservative hosts. The team Obama will have to find ways to ban conservative ideology outright, so it cannot be disseminated in print, internet, or any other medium. They will do this, but broadcast is the low hanging fruit, so they will attack it first.

    By Anonymous Andrew P, at 25 January, 2009 10:13  

  • From this post and the majority of comments here it is so clear why right wing Republicans have lost and will continue to lose for years to come. Either they only care about partisan wingnut spin and smear as a destructive weapon no matter the cost to the country and its separation from reality, or else they are ignorant and stupid enough to believe it.

    Your fantasy days are over... get used to it.

    By Blogger mayhempix, at 25 January, 2009 10:42  

  • Week one OB approval numbers down 17%.

    By Blogger pf1, at 25 January, 2009 10:45  

  • ... is it asking to much for ANY Progressive talk in so called "Liberal" Boston ... while 95% of talk here is conservative . . .

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 25 January, 2009 14:08  

  • You got a link for that, pf1, or did you just pull it out of Rush's butt, where he gets almost all his "facts"?

    Here's the numbers I could find...

    http://www.pollingreport.com/obama.htm

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 25 January, 2009 14:29  

  • It's just sad. At a time of national crisis -- a time when we could really use a wise and principled opposition voice -- too many Republican leaders only offer dishonest history and petty partisan squabbling. Their talk-radio version of reality just makes them seem foolish.
    We have many laws and regulations in the United States that protect both rich and poor, but they are mainly to protect the poor because without these laws the power all goes to the rich, who are quite capable of protecting themselves. We cannot be a 100% laissez-faire society or chaos would rule, by the rich and famous. We should bring back the fairness doctrine and we need more unions, not less.

    By Blogger iangallagher, at 25 January, 2009 15:35  

  • "From this post and the majority of comments here it is so clear why right wing Republicans have lost and will continue to lose for years to come..."

    I don't know, mayhem.

    I think they need some time to regroup. At some point, the Republicans lost touch with a lot of their constituents, especially the ones that identify as "conservative", or neocon...many of them feel as alienated as the paleocons do.

    Their problem is that the "big tent" has collapsed under its own weight...look at how many millions of them just didn't vote! That's unprecedented...

    But, if the party caters to the radical right, they lose their base...no matter how much the neocons deny it, they are "fringe" to a majority of Americans who vote Republican...at the very least, their current policies are seen as flawed.

    They'll always be a market for Rush, because he-somehow-manages to be entertaining and not insanely paranoid, like Levin, or reciting talking points, like Hannity...he finds creative ways to push the envelope, every once in a while, and enrage leftists, and what could be more entertaining than that, LOL?

    Some of the lefty talkers were very good, but they couldn't compete for the same audiences, because left-wing audiences value perpetual back-and-forth discussion, whereas the righties prefer a monologue, careful call screening, and the occasional guest...most left-wing radio hosts just don't form the same emotional bonds with their audiences, the way the righties do. It's a whole different relationship, and they serve more as news readers now, much like the contalkers did when they first got started.

    Rush has been around the longest, right-wing listeners like the charm of the familiar, and Barky singles him out because, let's face it, when you think of right-wing talkers, you think of Rush. There was a point where he busted on Hannity almost consistently, but that's because Hannity was more on top of the non-citizenship issues, and willing to look at unsavory aspects like the Larry Sinclair disclosures more closely.

    The Fairness Doctrine will probably not be pushed by the Barkster himself, but MANY on the left see it as a way to boot the neocons off terrestrial, that cannot be denied, and many of them hold government positions....

    I personally think net neutrality is more of a long-term threat to talk radio, news, and opinion, and forces that wish to suppress media would be better served by using the collapse of the virtual corporate monopolies caused by Clinton's ill-advised Telecommunications Act, because the level of control would be far more comprehensive than reconstituting the Fairness Doctrine...they know the so-called "fair trade" ideologues could scarcely protest, IMHO.

    By Anonymous hashfanatic, at 25 January, 2009 16:08  

  • Lib-bots are advocates for free speech, their “free speech” that’s been paid for with the blood of our brave military.
    Quote a Moonbat:
    “We should bring back the fairness doctrine and we need more unions, not less.

