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2010-01-18 1:08:29 PM  

imapirate: Weaver95: won't happen. Rush won't LET it happen. He'll destroy anyone who steps up and tells him to STFU. Or he'll try to anyway.

I'm still trying to figure out how this fatass, pill-popping, racist lunatic still has an audience. On top of that, there aren't any elcected Republicans willing to stand up to him. I know he has a lot of listeners, but certainly not anywhere near even 10% of the population. Can't they see that normal people don't think his way?


Never underestimate the popularity of telling people what they want to hear. Right-wing media personalities in general have a talent for saying one thing that fits the conservative political ideology, while simultaneously preaching the opposite to the adoring masses. Somehow, they never get called on this by the rest of the media outside the Keith Olbermanns and Rachel Maddows and the blogosphere. Rush Limbaugh refined this technique into a science.

The thing about Rush is his ability to convince people to adopt two diametrically opposite positions on the same issue. In this case, the historical right-wing position is "Goverment aid is [bad|communist|theft] and if people want to give, they should do so via private charities". Along comes Barack Obama giving people a link to the Red Cross via the White House website. So now private charities are the enemy, according to Rush, and patriotic God-fearing Americans shouldn't give.

Same thing with his faux-economic populism. Keep in mind his audience skews toward white and rural, and he loves to harp about jobs. So on the one hand, he takes the classic right-wing/Republican position, which is if you're unemployed or in poverty that you need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, it's not the government's responsibility to help you get a job, you need to put yourself through college, help yourself, etc. But at the same time, he says if you lost your job, well it's not your fault, is it? No, it's the immigrant's fault for taking it from you. It's the black person's fault for taking it from you via affirmative action. It's the liberal Congressman's fault for raising taxes. It's the scientist's fault for pressing the government to enact environmental legislation. It's George Soros' fault for, er, uh, something. It's Michael Moore's fault for being fat. But certainly not the fault of the CEOs that actually slash the jobs; the same CEOs getting tax cuts by the politicians Rush supports and who fund his show.

As I have said, the problem for liberals and Democrats is that they really have no national, coordinated strategy for dealing with this kind of "Giving to charity is great, but giving to charity is communist" doublethink that permeates the right-wing media machine. Until they do, Rush will keep getting away with it.
 
2010-01-18 1:17:46 PM  
George "Butcher of Baghdad" Bush is just trying to improve his street cred by looking "humanitarian" like.

You people suck for falling for this crap.

/-1
 
2010-01-18 1:26:07 PM  

shroom: Never underestimate the popularity of telling people what they want to hear. Right-wing media personalities in general have a talent for saying one thing that fits the conservative political ideology, while simultaneously preaching the opposite to the adoring masses. Somehow, they never get called on this by the rest of the media outside the Keith Olbermanns and Rachel Maddows and the blogosphere. Rush Limbaugh refined this technique into a science.

The thing about Rush is his ability to convince people to adopt two diametrically opposite positions on the same issue. In this case, the historical right-wing position is "Goverment aid is [bad|communist|theft] and if people want to give, they should do so via private charities". Along comes Barack Obama giving people a link to the Red Cross via the White House website. So now private charities are the enemy, according to Rush, and patriotic God-fearing Americans shouldn't give.

Same thing with his faux-economic populism. Keep in mind his audience skews toward white and rural, and he loves to harp about jobs. So on the one hand, he takes the classic right-wing/Republican position, which is if you're unemployed or in poverty that you need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, it's not the government's responsibility to help you get a job, you need to put yourself through college, help yourself, etc. But at the same time, he says if you lost your job, well it's not your fault, is it? No, it's the immigrant's fault for taking it from you. It's the black person's fault for taking it from you via affirmative action. It's the liberal Congressman's fault for raising taxes. It's the scientist's fault for pressing the government to enact environmental legislation. It's George Soros' fault for, er, uh, something. It's Michael Moore's fault for being fat. But certainly not the fault of the CEOs that actually slash the jobs; the same CEOs getting tax cuts by the politicians Rush supports and who fund his show.

As I have said, the problem for liberals and Democrats is that they really have no national, coordinated strategy for dealing with this kind of "Giving to charity is great, but giving to charity is communist" doublethink that permeates the right-wing media machine. Until they do, Rush will keep getting away with it.


