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I Never Liked Astroturf

Posted by Mike on September 16, 2008

Most Rush Limbaugh fans are familiar with the concept of seminar calling. That’s when a liberal phones in to a conservative radio show and pretends to be lifelong conservative before parroting Democrat talking points on the issue of the day. The left has been doing it for years.

This year, David Axelrod and the Obama campaign has taken the concept of seminar calling to the internet with a tactic called “astroturfing.” According to Ace of Spades, the formula is always the same:

The script–

1. The Pledge: I’m a conservative/I’m a Christian/I’m a conservative Christian

2. The Turn: My heart is with you guys, really… but I have these concerns

3. The Prestige: I hear all these great things about Obama and/or did you hear this horrible stuff about Palin?

And of course the simple whitebread, just-plain-folks psuedonym.

It has to be formulaic out of necessity. The Obama-supporting lefty is usually an unemployed MSNBC-watching pothead with a keyboard. They have to keep it simple for the stupid.

Unfortunately for the libs, inventions like Site Meter ensure that the tactic isn’t foolproof. One example Ace cites is a Patterico troll who claims to be a Wasilla, Alaska resident with inside dirt on Sarah Plain. The trouble is, Site Meter tracked the “Wasilla resident” to Chicago. Thankfully, astroturfing libs are about as intelligent as they think conservatives are. In the end, all they’re doing is wasting their own time that would otherwise be spent on Dungeons and Dragons or Magic the Gathering.

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20 Years of Rush Limbaugh

Posted by Sal on August 1, 2008

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

 

Today is the 20th anniversary of the nationally-syndicated Rush Limbaugh Program.  In the history of the Conservative movement, there are only a handful of people who can be truly described as having the scope and influence to shape and define conservatism.  Rush Limbaugh is one of those people.  Along with William F. Buckley, Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh has influenced the direction of politics in this country in ways that few others can lay claim to.  Rush helped to bring the conservatism defined in the pages of National Review and the leadership of Ronald Reagan to the masses through his daily, 3 hour Radio show.  His good-natured humor, satire, ability to make fun of liberals by using their own words against them, along with his crystal-clear logic and ability to synthesize core conservative principles and apply them to the news and issues of the day, while at the same time entertaining the 20-million+ listeners who tune into his show in any given week.

 

Rush also revolutionized the radio industry.  Before him, political talk did not have much of a place, AM radio was on its way out, and nationally-syndicated shows were used as fillers.  Rush is credited with  saving talk radio, and defining the “Issues Talk” radio format.  He also became the first break from the main-stream liberal media’s monopoly, paving the way for Drudge, Fox News, and a whole generation of conservative commentators such as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, and others. 

I remember my first time listening to Rush. 

I was in middle school, probably around 1991, and had some teacher spewing nonsense about how we were going to destroy the planet by the ever-growing hole in the ozone layer (funny how you really don’t hear much about the ozone layer anymore.)  I repeated the nonsense to my parents, who proceeded to laugh at me.  Flustered, I kept insisting that we were going to destroy the planet.  The next day, when my father picked me up from school, he put on Rush’s show for me to listen to.  Since then, I have learned a lot from Rush about conservative principles, but his show helped me to think and develop many of my own beliefs and principles on my own.  His show opened my eyes to the biases that existed in the world, and to the foolishness and utter intellectual bankruptcy of liberalism.  I can honestly say that his show gave me an education that helped to form my own grasp of Conservatism. 

Happy 20 years Rush.  Here’s hoping for many, many more years of Excellence in Broadcasting, until everyone agrees with you! 
 

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House Republicans Want a Vote!

Posted by Ryan on August 1, 2008

After the Dems decided to start a five-week vacation, about 40 or so House Republicans, led by Mike Pence, stayed in the House chamber after the Dems adjourned to make a point about the Republican’s determination to get a drilling bill up for a vote.  On her way out San Fran Nan had the lights turned off, the microphones turned off, and the C-SPAN cameras to be turned off as well.  Classy broad, that Pelosi! 

The House Republicans sent a letter to President Bush to call the Congress back into session until a vote is taken.  President Bush was busy around 12:10pm this afternoon calling in to the Rush Limbaugh Show, congratulating Maha Rushie on 20 years of broadcast excellence.  Bush 41 and Jeb also got on the line.

The House Republicans are showing leadership, demonstrating good politics, all while looking like the victim of Pelosi’s hard-handed tactics which are getting in the way of the people’s business.  I hope they can keep this up until Election Day; this is good stuff!

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Obama’s Media Darlings to Follow Him on Trip

Posted by Ryan on July 18, 2008

As if there was any doubt about the MSM’s Big Three network’s bias towards Barack Obama, this removes all suggestion to the contrary.  Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, and Katie Couric are all going along on the trip!  John McCain’s been to Iraq three times since campaigning began last year (that sound you hear is crickets), and eight times total since the war began.  The MSM isn’t even trying to hide the bias anymore!