    Lib-bots seeking “fairness” should contact the Fairy Hotline and if that number’s busy call your fairy godmother or your tooth-fairy. Free speech will be destroyed by undemocratic DemocRatz and their “unfairness doctrine.” Big-Labor with its “Card-Check” boondoggle is pushing to repeal the secret-ballot. All done in the lib-bots pursuit of “fairness.”

    Noting “his unrivaled one-party control of both congressional chambers,” will Pres. Obama’s bullying scare Republicans into Republican’tz and have them ignore what‘s right for our USA? Does President Obama and his lib-bot sycophants consider all Republican politicians and our freedom of speech irrelevant? Perhaps it’s merely the free speech of patriotic Americans that upsets and offends lib-bots.

    “PREZ ZINGS GOP FOE IN A $TIMULATING TALK”
    “WASHINGTON -- President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.

    "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package. - snip

    In an exchange with Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) about the proposal, the president shot back: "I won," according to aides briefed on the meeting.

    "I will trump you on that."

    Not that Obama was gloating. He was just explaining that he aims to get his way on stimulus package and all other legislation, sources said, noting his unrivaled one-party control of both congressional chambers.

    "We are experiencing an unprecedented economic crisis that has to be dealt with and dealt with rapidly," Obama said during the meeting.

    Republicans say the $825 billion price tag is too big a burden for a nation crippled by debt and that it doesn't do enough to stimulate the economy by cutting taxes.

    "You know, I'm concerned about the size of the package. And I'm concerned about some of the spending that's in there, [about] ... how you can spend hundreds of millions on contraceptives," House GOP Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) later said.

    "How does that stimulate the economy?"”
    - snip
    source - http://www.nypost.com/seven/01232009/news/politics/prez_zings_gop_foe_in_a_timulating_talk_151572.htm

    Surely do move ahead at breakneck speed, dumping Trillions of our hard earned tax dollars into a megalomaniacal power grab before anyone realizes we’re all being fleeced. Not only are Republican’tz digging their own graves with their own tools, they’re purchasing the land for their graveyard with our hard earned tax dollars. Their eternal monument will be the DemocRatz pyramid that’s scheduled to be built upon their political graves.

    All hail the New, New Deal and hope n’ Change. All dissent must be stifled in the spirit of mindless moonbat bipartisanship. Do the New, New Deal quickly, before moderates and libertarians realize just how hard we’re all being ridden. After their done with their hard ride DemocRatz intend to put us away wet. Yet speak not ill of their vile plans lest ye offend warm n’ fuzzy lib-bots.

    By Blogger L1M89, at 25 January, 2009 18:22  

  • Oh how the neocomms mindlessly prattle on about their “neocons.”
    Quote another moonbat:
    “But, if the party caters to the radical right, they lose their base...no matter how much the neocons deny it, they are "fringe" to a majority of Americans who vote Republican...at the very least, their current policies are seen as flawed.”

    Conservatives take heart in the consistent results of the highly regarded Battleground Poll.
    Quote:
    “A majority of Americans consider themselves conservative. If only John McCain knew.…

    In late August I recounted that since early 2002 the Battleground Poll, a bipartisan poll which always asks a core set of questions and which always reveals the battery of questions asked, shows an astounding fact:  In answer to Question D3, sixty percent of Americans in twelve consecutive Battleground Polls taken over six and a half years asking virtually the same question each time, call themselves conservatives.”
    source -   http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/john_mccain_and_the_limbaugh_e.html

    By Blogger L1M89, at 25 January, 2009 18:51  

  • Rush gets 20 million listeners a day and they consistently rank among the most politically informed demo in the country. Keep telling yourself that he's irrelevant. Only reason Obama got elected is because too many young people don't remember the true economic pain of Carter's liberal policies. When we're living with the new "misery index", Rush will be there to hang it around Obama's neck. Obama could very well be the next Jimmy Carter and it he knows it. Thus his need to silence rush one way or another.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 25 January, 2009 20:10  

  • Anony

    This is how I came up with my number.

