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Is Rush Limbaugh the de facto head of the Repubican Party?

Posted by on Feb. 28, 2009 at 8:55 PM
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What Do You Think of Rush Limbaugh?

(CNN) -- Rush Limbaugh brought a cheering crowd to its feet several times Saturday in Washington as he called on fellow conservatives to take back the country in the keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh energizes crowd of supporters in CPAC keynote speech.

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh energizes crowd of supporters in CPAC keynote speech.

"We conservatives have not done a good enough job of just laying out basically who we are because we make the mistake of assuming that people know. What they know is largely incorrect, based on the way we're portrayed in pop culture, in the drive-by media, by the Democrat party," the conservative talk show host told a mostly-young crowd of energized supporters.

"We want every American to be the best he or she chooses to be. We recognize that we are all individuals. We love and revere our founding documents, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independent. We believe that the preamble of the Constitution contains an inarguable truth, that we are all endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, freedom. And the pursuit of happiness," he said, pausing several times for enthusiastic applause.

Looking ahead to the 2012 election, Limbaugh said conservatives will have to choose the right candidate to take the country back.

Limbaugh's impassioned remarks, punctuated by chest-thumping, fist-pumping and chants of "USA" from the crowd, capped off three days of talk at CPAC focusing on rebuilding the Republican Party.

Limbaugh also used his self-described "first national address," which ran more than hour longer than his allotted 20 minutes, to criticize President Barack Obama for inspiring fear in Americans in order to push a liberal agenda of "big government."

"He wants people in fear, angst and crisis, fearing the worst each and every day because that clears the decks for President Obama and his pals to come in with the answers which are abject failures, historically shown and demonstrated. Doesn't matter. They'll have control of it when it's all over. And that's what they want," Limbaugh said.

"They see these inequalities, these inequities that capitalism produces. How do they try to fix it? Do they try to elevate those at the bottom? No, they try to tear down the people at the top. "

Limbaugh praised Obama as one of the most gifted politicians he has seen, but said, "It just breaks my heart that he does not use these extraordinary talents and gifts to motivate and inspire the American people to be the best they can be. He's doing just the opposite."

Limbaugh also dismissed the notion of bipartianship as a "false premise" given the diverging views of the Democrat and Republican parties on a variety issues, among them, the recent $787 stimulus package signed by Obama.

"Bipartisanship occurs only after one other result. And that is victory," he said. Watch Limbaugh discuss bipartisanship Video

"What they mean is we check our core principles at the door, come in, let them run the show, and then agree with them," he said.

Limbaugh's rollicking speech came the day after Obama supporters put out a political ad implying that the conservative radio host has become the de facto head of the Republican Party in the absence of a clear GOP leader.

The ad argues that the Republican leadership in Congress is following Limbaugh's lead in opposing the Obama administration's $787 billion stimulus package.

"So who are Republican leaders listening to?," the announcer asks before the 30-second ad cuts abruptly to footage of Limbaugh saying, "I want him [Obama] to fail."

It was paid for by Americans United for Change and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union, two groups that supported Obama during the election and are advocating for his agenda.

Comparing the remark to his desire to see the Arizona Cardinals "fail" in this year's Super Bowl game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Limbaugh defended his comment without denying it. Watch Limbaugh explain failure remark Video

"This notion that I want the president to fail, folks, this shows you a sign of the problem we've got," he saiid.

"What is so strange about being honest and saying, I want Barack Obama to fail if his mission is to restructure and reform this country so that capitalism and individual liberty are not its foundation? Why would I want that to succeed?" he said, bringing the crowd once again to its feet.

"Did the Democrats want the war in Iraq to fail? Well, they certainly did. And they not only wanted the war in Iraq to fail, they proclaimed it a failure."

by on Feb. 28, 2009 at 8:55 PM
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trippyhippy
by Gold Member on Feb. 28, 2009 at 9:52 PM

God that man is  such a pompus windbag.

JJTaylor
by Member on Feb. 28, 2009 at 11:34 PM

That would be quit the opposite of what the republican party claims to want to do... bring in fresh minds that will create a better party.  I suppose if the party wants to keep loosing then they should go for this pick! 

He is a big jerk and has IMO burned entirely too many bridges for people to jump on this band wagon and support him...



ellyc19111
by Bronze Member on Mar. 1, 2009 at 6:41 PM

I don't see him as the head of anything. I see him as a radio personality with a view toward conservatism as opposed to liberal. Nothing wrong with that. For that matter, is Barbra Streisand now the de facto head of the Democratic party? Might as well be, her and her liberalism. Ad nauseum, Ed Asner, Bruce Springsteen, Mike Farrell, Billy Crystal, Tim Robbins and bugy-eyed Susan Sarandon. Come on folks. Pick your celebrity

EnigmaMuse
by on Mar. 1, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Limbaugh is as my son would say " A douche with a capital BAG".

                           

dlb99
by Member on Mar. 1, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Are you kidding????

I have been listening to Rush for over ten years and he is to say the "least" quite an informed individual who knows what is really going on in this country.  Yes, I agree he does come across to many as pompus or even obnoxious, but I think that is only because he is an extremely confident person.

I think that most people to do not like the straight forward type.  Another guy that REALLY gets it, but does not come across in the same way is Glenn Beck (Fox News) check it out if you are looking for the real truth about what is going on.!

sooga_booga
by on Mar. 1, 2009 at 7:04 PM

I started laughing reading that.

I just can not take that man or anything he says seriously.

                                    

anxiousschk
by anxiouss on Mar. 1, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Ding Ding Ding!

If I were a Dem...I wouldn't want to be claiming Streisand. 

I have views that go both ways...I used to like Limbaugh..but man, can't STAND listening to him anymore. 

Can't stand Babs either.

Quoting ellyc19111:

I don't see him as the head of anything. I see him as a radio personality with a view toward conservatism as opposed to liberal. Nothing wrong with that. For that matter, is Barbra Streisand now the de facto head of the Democratic party? Might as well be, her and her liberalism. Ad nauseum, Ed Asner, Bruce Springsteen, Mike Farrell, Billy Crystal, Tim Robbins and bugy-eyed Susan Sarandon. Come on folks. Pick your celebrity


dlb99
by Member on Mar. 7, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Would you put Glenn Beck is in the same category as Rush????

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