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woodwrite Donating Member (97 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:50 AM
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My God, but I'm getting tired of hearing about Limbaugh...
Rush Limbaugh is not the problem,... he is a distraction from the problem. If trashing Rush by pointing out his nasty buffoonery makes anyone feel as if they're accomplishing anything, then the REAL bad guys have got you right where they want you. NOT attacking them,... or at least not in sufficient force.

Limbaugh is the "reactive exploding armor" on the main battle tank of the corporate plutocracy,... and yes, he will explode eventually, after which he will be replaced by another form of political human shield or theatrical distraction. Oh, he really riles people up, doesn't he? But does anyone really believe that either his radio market or his political stature in the republican party is actually growing? With the economy heading into the Bush Black Hole and Barack Obama in the White House, I find that hard to believe. And the spectacle of Rush taking on a black RNC chairman? My God, that one should be a made-for-TV movie,... but not the subject of serious political discussion.

Oh, Limbaugh keeps the dumbest of the dumb republican constituency in line, but what does GUNS, GOD & GAYS have in common with the elitist interests that control the planet, and even now are jockeying for that last run towards control of the last of dwindling planetary resources? Nothing. He gets them some unenlightened votes, that's all,.. and quite frankly, that isn't going to change. Except in that trashing him and helping to keep him in the news spotlight only magnifies his appeal with the cretins.

Ignore Rush. He may not go away,... but we have bigger fish to fry.
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:51 AM
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1. Why are you starting threads about him then?
I don't get it?

Don
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:52 AM
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2. Yup.
In the beginning this was mildly amusing, but having our top tier devote even a second of their time to this is pretty ridiculous.

We've got too much work to do for this sillyness.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:57 AM
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4. They spend no political capital going after him.
If they were hitting real goppers, it would start to take a toll in the halls of Congress. This strategy neuters them, because limpballs loves the headlines. We get a twofer. Beat up on the fat one and ignore the rest of the repukes. And, they haven't figured out how to change that frame, yet.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:02 AM
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5. Is this going to help us get some Treasury nominees through?
If it helps then more power to them.

I'm just disappointed the administration isn't focusing like a laser beam on the economy.
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notesdev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:18 AM
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7. Whose bright idea
was it to put the Presidency on the same level as a bloviating talk show host by starting a personal feud?
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:20 AM
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8. Rahm, Carville & Begala
Nuff said.
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:29 AM
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18. Not saying you are one but that is exactly what the Republicans have been saying
Congratulations.

See ya.

Don
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:36 AM
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19. I'm sick of politics as usual. That is why I wanted Obama to win
and why I believed in him.

This Rush Limbaugh thing is even worse than politics as usual...its fiddling while Rome burns.

So sorry that I'm pissed at the frivolity that is Rush Limbaugh. I'd be much happier if I had a functioning Treasury department thank you.

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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:38 AM
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20. Because we get mad about something we need to start repeating Republican talking points verbatim?
Where will that get us do you suppose?

Don
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:55 AM
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21. I'm not spouting Republican talking points, I'm speaking of my own peeve.
Doesn't it bother you that Geithner has NO HELP? TPM talked about this weeks ago and now we learn that two treasury nominees have withdrawn?

I had so much faith in Obama's managerial skills because he blew me away in the election. So now I look at what is going on and I can't help but think that the campaign did a much better job than Rahm is doing. I see this as yet another deficiency in Rahm's leadership. Look at how he dissed Howard Dean's 50-state Strategy.

I'm calling no confidence on Rahm Emanuel. He sucks.
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creeksneakers2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:14 AM
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23. All the other things Democrats want will be destroyed by Limbaugh
Its not an either/or situation. Want a functioning Treasury Department? Limbaugh can thwart that by smearing nominees. Limbaugh must be taken out to make room for all else to happen.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:55 AM
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3. I think you have it backwards.
By calling out limpballs, his ego and hard-on for ratings takes the bait.

He keeps the story going with his sensationalism, and keeps the attention. This shuts the goppers on the Hill out of the news. They can't get a message out because limpballs takes all of the oxygen. It is a great strategy for that reason. By limpballs shutting out any moderate repukes, the party appears to be moving hard right. I think no one really knows where the goppers are now or where they are going. Also, we all know that at some point limpballs will step over the line and implode. But, until that happens or a bigger story comes along, focusing on the fat one is a great strategy. It's a win/win for Dems. We get to beat up someone that only a fringe like, and ignore the rest of the goppers.
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woodwrite Donating Member (97 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:23 AM
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10. Excuse me
I didn't mean to imply that I thought the republicans were the ultimate quarry, here,... nor that the democrats have yet emerged as the solution to all the problems.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:28 AM
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12. Don't confuse policy with politics.
The Dems are working hard on both at the same time.
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radfringe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:11 AM
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6. one way to expose monsters
is to drag them out into the sunlight

rush has a big ego, he loves shooting off his mouth, he loves the big stage, he loves the attention - to maintain or increase the attention he has to "top" his latest pile of crap - and that's when he'll shoot himself in the foot.

give him all the rope he wants and he'll hang himself




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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:21 AM
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9. I felt that way until yesterday, when he made the comment about Teddy...
...my God, Rush is the gift that keeps on giving...as long as people equate him with the repthuglican party, they will equate nastiness, buffoonery and ignorance. Face it, the Republican Party doesn't not only want to play fair, they don't want to play at all...I say you reap what you sow.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:27 AM
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11. Exactly.
At some point he will say something so awful, could be his comment about Sen. Kennedy, the repukes will have to denounce him. The longer they don't, the worse they look to the American people.
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:49 AM
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14. Oh, I think the comment about Ted is the tip of the iceberg...
...when you got the entire Repuke Party (which is about only 20% of the population these days) kissing your ass, you think you're invincible...there's no way Rush thinks anything he does is wrong...just set him loose. It'll be so awful he'll begin to lose sponsors before those sorry fools "leading" the Repuke Party even begin to fathom distancing themselves.
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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:30 AM
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13. Make Everyone Tired Of Him...
THe dude's been bloviating and creating grief for the country for 20 years, ya think he's just gonna fold up now? His ego is too big, and that's the good thing.

