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Time to stand up for what’s right

Friday, January 21st, 2011

As Tree Hugging Sister at Mr Bingley says, when it comes to the Left, What happened to Sarah Palin ~ and is still happening ~ IS AN ABOMINATION.

William Jacobson did an excellent post, which Rush Limbaugh read on his program yesterday,

Here’s the post,

Any Republican or conservative or Tea Party supporter who dumps on Palin in any way over the Tucson shooting or her defense of herself should just stop talking now.

It does not matter whether you support Palin for President, whether you think she is electable, or even whether you like her.  This is not about Palin, it is about the mainstream media’s desire to have Barack Obama re-elected at any cost and to take down any Republican candidate who stands in the way.

I’ll take it one step further, and agree with John Ziegler (h/t HotAir) that there may not be any Republican candidate other than Palin who can withstand the reinvigorated Obama media juggernaut:

Everyone else will inevitably melt (like even grizzled veteran John McCain did) when they get close to the blast furnace that will be going up against the Obama juggernaut. Far more than anyone else in conservative history, Palin has been forced to prove just how fireproof her convictions are and how deep her resolve is.

In the vile attempt to tie Palin to the Tucson shooting we have witnessed the test run for how the left-wing blogosphere will target Republican candidates and propel false narratives into the mainstream media, and how the mainstream media will take those narratives and run with them.

If Palin is taken down politically over the Tucson shooting, there is not a single Republican candidate who can survive the coming onslaught.

Taranto explains that some of the animosity against Palin has to do with sexual identity politics; he may be correct, but that is only a partial explanation. Victor Davis Hanson posts on how The War Against Palin Goes On and On and … comparing her opponents to her, and then makes a prediction,

But Palin represents more that superficial antitheses. Most polls, and the November election, suggest that the public has had it with deficits, big government, more stimulus and takeovers, and ObamaCare, whether delivered by Democrats or Republicans.

The problem with such an unfocused Tea Party anger is said to be the lack of leadership, which to many is itself somewhat at odds with the grassroots, prairie-fire imprimatur of the movement. But for now, Palin, almost alone, has the star power, the ability to draw enormous crowds, garner attention, raise controversy, to be emblematic of that “don’t tread on me” unease — largely in her mysterious ability to connect with millions in the middle class.

Her liability is that as a mother of five, happily married, and former city-council member, small town mayor, Alaskan regulator, and governor, she has not had a lot of internships at The New Republic, or Gore-like graduate experiences, or tenure among the writers and thinkers in New York. To these few she seems as grotesque as she appears authentic to millions. And to be fair, in Obama-like fashion, she has not had the financial experience of a Romney, the executive experience of a Daniels, or the legislative experience of a Gingrich.

But could she ever win a presidency? The conventional wisdom is no. I say conventional wisdom in the sense of sober and judicious conservative thinkers who raise eyebrows at her exuberance and suspect in an hour meeting they could stump her, in Couric-like fashion, on everything from Balkan fault lines to the work of Edmund Burke.

Someone like a President Palin could really blow it with a hickish bow to a Saudi Arabian autocrat or a rambling apology about American sins in Turkey of all places, or nominate some nut who would have a Truther past or resort to racism or a yokel who would brag about her hero Mao.

But more germanely, Palin need not run for the presidency in 2012 in the manner commentator and newly elected governor Reagan did not until 1968, and did not successfully until 1980 — all the while establishing a populist conservative persona as hated — and successful — during his near two-decade pre-presidential career as a younger Palin might be in the two decades ahead.

Palin is scary not so much in 2012, but that she could be around — and be around in an evolving way — for a long time to come.

And may she live long and prosper, as the Vulcan said.

And,
Gerard has the mag cover.

Post re-edited to include omitted paragraphs.
Post corrected to credit THS.

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Rush Limbaugh’s agent…

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

must be sending the Dems a dozen roses, a box of Godivas and a pajamagram by now.

Take a look at the winning billboard slogan:

surberrushbillboard

Limbaugh couldn’t have paid for better advertising himself.

UPDATE
Mark Steyn concurs:

if you’re just giving it a casual glance while zipping down the highway, it seems to function just as well as a promotion for the show. Rush must be delighted. It’s even funnier if the billboards they put it on are owned by Clear Channel.

