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Rush Limbaugh Explains Trump’s Praise of Clintons

Four years ago, Trump lavished praise on Hillary. Brilliant!

IRONY!: Rush Limbaugh Edition


Yesterday, while out running errands, I caught a segment of the Rush Limbaugh program that featured the following insightful — believe it or not, I am not being ironic or sarcastic when I say “insightful” — monologue: [I] believe that most liberals actually look at Republicans and conservatives as full-fledged, real — not just political, […]

Open IRS/501(c)4 Discussion: Crime and Damages

TIGTA IRS Audit Wordle

Today on the Rush Limbaugh Show guest host Doug Urbanski asked the following open-ended question about the “IRS Scandal”: “Why has no one been fired or arrested for this clearly criminal activity?” That comment led me to some linked questions that I’m currently working my way through. I thought that OTB readers (in particularly lawyers – […]

Sandra Fluke Not So Much A Fan Of Free Speech, Apparently


At least one law student needs a refresher course in the First Amendment.

Not Surprisingly, The Boycott Campaign Against Rush Limbaugh Has Failed

Rush Limbaugh

Anyone who pays attention to the world around them could have seen this coming from a hundred miles away: The dark clouds hanging over Rush Limbaugh appear to be lifting. Exactly one month after the conservative radio host sparked outrage by calling Georgetown law-school student Sandra Fluke “a slut” and “a prostitute” in a three-day […]

They’re Making Me Defend Rush Limbaugh


Rush Limbaugh may be a jerk, but he has a right to be a jerk.

Why Are People Mad At Rush Limbaugh When Liberals You’ve Never Heard of Are Jerks, Too?


Is it fair to single out the most powerful man in radio’s commentary for attention?

Rush Limbaugh Blames The Left For Forcing Him To Make Crude, Disgusting Comments


You didn’t think it was over, did you?

Are Republican Politicians Afraid Of Rush Limbaugh?


The GOP has sold its soul.

Rush Limbaugh Issues “Apology” To Sandra Fluke


Not a surrender. Not even an apology. Just a tactical retreat.

Yes, Rush Limbaugh Is A Jerk

Rush Limbaugh

Many on the right seem unwilling to condemn clearly offensive remarks by Rush Limbaugh

Conservative Media Destroying Conservative Movement?


Treating entertainment as entertainment is one thing. Treating it as news and education is another.

Self-Refuting Arguments: Snow Edition


Rush Limbaugh argues we’re seeing “the Chickificiation of America” because of a delayed ballgame: All I could think about was the Donner Party.  You know the story of the Donner Party.  A bunch of pioneers heading out to California got trapped in a blizzard in the Sierra Nevada mountain range out there near Lake Tahoe […]

Conservatives and Racism, Take MXLVI

Obama Mount Rushmore Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh is apparently not impressed with Barack Obama’s presidency. That doesn’t make him a racist.

Marriage and Divorce


Glenn Greenwald points to the news of Rush Limbaugh’s fourth marriage this weekend, as well as the fact that Newt Gingrich is on his third marriage, to argue that conservatives who oppose gay marriage and say that they are doing so to defend Traditional Marriage are dishonest. They don’t really advocate the law’s recognition of […]

Of Rush Limbaugh, Limbaughism, And The Future Of The GOP


David Frum’s Washington Post review of Zev Chafets’s Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One has already been attacked by many on the right, but his closing paragraphs make a point worth considering: Chafets acknowledges that Limbaugh has no conception of fairness or objectivity, that he is not an original thinker, and that he is prone […]

Limbaugh: Obama Blew Up Oil Rigs?!


Via Kevin Drum and Ezra Klein, I see that yesterday Rush Limbaugh questioned the timing of the oil spill off the Louisiana coast.  His own rush transcript is titled “Regime SWAT Teams Sent to Gulf.” That would be the Obama regime, naturally.  He seems to be alleging that Obama sent SWAT teams to blow up […]

Liberal Rush Limbaugh?


In a rather weird exchange on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Salon editor Joan Walsh was stumped when asked to call out extremists on her side of the aisle: P.J. Gladnick has the transcript: JOE SCARBOROUGH: …I think it helps us all to say there are extreme voices on the left, there are extreme voices on the […]

Georgetown Cocktail Parties


In response to a posting from Tunku Varadarajan accusing him of being a “polite company conservative” who “yearns for the goodwill of the liberal elite in the media and in the Beltway—who wishes, always, to have their ear, to be at their dinner parties, to be comforted by a sense that liberal interlocutors believe that […]

Limbaugh Leaving the Country if Health Reform Passes


Rush Limbaugh has pulled a Baldwin. My guess in even in Canada and even in the UK, doctors have opted out. And once they’ve opted, they can’t see anybody Medicare, Medicaid, or what will become the exchanges. They have to have a clientele of private patients that will pay them a retainer and it’ll be […]

