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How Rush is making the GOP the party of wimps.

 
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How Rush is making the GOP the party of wimps.
Rush Limbaugh, the man who did more than anyone else to create the modern Republican brand in the 1990s, is now destroying it. Everyone knows he has "jumped the shark" culturally—become a black-shirted joke even as he dominates the headlines. But it's worse than that for Republicans. Limbaugh has taken the great GOP calling card—toughness—and shredded it. The party of Lincoln is in danger of becoming the party of Jell-O.

Witness the specter of party leaders from Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey to South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford to Republican Party chairman Michael Steele all issuing craven apologies to Limbaugh after uttering the truth, which is that Rush's rhetoric is "ugly" and that he was wrong to say he hoped President Obama would fail. The monster the GOP collectively created—Rush's "dittohead" army of conservative listeners—makes life miserable for anyone who dares criticize the Great Bloviator. By enforcing right-wing political correctness, the dittoheads are making their party leaders look weak.

Strength, of course, has been the great, well, strength of the GOP. Starting with reactionary vitriol directed at the New Deal (echoed today) and extending through the Cold War, Republicans have long had the advantage of looking and sounding more muscular than Democrats. For most of the last century, conservatives have been depicted as "rock-ribbed" and liberals as "whiny."

The problem became especially acute in the 1970s, when former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Jimmy Carter was turned into a girlie man. An editor jokingly entitled a Boston Globe editorial about Carter “More Mush From the Wimp” and it accidentally ran in the paper. This symbolized public attitudes toward liberals, and the caricature paved the way for Ronald Reagan's 1980 victory and the 1994 GOP takeover of the House of Representatives.

Limbaugh was a key player in that takeover. For two decades, he has provided a daily three-hour national advertisement for the GOP specifically and the conservative movement in general. Because most mainstream media types in Washington and New York don't listen, they never fully understood how big Rush had become.

But nothing lasts forever. Rush's audience remains huge, with a weekly audience of more than 20 million, and will stay large for as long as he broadcasts. If his listeners can forgive him sending his poor housekeeper into a parking lot to score drugs for him, they will forgive anything. But these folks no long represent the American mainstream. In fact, while 28 percent of Americans still identify themselves as Republicans, 29 percent call themselves independents. Plenty of the indies might still be listening to Rush, but they don't take their marching orders from him anymore. To them, he's just another entertainer.

When Obama first mentioned Limbaugh in a meeting with Republicans during his second week in office, he was chastised for elevating him in a way that didn't befit a president. But it quickly became clear that any contest between Barack and Rush was not really a contest at all—and that this is a fight the president is happy to have. The president's popularity is in the 60s, and the entertainer's, according to internal Democratic polling, is in the 20s. So Rahm Emanuel and Robert Gibbs are now piling on, describing Limbaugh as the "intellectual force" and "de facto chairman" of the party.

It works. And it will keep on working until enough Republicans grow a spine. When they show enough guts to ignore the thousands of calls and e-mails from dittoheads, maybe they'll get their party—and their self-respect—back.

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U R Goondicks

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03/04/2009 05:10 PM
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The GOP has been a bunch of pussies for the last 8 years. They need to take a healthy shit and blow their heads out of their asses. They have been spending like the Democrats and it has finally caught up with them. We need Newt G. back. Or somebody that has a set of balls on them.
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If they had any self respect they would not be in the spot they are in.
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03/04/2009 05:13 PM
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Tell him to go pop some more pills.For the right to be all in this war on drugs AND TO LISTEN TO mR. pILL pOOPER LIKE HIS A god is funny as shit to me.
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03/04/2009 05:23 PM
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making ?

MADE.


neocon chickhawk CHICKENSHITS
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OP,

You sound just like a whiny, wimpy liberal weasel.

Why not just get in bed with Paul Begala or James Carville ?

It's people like YOU who are ruining the country.

Rush is trying to steer the American "ship" away from Communist landfall, where that turd, Obama, is taking us.
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OP,

You sound just like a whiny, wimpy liberal weasel.

Why not just get in bed with Paul Begala or James Carville ?

It's people like YOU who are ruining the country.

Rush is trying to steer the American "ship" away from Communist landfall, where that turd, Obama, is taking us.
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because no "liberal" can make a good point, eh?

The "Republicans" are doing all they can to scramble as far away from the BushCo agenda as POSSIBLE and everyone knows it. This has left one hell of a vacuum. "Rush" has bloated himself (in more ways than the obvious) to become some quasi representative of all that is conservative, while he speaks through his forked tongue.

All may not be right with this country but the thought that Mr. Linbaugh thinks that he represents anyone with a conscious or that anyone with a conscious would allow him to speak FOR THEM, is reprehensible IMHO. He is one man that if he listened ever so slightly, he'd find the entire world giggling at how obtuse he is. I think that he and Ann Coulter should get together.....the Barbie & Ken of conservative America....LMAO
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ohappy The wheels on the bus go round and round sbus
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03/04/2009 05:37 PM
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He needs to be around a little longer; as does Ann Coulter. People like that are a cancer, and it will be very positive news if they kill the Republican party (which has NOTHING to do with conservatism anymore) from the inside-out.

Bye bye GOP--you're going the way of the Whigs.

You deserve nothing less for all those Iraqi babies you helped kill.
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Re: How Rush is making the GOP the party of wimps.
OP,

You sound just like a whiny, wimpy liberal weasel.

Why not just get in bed with Paul Begala or James Carville ?

It's people like YOU who are ruining the country.

Rush is trying to steer the American "ship" away from Communist landfall, where that turd, Obama, is taking us.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 558159


You know....that actually sounds better than sucking Rush's butt cheese encrusted dick like you repugs do.

You stupid fucking repugs had your chance to make America better in the last 8 years and all you did is totally fuck the country up.

So, sit down and shut the fuck up!!

The people of the United States is tired of you stupid fucking repugs.
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He needs to be around a little longer; as does Ann Coulter. People like that are a cancer, and it will be very positive news if they kill the Republican party (which has NOTHING to do with conservatism anymore) from the inside-out.

Bye bye GOP--you're going the way of the Whigs.

You deserve nothing less for all those Iraqi babies you helped kill.
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WWF. Grow up, quit being naive, wrasslin' is fake.

Watch the first minute of this and look at the reaction of the people in the crowd, THEY BELIEVE IT! It isn't that far of from the wrasslin' match between the Republicans and Democrats. IT AIN'T REAL!

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I would say the republican leadership has made it the party of whatever- it- is.
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Re: How Rush is making the GOP the party of wimps.
OP,

You sound just like a whiny, wimpy liberal weasel.

Why not just get in bed with Paul Begala or James Carville ?

It's people like YOU who are ruining the country.

Rush is trying to steer the American "ship" away from Communist landfall, where that turd, Obama, is taking us.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 558159


Keep thinking that, you and the rest of the 20% of the GOP.

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