(h/t Ada, who would have added a box of cigars and a fruit basket)
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Inside Dems’ Limbaugh plan, and other roundup items

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Rush Job: Inside Dems’ Limbaugh plan; Paul at Powerline points out,

If the Democrats’ economic policies are considered to have failed, the Dems won’t be able to save themselves by demonizing a conservative talk show host — even a vastly influential one who said he didn’t want Obama to succeed. And if their economic policies aren’t seen as failing, the Dems won’t need a scapegoat. Besides, when the next elections roll around, the Republican candidates, not Rush Limbaugh, will be “the face of the Republican party.”

Zo is talking about Limbaugh, too:

Trying to understand the strategy…on Limbaugh

The Anchoress, who was listening to Rush today, writes about Paranoia, Pride, and Prejudice

UPDATE
Via Larwyn, Don Surber has the numbers.

Just when I was getting depressed, Many Hires Needed for Budget Goals
Tens of Thousands Could Be Added to Federal Payroll
. Twenty-five thousand more bureaucrats and government employees: My joy is now complete!

Via Dan & Maggie: Obama’s Iran Crisis
It’s arriving faster than he thinks.

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At #CPAC09, Rush Limbaugh calls on conservatives to take back nation

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

It’s always interesting to see how the MSM reports an event that I have witnessed in person. Take, for instance, CNN’s Rush Limbaugh calls on conservatives to take back nation (emphasis added)

Limbaugh’s impassioned keynote speech, punctuated by chest-thumping, fist-pumping and chants of “USA” from the crowd, capped off three days of talk at CPAC focusing on rebuilding the Republican Party.

Chest-thumping, fist-pumping Limbaugh! Next thing you know Limbaugh was going to be swinging from the chandeliers with a Tarzan-like “AwhwhwhwAAAAHH”

Not so.

But perhaps CNN got carried away by noticing the crowd’s reaction to the Limbaugh speech:

“He played to his crowd here,” CNN political editor Mark Preston said. “And this crowd is now energized, something we haven’t seen from Republicans, certainly not conservatives, since the November election.”

Limbaugh had the crowd in his pocket. Nearly everybody who attended CPAC stayed to listen to him, and hundreds of people made the trip especially for the occasion. In any case, it was a very good speech, and Limbaugh raised many points, the most important being,

Conservatism is a universal set of core principles.

How the conservatives translate those principles into bringing their message to the American public and getting elected is the challenge the conservative movement has right now.

Read the transcript here.

Noel Sheppard posted all the videos of the full speech.

And, a side note,
This was the best-attended CPAC so far, and the majority of the people there were very young.

Post edited to add one sentence left out by mistake.

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Liveblogging Rush Limbaugh at #CPAC

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

4:45PM Limbaugh walks in to rousing applause after being introduced by Lisa Di Pasquale as, “My aphrodisiac, Rush Limbaugh.”

Fox is televising the speech on Fox News Channel, “which means ladies & gentlemen, that this is my first ever address to the nation.”

“Larry King goes to heaven …”

4:52 “Let me tell you who we conservatives are. We love people. We see human beings. What we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and we do not see that person with contempt. We see that person can become the best they can be without onerous taxes, too much regulation and too much government. We recognize that we are all individuals.”

“We are endowed with inalienable rights, among them life.”

“We see so much waste, fifty years of the war on poverty. We resist the effort to group up, we are all different. There are no two people with the same outcomes.”

“Someone has to say this. Take a look at all the constituency groups who for the last 50 yrs who have Democrat for their lives. Those lives are still poisoned by those who say, don’t worry, just vote for us.

“I want everyone to succeed. I want every organization that gets in the way to fail.

“I have not needed a teleprompter for anything I’ve said. Our believes are core. We don’t need notes.

“We’re not a minority. The American people may not all vote but more Americans live their lives as conservatives in one degree or another. We need conservative leadership. All we need is the right candidate.

“President Obama is one of the most gifted politicians I’ve ever witnessed. He has extraordinary talents, it just breaks my heart that he does not use these talents and gifts to inspire the American people to be the best they can be.

“The freedom is the ambition, the desire, the passion people have. Why shouldn’t that be rewarded? Why is that now the focus of punishment, the focus of blame?

“The people who have achieved great things, most wealth in this country is entrepeneurial hard work. There is no reason to punish it. Barack Obama has taken 1 oath, and that’s to defend the US Constitutiion. They do not have the rights to take money from the back pockets of producers and give to people like ACORN.”

The audience in the ballroom where Limbaugh is speaking, and in the other large rooms where the speech is being livefed, are enthusiastically listening. The overflow room is standing room only, too.

“Welfare destroys ambition”. Large round of applause.

Von Hayek “for intellectuals, for all liberals, is all about control… We don’t have the money.”

Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Bill Clinton, “the architects of the crisis we’re in…get to sit around and dictate how we pay for it.”

