Saturday, March 07, 2009

Far Right Extremist Rush Limbaugh Defacto Leader of The Far Right & The Republican Party- Michael Steele Begs For Limbaugh's Forgiveness

Anyway there has been a bit of a flap over who is the spokesperson for the Republican Party and the Conservative Movement in America. Rush Limbaugh the right wing talk radio host is seen by many as the de facto leader of the Conservative movement. What's his plan : hope Obama fails and that those who dislike Obama's policies should do what they can to make sure Obama does fail. Some conservatives are calling for a second War of Independence or civil War . Santelli and others have organized so called Tea Parties as protests against Obama administration which they hope will spread and grow into a forceful opposition.

First a couple of clips of Limbaugh doing his job as it were in the past year:

Limbaugh tries to build a case for a grand conspiracy on the part ACORN, Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright and Barack Obama in which they preach hatred of white people and to hate American values and that they are responsible for the Economic Crisis in America and most of its social problems. Unfortunately the Republicans and the conservatives in America along with Fox News and much of the Mainstream Media are still trying to sell this and other conspiracy theories about Obama to the American people. The sad thing is that some Americans are all too willing to believe in this nonsense . We have seen this in a new form with the Rick Santelli Rant and his Faux Populist Uprising known as The Tea Parties.

Rush Limbaugh - Racism of Rush Limbaugh- Oct. 15, 2008
Cenk Uygur -The Young Turks

Limbaugh argues that Obama is not experienced enough to be president and so Obama didn't win fairly but was an affirmative action candidate. This as Cenk Uygur points out is nonsense. But over 20 million people believe just about anything Limbaugh or his fellow Far Right Talk Radio (aka Hate Radio )say . Facts don't count just one's beliefs or gut feelings.
Limbaugh also claims that " racism " is just a tool used by Liberals and doesn't really exist in America.

Limbaugh Blames Affirmative Action For Obama's Success- aug 20 2008

Keith Olbermann: Comedian Limbaugh VS Steele

And here's Cenk Yugur comments on Michael Steele calling Limbaugh just an entertainer whose rants are incendiary and at times ugly

Michael Steele Surrenders His Manhood to Rush Limbaugh- March 3, 2009
Watch more at

Even the women on The View think Michael Steele's apology is "pathetic .
Whoopi Goldberg on economic crisis " We are all in the toilet together"

(3/3/09) The Ladies comment on Michael Steele's apology to Rush Limbaugh.

(Previous Day): "The View: Reaction To Rush Limbaugh's CPAC Speech":

MSNBC DNC Criticizes Steele For Apology To Limbaugh- March 3, 2009

Michael Steele says the Rush Limbaugh controversy is just a distraction
NBC: Steele on Rush Flap: "That's the Nature of This Job, Baby!"- March 4, 2009

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) Agrees with Rush, Wants Obama to Fail- Talking Points Memo

Also see: " Clearly the G.O.P. Does Not Have Balls of Steel When It Comes to Limbaugh " by keli Goff at Huffington Post ,March 3, 2009

On his radio show today, Limbaugh fired back, calling the RNC and Michael Steele "so-called Republicans" and saying that they "need a little leadership."

"So I am an entertainer and I have 20 million listeners because of my great song and dance routine," Limbaugh said. "Michael Steele, you are head of the Republican National Committee. You are not head of the Republican party. Tens of millions of conservatives and Republicans have nothing to do with the Republican National Committee...and when you call them asking for money, they hang up on you."


" Why on Earth Are Democrats Legitimizing and Empowering Rush Limbaugh? " by Peter Daou at Huffington Post , March 3, 2009

It's bad for the country and it's bad politics. Limbaugh and his cohorts (Coulter, Hannity, Beck, Savage, and so on), are largely responsible for our toxic political environment. Given major media platforms to launch crude and brutal political and cultural attacks, to demonize liberals, and to use rage as a means of lining their own pockets, these 'entertainers' have poisoned our national discourse.

There's precious little benefit in making Limbaugh more of a central player, in engaging him directly from the White House podium, in raising his stature, in stamping, sealing and approving the years he's spent bashing his political opponents. There was a moment, a brief moment, after Barack Obama was elected president, a moment long gone, where the likes of Limbaugh and Hannity could have become marginalized, bit players rather than media movers and shakers, the detritus of a sorry era. But instead, they have been granted more power -- out of some contrived political calculus. This, at a time when we don't need political calculus, we need single-minded determination to get us out of this economic calamity and to restore sanity to our government.

...The seeds of Democratic defeat are planted not by Republican elected officials, who, like McCain, will carry the Bush albatross for years to come, but by those who can freely fan the flames of outrage, who can fight dirty, who can bend and break the rules with impunity, who can tear down their opponents' integrity and character, and whose apparent reward (as in the case of Ann Coulter) is to be given yet a larger platform.

also see: " Top Republican's Groveling Apology to Rush Limbaugh Is a Media Disaster "By Max Blumenthal, The Daily Beast. March 3, 2009 at

Given Limbaugh's history of racial controversy, and Steele's prominence as the first black GOP chair, this is a huge blow for the Party's image.

