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Obama aide: Limbaugh a top GOP leader

March 2, 2009

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— President Barack Obama’s chief of staff says talk show personality Rush Limbaugh is a top figure in the Republican Party.

Chief of staff Rahm Emanuel says Limbaugh is the “intellectual force” of the GOP. Emanuel says Republicans now have to live with that choice.

Limbaugh gave a major speech at the Conservative Political Action Committee meeting this weekend in Washington. Limbaugh says it’s fine for Republicans to criticize Obama’s plans and says Republicans must return to their core beliefs.

Limbaugh has been a vocal critic of Obama’s, saying he hopes the new president’s plans fail. Liberal and labor groups have broadcast ads citing Limbaugh as a driving force inside the GOP.

Emanuel spoke on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Comments

Confrontation 6 years ago

Limbaugh is a pig. He loves to bash minorities who are drug addicts, yet he's also a drug addict. Typical Conservatard.

ThirdStone 6 years ago

Jaa,

Edermann, Heil Der SchweinFuhrer!

Flap Doodle 6 years ago

You're doing a heck of a job, Barry.

Godot 6 years ago

"Chief of staff Rahm Emanuel says Limbaugh is the “intellectual force” of the GOP. Emanuel says Republicans now have to live with that choice."

Sounds like a threat. I expect to see something stronger than the Fairness Doctrine to be implemented to shut down El Rushbo. Cannot have someone mess with the mythical Obama.

beawolf 6 years ago

I stated many times that if the Republicans do not disassociate themselves from the radical right, the party is doomed. Even McCain courted the centrist Democrats and Independents because he knew the Republican core was disintegrating. When the GOP forced his hand with Palin (to attract the party core) he was doomed.

Jim Phillips 6 years ago

"Confrontation (Anonymous) says…

Limbaugh is a pig. He loves to bash minorities who are drug addicts, yet he's also a drug addict. Typical Conservatard."

Document the minority bashing, please. Yes, we all know he was addicted to pain pills and was in rehab for 30 or 60 days. Nothing new there. Prove the rest of your statement please.

I find it very amusing, naw, hysterically funny, that all of you Libs are sooooooooo scared of a talk show host. Rush is a radio entertainer and nothing more. Definitely not the leader of the Republicans. When our side talks about your beloved Michael Moore, albeit very rarely , we just excuse him for the pompous idiot he is and do not consider him a threat. Why does Rush scare you so much? I guess it is true after all. People really do fear the truth. Don't let it worry you though. As was said in the 1960s, "The truth will set you free!" You just have to be paying attention well enough to recognize it.

Flap Doodle 6 years ago

The headline should have read "IL corruptocrat toes the party line".

bad_dog 6 years ago

"Rahm Emanuel says Limbaugh is the “intellectual force” of the GOP."

I believe Rahm said "farce" not force...

Oh and BTW, Anne Coulter is the GOP's Emily Post and Rick Santorum, their Mister Rogers.

Rush Limbaugh/Michelle Bachmann in 2012!

BigAl 6 years ago

Rush Limbaugh, El Rushbo, leader and spokesman for the right wing Republican party. Married and divorced 2 or 3 times, no kids, lives alone, addicted to pain killers, draft dodger. Yep, that sounds about right.

jaywalker 6 years ago

"If this country had voted Republican one more time there would be nobody to post on a message board right now."

Dumb.

"Republicans are traitors. They are murderers. That is their recorded history"

Dumber.

"They will be charged in federal court"

Dumbest.

jumpin_catfish 6 years ago

Barack Hussein Obama self-acknowledged drug user in his younger day (BigAl) and now he speaks of abandoning the missile shield in Europe so we can make Russia happy and they can pressure Iran to give up their nuke program which they won't do. Who voted for this guy? Oh I remember people with hope. Well change has come and I ain't likin' it people.

Shane Garrett 6 years ago

I will keep my money, my guns, and my freedom. You can keep the "change". Rush is just a talk show host. Although it is on record that he is about 96% correct on what he says.

TheOriginalCA 6 years ago

This is just part of the beginning stages of the Liberal establishment enacting the censorship doctrine and nothing more. They are systematically singling out Hannity, O'Reilly and Limbaugh and painting this picture of them as a driving force politically. What Hannity and Limbaugh and O'Reilly ARE doing is successfully forewarning the US on the corruption and cowardliness og the Obamination. It is no WONDER that the Liberals want to censor them.

beawolf 6 years ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says… The approval rating of Barack Hussein Obama is already declining.

Umm. Wrong. Try more current data. It went up 8pts. Nice try though.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/116224/Obama-Approval-Rating-Increases.aspx

beawolf 6 years ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says… The approval rating of Barack Hussein Obama is already declining.

Umm. Wrong. Try more current data. It went up 8pts. Nice try though.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/116224/Obama-Approval-Rating-Increases.aspx

Also notice that approval amongst Republicans went up 15pts.