    His approval rating now is 68%
    The 68 came from the same poll you posted

    His approval rating last week was 85%
    This 85 number came from someone who CLAIMS to be smarter than the president and all of the nominees of the past election. How could I argue with that? You’re not suggesting he pulled it out of his ass. If that was true all his other numbers would come into suspect.

    Jared/ MOP You need to do some recalibrating.

    By Blogger pf1, at 26 January, 2009 10:41  

  • "Conservatives take heart in the consistent results of the highly regarded Battleground Poll..."

    L1m...uh, highly regarded, by WHO?

    “A majority of Americans consider themselves conservative. If only John McCain knew.…"

    Irrelevant, because McCain was the "conservative" candidate this time around, and the most "conservative" candidate running..."conservative" enough for Sarah Palin to back him up...

    Odd that an estimated nine million so-called conservative "patriots" failed to vote for McCain, and foisted the Barkster on America out of frustrated revenge...

    Now, THAT'S sensible, LOL!

    What's your definition of "conservative", then? Does it exclude guys like Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan, then? If you're willing to write off forty percent of Republicans to push a bizarre neocon agenda that doesn't even serve Americans first, I certainly won't cry bitter tears over your stupidity...

    How come the best future candidates you can see for yourselves are both tokens, Steele and Jindal? Why is it that you'll reject suitable, qualified Republican candidates because you differ with them on a few minor issues?

    That's always been a leftist fault, to have blood purges over trivialities, but look at your own emulation of them. I assure you, I did not quit the Dems, over trivial differences with Barky!

    The "American Stinker" is a POS blog, please get your facts straight next time...

    By Anonymous hashfanatic, at 26 January, 2009 10:55  

  • Brainwashed Ditto-head:


    Rush gets 20 million listeners a day and they consistently rank among the most politically informed demo in the country.

    Complete Horse Sh*t. The largest market's conservative talk station does not even have 2 million listeners a week (NYC). The entire station has under 2 million listeners a week, so in NYC, it is obvious way under 1 million people listen to Rush in a week. WABC carries all the wing nuts- Rush, Hannity, Levin, Ingram and others.

    So if Rush has under 1 million listeners a day in the #1 market, not even a million a week listen to Rush in NYC, how do you figure he has 20 million a day??? Did Rush tell you that? Safe estimate with all his stations combines maybe 1 million a day. 20 million people are not listening to Rush a day, only in your fantasy world..

    The conservative base is shrinking every day, this is EVIDENCED by HUGE change in voter registration

    If 100 million people listened to Rush every week (as you claim), why did McCain not even come close to 100 million votes?

    Be real con, put down the kool-aide

    Rush has destroyed conservatism. Obama is stating if you only obey Limbaugh's version of conservatism: tax cuts for billionaires, and pure laizze-faire and 100% privatization, nothing will get done. America has a clear mandate against Rush's brand of conservatism. Obama simply stated: IF Republicans are stubborn like Rush, you will be ignored in the senate and congress. Time to give Americans what they voted for, FDR liberalism, as opposed to Limbaugh conservatism
    If America wanted Rush conservatism: Fred Thompson would have been the candidate, the most Bush-like candidate of all the Republicans(and the guy Rush supported) Why did Rush fail to get Thompson nominated if Rush is so relevant?

    Live with it cons, you are 100% irrelevant. Limbaugh conservatism is DEAD, Rush is irrelevant. We don't fear him, we want him to stay forever( although he is overpaid)
    the longer Americans hear his ideology, the worse the GOP and the less representation of his sick version of America has...

    Please ditto-heads stay in your insular world. Continue to support the ideology of the rich, ditto-head neo-conservatism

    America has left you far behind. You are all alone, you and the 5 million sheep who listen to ditto-boy.... NO fairness doctrine is coming, the talk of fairness doctrine is to get you sheep to stay locked into Rush, Levin, and Hannity. BOO!!! Fairness doctrine.

