The Rush To Limbaugh

By the way, that's pronounced -Lim-bo-. I think it's Olde English.

But coincidentally, Rush Limbaugh droned on today about how "pseudo-conservatives" are calling him a cry-baby when it is they who are trying to change the Republican party, while only yesterday, George Bush labeled John McCain a "true conservative."

It's enough to make a "real conservative" want to scream.

Let me put it in a nutshell – in fact, let me recycle an old nutshell: when Limbaugh brought up McCain-Feingold today without mentioning George Bush, he demonstrated (again) that he is not the all-seeing, all-knowing pundit he claims to be. Once again… John McCain is enormously less responsible for McCain-Feingold than George Bush is. I don't even need to say anything more since those who understand how a bill becomes a law can put the rest together themselves…

But apparently Limbaugh can't.

Just like he doesn't seem to grasp how he and Ann and Han are largely responsible for John McCain.

Every time Bush signed a bill or acted in a way that was not only contrary to conservative principles but anathema to conservatives themselves and this Big Three of commentators failed to excoriate the President and demand redress, they helped pave the road to a John McCain Presidency.

Did they lash out against Bush for signing M-F? How about the prescription drug program? Spending? The border? Did they scream bloody murder when Bush did nothing as a hundred soldiers died every month in Iraq? In fact, to my recollection, it was Ann alone who said enough is enough with the Harriett Myers nomination. What a time to take a stand, eh?

And even as Coulter recolied in horror at Myers, she specifically said that Bush was performing "magnificently' on Iraq. Others were simply not willing to draw any line – ever, as I recall.

Here's another nutshell – John McCain is as conservative as any major candidate the Republicans had to choose from, and again, I don't need to say more since if one is in control of his senses, he knows that's true.

Now that may not be saying much of John McCain, but that's another part of the problem which is best noted this way: Where have all the conservatives gone, long time passing…

Sure they're there… somewhere… but they aren't asserting themselves any better than the pundits did when Bush "acted up," or the conservative electorate is now. In short, conservatism is floundering, and there is no one to take up the mantle. Ann and I agree that Duncan Hunter was the best choice in the bunch, but that's only if one is choosing by the numbers and not a flesh and blood human being.

So I suggest that conservatives get behind McCain the way they did for Bush. But unlike the way they've been toward Bush, I suggest they respond to President McCain the way they should have toward Bush. Of course, I really didn't need to add that last part about criticizing President McCain because it's a given… unless… hey, you don't think conservatives will clam up again once he's President, do you?

No, I was just kidding. Their eyes are wide shut now. So the question for conservatives is: Why didn't you open them seven or so years ago? At this point, George Bush couldn't care less what you think, and John McCain may not need you. But it could be worse… I could be the nominee, and I'm brimming over with contempt for the Limbaugh Wing for screaming too loud, too late.

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A longtime veteran of comedy and political forums, I decided that I needed a more restful venue because... well... I finally hate everybody. Except my wife that is... and my ex-wife.. and... no, that's about it. I lead about as simple a life as one can, preferring activities that include anything that doesn't involve going out and seeing YOU! And I particularly enjoy what I call "Get the Bitch" movies on Lifetime. You know the ones where the intended victim finally does something so incredibly stupid that she forfeits her right to live, and from that moment on you're rooting for the stalker. Of course, it rarely works out the way you want, but when it does, the feeling you get is... well, there's nothing else like it, other than, maybe, eating chocolate chip cookies. Oh, and I'm proudly anti-wildlife, both foreign and domestic, and anti-environment - especially foreign environments. I think Howard Stern put it best when he said, "If fifty percent of the population died tomorrow, I can live with that." And I feel the same about the other fifty percent, so together, we've pretty much got it all covered.
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5 Responses to The Rush To Limbaugh

  1. Jeff D says:

    even the prez agrees with you at this point….