Very well put analysis. I'd say it's 100% spot-on.
 
2010-01-18 1:33:00 PM  

NewportBarGuy: George "Butcher of Baghdad" Bush is just trying to improve his street cred by looking "humanitarian" like.

You people suck for falling for this crap.

/-1


I concur.
 
2010-01-18 1:34:39 PM  

Talon: Very well put analysis. I'd say it's 100% spot-on.


THIS. Absolutely wonderful analysis shroom.
 
2010-01-18 1:34:50 PM  

Therion: Lundah: even a broken clock is right twice a day

It's always 88:88 in George W. Bush's world.


No, it will always be 9:11 in Bushworld.

Limbaugh needs to STFU, and jump on a plane to check on his stable of boys in the Dominican Republic.
 
2010-01-18 1:36:49 PM  

NewportBarGuy: George "Butcher of Baghdad" Bush is just trying to improve his street cred by looking "humanitarian" like.

You people suck for falling for this crap.


This sounds like Bizarro Glenn Beck.
 
2010-01-18 1:37:33 PM  

NewportBarGuy: George "Butcher of Baghdad" Bush is just trying to improve his street cred by looking "humanitarian" like.

You people suck for falling for this crap.

/-1


This doesn't fall into the "Simple Jack" persona I imagine Bush to have. Cheney's the real Sith Lord IMO.
 
2010-01-18 1:42:15 PM  

imapirate: Cheney's the real Sith Lord IMO.


i'm going to be honest with you: i don't think that's a real thing.
 
2010-01-18 1:48:30 PM  

imapirate: "Simple Jack" persona


I lol'd.
 
2010-01-18 2:07:17 PM  
I'm pretty sure the Bushes never really cared for Limbaugh. Goes back to George H. W. Bush's presidency.
 
2010-01-18 2:14:23 PM  
This past week, Limbaugh insisted that the Obama White House would use the catastrophe in Haiti to "burnish" the president's standing and credibility "with the black community, in the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community, in this country."
"It's made-to-order for 'em," Limbaugh said. "That's why he couldn't wait to get out there. Could not wait to get out there."


Wow, that's tacky as all shiatola. Hey, Rush--not everyone sees every news story as an opportunity to make it about themselves, like you do.
 
2010-01-18 2:18:37 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Aarontology: The Stealth Hippopotamus: You do remember the single largest increase in the entitlement program since FDR?!?

I remember the deafening silence from the Taxed Enough Already crowd.

Then you were not listening. I would say it was in direct proportion to today.


I must have missed the several thousand strong anti-spending protests in DC where sitting Congressmen speak, the much hyped bus tours across the country decrying the socialist policies of the administration, the citizens who show up to see the President openly carrying firearms*, the interference in House elections, and the accusations that the government is going to kill it's own citizens.

The 'baggers may or may not have been happy with Bush, but they sure didn't care enough to have their hand at activism until the White House switched parties.

*I fully support their right to carry. It may be classless and stupid to show up armed to a speech by the President, but it's still their right at citizens.
 
2010-01-18 2:19:59 PM  

downstairs: I'm pretty sure the Bushes never really cared for Limbaugh. Goes back to George H. W. Bush's presidency.


I'm pretty sure they think he's suck up wanna be elite nuveau riche white trash...
 
2010-01-18 2:26:59 PM  

cookiefleck: downstairs: I'm pretty sure the Bushes never really cared for Limbaugh. Goes back to George H. W. Bush's presidency.

I'm pretty sure they think he's suck up wanna be elite nuveau riche white trash...


Don't get me wrong here, I dispise Limbaugh. But I think its actually the opposite. Limbaugh won't blindly support any GOP politician. And the GOP really doesn't like it when you do that.

He opposed Daddy Bush on many things in the early 1990's, and that rubbed the family the wrong way.

There was a claim that Daddy Bush had him in the White House and they worked out some sorta truce, but who knows what everyone really thinks.
 
2010-01-18 2:37:11 PM  
Hmm, the Bush-worshippers vs the Rush-worshippers...this might get interesting.
 
2010-01-18 2:37:48 PM  
Oh hey look, Bush trying to rewrite his legacy by pretending to care now almost a year to the day after he left office.

He doesn't mean any of this.