State Controlled Media

Obama Media Control Cartoon

Yesterday, Teresa Kopec noted the strange convergence of the Left and Right over the healthcare debate, quipping “2009: Little Green Footballs goes left & Jane Hamsher goes right. Who’d a thunk it?” She was referring to erswhile warhawk blogger Charles Johnson’s public break with the Right and progressive movie-maker and the FireDogLake firebrand’s going on […]

Comparative Fringes


Steve Benen is a bit disappointed that I didn’t “follow [Charles] Johnson’s lead and reject what’s become of the contemporary political right” in my post responding to his departure.  In particular, he thinks I’m too easy on the conservative fringe groups and understate their hold on the movement. I continue to think this is a […]

White House Takes On Politico


Marc Ambinder reports, “It’s not just Fox News that’s become subject of White House derision. The following is an excerpt from a joke e-mail that is circulating among White House staffers.” 7 narratives politico is fighting in their efforts to get an interview with the President 1.       They are more interested in readers than accuracy […]

Charles Johnson ‘Breaks’ From the Right

Little Green Footballs logo

In a move that has been coming for nearly two years, Charles Johnson has issued a manifesto explaining “Why I Parted Ways With The Right.”  For those who don’t know, Johnson is the founder and principal author of Little Green Footballs, one of the oldest and most popular blogs.  He was an elder statesman in […]

Republicans Better Informed

Party Knowledge Gap: Republicans Better Informed

A new Pew survey shows a rather steep “Partisan Knowledge Gap,” with Republicans and Independents generally better informed than Democrats. Mary Katharine Ham finds this quite amusing and also notes that, “if the polling had gone the other way, the NYT would shout it from the rooftops.”  She provides examples of the mainstream press doing […]

Roger Ailes for President?!

President Roger Ailes

Topping Memeorandum is Mike Allen‘s wild speculation for Politico about a presidential run by Roger Ailes. Friends and associates are encouraging Fox News chief Roger Ailes to jump into the political arena for real by running for president in 2012, top sources tell POLITICO. “Ailes knows how to frame an issue better than anybody, and […]

Limbaugh: Reporter Should Kill Himself


Rush Limbaugh has gotten everyone from Media Matters to The Guardian to Andrew Sullivan to Paul Krugman to Raw Story to FireDogLake up in arms because he allegedly suggested that a NYT reporter kill himself.  Except that, to anyone familiar with either Limbaugh or the conventions of American English, it’s rather obvious he was illustrating […]

Limbaugh, Obama, and the NFL


Joseph Ashby argues that something fishy is being ignored in the matter of Rush Limbaugh’s failed bid to buy the Rams. NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith served as counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder and was a member of Barack Obama’s transition team. […] Despite the fact that Smith’s opposition was based on […]

Punt the NFL


Glenn Reynolds links some poor sap who is angry at the NFL because Rush Limbaugh has been dumped from the group bidding for the Rams and is going to start a one-man boycott under the banner “Punt the NFL.” I have cancelled my DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket package (including the Supercast). I will not watch […]

Rush Limbaugh Dropped from Rams Bid Team


Missouri native Rush Limbaugh has been dropped from membership in a group seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams and keep them in the city.  This speeds up the inevitable conclusion fo the NFL’s owners refusing to let the controversial pundit join their ranks. Limbaugh was to be a limited partner in a group headed […]

Limbaugh: Kennedy Lion of the Senate, We Were His Prey

Too soon Rush, too soon: “Discussing the passing of the lion of the Senate, Ted Kennedy . . . and were were his prey.” via Teresa Kopec

Intellectual Dishonesty

Sean Hannity

Conor Friedersdorf wants to ban several conservative talk hosts from news programs cable news networks on the grounds that they “consistently prove themselves to be intellectually dishonest, intemperate partisans whose very approach to public discourse is deeply destructive of it.” This strikes E.D. Kain as “reprehensible” because “Intellectual dishonesty is not something you can scientifically […]

Two Political Blogospheres


Two blogging conventions, Netroots Nation (the successor to Daily Kos) and RightOnline, are being held in Pittsburgh this week.  As Timothy McNulty reports for the Post-Gazette, they’re different in ways other than politics. The RightOnline conference starting tomorrow morning at the Sheraton Station Square will have about a quarter of the 2,000 attendees at the […]

Obama Revamps White House Communications


Danny Glover reports on President Obama’s total restructuring of the White House message machine in a piece ominously titled “The Cost of Controlling The Press.” Barack Obama’s White House is spending more than $80,000 a week to staff its old and new media offices. Add the price of speechwriters and the White House communications tab […]

Ted Rall: Obama Should Resign


It’s been years since I’ve quoted Ted Rall here. He hasn’t appeared in a post title since September 2005’s “Rall: Charities are for Suckers.”  The man’s eminently quotable, if in a train wreck sort of way, but constantly pointing out that some commentators are crazy attention whores really doesn’t advance the debate much. But you’ve […]

