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The Chip on Rush Limbaugh’s Shoulder

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There are two things that consistently drive me crazy about Rush Limbaugh. First is his irrational hatred of John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The second is his problem with "blue blood Republicans" and "country club Republicans."

Listening to Greta Van Susteren's series of excellent interviews with Limbaugh, I learned something. Evidently there have been "blue bloods" and "country clubbers" who have treated him like dirt at one time or another. I know the feeling. Only I've been treated like dirt by the far right conservatives and religious right.

I don't know if Rush is fueling the "civil war" in the GOP. To be honest, I don't think there are all that many "country club blue bloods" left in the GOP. The ones who are left appear to be supporting Mitt Romney, or, like Peggy Noonan, have completely gone over to the dark side and are slobbering servants of Barack Obama. Maybe he's talking about Kathleen Parker who is a Democrat in Republican's clothing.

Poor Rush thinks the GOP is still run by a bunch of country club Republicans who pay lip service to conservative values but are basically liberals. I have news for Rush Limbaugh — those country club Republicans he detests are the very men and women who labored night and day to put Ronald Reagan in office and did the same to make Newt's Contract with America a dream. I know. I worked side by side with these people.

The real problem is the rise of the extreme right, libertarian, tea party drinkers, who changed the game and have no rules.

Rush has this misguided theory that the "new" extreme conservative can win elections. Conservatives have won three major election cycles: Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich and his Contract with America, and George W. Bush. Now, are we talking conservative values or personality?

He then points to the Congressional defeats in 2004, '06, and '08 as an example of why conservative values must be used in order to win elections. It's like this. One of the real problems was the rise of the far, far, far, far outrageous right that that has slipped beyond reason. They are now more interested in the showman-like, overacting rants of Glenn Beck to the point where they are ignoring the fact that Beck is now "libertarian" and detests the GOP.

Which brings us to the real problem — the rise of the third party, independent, libertarian, and extreme right. They're lead by a handful of right wing talking head radio and television hosts who obviously have an agenda far beyond that of winning elections. They seem to be more interested in proving a point to promote the sale of a recent book than in doing what is right and honorable for the nation. Face facts. The far right is controlled by a bunch of literary hacks who are out for number one. It's about ratings, power, and money. Winning elections is secondary. Let's just call it for what it is — show me the money!

So, our little power-tripping, money-grabbing talking heads told their listeners to go out and vote for someone other than Republicans. Teach that naughty old GOP a lesson. (Then "I" can write a book about it.) Put 'em in their place. (Help "me" sell books.) They all but endorsed the Democratic candidates who paid lip service to all the right causes. (Give me more time on FOX as a well-paid pundit.) When those same Democrats defeated the GOP, our talking radio heads celebrated. (Book sales hit best seller lists). Conservatives had spoken. (They enriched the talking heads). They kicked out the less conservative Republicans and elected conservative Democrats.

A few of those "Yellow Dogs" ended up switching parties. But those "Blue Dogs" are nothing but Democratic pit bulls, junkyard dogs in poodle designer togs. The same talking radio head conservative pundit book-pushing millionaires who are now wringing their hands about the "Blue Dogs" need to go back and to listen to their tapes following the elections of these people. They were disgusting, crowing about the defeat of the treasonous GOP and the election of conservative Democrats.

Sorry, Rush, but they are the ones who have ruined the GOP.

I think one of the things that bothers me is this constant slamming of "country club" Republicans. I have a little side note: most of them are dead and buried. They were of the Ronald Reagan generation. The ones who are still alive donated and voted for John McCain. But the more conservative of the senior citizen conservatives are the ones who refused to go out and vote against Barack Obama. The same people his Democrats are planning to kill with health care reform are the ones who could have prevented this fine mess in which we now find ourselves. Don't you love the irony?

I'm beginning to wonder when Rush waxes poetic about "country club Republicans" if he isn't talking about turn-coats like Peggy Noonan. She has a few of her literary cohorts who are basically Obama-lovin' traitors, but there are very few country club Republicans left. Trust me, I know. I've spent my whole life in the grass roots of the GOP. The era of the country club Republican is long gone.

Maybe that's our problem. Maybe we really need more people like that to balance the absolutely irrational stupidity and conservative viciousness of the Ron Paul libertarians. What we need are more intellectually honest conservatives who don't mind admitting that we've been defeated by that great big center of "independents" who are neither liberal or conservative but moderate.

They are the ones who voted for Obama. The Republicans Rush and his buddies like to denigrate are the ones who worked our little hearts out for John McCain and all Republicans. We are the loyal Republicans who don't give a rip about sticking our finger in the air to check the ACU rating (which is 90% for Lindsey Graham, by the way). We are more interested in promoting the ideals of the GOP — limited taxes, pro business, small government, and strong national security.

We hear, constantly, how bad John McCain's campaign was. If you look at the vote totals, in any other year, McCain would have had a landslide. Why not admit he was defeated by the most corrupt political machine this country has ever known?

Why not tell the truth?


People like Rush Limbaugh don't mince words when it comes to criticizing John McCain. They don't mind going after Barack Obama. But they have no honesty when it comes to dealing with the McCain Campaign.

Makes you wonder why, doesn't it? Perhaps they are a little guilty for denigrating him and not working harder. (Just a theory).

John McCain was not defeated by Sarah Palin. He was not defeated by running a terrible campaign. He was not defeated by a lack of money. He was defeated by Barack Obama's abject corruption and unwillingness to tell the truth about anything. He was defeated by a media that was so slobberingly in love with him that over a dozen now actually work in his administration.

