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Rushslide buries Democrats as Obama fails.
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The story went on to say that liberals were lining up to bash Limbaugh as the leader of the conservative opposition.
MOST SPECTACULARLY in terms of last night’s results, Pelosi loyalist Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), the head of the Democrat’s Congressional Campaign Committee, boasted that House Democrats were key players in the anti-Rush strategy. “We helped get the ball rolling on this,” bragged Van Hollen. As of last night, Van Hollen had succeeded in losing about 60 House seats to the GOP, a historic loss making Pelosi an ex-Speaker if not an ex-House member period if she decides to resign her San Francisco seat.
All of which is to say, Pelosi and Van Hollen, along with the Obama White House, bet the ranch on a strategy that featured as its centerpiece an attack on Rush Limbaugh. They didn’t just lose, they were humiliated.
Also involved in setting this course for Democrats was the George Soros-funded left-wing Center for American Progress, led by ex-Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta. The group jumped aboard, launching an attack against “hate radio host Rush Limbaugh.” The liberal group Americans United for Change quickly put up an ad and calling the GOP “The Rush Limbaugh Party.” It accused GOP Senators and House members of repeatedly saying “no” to the Obama agenda — because they were listening to Rush Limbaugh.
Politico also named the names behind this brainchild. Specifically, in addition to the President himself, those who thought this a fabulous strategy were then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod and ex-Clinton aides James Carville and Paul Begala.
It was Begala who would provide some of the high-level reasoning behind the selection of Rush as Obama’s Number One opponent.:
But here’s the secret: I don’t like Rush Limbaugh. Here’s the other secret: He is the most powerful person in the Republican Party today, bar none.
Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, meticulously crafted an op-ed for the Washington Post that was titled “Minority Leader Limbaugh.” Plouffe threw down the gauntlet, portraying the battle over Obama’s agenda as a one-on-one, mano-a-mano fight to the political death with Rush Limbaugh. The GOP leadership on Capitol Hill was taunted because “Rush Limbaugh has become their leader.” Displaying a cocky security that can only come from drinking one’s own Kool-Aid, Plouffe depicted Obama as triumphant in the polls of the moment, specifically boasting that “voters trust President Obama on the economy.” Listening to Rush Limbaugh, the Obama campaign manager warned Republicans, “hardly seems like the best way out of the political wilderness.”
In words that this morning look stunningly stupid, Plouffe said if the GOP kept listening to Limbaugh, the GOP was in danger of permanently losing “independent voters, who give the president high marks on his handling of the economy and his job overall.” Said Plouffe of Limbaugh’s challenge: “For many Americans, hungry for leadership and cooperation, this sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard….” Seemingly oblivious to the fact that leadership was exactly what Limbaugh was providing to “many Americans hungry for leadership,” Plouffe vowed Republican House and Senate members would rue the day they listened to Limbaugh, all voting unanimously — with the exception of three liberal GOP Senators — to oppose the Obama stimulus. A stimulus which, insisted Plouffe as he dug himself even deeper, would “create or save at least 3 million jobs.” Concluded Obama’s campaign manager: if the GOP kept listening to Rush Limbaugh it would force the GOP to “find out what it means for a political party to hit rock bottom.”
The gain, said former Speaker Newt Gingrich, would be “the largest one-party gain since 1932.” The GOP needed 39-seats to win control. They were headed for at least 60 as this is written.
No word this morning whether Plouffe will be writing a piece entitled “Speaker Limbaugh.”
UNDAUNTED EVEN AS THINGS looked bleak, Rush picked up the challenge. He had spent over twenty years discussing conservative principles on his show. A book just released by New York Times Book Editor Sam Tanenhaus was getting liberal media attention. The title: The Death of Conservatism. The author told NPR: “When Rush Limbaugh said he wanted Barack Obama to fail, he was not just spitting out a provocative line, he was actually handing out a kind of marching orders to the right, which they now seem to be following.” And listening to what Rush Limbaugh had to say was the death knell for conservatism because Limbaugh, Tanenhaus insisted, was far out in a “fringe orbit”.
Limbaugh knew in his bones not only that conservatism was not dead, but that it was neither in need of some sort of political cosmetic surgery as some sunshine conservatives were insisting. And the real people out on a fringe orbit were liberals like Tanenhaus — not to mention Obama, Pelosi and their media allies. In a January, 2008 monologue about Ronald Reagan and Reagan conservatism, a subject that had arisen in the presidential primaries, Rush had already touched on the subject before Obama was even nominated:
Well, conservatism isn’t dead because it cannot be dead. Conservatism is not manmade. Conservatism is a philosophy. It’s not a scheme. It’s not a plan to figure out what the American people need and want, and then give it to them. That’s populism! Conservatism is a philosophy based on God-given natural rights. The Declaration of Independence, is that dead? Of course not! What’s dead is leadership on the Republican side, and because there is a lack of leadership of someone who [has] the substantive understanding of liberty and the political skills to advance it, we get all this cockamamie nonsense about the death of our principles. Our principles are not dead! Our principles cannot die.
Now, under direct attack by the President and his House allies, previously scheduled to address the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) Limbaugh showed up to be greeted as the hero of the Obama Resistance. And promptly lit into the Obama agenda. By turns serious, funny, and self-mocking — he made the case for conservatism with his typical optimistic gusto. “If we’re going to convince the American people what’s about to happen to them is as disastrous as anything in their lives in peacetime, we’re going to have to discuss philosophy with them. We are going to have to talk about principles…” The crowd roared its approval, cheering wildly as he demanded of sunshine conservatives who insisted that conservatism needed to be somehow redefined from Ronald Reagan’s principles: “How do you get rid of Reagan from conservatism?”
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