Lundah: Meh. There's a whole lot I don't agree with W on, but even a brokenstopped clock is right twice a day.


A broken clock may never be right.
 
2010-01-18 2:38:34 PM  

bongmiester: Poor Teabaggers - Where's Their God Now?


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2010-01-18 2:39:10 PM  

OlafTheBent: Therion: It's always 88:88 in George W. Bush's world.

Is that a really subtle Godwin?


You must not have ever owned a VCR.
 
2010-01-18 2:48:48 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Aarontology: The Stealth Hippopotamus: You do remember the single largest increase in the entitlement program since FDR?!?

I remember the deafening silence from the Taxed Enough Already crowd.

Then you were not listening. I would say it was in direct proportion to today.


Yeah, I remember all those Tea bagger marches on Washington prior to Jan 20th 2009.

Weird how all those groups have start dates of late 2008...

Must just be my imagination.
 
2010-01-18 2:52:40 PM  
I think the bigger story here is that Obama asked Bush to help him.
Talk about burnishing one's record.
 
2010-01-18 2:53:27 PM  

Lundah: jehovahs witness protection: I'm over it now: ....and Fark heads asplode over the Hero tag for bbbbbBush.

This

Meh. There's a whole lot I don't agree with W on, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.


Bush is declared a RINO (again) in 3,2,1...
 
2010-01-18 2:55:09 PM  
George W. Bush tells Rush Limbaugh to STFU about Haiti.

yea, i liked the part of the story where gw tells rush to stfu and gbtw. a real smackdown.

high fives everybody!!!
woo hoo
epic
 
2010-01-18 2:55:39 PM  
Limbaugh is human sleeping pill.

More predictable than prime time TV.
 
2010-01-18 2:56:55 PM  

joshthewaster: Bush No one is incapable of giving Rush the good verbal beatdown he needs some people want him to get.


Now with improved accuracy.

/not saying he doesn't deserve one.
 
2010-01-18 2:57:12 PM  
Good for Bush. Rush can't make you apologize, Dubya, he can't do jack shiat to you, don't let him.
 
2010-01-18 2:57:45 PM  
SilentStrider: Much as it pains me to say it... I actually agree with George W. on something.
=======================================================

I've agreed with Bush on stuff. It's the stuff I didn't that made me want to strange him. (Power abuses, war crimes, attacking random countries, partying during Katrina, etc).

As a person, he's a cool guy. As a comedian, he's funny. As a leader, he's a freaking moron.
 
2010-01-18 2:57:59 PM  
Bush has a lot more class than Obama.
 
2010-01-18 2:58:44 PM  

SilentStrider: Much as it pains me to say it... I actually agree with George W. on something.


I agreed with him about taking a hard stance against Burma. I agreed with him, even, about the way he used the name "Burma" in a deliberate FU to the "Myanmar" junta.

(yeah...I didn't agree with him on much so that stands out in my mind.)

(i think the "roadmap to peace" was a good idea too, but terrible and inept attempts at implementation and assholes on both sides of the Pal/Isr situation made it unworkable)

/the most complimentary post I've ever made in regards to GWB
 
2010-01-18 2:58:53 PM  

s2s2s2: joshthewaster: Bush No one is incapable of giving Rush the good verbal beatdown he needs some people want him to get.

Now with improved accuracy.

/not saying he doesn't deserve one.


I thought Roger Ebert did an OK job. Rush is out to make money, and he is very good at doing that.

I want to know how many outrage addicted Democrats listen to him alongside the outrage addicted Republicans.
 
2010-01-18 2:59:46 PM  

s2s2s2: I think the bigger story here is that Obama asked Bush to help him.
Talk about burnishing one's record.


It's pretty common policy to ask former presidents for assistance when it comes to relief efforts. It's the one thing they can all agree on, and makes them look good years after they left office.
 
2010-01-18 3:00:26 PM  

Lundah: jehovahs witness protection: I'm over it now: ....and Fark heads asplode over the Hero tag for bbbbbBush.

This

Meh. There's a whole lot I don't agree with W on, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.


A stoped clock is right twice a day. A broken clock may never be right.
 
2010-01-18 3:02:47 PM  
Limbaugh's subtle suggestion that Haiti accurately represents the American Black community is perplexing. I mean it really shows how he sees the Black community in his world. (as malnourished, impoverished, disaster victims?)

