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Obama team take gloves off for fight with radio host Rush Limbaugh

 
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A ploy by the Obama White House to depict the inflammatory conservative talkshow host Rush Limbaugh as head of the Republican Party has triggered a furious partisan battle – just the style of bareknuckle politics the new President promised to end.

The increasingly bitter feud between the Obama team and the bombastic Mr Limbaugh, who enjoys the largest talk-radio audience in America, has delighted Democrats and dismayed many Republicans. Yet it has also brought accusations that the White House has cynically created a bête noir to distract attention from the debate over its economic policies.

The thrice-married Mr Limbaugh is a hero to the Republican base but a deeply partisan figure. The effort to portray him as the driving force behind the post-Bush Republican Party reflects the power void and identity crisis inside it, but it also risks dragging Mr Obama into a political street brawl with one of America's most powerful and outspoken anti-liberal forces.

Mr Limbaugh, a longtime and fierce critic of Mr Obama, laid the ground for the fight when he declared on air recently that “I hope he fails”. He repeated the sentiment on Saturday, during a speech to a conservative conference where, significantly overweight and wearing a black open-neck shirt, he was given a hero's reception.

The next day Rahm Emanuel, Mr Obama's Chief of Staff and a veteran Chicago politician, called Mr Limbaugh the leader of the Republican Party, adding that he was “the voice and the intellectual force and the energy behind the Republican Party”.

Mr Limbaugh has had a tangled private life. He was investigated for illegal use of prescription painkillers – he later admitted to an addiction – and was detained in 2006 after getting off a plane from the Dominican Republic with a bottle of Viagra, the prescription not in his name. He sparked outrage when he accused the actor Michael J. Fox of exaggerating the effects of his Parkinson's disease.

His audience is huge – and has nearly doubled from 14.2 million to about 25 million since his feud with the White House erupted – but he is deeply unpopular with Democrats and independents. Mr Obama's strategists believe that they have struck gold by elevating him to leader of the opposition, and some Republicans agree.

David Frum, a former speechwriter for President Bush, lamented: “With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence – exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party.”

Mr Limbaugh, 58, challenged Mr Obama to a live, on-air debate. Reflecting what a powerful figure he is on the Right, even the head of the Republican National Committee was forced to apologise to him this week after saying that his show could be “incendiary” and “ugly”.

Mr Limbaugh said on air this week that the Obama team were targeting him because “they need a demon to distract and divert from what their agenda is”. He said that their tactics were reminiscent of Richard Nixon's “enemies list”.

Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House Speaker, said that the focus on Mr Limbaugh was “a cynical ploy by people who can't defend any of their policies”.

THE RIGHT STUFF

On Democrats “I know these people like I know every square inch of my glorious naked body”

On Hillary Clinton “She sounds like a screeching ex-wife”

On the White House “Did you know that the White House drug test is multiple choice?”

On the President When he was asked by a national newspaper to provide 400 words on the Obama presidency he responded “I don't need 400, I need four. I hope he fails”

[link to www.timesonline.co.uk]
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Re: Obama team take gloves off for fight with radio host Rush Limbaugh
Since Rush is just a crazy lunatic with only a few lunatic tin foil wearing followers why is the Big Zero so terrified of him?
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Well they sure do hope he fails!..That is the TRUTH..
So they can institute their communist "leader"....
And subsequently RE-LOAD this place YET AGAIN...With our BLOOD..