Bob Zimmerman 6 years ago

Rahm and the other Dems are getting smart. They know that Limbuagh's ego is so huge, that by tweaking his nose/building him up ... he can't control himself. He will keep being more and more bombastic. The conservatives are a shrinking echo chamber and Limbaugh is leading the screaming and is turning off millions of Americans. The Republicans can't turn away from him because the radio audience is too large and the Dems will take advantage of it.

kneejerkreaction 6 years ago

I'm 99% sure that Limbaugh is an idiot I'm 99% sure that any Repub. with a brain will tell you Rush is NOT their talking head. I'm 99% sure that Obama is Kenyan born.

kneejerkreaction 6 years ago

OH, and I'm 99% sure we're headed for a train wreck.

staff04 6 years ago

My favorite line from Rush's speech:

"They'll tell us what we can say and where we can say it!"

This, from a guy who opposes the Fairness Doctrine because he doesn't want to allow intelligent opposing voices on our publicly owned airwaves....

Can you say hypocrite? Moron? You choose, we'll decide.

Calliope877 6 years ago

Limbaugh fires back at Steele (CNN) – Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh fired back at Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele Monday, suggesting on his radio show the GOP leader appears to be supporting President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"Why do you claim to lead the Republican Party when you seem obsessed with seeing to it President Obama succeeds?" Limbaugh addressed Steele.

"I frankly am stunned that the chairman of the Republican National Committee endorses such an agenda. I have to conclude that he does because he attacks me for wanting it to fail," said Limbaugh.

Late last week, Steele told CNN's D.L. Hughley that Limbaugh is an "entertainer" whose comments are "ugly."

Also on his radio program Monday, Limbaugh said Steele is being used by the "liberal media."

"Michael Steele has been around long enough to know that the liberal media will use him by twisting what I say or what others say," he said. "He took the bait, he bit down hard on the bait, he launched an attack on me, even though the premise of what was said to him was false."

Awww...I think his wittle feelings were hurt....big fat baby...

staff04 6 years ago

No longer the DEfacto leader of the GOP.

Now, THEfacto leader of the GOP.

Best wishes. Bye-bye GOP.

"Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says he has reached out to Rush Limbaugh to tell him he meant no offense when he referred to the popular conservative radio host as an “entertainer” whose show can be “incendiary.”"

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/19517.html

OK team, get to spinning!

Jeff Kilgore 6 years ago

The original CA, you're complaining of corruption and cowardliness? And you were alive between 2001-9? And you have a memory? And a brain? And you didn't cringe or blink when what seemed a never-ending deluge of elephant politicos got caught with their pants down, or on the take, or lying, or losing billions of dollars in Iraq, or hiding inept contracting, or cheating? And now the results from this mess are something that new leadership is trying to fix and you're critical?

You love your own political views more than anything else it appears to me. I'll admit that Obama will most definitely struggle with the Republidebt that was forced on him, and it may easily become something that swells to a size that no one in leadership can solve. But don't call names. You have no room.

jonas_opines 6 years ago

jkilgore: See, the problem is that some if not most of those were conservatives or republicans, so he can't see or remember them or he would have no hope at all.

TacoBob 6 years ago

The GOP lost, Dems need to get over it.

Jim Phillips 6 years ago

See, the problem is that you Libs are defining Conservatives as you think they should be. Let me give you a small insight into our party. McCain is not a Conservative. He is not even a moderate conservative. He is what we used to call, and hopefully will return to, a Reagan Democrat. Ever hear the statement, "Be careful what you ask for because you might get it."? You asked for and got it. I posted here several months ago that Obama will be the best thing that ever happened to the Conservative movement. He ain't proved me wrong yet. We are returning to our true conservative base and will soon toss the moderate interlopers out of our party. Most of you will have apoplexy when we are because your government "gimmees" will be curtailed. Go ahead and laugh if you like. It's OK. We will bide our time for now.

Jim Phillips 6 years ago

"You can mistake it for fear if you want, Guardian. But if you think this “lib” is going to sit silent while your boy Rush insults the President and those who voted for him as enemies of freedom, think again. Well, I take that back. To think again, you'd have to be capable of thought in the first place."

It's no mistake benny. Like to know how I know? Because you resort to the typical liberal tactic of being hypocritical and name calling. Keep up the good work and enjoy as much as you can for now.

jonas_opines 6 years ago

"We are returning to our true conservative base and will soon toss the moderate interlopers out of our party. Most of you will have apoplexy when we are because your government “gimmees” will be curtailed. Go ahead and laugh if you like. It's OK. We will bide our time for now."

And this reform will of course last just as long as you don't have any power, and as soon as you get it back, the corruption will increase, the standards will fall, and the principles will decay.

Face it, governmental conservatives are only fiscally responsible when they don't have a say over how money is spent.

