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Should Cantor repudiate Limbaugh?

In the wake of comments from Rush Limbaugh equating Barack Obama to Hitler, a leading Jewish Democratic organization is calling on the House of Representatives' lone Jewish Republican to repudiate the talk show host.

On Friday, National Jewish Democratic Council David Harris called on House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to denounce Limbaugh's remarks. Pointing out that the Virginia Republican had said more "Limbaughs" were needed in the GOP just last week, Harris called on "Cantor and the Republican Party to condemn Limbaugh and these utterly contemptible tactics."

"Mr. Cantor, after Rush's website antics today and comments yesterday, do you really still think you 'need' Limbaugh?" his statement read.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 3:00 PM on Aug. 7, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The question wasn't immediately answered, with Cantor currently traveling in Israel. But Harris' statement got to a larger point: to what extent should the GOP -- and, in particular, its Jewish members -- be held accountable for the recent bout of Obama-Nazi comparisons?

    Not all Jewish organizations agree on the issue. Marc Stern, the acting executive director of the American Jewish Congress, said that it wasn't fair to tag the congressman with Limbaugh's remarks "because a week ago he said something nice about Rush Limbaugh."
    That said, Stern added, "I think everybody in the political system ought to eschew these remarks. I think this sorts of fire-bomb labeling is McCarthyism at its worst, whether from the left or the right... It is destructive of our politics. We don't need talk show hosts of either stripe, making informed and intelligent debate impossible."
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:01 PM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • Indeed, while GOP lawmakers have gone somewhat unscathed, conservative groups and figures have been unusually willing to slap Rush Limbaugh down for this latest rhetorical splurge. Salon's Glenn Greenwald asked commentators who condemned a 2004 anonymous MoveOn.org ad comparing Obama to Hitler if they would offer similar denunciations now. Some did.

    "It is wrong, outrageous and damaging for Rush Limbaugh to compare Obama to Hitler," said the National Review's Cliff May. "Such hyperbole only serves to confuse and trivialize issues much more grave than tax rates and health-care plans."

    Reached by phone, Abe Foxman, national director of the Anti Defamation League and another individual critical of MoveOn.org, also criticized Limbaugh.
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:01 PM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • GO RUSH LIMBAUGH!!!   YOU SPEAK THE TRUTH!!!  AND I'M JEWISH!!!

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:02 PM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I may not agree with what you SAY but I will defend to the death your right to say it!!!


    This is insanity.  Its ONLY ok for the left to make off the wall HATE filled accusations.  ANd then THEY get to decide what is hate speech.  LISTEN...I don't agree with the KKK...but I agree that they get to say what they believe....ITS THEIR RIGHT. I think if those that are FOR gay marriage get to picket and protest then those AGAINST gay marriage get the same dang right without being callled HATE mongers.   

    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 3:18 PM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • FREEDOM OF SPEECH....Rush gets to say whatever the hell he wants and Mr. National Jewish Democratic Council David Harris needs to leave him alone. If he wants Rush to shut up call for it himself...but understand if RUSH doesn't like HIS stance he gets to call for HIM to shut up! YOu eiother have the freedom or you don't!!!!!
    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 3:19 PM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • No one in his or her right mind should listen to Limbaugh. He has the right to free speech and we have the right to flip the off switch. That is the choice I make!
    PsWifey

    Answer by PsWifey at 3:43 PM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • FREEDOM OF SPEECH....Rush gets to say whatever the hell he wants and Mr. National Jewish Democratic Council David Harris needs to leave him alone. If he wants Rush to shut up call for it himself...but understand if RUSH doesn't like HIS stance he gets to call for HIM to shut up! YOu eiother have the freedom or you don't!!!!!


    No one is saying he doesn't have that right. But elected officials supporting that kind of disgusting talk is another matter. Some choose to hold elected officials accountable I am ALL for that!

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:52 PM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • There goes that 1st Amendment thing again. Limbaugh can say whatever he wants about our government.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 5:15 PM on Aug. 7, 2009

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