    You guys are the biggest sheep. Sorry cons, America laughs at ditto-heads. You follow and worship a heroin addict, who preaches conservative values, yet has 3 divorces, a history of drug abuse, and was caught in a South American prostitution haven with viagra and no girlfriend at his side

    Conservative values: divorce, heroin and prostitution?

    Rush is not a conservative, he is a rich guy, who does not want to pay taxes, a decadent, Hollywood-like celebrity who lives the life of a Hollywood elite, drugs, divorce and disgusting South American prostitution

    you are foolish for following him, that's why I encourage you to continue doing do

    Rush conservatism helped elect a "racist Muslim", "illegal citizen"

    if all the crap you spout Obama is true, he's racist, he's Muslim, he's radical, he is not born in America....... the GOP must really be helpless. The media covered Obama during the election fairly, they reported on all the RNC claims against Obama, yet he won. The media covered Rev. Wright, mentioned over and over the Muslim claims, William Ayers, ACORN..... yet he still won!!!
    This proves Rush-Reagan-Bush conservatism is hated in America. 95% of us are not rich, we all know Reagan-Rush-Bush only care about helping those who do need help..

    Republicans are going to have to shed the Reagan image of tax cuts for the rich, union busting, smoking cigars on the Golf Course (Rush) and inherited wealthy punks like Bush. America does not relate to Tax cuts for the rich, America does not want unions to be shut down(30 years ago we bought Reagan, his ideas were a proven FAILURE) America does not relate to high rolling millionaires smoking $300 cigars and playing golf and America does not relate to rich punks.....

    in other words the entire image of the GOP is that of the 5%, the elite, the rich and the born into wealth

    legislate for the commons, or conservatism and the GOP will be irrelevant for hundreds of years
    please do listen to Rush forever!!!

    By Anonymous Rush's Oxy Dealer, at 26 January, 2009 14:56  

  • Well once again a lib extremist proves Rush Limbaugh correct concerning the fact that they cannot compete in the arena of ideas and have to resort to ad hominem, fabrications, distortions and outright lies. "Rush's Oxy Dealer" (right off the bat the ident shows how classless this person is) has no clue as to how many listeners tune into Rush Limbaugh's program each day. Although "Anon"'s figure of 20 million a day is incorrect, "ROD" is incorrect moreso. The documented figure as of December 2008 lists over 14 million listeners a week which constitutes being the most listened to radio talk show in America. What is interesting is that no liberal talk show comes even close to ever achieving the ratings Rush Limbaugh has reached and reaches consistently and libs like ROD can't stand it.

    But then again, "ROD" and honesty seem to be diametrically opposed.

    By Blogger Carl, at 27 January, 2009 02:54  

  • Just for laughs, I did a little online research to compare the number of affiliates of one of the supposed leading liberal radio talk show host, Randi Rhodes and nationwide she is on a mere 29 stations (http://www.novamradio.com/live/affiliate_list.php). TWENTY-NINE! Compared to the several hundred affiliates that carry Rush Limbaugh's show. Just another example that liberal talk show hosts just can't compete with conservative talk shows on a nationwide basis. But I imagine the lib extremists like "ROD" will try to spin this dishonestly as well.

    By Blogger Carl, at 27 January, 2009 03:21  

  • In our new era of the Obamanation there are no more
    “liberal extremists.” Liberals who could intelligently argue an issue, like my late father and uncles are no more, they’ve all turned room temperature long ago. Today’s new age liberals have perverted liberalism into a megalomaniacal pursuit of power. What was once a political philosophy has become a mental disorder. Your “lib extremist” is just another poor lost soul who is suffering from an extremely dreaded mental disease “ADDD,” Acute DemocRatz Dimbulb Dementia.
    “Veteran psychiatrist calls liberals mentally ill”
    Publishes extensive study on 'Psychological Causes of Political Madness'
    “WASHINGTON - Just when liberals thought it was safe to start identifying themselves as such, an acclaimed, veteran psychiatrist is making the case that the ideology motivating them is actually a mental disorder.