Fox News Not Conservative


So says E.D. Kain: Fox News is simply not conservative.  The fact of the matter is, I find NPR and even News Hour more conservative than Fox – but in a different sense, I suppose, than the standard boiler plate conservatism that has so infested American politics.  What I mean to say is that the […]

Quotes of the Day – Big Government Edition


“It was easier for Obama to fire the CEO of a private company than it is to fire most federal employees.” – Radley Balko “I don’t know if you know this or not but starting today the United States government will stand behind your warranty on a newly purchased General Motors car.  Now, that’s going […]

Rush Limbaugh’s Approval at 19 Percent


CBS’ Brian Montopoli reports on a new poll by his network that has Rush Limbaugh’s favorability ratings at 19 percent: No talk show host in history has been re-elected with numbers that low.  Oh, wait . . .

Organizing for America: Obama Merges Campaign, Presidency


Chris Cillizza‘s report that the Obama campaign apparatus is being “activated” by the Obama administration gets A1 treatment in today’s WaPo: President Obama will kick off an all-out grass-roots effort today urging Congress to pass his $3.55 trillion budget, activating the extensive campaign apparatus he built during his successful 2008 candidacy for the first time […]

Limbaugh, Failure, and Media Distortion


Commenter Bithead alerts me to a cross-blog debate that I somehow missed between Patrick Frey and Jeff Goldstein over Rush Limbaugh’s “I hope Obama fails” line at CPAC and the ensuing media frenzy.  Essentially, Patrick argues that conservatives should be more careful about what they say so as to avoid being distorted in the media […]

Rush Limbaugh: Not That Influential?


Jonathan Last offers a long retort to the notion that Rush Limbaugh is a significant influencer of American politics, much less the de facto leader of the Republican Party.  He rejects, for example, the notion that having a large audience necessarily matters: Consider television. From 1998 to 2005, Everybody Loves Raymond was among the top […]

Dealing with Limbaugh


Scott Ott (who I finally met at CPAC last week and would absolutely vote for as County Executive if I lived in Lehigh County, PA) has an amusing satire titled “Obama to Drop Shield if Russia Helps with Limbaugh.” President Barack Obama has reportedly written another private note to his Russian counterpart offering to halt […]

On the Conservative Movement


I think that Daniel Larison is dead on right when it comes to describing a disturbingly large portion of the conservative base in this post. Conservatives seem to have spent the last year rapidly regressing from cheering on lame politicians who could at least intelligently recite their platitudes (Romney) to worshipping pseudo-populists who could not […]

Limbaugh – Steele Cage Match


RNC chairman Michael Steele was on D.L. Hughley’s CNN show Saturday night and people are slowly getting interested: Some obvious questions come to mind: D.L. Hughley has a talk show?! What’s up with that shirt Steele’s wearing? Mostly, though, people are talking about Steele’s comments about Rush Limbaugh. So let’s put it into context here. […]

Rush Limbaugh Less Popular Than Jeremiah Wright


Max Blumenthal thinks Republicans should think twice about taking advice from Rush Limbaugh. An October 24, 2008, poll conducted by the Democratic research firm Greenberg-Quinlan-Rosner has Rush Limbaugh enjoying a public-approval rating of just 21 percent among likely voters, while 58 percent have “cold” feelings toward the right-wing radio-talk-show host. Limbaugh was the least popular […]

Bill Kristol’s Replacement


As everyone knows by now, Bill Kristol’s last NYT column appeared yesterday. Aside from the italicized footer “This is William Kristol’s last column,” it was unremarkable.  Which, most observers on the Left and Right seem to agree, was something it had in common with most of Kristol’s NYT columns and largely explains why the one […]

Would Reagan Recognize Today’s Republican Party?


It’s been three decades since Ronald Reagan was elected and both America and the Republican Party have changed.

Obama Dines With Will, Kristol, Krauthammer, and Brooks


The hottest story at memeorandum today is a remake of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” with Barack Obama in the Sidney Poitier role and George Will as Spencer Tracy.  Or something like that, anyway.    Obama had supper at Will’s Chevy Chase manse and Bill Kristol and David Brooks were on the guest list.   As […]

Cheney: Obama Won’t Give Back Power

Dick Cheney Cowboy Hat

Dick Cheney thinks Barack Obama will come to “appreciate” the increased power the Bush Administration has claimed for the White House and will not be at all eager to return it. “Once they get here and they’re faced with the same problems we deal with every day, then they will appreciate some of the things […]

Talk Radio Killed Conservativism?


In my youth, video killed the radio star.  Now, Nate Silver suggests, conservative talk radio has killed conservatism.   John Ziegler, of whom I’ve never heard, is apparently an imbecile. QED. This might be the key passage of my interview with John Ziegler on Tuesday, for it is, in a nutshell, why conservatives don’t win elections […]

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