Steele's apology recalled a similar incident from late January, when Republican Representative Phil Gingrey of Georgia attacked Limbaugh for "throwing bricks" without paying the consequences. As I reported for the Daily Beast, Gingrey invited himself on Limbaugh's radio show the following day to grovel before the host. "I clearly ended up putting my foot in my mouth on some of those comments," the penitent congressman said.

But given Limbaugh's well-documented history of racial controversy, and Steele's position as the Republican Party's first African American chairman, his apology is more significant than Gingrey's. Limbaugh has, for example, mocked Obama as a "Halfrican-American" who should "become white;" he has called for a "posthumous Medal of Honor" for the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr., James Earl Ray, and told an African American caller, "Take that bone out of your nose and call me back."

Steele's "off the hook" PR campaign is now off the rails. Within days, he has gone from being "da man" to just another "Dittohead."

" The Dittohead Party: Why the GOP Is Screwing Itself " By Bob Cesca, Huffington Post. Posted March 6, 2009( at

The Dems are going about the business of cleaning up the mess of 30 years of Reaganomics, and here's the GOP playing footsie with Limbaugh.

The "leader of the Republican Party" question has been thoroughly analyzed and debated. And after many days and many cable news roundelays, I think we can all agree that, yes, the GOP has been inextricably grasped within the meaty, sweaty mitts of that familiar planetoid of addiction, racism and self-indulgence known as Rush Limbaugh.

...If Limbaugh is the leader of the Republicans and the Republicans are, indeed, willing to embrace Limbaugh as such a leader, then the Republicans are embracing the whole nasty package.

To fall under the rule of Limbaugh means that the Republicans have sealed their status as the party of race-baiting. In Limbaugh's world, Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama simply because Obama is black -- excuse me, Halfrican American. In Limbaugh's world, all blacks say "axe" instead of "ask." In Limbaugh's world, it's hilarious to pronounce Mayor Ray Nagin's name as Mayor Nay-ger. In Limbaugh's world, black contestants on Survivor are at a disadvantage because "blacks can't swim."

To fall under the rule of Limbaugh means that the Republicans have become the party of sexism. In Limbaugh's world, women who seek equal rights are making up for the fact that they're "ugly." In Limbaugh's world, it's hilarious to compare pubescent teenage girls to "the family dog." In Limbaugh's world, women live longer because their lives are somehow "easier." I can't imagine that would apply to Limbaugh's three ex-wives, but okay.

To fall under the rule of Limbaugh means that the Republicans have become the party of comparing torture to fraternity pranks. They've become the party of multiple divorces. The party of Oxycontin addiction. The party of "phony soldiers." The party of mysterious all-male excursions to foreign nations while in possession of erectile dysfunction medication prescribed under a false name. They've become the party of wild conspiracy theories like the one Limbaugh was repeating in October -- maybe you've heard this one. Did you know that Barack Obama traveled to Hawaii, not to visit his then-gravely ill grandmother, but instead to participate in the cover-up of his secret birth certificate?

(Bob Cesca refers to a couple of incidents such as Phony Soldiers, the mocking of Michael J. Fox see below:)

Now for a view from the right in an article on the Rush Limbaugh controversy at in which the author Andrew Cline argues that given the state of the Republican Party Rush Limbaugh is the right man at this time. He also offers up this frightening nugget that the next leader to galvanize the Conservative Movement and the Republican party will probably be someone who is relatively unknown at the moment and who is an avid fan of Limbaugh's radio show.

" Getting Rush Wrong " By Andrew Cline | Friday, March 06, 2009

...The Democratic National Committee is now sending out press releases challenging Republicans to distance themselves from Limbaugh.

The wisdom of this political strategy is very much in doubt. More Americans listen to Rush Limbaugh in any given week than watch an episode of “Survivor.” His audience is more than twice as large as the readership of The Washington Post, larger by several million than the readership of The New York Times, and about four million larger than the audience of the NBC Nightly News, America’s most-watched network news program. Why in the world would President Obama decide that it’s a great idea to attack America’s most popular broadcaster and his millions of listeners?

The answer is that he has written off conservative America. It seems that the stirring appeals to bipartisanship were never sincere. If they were, the president would have offered the Republicans some substantial concessions to get their votes on the stimulus and budget bills. He did not. He got the stimulus bill anyway, and clearly thinks he will get the budget, too. He now believes that he can pass his entire agenda, from a $3.6 trillion budget that is $1.75 trillion in the red to cap-and-trade to universal health care, with a few moderate Republican votes. President Obama has concluded that he does not need conservatives to govern. So, they are free to be attacked as the enemies of progress and economic recovery.

But President Obama does need to prevent conservatives from turning moderate and liberal Republicans against him. Thus, the attempt to marginalize Limbaugh. Portraying Limbaugh as a pariah is Obama’s way of giving moderate Republicans the cover they need to vote for his agenda.