Centerville 6 years ago

And this from a party that takes its marching orders from George Tiller.

yourworstnightmare 6 years ago

There is ample evidence to suggest Limbaugh is the new leader of the GOP. This will ensure a permanent minority opposition status for the republican party.

TacoBob 6 years ago

The frothing at the mouth by the bedwetting liberals over Limbaugh is just plain odd. Why is everyone, including the President of all people, giving him any attention? Ignore him and move on, he will not be a factor then.

The Fairness Doctrine should scare us all. The ACLU should be out in full force against this. Think about it.
So if all this bravado is to pass that legislation, it is the wrong way to approach it, clearly.

Once again, the GOP lost, Dems need to get over it. They need to concentrate on the economy. Remember, even a whiff of a stimulus package was supposed to fix it all. We have more than a whiff - a steaming plie. Get on with it. You ran on the promises to fix everything. Now do it - no excuses. No pork. No earmarks.

Jim Phillips 6 years ago

jonas, Screaming about fiscal responsiblity seems odd coming from a Lib. Admittedly, Bush was far from being fiscally conservative, but he looks like a miser compared the Messiah and his pork packages. The "appease the dems" attitude displayed by the Bush Administration is why the Conservatives are in upheaval now. We will get that fixed and be back on track. And you want to know something else? Obama, Pelosi, Biden, etc. etc. etc. will drive voters back to the GOP in droves. People are starting to realize "this ain't what I voted for." Don't believe it? Oh well!

WHY 6 years ago

Rush is a move in the right direction. Last thing the republicans need is another religious nut like Huckabee.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years ago

Josef Goebbels, propaganda minister for Adolf Hitler was quoted as saying"Tell the people what ever you want, all that matters is that they be entertained". Puss Bimbo is an, uh,,,,,, entertainer?? Well, I think he is a Latter Day Nazi. It is such talk as he is spewing that was the insemination of attitudes that created the genesis of the Third Reich. He rails about how the Democratically elected leaders are destroying conservative values, while all the while seeking to destory that government. He is a self-serving peddler of t-shirts, ball caps and coffee mugs plus his news rag. He is leader of nothing but his campaign of bilking his listeners of their money for his ditto crap. Limbaugh is a fine example of what is really wrong with the country, that he has so many listeners is truly frightening.

jonas_opines 6 years ago

"Screaming about fiscal responsiblity seems odd coming from a Lib."

Wait, you've lost me. Who's screaming and who's a lib?

"Admittedly, Bush was far from being fiscally conservative, but he looks like a miser compared the Messiah and his pork packages."

Yes, that's probably true.

"The “appease the dems” attitude displayed by the Bush Administration is why the Conservatives are in upheaval now."

hahahahahahahahah!!! Man, that's some pretty desperate spin there. Keep telling yourself that.

"We will get that fixed and be back on track."

I'm afraid that I'll need some evidence of that first. I see none, for about. . . . 50 years or so, maybe more.

"And you want to know something else? Obama, Pelosi, Biden, etc. etc. etc. will drive voters back to the GOP in droves."

Yes, that's probably true as well. Then we'll have another 8 years or so of "conservative" Republicanism to drive people back to the democrats, and on and on, until we'll eventually realize (or we won't) that none of them are worth a damn and the trick is to have them split up so they don't do anything.

"People are starting to realize “this ain't what I voted for.” Don't believe it? Oh well!"

I don't think you have any idea what I think or what opinions I actually hold on the matter, other than I think that your blind adherence to your side is making a fool out of you. Hopefully I've been open enough to get that across.

jaywalker 6 years ago

"This, from a guy who opposes the Fairness Doctrine because he doesn't want to allow intelligent opposing voices on our publicly owned airwaves…."

Sorry, staff, I'm not a Limbaugh listener but feel confident in saying that I'm almost 100% certain your rationale is NOT why he opposes the Fairness Doctrine. In fact, that's a fairly uninformed and intellectually void statement all the way around.

jonas:

"Face it, governmental conservatives are only fiscally responsible when they don't have a say over how money is spent."

That's equal parts funny, true, and sad.

womanwarrior 6 years ago

duplenty (Anonymous) says… “washington - Two days after calling conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh a mere “entertainer” with an “incendiary” talk show, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele apologized and acknowledged him as a “national conservative leader.”“

hahahaha!

I wonder what Rush has on the Republican leaders that they have to retract truthful statements.

gphawk89 6 years ago

"Sorry, pal. The train wreck has happened already."

No, I think kneejerk was referring to the real train wreck which is yet to come. What we've seen so far is just a few ominous bumps and thumps along the track.

Oh, I found a good picture of Obama: http://www.flickr.com/photos/compujeramey/2467837785/

Jim Phillips 6 years ago

List of things to do today:

  1. Lose sleep worrying about how jonas and agnostic will define the Republican party.

"Those “moderate interlopers” you thumb your nose at probably have a lot more in common with centrist and independent voters like myself, than conservative extremists like yourself."

My point exactly.

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