And Rush sure is a DEMON (Controlled by THEM)..That's for sure!...Even though MANY in here cannot SEE that..
"Pray for solace..Pray for resolve..Pray for a savior..Pray for deliverance..Some kind of purpose..A glimpse of a LIGHT in this VOID OF EXISTENCE..Now witness the END of an age..Hope dies in hands of believers..Who seek the truth in the LIAR'S EYE"

"The greatest TRICK the Devil ever pulled was not convincing the world he doesn't exist..But convincing it that he is GOD"

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- Martin Luther


"What have I done?..Where have I come from?..When I burnt the backs with the SUN through a GLASS..Did I SEAL the loss that's become me?.. Feeling undone..What have I become? ..When I turned my back on you..I turned my back on MYSELF and became this MACHINE"

"What you IGNORE now..Will come OUT of YOU later"

"Stones to throw at my Creator..
MASOCHISTS to which I cater..You don't need to bother..I don't need to be..I'll keep slipping farther..
But once I hold on..I won't let go 'til it BLEEDS"
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It's always good when your intellectual leader is the biggest thing in the MSM.
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Re: Obama team take gloves off for fight with radio host Rush Limbaugh
Here is what Rush said in context on both occasions that he said it.


Quote:
Hannity: So then the question becomes, do you want him to succeed?

Limbaugh: Now success can be defined two ways. I said earlier I don't know about this guy. I really don't. I've got my — I've got my suspicions, and they're pretty close to convictions, but we're going to have to wait to see what he does. Now if he turns out to be a Reagan, if he adds Reagan to his recipe of FDR and Lincoln, and if he does cut some taxes.

If he does not eliminate the Bush tax cuts, I would call that success. So yes, I would hope he would succeed if he acts like Reagan, but if he's going to do FDR, if he's going to do the new, new deal all over which we will call here the raw deal, why would I want him to succeed?

Look, he's my president. The fact that he is historic is irrelevant to me now. It matters not at all. I — if he is going to implement a far left — look it. I think it's already decided. $2 trillion in stimulus? The growth of government. I think the intent here is to create as many dependant Americans as possible looking to government for their hope and salvation.

If he gets nationalized health care, I mean, it's over, Sean. We're never going to roll that back. That's the end of America as we have known it because that's then going to set the stage for everything being government owned, operated, or provided.

Why would I want that to succeed? I don't believe in that. I know that's not how this country is going to be great in the future, it's not what made this country great.

So I shamelessly say, no, I want him to fail, if his agenda is a far- left collectivism, some people say socialism, as a conservative heartfelt, deeply, why would I want socialism to succeed?

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The Hannity interview was a response to an earlier show in which Rush was responding to a request for him to put his hopes for the Obama administration in 400 words. Knowing this I went further back to find the transcript of the quote from this interview too. I think it pretty much says the same thing that his Hannity interview says.

Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails

Quote:
If I wanted Obama to succeed, I'd be happy the Republicans have laid down. And I would be encouraging Republicans to lay down and support him. Look, what he's talking about is the absorption of as much of the private sector by the US government as possible, from the banking business, to the mortgage industry, the automobile business, to health care. I do not want the government in charge of all of these things. I don't want this to work. So I'm thinking of replying to the guy, "Okay, I'll send you a response, but I don't need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails." (interruption) What are you laughing at? See, here's the point. Everybody thinks it's outrageous to say. Look, even my staff, "Oh, you can't do that." Why not? Why is it any different, what's new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what's gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here. Why do I want more of it? I don't care what the Drive-By story is. I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: "Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails." Somebody's gotta say it.
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That bloated bag of beans and the bitter old guard of the republican party created their own mess....don't blame it on Mr. Obama. If republicans want a share AT ALL in the next election they had better do more than prance rush and palin around...they had better join the 21st century.
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I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: "Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails."
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and there ya go.
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It's working too!...They're steering MANY right into the arms of their "guy"..With their manipulation..

There is much of it on this site as well..Just look at some of the pins!...

FEW will see through what is happening now..To their own DETRIMENT..

Because only people AWAKE/EYES OPEN will not be hurt by THEM in the END..IF they get their way..YET AGAIN...

And that is NOT the majority unfortunately...

But go right ahead folks..Allow THEM to manipulate you and cause you to pay the price..YET AGAIN..

IF you don't have the TRUE LIGHT/TRUE SELF INSIDE of you when the "light" goes out...They will see you!..