Yet, Obama hasn’t been to Iraq since January 2006 and has never visited the “real war” in Afghanistan, so all Big Three anchors will follow their clinically narcissistic and vain Good Shepherd around Europe and the Mideast, drooling, fawning, basking.  I guess that it should be big news that Obama was guilted and cornered into taking this trip… by John McCain of all people!  No mention of that in front of the Savior.  In fact, some in the MSM are blaming the McCain camp for making this a bigger story than it otherwise would have been!  So, McCain controls the media now?  Hmm.

This trip will strain one’s objective credulity worse than Greta Van Susteran’s hanging out in Aruba for months looking for Natalee Holloway — what a hard assignment that must have been: very few breaks in the story but lots and lots of sunshine!  It’ll be like watching the Big Three have spontaneous orgasms every night on TV, as they swoon over their chosen savior.  Get your V-Chips ready!  Good thing I don’t watch those networks.  I honestly don’t know anyone under 50 who does watch them more than once a week.  I’ll hear what’s going on when Brit Hume lets me know. 

What makes this whole affair worse is that Obama’s trip to Europe, Iraq and Afghanistan will probably be paid for by the taxpayers since the trip is being billed as a “fact-finding mission.”  Belonging to a Union I know what it feels like to have your money going to a campaign of someone you do not like and would never vote for.  I hope people take notice of this:  that, in the words of Rush fill-in Jed Babbin, the MSM has become a very large and very powerful “527” in Obama’s favor.

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Tony Snow Dies at 53

Posted by Ryan on July 12, 2008

Former White House Press Secretary, radio talk-show host, moderator of “Fox News Sunday,” and former speechwriter for Bush 41, Tony Snow finally succumbed to the colon cancer he had been battling for a few years now when he died at about 2am Saturday morning at Georgetown University Hospital.  Although they had removed his colon a few years ago, the cancer nonetheless spread to his liver last year.  He leaves behind a wife, three children and many friends and admirers.

I’d been watching Tony Snow ever since my local cable finally carried Fox News back in 2000.  It was kind of awkward watching Chris Wallace take over for him as the moderator of “Fox News Sunday” a few years later.  Also, I remember Tony Snow filling for Rush once in a while when I was in college (Sean Hannity would also fill in from time to time, which happened to be my first exposure to both Hannity and Snow — thanks Rush for recognizing talent!).  As Press Secretary, it was so refreshing to see Snow strike back at the MSM who was unsuccessfully trying desperately to embarrass him and the White House like they did so effectively to Scott McClellan.

Like Tim Russert, this death is a huge loss to the media and culture as both were taken from us with so much potential left to be realized.

AP photo.

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Obama’s FISA Flip-Flop

Posted by Ryan on July 9, 2008

It’s been really entertaining lately watching Barack Obama pretend that he’s a moderate and hasn’t changed any of his positions despite all the YouTube and print-media evidence to the contrary.  Today’s FISA reauthorization/clarification bill is a great example:

Here’s an Obama spokesman’s remarks from a talking-points memo from October 2007 on the issue of the FISA bill which included retro-active immunity for the telecommunications companies who hooked-up America after 9/11:

“To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.”

That seems pretty clear and direct.  To reiterate, here is Obama’s Senate office in December of last year on the same point:

Senator Obama unequivocally opposes giving retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies…. Granting such immunity undermines the constitutional protections Americans trust the Congress to protect. Senator Obama supports a filibuster of this bill, and strongly urges others to do the same.

Pretty heavy stuff… however, today Obama voted for the bill which contained that very provision which give retro-active immunity to those telecom companies.  McCain nailed him on the flip-flop, which Obama subsequently denied was a flip-flop. 

As it turns out (just to stir things up), She Who Must Not Be Named voted against the bill!  The Lefties are going nuts and Rush Limbaugh has even quietly initiated his “Operation Chaos, Phase II” in order to give SWMNBN a chance at the convention and place some plants at the DNC in an attempt to take advantage of the disorder on the Left, which is increasingly feeling alienated from Obama.  Obama’s vote was the right vote, but maybe too “Right” for the kooks out there who thought he was different.

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A Fine Lieutenant Would Own General Wesley Clark

Posted by Mike on July 1, 2008

Earlier today, I read Rush Limbaugh’s suggestion to the McCain campaign of how to rebut Weasel Wesley Clark’s bizarre claim that John McCain’s military experience is irrelevant to the Presidency. The gist of Limbaugh’s suggestion was that McCain should simply fight back. My first reaction was that McCain should not get into a spat with a failed General like Clark, but should leave the scathing rebuttals to his surrogates. That way, Obama and his minions could be exposed as the scum they are, and McCain could stay focused on Obama. Thinking about how this would play out led to my second reaction: the Republican Party sadly doesn’t have any effective surrogates.