    "Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded," says Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness." "Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave."”

    source - http://worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=56494

    By Blogger L1M89, at 27 January, 2009 15:05  

  • Quote Carl:
    “But I imagine the lib extremists like "ROD" will try to spin this dishonestly as well.”
    To lib-bots it’s only conservatives who’re guilty of lying, twisting and spinning the truth. In the moonbat mind of a lib-bot, “what is the truth” is relative to the desired impact of their words. Just check out Rules 2 through 10 of the Moonbat Rule Book.
    Rule 2.0 - All Republicans are guilty of something and it is usually mass murder.
    Rule 2.1 - If Republicans have not been found guilty of something just give us time and pay for the investigation. We will find something.
    Rule 2.3 - "To be accused is to be guilty." Never let yourself defend a Republican or conservative even if you know information that would exonerate them. The minor civil rights violations of a conservative are worth it for the cause.

    Rule 3.0 - Democrats are NEVER guilty of anything. Ever.
    Rule 3.1 - If a Democrat ever makes a mistake or is accidentally found guilty of something; BLAME THE REPUBLICANS.

    Rule 10.0 - Confusion is our ally. Any fallacious argument that can be made will help advance the cause and mire the opposition in refutation of our logical inconsistencies.
    The “M.R.B.” can be found at this link:
    http://nwrepublican.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger L1M89, at 27 January, 2009 15:09  

  • All this Rush bashing on his Oxy addiction is absurd...What of Barry Soetoro's coke habit? Rush is a Talk Show Host...B Hussein Oblahma is (unfortunately) the President...Lets just hope that Hussein doesnt have a nose candy relapse like he already has had a smoking relapse...There goes ol' Barack doin lines on the Resolute Desk...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 28 January, 2009 02:23  

  • Aahaha.. "Rush's Oxy Dealer". Do they really let you have computers in those padded cells?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 30 January, 2009 22:47  

  • Forget, please, "conservatism." It has been, operationally, de facto, Godless and therefore irrelevant. Secular conservatism will not defeat secular liberalism because to God both are two atheistic peas-in-a-pod and thus predestined to failure. As Stonewall Jackson's Chief of Staff R.L. Dabney said of such a humanistic belief more than 100 years ago:

    "[Secular conservatism] is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today .one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt bath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth."

    Our country is collapsing because we have turned our back on God (Psalm 9:17) and refused to kiss His Son (Psalm 2).

    John Lofton, Editor, TheAmericanView.com
    Recovering Republican
    JLof@aol.com

    By Blogger John Lofton, Recovering Republican, at 04 February, 2009 16:26  

  • Please: In my view, you do everyone a great disservice by not even MENTIONING the fiercest talk-meister of them all: Michael Savage! Is Limbaugh great? Sure. Is Hannity good? Yes -- in his own softball kind of way. But Michael Savage is a major weapon against Liberalism and I do not concur in the least with his being blackballed by "the silent treatment" by virtually every other major conservative radio talk show host -- to include Rush, Hannity, etc.

    By Blogger gunjam2, at 01 March, 2009 00:08  

  • Lib-bots certainly have a way with words that's not connected to reality. Secular Conservatism only exists in the fogbound mind of new age DemocRatz and "moderate socialists."

    By Blogger L1M89, at 02 March, 2009 10:26  

  • Be sure to listen in on tonight's Savage show Gunjam2. It ought to get the lib-bots juices boiling.

    'United in Hate' author on Savage tonight
    Glazov says leftists, jihadists both part of 'death cult'

    Quote:
    The author of a controversial new book that charges leftists and jihadists with being allied as death cultists will appear on tonight's Michael Savage radio show, the No. 3 talk program in the country. In "United in Hate: The Left's Romance With Tyranny and Terror," author Jamie Glazov says there's an unholy alliance between jihadists and people like Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Ted Turner and Noam Chomsky, and, at the heart of the mutual admiration is a willingness to accept massive numbers of deaths to achieve their objectives. What's bound to be most infuriating to those Americans and many other westerners mentioned in the book is the way Glazov uses their own words to make the point.

    To view this item online, visit http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?pageId=90678

    By Blogger L1M89, at 04 March, 2009 06:28  

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