By making Limbaugh, and not Obama’s own radical plans to remake America in Europe’s image, the topic of discussion, the White House has already begun dividing the Right. All of a sudden, Republicans and conservatives are being asked to defend Limbaugh. GOP Chairman Michael Steele responded by calling Limbaugh’s show “incendiary” and “ugly.” Apparently, he doesn’t listen very much. The show is the former (and that’s a good thing), but certainly not the latter, except when Rush makes a bad joke, which does happen on occasion. Commentator David Frum responded, too, calling Limbaugh the Jesse Jackson of the Republican Party and urging Republicans to push him aside.

This is precisely what Obama wants. Conservatives and Republicans mustn’t take the bait. Rush Limbaugh isn’t the issue; Barack Obama’s attempt to enlarge the federal government by an additional two percentage points of Gross Domestic Product this year alone is.

...Rush Limbaugh is now the voice of conservatism in America. He is not only the most prominent conservative, but he is the best at explaining conservatism to the people, and he is the most passionate champion of conservative core principles. No one else is even close.

Frum, for whom I have great respect, argues that conservatives need a sophisticated spokesman to match Barack Obama’s class and elegance. That is true in the long run, but not necessarily right now. With the Republican Party going through a post-Bush identity crisis, trying to decide if it's a conservative or neoconservative party, a populist to rouse the rabble against the largest expansion of government power and authority in our lifetime is clearly needed. No one fills that role better than Limbaugh.

( he then argues that the next leader of the Republican Party is probably someone not well known but who listens to Rush Limbaugh every day)

...While the president of the United States attempts to marginalize a radio talk show host, it will be the host who has the last word. For it likely will be one of Rush Limbaugh’s millions of listeners who ultimately rises to lead the Republican Party back to power

Limbaugh on Obama: "Halfrican American" Media Matters Jan. 24, 2007

On the January 24 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, host Rush Limbaugh referred to Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and actress Halle Berry as "Halfrican American[s]," stating that "Barack Obama has picked up another endorsement: Halfrican American actress Halle Berry." Limbaugh then said: " 'As a Halfrican American, I am honored to have Ms. Berry's support, as well as the support of other Halfrican Americans,' Obama said." Limbaugh then conceded that Obama "didn't say it."

Obama "is the son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya." As Media Matters for America has noted, conservative talk radio host Brian Sussman has also characterized Obama as a "Halfrican." Sussman later issued an apology on his website, describing his comments about Obama as "insensitive."

And on Limbaughs claim that Colin Powell only endorsed Obama becaues Obama's black.

"Limbaugh Implies Powell Only Endorsed Obama Because He's Black "October 19, 2008

Politico's Jonathan Martin and Mike Allen get an email from Rush Limbaugh about Gen. Colin Powell's endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

"Secretary Powell says his endorsement is not about race," Limbaugh wrote. "OK, fine. I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed. I'll let you know what I come up with.

"Limbaugh handicapped races in new Survivor series, suggested "African-American tribe" worst swimmers, Hispanics "will do things other people won't do" Media matters , Aug. 23, 2009

Olbermann-Limbaugh Mocks Michael J. Fox Oct. 25, 2006


Rush Limbaugh - A Concentrated Pile Of Human Waste-Oct. 4, 2006

also see:

" Crazy Conservatives Still Rallying Behind Obama Conspiracy " Posted by Steve Benen, Washington Monthly March 2, 2009 at


" Unpatriotic: The Ever-Growing Root-for-Failure Caucus " by Steve Benen, Washington Monthly March 2, 2009.

The list just keeps getting bigger.

Over the last few days, Tom DeLay, Rick Santorum, and Michelle Malkin have joined the Limbaugh-inspired group of conservatives who are publicly hoping that President Obama fails. Yesterday afternoon, RedState's Erick Erickson kept the ball rolling with an item headlined, "I Too Want Barack Obama to Fail," encouraging other conservatives to rally behind the campaign to undermine the president.

Join the RedState Army of Activists and lets [sic] work to make sure Barack Obama fails at destroying liberty and freedom:

I want Barack Obama to fail and I want to help ensure he does.

If Barack Obama is successful in implementing his stated agenda, America will fail and the American dream will die for millions.

We already know Barack Obama's economic policy will fail, but it will hurt millions of hard working Americans.

I will join the RedState Army of Activists and fight for freedom by working to undermine Barack Obama's agenda and helping him fail.Thank [sic] you for your interest in the I WANT BARACK OBAMA TO FAIL.

For more on the anti-Obama extremist see: " Impeach Obama Directory which presents the Bush administration as a wonderful and joyous time for Americans which is being followed by in their view the disastrous years of Obama to come along with the end of America and possibly the world.

Note I am posting this video for educational purposes - Be Aware Be Afraid these anti-Obama wing nuts are everywhere fueled by Big Money from Big Coal, Big Oil and just plain crazy rich white guys who claim to represent the FOLK.

From: Wecome to Obama Protest at Revolution TV " This is a place for Patriots.We do not allow Liberals to spew their Anti American rhetoric here, you will be banned, you may shut up , sit down and learn what it means to be a patriot!"
Obama Protest (Impeach Obama Protest )-Feb. 18 2009

and so it goes,

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