Vote Republican!
 
2010-01-18 3:03:15 PM  

jonasborg: GW doesn't even look like he showered for this.


If you were on vacation for the entire rest of your life... would you shower?
 
2010-01-18 3:03:53 PM  

meat0918: I want to know how many outrage addicted Democrats listen to him alongside the outrage addicted Republicans.


Not enough to keep his TV from being canceled cause nobody was watching it.
 
2010-01-18 3:05:03 PM  

Bob16: meat0918: I want to know how many outrage addicted Democrats listen to him alongside the outrage addicted Republicans.

Not enough to keep his TV from being canceled cause nobody was watching it.


Correction "TV show"
 
2010-01-18 3:06:18 PM  
Hrmm, whidbey must still be asleep.
 
2010-01-18 3:06:51 PM  
President Bush has some strong words for Rush Limbaugh:
"I don't know if -- what they're talking about"

Yeah, that's telling him to STFU alright.
 
2010-01-18 3:07:39 PM  

davideo_games: If you were on vacation for the entire rest of your life... would you shower?


Shrub is a wimpy little rich mans boy.

He was born on vacation.

5 minutes of work would probably kill him.
 
2010-01-18 3:09:07 PM  
Oh Bush, it'd be awesome if you went simpleton leaning right after all this after getting now controlled by The Machine anymore.

Good show
 
2010-01-18 3:13:21 PM  
george "tip toe around the question" bush
 
2010-01-18 3:14:01 PM  
Lefties hate it when people don't stay in the neat little pigeonholes they define everyone into.
 
2010-01-18 3:15:29 PM  
Bush didn't exactly slam Limbaugh, he just didn't agree with him.

I don't like the idea of Bush being sent to do anything as a representative of this country. Bush should be facing charges for lying the nation into war and allowing torture to occur. The guy is a criminal.

Bush looked terribly uncomfortable standing with Obama and Clinton. I don't think Bush realized how inexperienced and naive he was a politician until he was done and was faced with the mess he left.

It's all good and well for Obama to be so bi-partisan, and it's nice that Bush wants to do something more prestigious than motivational speaking, but Bush never gave a fu*k about people like this before.
 
2010-01-18 3:16:16 PM  

lstywnch: Hrmm, whidbey must still be asleep.


it's hard work sock puppeting your way through all the weekend threads.
 
2010-01-18 3:17:54 PM  

RockIsDead: Lefties...blah blah blah drivel redacted


Welcome to another installment of "How Liberals Think", brought to you by a dittohead who never leaves his basement and has never seen a real live human female, let alone encountered a "liberal" or a "socialist" or an "african american" or any other of the people on whose behalf he claims to speak authoritatively.
 
2010-01-18 3:18:25 PM  
Obama had to have an aneurysm over asking Bush for help. Too funny!
 
2010-01-18 3:19:19 PM  

Weaver95: wanna bet Limbaugh ignores the slap down?


What? He's just going to say that W was always a liberal plant and therefore democrats are responsible for Abu Ghraib and invading Iraq.
 
2010-01-18 3:22:02 PM  
Who would have guessed that Bush was a RINO.
 
2010-01-18 3:23:08 PM  

HulkHands: "I don't know if -- what they're talking about,"

Man, this guy blows Teleprompter McGee out of the water.


I think the thought going through Bush's mind was:

"I don't know if they know what the fark they are talking about" and he applied a little mid-sentence course correction/censorship.
 
2010-01-18 3:24:27 PM  
I think what gets me the most gobsmacked here is this bit:

"First of all, it takes time to get the supplies in place. That shouldn't deter them. In other words, there's an expectation-- amongst people that things are going to happen quickly. And sometimes it's hard to make things happen quickly. Secondly, there is a great reservoir of good will that wants to help. And that's why he asked us to help, and we're glad to do it."

This is the first time in - well, ever - that I've ever heard George W. Bush quoted as saying something right. And not only right, but eloquently, too. The resevoir metaphor was actually pretty good, especially for Dubya.

Either it's a miracle and he actually came up with this himself, or it's a lesser-yet-still-impressive miracle that he hired himself writers that are above his own grade-level.

Either way, I gotta give it to Dubya on this one. Much as I loathe the man, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while...
 
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