Yes, there are bigger fish to fry and I doubt President Obama gives much more than a chuckle when he thinks about Rushbo, yet either worried about what he says or let him get in the way of what the President wants to do. If anything, the more Rushbo blows his mouth, the bigger distraction is he in his own corrupt party.

Democrats and President Obama have nothing to fear from the mighty "Rushbo"...his negatives alienate 70% or more of the population and the more he's out there, the more he alienates. And he also forces the GOOP further to the right, out of the mainstream and into irrelevance.

Personally I can't go after Rove with a subpoena or bring Cheney to trial for war crimes, but I can ridicule and laugh my ass off at Rushbo and continue to watch him destroy what's left of the rushpublican party.
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chat_noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:59 AM
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15. Judge's opinion
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javadu Donating Member (291 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:04 AM
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16. I Am Not Tired of This
I am loving every minute of it. I just love watching Rush circle the bowl and bring the repubs down with him. They deserve worse, but this will do for now.
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Trajan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:05 AM
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17. I fail to be amazed at those who believe .....
One post thread is going to sway all of DU humanity towards their way of thinking ...

Look ... Limbaugh has been a consistent enemy of liberals for DECADES .....

He needs and deserves to be knocked down more than a few notches ....

You want to focus on something else ? ... fine: no one is stopping you ....

But I suppose I COULD stop you, if I would just start a thread about how everybody MUST focus on Limbaugh ....
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creeksneakers2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:10 AM
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22. Ignore him?
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 10:10 AM by creeksneakers2
That's the failed strategy of overpriced beltway consultants who lost election after election for Democrats. Obama fought back against RW smears and he won.

One thing that must be understood - if something is being talked about by ordinary Americans the media will cover it. If the media thinks facts might offend somebody they won't report them. Limbaugh listeners write in and call in to anything that doesn't agree with Rush. Limbaugh creates and controls buzz in America. Limbaugh had control of the mainstream media from 1992 to 2006.

Here's a partial list of some of the things Rush did:

Trashed Anita Hill so much that Clarence Thomas won confirmation.

Started the right wing hatred of Hillary Clinton with bizarre lies about her like she wanted children to sue their parents and she practiced witchcraft.

Started countless lies about Bill Clinton that saturated the media for his entire presidency. Rush always demanded more information. "What does he have to hide?" Scandal was no longer something that happened when a politician did something wrong. It became scandal when the politician didn't prove he didn't do anything wrong to the satisfaction of people who wished to destroy the politician and had no moral scruples whatsoever.

When Clinton's health care initiative started it was wildly popular and the GOP was hoping to get a compromise at best. Limbaugh alone set out to destroy the package entirely and convinced the rest of Republicans to go along. Eventually, Limbaugh's propaganda prevailed.

Rush ruined the reputation of the Democratic Congress with lies about members signing bad checks and other infractions. Limbaugh made the phones in Congress ring off the hook and his followers pushed the mainstream media into backing the pseudo-scandals. Then, Limbaugh was the drive shaft of Newt Gingrich's effort to con Americans into thinking the GOP would pass term limits and that term limits would solve every problem we've ever had. As a result, Republicans took Congress in 1994. They made Limbaugh and honorary member and gave him complete credit for winning the election.

Limbaugh established that there was money to be made in right wing propaganda. A whole right wing propaganda industry sprung up. So many were brainwashed that they became a large audience segment of the mainstream media. Each new cable talking head show had to have mostly wingnuts on. All of Rush's followers are brainwashed into thinking any statement that doesn't agree with Rush is a liberal media lie designed to destroy America.

Limbaugh provoked such hatred in his followers that they finally pushed liberals so far that liberals had to view everything as a war too. Limbaugh polarized the nation.

Limbaugh continued to intimidate Democrats who disagreed on policy issues. Most were silent. Any Democrat who spoke up got smeared by Limbaugh. The mainstream media joined in. Limbaugh also controlled Republicans the same way.

Limbaugh also used his power to smear and silence all critics of him. Everybody was afraid.

Limbaugh spread lies about Al Gore that contributed to Gore losing in 2000.

Limbaugh quickly sprung after 9/11 into blaming Clinton and portraying Bush as a hero the nation needed to rally around. If 9/11 had happened under Gore, Limbaugh would have blamed Gore for the attack. Gore would have been dragged out of the White House and shot by angry mobs.

Limbaugh trashed any Democrat who spoke up for constitutional rights against the opportunity to make America fascist Limbaugh was taking advantage of. Dissent was silenced.

Limbaugh promoted the Iraq war and convinced the right wing it was a matter of patriotism to support it. Limbaugh spread countless lies about Iraq. All opponents were labeled as un-American, so few opposed.



Obviously, ignoring Rush didn't work. On the other hand, he's an easy target because he lies and spreads hatred all the time. Once Limbaugh is established as the true leader of the GOP, he'll be a gold mine of attackable verbal nuggets. 70% of the public would be shocked if they heard about all the things Limbaugh does. They'd turn against the GOP. If any GOPer wished to disavow Rush, Rush would destroy the GOPer with the base. Its likely following events could lead to a GOP party split.



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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:18 AM
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24. You can thank EMMANUEL on this one!!! Obama needs to fire Emmanuel!
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