Laughter at “after Obama’s state of the union show.”

Big applause at Joe Biden walking through the train station, commenting on the Indian 7-11. More laughs at “we have to be out of here by six. OK, if you behave.”

“The people who make the money are not the enemy. They’re the people who hire you, who give you a raise, who need you to work for them.”

“Obama forgets the recession of the eighties… because we got out of it with tax cuts.” BIG applause.

“In six weeks of this administration, Pres Obama has proposed more spending since the founding of the nation to his inauguration.” Wows from the audience.

“President Obama, your agenda is not new, it’s not change, and it’s not hope.”

“It is not their task to rebuild this nation”, audience stands up and applauds.

“Everybody seems to go orgasmic over bipartisanship. I checked with Fox, that word is OK. They covered the Lewinsky thing.”

“Where is the compomise of all of this punishment of the achievers? Where is the compromise between good and evil? Should Jesus have cut a different deal?
We’re going to have to talk about principle.”

Several people in the audience are pleased to see me liveblogging and give me their business cards.

5:32PM “Here is the big question, aside from the consitutional, where is the evidence that the people proposing this have succeeded at it before?”

“John Kerry.” Pause. Laughter from the audience.

Limbaugh rips the class envy/class stuggle, crowd is eating it up.

“That’s sick” crowd loves it.

“Conservatism doesn’t need to be redefined. It is forever.”

“When the hell do you ever hear a liberal say the era of FDR is over?” Big applause.

“Conservatism is a set of core principles. .. Beware of those who are making sure liberals like us, the media like us. They are our enemy. They want us to be defeated.”

“The media people” pant pant pant…”the invited Sen. McCain because he happened to be the loudest at criticizing our people… There’s nothing stale about freedom.” People get up & applaud, chanting.

“Obama’s purpose in having dinner with conservative pundits was to annoint those conservatives as his people.”

“You do not know that just the everyday life you live, live your life according to your principles, and you’ll be astounded on how many people you impress. Don’t be afraid to tell them they’re wrong. You owe them the truth about things.”

“We have to stand for what we believe and treat people as adults.” Applause.

“Joe Biden.” Chuckles from the crowd. After the anecdote, “I realize some of you watching on TV never heard liberals made fun of this way. Get used to it.” Whoots & cheers from the audience.

“We [Americans] are a competitive people.”

“We are not going to give up the American dream.” Applause.

“About my comment that I hope Pres. Obama fails.”… “I hope the Cardinals coach failed. I wanted to win.”

“They called General Petraeus a liar before he testified.” Boos. “Mrs Clinton” more boos.

“If his mission is to destroy capitalism. Why would I want that to succeed?” Big applause.

“I want the country to survive.” Standing applause, chanting. “I want the country to survive as we have known it, as we were raised. ”

“I don’t give people the power to offend me.”

“We’re talking about remaining the country we’ve known. It’s never been under assault as it is now. Optimism, confidence, stop thinking that we’re the minority. It is your beliefs, your core principles that liberate you.”

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PREZ ZINGS GOP FOE IN A $TIMULATING TALK: “Resistance is futile”?

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

In a move out of the Borg,

or perhaps out of Rush Limbaugh’s agents’ wildest dreams, PREZ ZINGS GOP FOE IN A $TIMULATING TALK

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

Whoa!

Since it’s Rush Limbaugh who does the thinking for the Capitol Hill Republicans?

Never mind that, as Dan points out,

The job of a legislature is not to “get along.” It is to produce sound laws and policies.

And dissent, which formerly was “the highest form of patriotism,” is to go out the window,

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?”

But White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs countered: “There was a lot of agreement in that room about the notion that we’re facing an economic crisis unlike we’ve seen in quite some time … that we must act quickly to stimulate the economy, create jobs, put money back in people’s pockets.”

I don’t particularly like Rush LImbaugh but you can subscribe to his broadcasts here. Do it before the Fairness Doctrine is law.

UPDATE
Via Larwyn, Jules Crittenden:

This is pretty good. Gandelman at the Moderate Voice issues a stern warning to Repub bloggers about the dangers of demonizing a president.
Note to Republicans who choose to go this route. There are a lot of independent voters who are truly tired of this kind of rhetoric and will not cast their vote for a party that indulges in it or encourages it.

That raises a fascinating point. How the heck did the Dems win last November?

Further comment at Radio Equalizer

UPDATE
Limbaugh Responds to Obama

If I can be made to serve as a distraction, then there is that much less time debating the merits of the trillion dollar debacle.

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