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Posted on Mar 2, 2009

What does the future hold for the Grand Old Party? For his part, President Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gave some credit, however credible, to Rush Limbaugh as an intellectual force to be reckoned with on the right. Here’s what Emanuel had to say on Sunday’s “Face the Nation.”



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By RAE, March 5, 2009 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment

Thanks, cyrena…
“...there is now a required amount of ‘con’ in any great leader, and specifically now, in terms of reversing the effects of the COLOSSAL CON of the past 8 years specifically.”

It seems there’s still a significant number amongst us who “can’t handle the truth” and therefore must be conned to some degree (to rephrase… can’t think their way out of a wet paper bag and must be led every step of the way, which, unfortunately or fortunately, seems extremely easy to do.)

But, IMO, it’s only a “COLOSSAL CON” if I don’t know I’m being conned which certainly wasn’t the case with G.W. Bush. Try as he might, Bush wasn’t conning anyone because only mental midgets couldn’t tell that he was lying through his teeth most of the time. In order to be a successful “con artist” you need “smarts” and “wit” and “smooth” - so that’s why I indicated earlier that Obama “might” be the greatest con artist to have ever Presided in the White House. He has “smarts,” “wit” and “smooth” up the yinyang… I just hope he doesn’t get too far ahead of the “troops” (even though it appears that he’s miles ahead of most already) AND I hope he keeps that self confidence from bubbling over into an arrogant ego trip and spoiling everything.

I don’t believe in a creator-type god or prayer or any of that stuff but just on the off chance I’m completely wrong about it, I PRAY that Obama isn’t taken out Kennedy style. I fear though that he’s even more of a threat to those who really control the economies of this planet than Kennedy ever was. Most of us can take the ravings of the Rush Limbaugh’s of this world with a grain of salt… but there are those few screwball crazies who actually believe that kind of BS and, well…

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By cyrena, March 5, 2009 at 4:46 pm Link to this comment

By RAE, March 4 at 10:58 pm
President Obama may or may not turn out to be (a) the greatest con man ever to inhabit the White House, (b) the greatest leader the USA or any nation has ever had, or, (c) some combination of the two. Only time will tell.
And only fear-mongering, ignorant, ranting, self-important, loud-mouthed lunatics would seek to deny Mr. Obama that time.
What? You’d rather Rush Limbaugh be in the White House?
I love your words of wisdom.
On the first part, my sense is that it WILL be a combination of the two, dependent of course on how we view the con-artist part of it in terms of what it reaps, and of course in terms of how we judge a great leader.
In my estimation, there is now a required amount of ‘con’ in any great leader, and specifically now, in terms of reversing the effects of the COLOSSAL CON of the past 8 years specifically. Obama has to turn – at least 180 degrees from the direction we’ve been taking, and it has to be a pretty damn sharp turn, and in a limited period of time, because we’re still very much at the edge of the cliff – and the disaster is still in progress.

I think he’s doing it now, but it could be a while before the results of those efforts can be realized, especially by those with blinders, who feel as Limbaugh does…they WANT to see ‘failure’, never connection their own ideology to the act of cutting off ones nose to spite ones own face. A suicidal bunch if there ever was one, but at least they’re numbers are rapidly diminishing.

The ‘con’ for Obama is to convince as many as possible to join the effort to maintain the whole, and still let them think it was their ‘idea’ all along. I don’t think he cares who gets ‘credit’ for it, as long as it gets done. (at least I don’t)

Otherwise, we’re all toast.

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By Rodger Lemonde, March 5, 2009 at 8:46 am Link to this comment
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Can you still call it a party if it’s only a bunch of crackers drinking koolade?

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By RAE, March 4, 2009 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment

I have no comment to make about Rush Limbaugh’s utterances because I doubt I’ve heard more than 10 minutes of broadcasts in my entire life. But it doesn’t matter because my point here is that ANYONE whose philosophy, words and actions are designed to continue the aggressive, cutthroat, adversarial, divisive kind of society that many Americans seem to thrive on is simply not welcome in my world.

President Obama may or may not turn out to be (a) the greatest con man ever to inhabit the White House, (b) the greatest leader the USA or any nation has ever had, or, (c) some combination of the two. Only time will tell.

And only fear-mongering, ignorant, ranting, self-important, loud-mouthed lunatics would seek to deny Mr. Obama that time.

What? You’d rather Rush Limbaugh be in the White House?

