It's what you people do.
I know this may come as a shock to you... But George Bush isn't president anymore. The good news is, there are professionals that can help you with your obsession.
Last edited by Devil505; 09-02-09 at 10:01 AM.
Clearly, a certain number of average everyday conservatives equate "most influential/powerful" with "leader." And I think it's safe to say that Limbaugh is one of, if not THE, most influential and powerful Republicans extant - a leader of sorts. Further, the literal leader of the Republican party considers Limbaugh to be a leader of his party (see quoted material below).
The nifty poll I linked to proves this, if even in a small way (I used it because the fact that more than half of the respondents voted "Nobody" was so hilarious ). Of course, there are much better examples of Limbaugh's public influence among powerful conservative politicians, which is a lot more frightening than the fealty he enjoys from the average everyday radio listener:
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.”
“My intent was not to go after Rush – I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh,” Steele said in a telephone interview. “I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. … There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership.” --Politico
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) apologized Wednesday to “my fellow conservatives” for comments critical of talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh – saying he sees “eye-to-eye” with Limbaugh and that his remarks defending House Republican leadership came across more harshly than intended.
“I regret and apologize for the fact that my comments have offended and upset my fellow conservatives—that was not my intent,” Gingrey said in a statement.
“Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, and other conservative giants are the voices of the conservative movement’s conscience. Everyday, millions and millions of Americans—myself included—turn on their radios and televisions to listen to what they have to say, and we are inspired by their words and by their determination,” Gingrey said.
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Responding to President Barack Obama’s recommendation to Republican congressional leaders last week that they not follow Limbaugh’s lead, Limbaugh said on his show that Obama is “obviously more frightened of me than he is Mitch McConnell. He’s more frightened of me than he is of, say, John Boehner, which doesn’t say much about our party.”
Gingrey came to his leaders’ defense.
“I think that our leadership, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, are taking the right approach,” Gingrey said.
“I mean, it’s easy if you’re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You don’t have to try to do what’s best for your people and your party. You know you’re just on these talk shows and you’re living well and plus you stir up a bit of controversy and gin the base and that sort of thing. But when it comes to true leadership, not that these people couldn’t be or wouldn’t be good leaders, they’re not in that position of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell,” Gingrey said. --Politico
Like an iceberg, I suspect the portion of personal/private fealty some Republican leaders give to Rush (i.e., not exhibited publicly) is vastly larger.
We all have to wonder how much credibility Ridge actually has, when he writes this: "Is this about security or politics?"
But then later, says this: ""I don't think it was ever politics."
He's a tool. And a soft one, at that.
Gee, who would EVER be so silly as to accuse politicians of being political?!?
Last edited by niftydrifty; 09-02-09 at 12:22 PM.
Furthermore, I stopped trusting anything that came out of the Bush administration a long time ago. Just because they say they never did it doesn't mean squat to me, especially after Rummy stated on record his job was to manipulate and lie to the press.
"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
Alright......I just watched Tom Ridge on Chris Matthew's show "Hardball" & here is my honest opinion his performance:
1. Ridge says in his book that he was concerned that politics was motivating some high ranking members of the Bush admin (Rumsfeld & Ashcroft) to recommend increasing the national threat warning levels just b4 the 2004 election.
2. That threat level was not raised as there was no security threat reason to do so.
Ridge is now trying to have it both ways in that:
.... 1. He wants his book to sell well
.... 2. He doesn't want to anger his GOP friends
He can't have it both ways.
The fact that the threat warning level was not raised does not negate the fact that he felt that politics...Not national security...was the real motivation some to try to get the threat level raised. (he felt strong enough about this to leave government service)
Ridge felt that our security situation was being used by some high ranking Bush officials to help get him (Bush) re-elected in 2004. Therefore, I think the Hatch Act was being violated at that meeting & that Ridge is now SPINNING to take back his words.
My opinion of Tom Ridge as an honest man has ended. He is just another partisan liar.
Last edited by Devil505; 09-02-09 at 04:48 PM.