  2. Urban Lenny says:

    Allow me to agree and disagree.I agree that Bush himself is pretty much the reason for
    McCain's unexpected rise. I disagree that it is because Bush was not conservative enough. He's succeeded this primary season precisely
    because Republican and independent voters perceive him to be unlike Bush (whether those perceptions hold much water is an entirely different story, of course).McCain voted
    against Bush's tax cuts, lambasted his torture policy and has been
    critical of his Iraq policy–all of which have helped him curry the
    favor of this increasingly large swath of conservatives who are dissatisfied with Bush.In primary state after primary state, McCain won with a massive show of support by independents and moderate republicans, which has more than offset his losses among those voters self-identified as "very conservative." In nearly all the primaries so far, the majority of Republican voters who called themselves "satisfied" with the President voted for Romney. With Bush's approval rating hovering around 30% in total, and only 61% by self-identified Republicans, that's a small base of support. Granted, some of the lack of support in the party is likely coming from voters, who like you who think he has not been conservative enough, but if there were that many republicans that wanted someone to the right of Bush, Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo would have done better than >1%, yes?The results in the 30 or 31 contests so far show that the vast majority of voters in the Republican primaries indeed want an "un-Bush", but they've cast their lot in large part with McCain.

  3. TedWest says:

    I think that was a good effort, and especially from someone who has no loyalty to, or even sympathy for, Republicans. But it's either not quite accurate or too simplistic.
    It is incorrect to think that the McCain supporters wouldn't want someone to the right of Bush. I mean I do, and I'm solid with McCain now. I'll leave it to you to figure out the rest of why, but I'll give you a hint: I'm a "conservative is half full" kind of guy.
    Hunter and Tancredo were never viable candidates. The former, as I've indicated, is supported by conservatives, but he lacked the intangibles. The latter was a one issue candidate, dead-on as he might be. I could say more about both, but it hardly matters.
    So conservatives don't want an un-Bush in the ideological sense, and the rightest right conservatives wanted Bush +. And they aren't getting that, at least not across the board, and where they aren't getting a better Bush, is in some critical areas.
    By the way, they differ from me simply because they'd settle for Bush +. In those areas where McCain differs from Bush, he's better, and in those areas where he doesn't, he's no worse. For example, take McCain-Feingold. McCain is just as likely to say, "You know, it's one thing to introduce this, but I'm not signing off this crap.
    But those RR conservatives hate McCain apart from any ideological or policy differences he's had with them and Bush. Take that woman I keep mentioning who goes insane at the mere mention of his name. I didn't say up to now what prompted her to call him a traitor to his country. So here it is: McCain met with Cindy Sheehan.
    It didn't matter that the Senator said he told Sheehan he didn't agree with her – because Missy just hates McCain. Any tiny reason will not only do, it will magnify the hate.
    Don't you hate people like her?
    So in the McCain vs Bush "war" it's…
    Iraq – McCain. He'd be stronger and less "patient" than Bush, a win-win, except for al-Qaeda and the intransigent Iraqi government.
    Spending – McCain hands down
    Immigration – tie. Though if I had to pick, I'd take McCain. I don't want to believe that he would leave a border unprotected for eight years.
    Expanding government – McCain much more likely to keep it in check
    In fact, the more I consider McCain, the better he looks.
    Some idiot commented that he favored Huckabee because Huck opposed stem-cell research>>> There's a great reason to oppose McCain, no?
    Here's something I think is more interesting – if McCain wins and turns out to be better than Bush, will conservatives admit it? If i were Johnny Mac, that would be motivation enough for me.

  4. The Republican Congress let us down by not acting like the party of smaller government by doing a 180 and acting like Democrat-socialists. Had they did the things that they claimed to stand for when they were the minority we wouldn't be in this situation at present. Bush43 acted like LBJ and that only fueled the fire. Isn't Limbaugh just an entertainer?
    Oh one more thing, The GOP is the minority party again so I guess that the voters decided that authentic whores are preferable to pretenders.

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