"Are you BREATHING now?..Do the WICKED SEE YOU?!"..

Better BREATHE!..
"Pray for solace..Pray for resolve..Pray for a savior..Pray for deliverance..Some kind of purpose..A glimpse of a LIGHT in this VOID OF EXISTENCE..Now witness the END of an age..Hope dies in hands of believers..Who seek the truth in the LIAR'S EYE"

"The greatest TRICK the Devil ever pulled was not convincing the world he doesn't exist..But convincing it that he is GOD"

"I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: It is a gift of GOD. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: He knows how it drives the EVIL spirit OUT of US."
- Martin Luther


"What have I done?..Where have I come from?..When I burnt the backs with the SUN through a GLASS..Did I SEAL the loss that's become me?.. Feeling undone..What have I become? ..When I turned my back on you..I turned my back on MYSELF and became this MACHINE"

"What you IGNORE now..Will come OUT of YOU later"

"Stones to throw at my Creator..
MASOCHISTS to which I cater..You don't need to bother..I don't need to be..I'll keep slipping farther..
But once I hold on..I won't let go 'til it BLEEDS"
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and there ya go.
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Why did they pick Limbaugh? Why not Michael Savage, or Sean Hannity, or OJ Simpson?
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Why did they pick Limbaugh? Why not Michael Savage, or Sean Hannity, or OJ Simpson?
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Remove the head, the body dies.
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Let the SUNSHINE in folks!..

OPEN MIND for a different VIEW..

SEE!...

KILL EM ALL!...

THEM Vampires can't take the REAL LIGHT...
"Pray for solace..Pray for resolve..Pray for a savior..Pray for deliverance..Some kind of purpose..A glimpse of a LIGHT in this VOID OF EXISTENCE..Now witness the END of an age..Hope dies in hands of believers..Who seek the truth in the LIAR'S EYE"

"The greatest TRICK the Devil ever pulled was not convincing the world he doesn't exist..But convincing it that he is GOD"

"I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: It is a gift of GOD. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: He knows how it drives the EVIL spirit OUT of US."
- Martin Luther


"What have I done?..Where have I come from?..When I burnt the backs with the SUN through a GLASS..Did I SEAL the loss that's become me?.. Feeling undone..What have I become? ..When I turned my back on you..I turned my back on MYSELF and became this MACHINE"

"What you IGNORE now..Will come OUT of YOU later"

"Stones to throw at my Creator..
MASOCHISTS to which I cater..You don't need to bother..I don't need to be..I'll keep slipping farther..
But once I hold on..I won't let go 'til it BLEEDS"
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and there ya go.


So how does it feel to be punching a time clock again?
 Quoting: Godot

I don't start until Monday. I will be glad to have an income again!
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Rush Limbaugh aside, why is Obama even wasting energy on this? His time could be better spent trying to fix the economy instead of fouling it up worse than Bush.
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... CONGRATS on the job!!!! ...
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... I'm one of those liberals who DOES think as Limbaugh ...
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... and I STILL remember how Kennedy KILLED that woman! ...
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... leaving her to die a horrible death ...
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We used to live in a free country that valued first amendment right to freedom of speech.


I guess now it is fine for the president and his administration of thugs to target a private citizen. To do it blatently and out in the open.


You fools are giving away your own freedom and you don't even get it... so sad.



You should be outraged NO MATTER WHOis the target of a government sponsored attack on a private citizen.
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You think that is AIR you're breathing?..

This just a COPY/SIMULATION...

"STILL..YOUR CHAINS ARE ON!"..

BREAK THIS..TAKE CONTROL!..


The BLIND are NEVER FREE!..

And will probably follow their "guy" when he shows up soon..They are building up the desperate and dire feelings in the masses now for just that..

"DEIFY you..They view you as the new Messiah..Renew BELIEF in some DEMENTED MAN"..