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By skmacksk, March 4, 2009 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment

Looking at the continuing melodrama that is the Republican Party, searching for a new set of ideas and new leadership, is thought by many to be a comic spectacle. Unhappily, represented by the the buffoon and titular head of the Party, Rush Limbaugh. Yet it speaks of a deep disorder and confusion ,of a Party whose main idea , perhaps its only real idea was laissez-faire. That construct has proven to be a calamity economically and politically and has nearly overnight disappeared from the lexicon of American politics, as if had had never existed, as a line of argument, sometimes the only line of argument. Even Liberals were speaking of the political efficacy of this theory.
A Party without ideas and without coherent leadership can not fulfill its responsibilities as a check on the Party in power. A serious void in the essential checks and balances system that is the core of Constitutional governance, as practiced here. We can enjoy the comedy to some extent, but the serious crisis remains ever present:Limbaugh cannot continue to be arbiter of Republican political values, investing the word no with a political weight not witnessed by many of us, ever. The question is who will break ranks with this untenable stance of political nihilism. And garner the support of even some of the extant party, and be unwavering in their advocacy. And directly address the bulling Mr. Limbaugh as a force and voice that the Party can no longer afford to tolerate. I once thought that there was a conflict in the Republican Party between the Pragmatists and the Ideologues but I will amend that thought and say that the conflict is between the Pragmatists and the Nihilists. Thank you, David Frum for your informative and enlightening posts, on the New Majority web site regarding CPAC.

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By FiftyGigs, March 4, 2009 at 5:30 am Link to this comment

Rush Limbaugh is engaged in self-promotion using crass marketing techniques. Among them is the practice of identifying people and things for what they are, then claiming they are “really” the opposite.

For example, Obama says he wants to save the economy but he really wants to destroy it. Liberals say they are for freedom but they really want enslavement. Dogs chase cats but really dogs love cats. It is a simple, purposeless word game, part of the shock-jock segment of contemporary American media.

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By FRANK HULBERT JR, March 3, 2009 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment
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The Consitution is here:

Rush Limbaugh is pushing the Consitution of the United States and The Decularation of Independence for all Americans!  The Republican party in my opinion is following the Democratic Party and needs to follow Rush Limbaugh!  If the Republicans dont wake up the Libritarian party will be the next ruling party in America!

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By FiftyGigs, March 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment

Born Rahm Israel Emanuel on November 29, 1959 in Chicago to an Israeli pediatrician, Benjamin Emanuel, and a Jewish American x-ray technician, Martha Smulevitz. In his youth, Benjamin passed codes for Irgun, a militant Zionist group that sought Israeli independence. Martha, a Jewish American, was active in the civil rights movement and briefly owned a Chicago rock-and-roll club. The family took the Emanuel surname in 1933 as a tribute to uncle Emanuel Auerbach, who was slain in a skirmish with Arabs in Jerusalem.

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By Ron Stoudt, March 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment
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Like this is news to anyone? And who would have thought Auerbach errr… oh that’s right his name was changed surreptitiously to Emanuel. Who would have thought this Illuminati plant was the voice of Hamas? Of course I would but none of you sheeple would have questioned his background. Screw Limbaugh, this is the real news.

Jews have been made to think they are safe and have a voice in the Whitehouse but this man and his entire family are imposters. The family was not from the Ukraine as you might have been fed on Wikipedia. Auerbach is not Ukrainian. Auerbach is German and that was the reason for both the name change and the deletion of the father’s page from Wikipedia. Emanuel’s father wasn’t a Mossad agent as widely advertised. Wake up Jewish liberals! You’ve been sold out. (Just ask former “Democrat” Joe Lieberman.) How much is Obama giving to Hamas er….. the Palestinians? $300 billion in aid to Gaza and another $600 billion in aid to the Palestinian Authority? Kiss that money goodbye! Kiss Israel goodbye while you’re at it, and say hello to war with Iran. That’s what will follow Hamas renewing hostilities with Israel. We’re funding war from both sides now. (No, it’s not the first time.) Where’s that pot head Joni Mitchell when we need her?

Rahm Auerbach is a Jew like Bernie Maddoff is a Jew. Rush Limbaugh is just a straw man. “Look over there, it’s a blowhard conservative! Pay no attention to the neo-Marxist NWO plant hiding behind the foreign-born puppet president!” Thank you George Bush, you were the greatest terrorist.

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By Thomas Mc, March 3, 2009 at 8:59 am Link to this comment

“Limbaugh Is the Voice of the GOP.”

Well, DUH!

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By altara, March 3, 2009 at 7:34 am Link to this comment
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Rupert Tisdale, Chief of Slogans for the Republican party announced today the formal adoption of the new rallying cry, “Failure is Our Option”.  This new banner was inspired by the thoughtful and eloquent statements by the new leader of the party, Rush Limbaugh.

In Mr. Limbaughe’s radio performances and speeches he has roused his audiences by repeating that he wants President Obama to fail. This may seem harsh, but not when you consider that, unless Obama fails, the Democratic party will prevail, giving us big government with liberal agendas.  True, the country and its economy will also fail, but this is a small price to pay. It is often necessary to tear down the old to build the new, in this case the return to traditional, conservative values.

Now, as soon as RNC chairman Michael Steele acknowledges that Rush Limbaugh is the head of the Republican party, and apologizes to Mr Limbaugh, there will be a nationwide launch and media campaign “Failure is Our Option”.


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By walldizo, March 3, 2009 at 2:10 am Link to this comment
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Limbaugh should do some home work before quoting the US constitution.With a man like Limbaugh on board,GOP stands no chance of recovery for the coming 40 years.

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By wadosy, March 3, 2009 at 1:48 am Link to this comment


it’s all limbaugh’s fault.

just ask richard perle.

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