As expected, this fact is not lost on Limbaugh. Earlier today, Limbaugh praised Bob Dole for jumping into the fray to defend McCain and then bemoaned the fact that Dole is probably our party’s most effective spokesman. This is probably true, although it should be noted that Haley Barbour has always been an effective surrogate. As the successful Governor of Mississippi who was praised for his leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina without being blamed for the weather event, Barbour could also be much more than an effective surrogate. Although he isn’t my first choice, Haley Barbour would make an excellent running mate for McCain.

With an effective communicator at the bottom of the ticket to respond to Democrats crawling out from underneath their rocks, McCain could probably increase the stature gap over Obama. In the meantime, I hope the Anchoress is right when it comes to Clark:

Happily for McCain, the Obama team and their supporters keep popping up (daily, it seems) talking about John McCain and telling him to stop talking about his military service. They seem not to realize that doing this serves to remind voters that McCain is a real war hero with command experience and 21 years in the senate, and that Barack Obama…is not.

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Obama and Democrats Redefine Dialogue

Posted by Mike on May 19, 2008

Barack Obama and the Democrats love to talk about how they look forward to debating John McCain and highlighting the differences between the two parties. The trouble is, the only kind debate the Democrats are interested in is the kind where they make their case and their Republicans aren’t allowed to respond.

We saw this a few days ago when President Bush invoked history’s lesson that appeasing evil is folly. Rather than defending the presumptive Democrat nominee Barack Obama’s policy of doing just that, Democrats responded by attempting to prevent Republicans from criticizing Obama’s thoughts on the subject ever again.

What this demonstrated was that despite their claims to the contrary, Democrats can’t debate their proposals, that is at least if debate involves a give and take. As this brief transcript from the Rush Limbaugh Show makes clear, the spat of Bush’s Knesset speech was the first time and certainly won’t be the last time that Obama tries to force his unique definition of the word “debate” on the upcoming campaign. According to the Democrats, they can slander the current President, lie about McCain’s “100 years” comment, dismiss grandma as just a “typical white person,” and attack people for clinging to their religion that doesn’t involve a pastor damning America and “rich white people.” We just can’t respond, because apparently that is what crosses the line.

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One Can Dream: The Democrats’ Brokered Convention

Posted by Mike on April 16, 2008

Lawrence O’Donnell, yes that Lawrence O’Donnell, has written a pretty interesting fictional account about the upcoming Democrat National Convention. It reads as the scenario Rush is hoping to create with Operation Chaos and is something you actually wouldn’t put past these people.  The Democrat primary almost certainly won’t end the way O’Donnell imagines, but one can always dream.  In any event, O’Donnell’s account is probably an accurate description of what is currently happening behind the scenes so I say grab the popcorn anyway.

For the record, I still oppose Operation Chaos because She Who Must Not Be Named’s White House dream needs to end. That said, it is fun to watch.

HT: Ann Coulter

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Reagan Wisdom for Super Tuesday

Posted by Sal on February 4, 2008

As many of us go to the polls this Tuesday (myself included) to vote for the GOP Presidential Nomination, I want to present two quotes from Ronald Reagan from the 1970s that ring very true today, courtesy of Rush Limbaugh.  

I’m impatient with those Republicans who — after the last election — rushed into print saying we must broaden the base of our party, when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.  –Ronald Reagan, 1975

And: 

Don’t give up your ideals, don’t compromise, don’t turn to expedience — and don’t, for heaven’s sake, having seen the inner workings of the watch — get cynical. –Ronald Reagan, 1976.

And with that, not much else needs to be said. 

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Debating the demise of the Republican Party

Posted by Sal on January 25, 2008

There has been much talk of the demise of the GOP in recent weeks.  Rush Limbaugh has been making the case that if Huckabee or McCain are nominated, it will destroy the GOP.  In an article today, Peggy Noonan states that the GOP is already in shambles, and it is because of George W. Bush. 

On every domestic issue other than taxes and social issues, Bush has been somewhat of a disaster.  In an effort to build a permanent Republican majority, he tilted left on issues such as education, spending, health care, immigration, and other such domestic issues.  He was firm on the war, (almost to a fault in not sooner realizing that his war strategy wasn’t working and needed adjustment) terrorism, taxes, and judges (minus the Harriet Meyers debacle), but not so anywhere else.  Were we conservatives too complainant during the early years of No Child Left Behind, the Prescription Drug bill, and massive increases in spending?  Did we gloss over those issues because of our concern for National Security and the economy? 

Bush’s strategy now seems to have backfired.  We have lost the congress, and are in danger of losing the presidency as well.  Even if we do win the Presidency, it will be with a weak quasi-Conservative or a media-pandering moderate.  The party does not have the same unity of purpose anymore, it is too fractured.  Is Bush to blame as Peggy suggests, or is it something else?  What must the party do to return to its Conservative roots in the model of the era of Reagan?  Who is out there who can lead the party back to Conservatism and into the next several decades?

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