IF you want to call him a "man" that is...
"Pray for solace..Pray for resolve..Pray for a savior..Pray for deliverance..Some kind of purpose..A glimpse of a LIGHT in this VOID OF EXISTENCE..Now witness the END of an age..Hope dies in hands of believers..Who seek the truth in the LIAR'S EYE"

"The greatest TRICK the Devil ever pulled was not convincing the world he doesn't exist..But convincing it that he is GOD"

"I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: It is a gift of GOD. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: He knows how it drives the EVIL spirit OUT of US."
- Martin Luther


"What have I done?..Where have I come from?..When I burnt the backs with the SUN through a GLASS..Did I SEAL the loss that's become me?.. Feeling undone..What have I become? ..When I turned my back on you..I turned my back on MYSELF and became this MACHINE"

"What you IGNORE now..Will come OUT of YOU later"

"Stones to throw at my Creator..
MASOCHISTS to which I cater..You don't need to bother..I don't need to be..I'll keep slipping farther..
But once I hold on..I won't let go 'til it BLEEDS"
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distraction.

fucking america needs to get its head out of its ass
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HEY...OBOBMA WHERE'S MY DAMN $13????.....i just found out i went from a 5% to 15% bracket...same pay...check this out... [link to www.irs.gov] is an IRS NOTICE 1036......go for guys...!!!
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What pisses me off about this is that neither of them represent how I think. So yet again we have one of those stoopid American debates that prove nothing and mean nothing, between two people who are nothing.
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Jer 6:2 I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate [woman].
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You fools are giving away your own freedom and you don't even get it... so sad.



 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 576799


No, my freedoms started disappearing when idiots like you let Bush and the neocons steal elections through Diebold machines [private company] Allowed/aided 911 to "change" America into a frightened, torture-loving country vilified in most of the globe.

Patriot Act
Homeland Security
Strip searches at the airport
Wire tapping
Record profits for corporate scum like you--->leading to the financial mess we are in now.

Yada, yada, yada

That scumfuck Rush is all down for all that. Screw him.
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Who wrote that joke of an article? "heavily overweight with an open shirt.." What is that crap?
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You fools are giving away your own freedom and you don't even get it... so sad.





No, my freedoms started disappearing when idiots like you let Bush and the neocons steal elections through Diebold machines [private company] Allowed/aided 911 to "change" America into a frightened, torture-loving country vilified in most of the globe.

Patriot Act
Homeland Security
Strip searches at the airport
Wire tapping
Record profits for corporate scum like you--->leading to the financial mess we are in now.

Yada, yada, yada

That scumfuck Rush is all down for all that. Screw him.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 627987



FOOL

It doesn't matter "what side" the private American citizen is on. You don't get it do you. People like you will be very useful idiots until you are no longer needed. Then what are you going to do? More importantly what are they going to do?

FOOL
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FOOL

It doesn't matter "what side" the private American citizen is on. You don't get it do you. People like you will be very useful idiots until you are no longer needed. Then what are you going to do? More importantly what are they going to do?

FOOL
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 576799


Oh yes, I get it all too clearly. My point is that anyone siding with Rush-- the mouthpiece of corporate fascism-- is not to be taken seriously because of past history and what was wrought without a whimper from so called Republicans and Conservatives.

They are in lock-step, and were indeed in lock-step, with the clear neocon agenda of greed, fascism and the thief of my freedoms under Bush.

Anyone calling themselves by those titles is a Fool, as you say.

That goes for anyone calling themselves Democrat as well, because they have yet to address the Neocon crimes commited under the Bush dictatorship.
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FOOL

It doesn't matter "what side" the private American citizen is on. You don't get it do you. People like you will be very useful idiots until you are no longer needed. Then what are you going to do? More importantly what are they going to do?

FOOL
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 576799


Where did you go coward?


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Just a distraction because BO can't fix the economy. BO is a good name for him, he stinks. Economy takes a big dump every time he opens his mouth.

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