John McCain and the GOP were also defeated by the growing libertarian problem. There is nothing wrong with having a "libertarian" GOP streak. When I take one of those "what party are you" tests, I always score "libertarian", but there is something seriously disturbed by this current tea party, unaffiliated, play dirty libertarian movement that is starting to grow here in this country.

When I hear or read someone say they "have no party" and are "unorganized," then do nothing but diss the GOP, I now look for the Ron Paul libertarian. Unfortunately they are being fed by people like Rush Limbaugh who need to figure out that there is a difference between "conservative," "Republican," and what is going on today.

I truly fear we are watching the rise of a new, very nasty, ugly, will-stoop-to-anything libertarian movement. If so, then God help us all. The nation is doomed. Fed by the irrational, money-motivated ranting of people like Glenn Beck, who needs either a time-out with a Prozac chaser or a hot pink duct tape gag across his mouth, well-meaning Republicans are being sucked into the libertarian black hole of false pretenses.

If it continues, we can kiss our country good-bye. They will split the vote enough for Obama to continue winning and for Princess Pelosi to maintain her majority.

Kinda makes you wonder what side they really are on, doesn't it?

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About SJ Reidhead

  • What concerns me is the huge number of idiots willing to believe anything that comes out of that idiotic hatemongering half-truther’s mouth.

  • irondoor827

    lets just remove his FCC licience :
    he is a danger to free speech and too this nation , since he degrades the President and has started mass division among Blacks and white Americans;

  • Maggie McCarthy

    “He was defeated by Barack Obama’s abject corruption and unwillingness to tell the truth about anything”
    Could you cite some examples of Obama’s corruption? I have friends who say he is practically a “saint” and I would like to offer them some corruption instances.

  • pablo

    typo correction to above post:

    A bigot by very definition is a person who is someone who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

  • pablo

    Ahhhh Rush Limbaugh. He is a bigot, plain and simple. For those of you out there that may be confused about the difference between a racist and a bigot (I suspect there are many), a bigotry in and of itself has nothing to do with racism.
    A bigot by its very definition is a person who is someone who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

    This little two syllable word exemplifies Mr. Limbaugh to a quintessential T. Not only is he a bigot, he is overbearing, dishonest, smarmy, and a bully. How perfect that a man with all of these ignoble qualities is so popular with many ignoramuses on the right. I would far prefer to be a Paultard any day of the week, that is “if” I were of the right wing ilk, which I am not, thank goddess.

    I suspect that his frequent jaunts over to a certain third world country show clearly that he is not a racist. I also read on the net somewhere that a “cock”tail of OxyContin and Viagra makes for a dick that is in a stupor.
    How utterly appropriate for the brute.

  • Not at all. Surely better than Sierra Nevada.

  • Franco

    23 – Charles Euchay

    “People who listen to these hate mongers and benders of the truth in the name of political dogma belong in the scrap heap of history. They have no relevance in the serious discourse needed to get us over these troubled times.”

    Hate mongers? Benders of the truth? Sight your examples!

    Additionally, instead of whining about it, how do you purpose to make them irrelevant and place on the scrap heap with out entering the arean of ideas and dissuss/debate?

    Surly what follows is not what you have in mind? Or maybe it is? Pray tell!

    August 7, 2009

    Dear Mr. Hennessy:

    I am Kenneth Gladney’s attorney. Kenneth was attacked on the evening of August 6, 2009 at Rep. Russ Carnahan’s town hall meeting in South St. Louis County. I was at the town hall meeting as well and witnessed the events leading up to the attack of Kenneth. Kenneth was approached by a member of The Service Employees International Union SEIU, the largest and fastest growing union in North America, as Kenneth was handing out “Don’t Tread on Me” flags to other conservatives. The SEIU representative demanded to know why a black man was handing out these flags. The SEIU member used a racial slur against Kenneth, then punched him in the face. Kenneth fell to the ground. Another SEIU member yelled racial epithets at Kenneth as he kicked him in the head and back. Kenneth was also brutally attacked by one other male SEIU member and an unidentified woman. The three men were clearly SEIU members, as they were wearing T-shirts with the SEIU logo.

    Kenneth was beaten badly. One assailant fled on foot; three others were arrested. Kenneth was admitted to St. John’s Mercy Medical Center emergency room, where he was treated for his numerous injuries. Kenneth was merely expressing his freedom of speech by handing out the flags. In fact, he merely asked people as they exited the town hall meeting whether they would like a flag. He in no way provoked any argument or altercation, as evidenced by the fact that three assailants were arrested.

    We hope that Kenneth fully recovers from his injuries; however, he is in great pain at this time. We will be pursuing legal action at our discretion. This was a truly senseless hate crime carried out by racist union thugs. Regretfully, Representative Carnahan’s statements blaming Kenneth for being a disruptive force are wholly untrue and slanderous. We would like to think that an elected official in Representative Carnahan’s position would gather accurate information before carelessly rushing to judgment.

    Kenneth supports conservative ideals, although he subscribes to no particular political party. We are calling on the SEIU, Representative Carnahan, and President Obama to condemn the racist actions of these union thugs. In the days to come, we will be investigating whether these thugs are working at the behest of Representative Carnahan and how strong their alliances to various organizations–such as ACORN–may be.

    We hope the St. Louis Tea Party and tea party organizations around the country will protest Representative Carnahan’s offices and also protest SEIU offices in every major city across the U.S. These Democratic strong-arm tactics must end now.


    Attorney David B. Brown

    Oh, and by the way, Rush Limbaugh as a “hate mongers and benders of the truth” also reported this information on his program. Is this what you mean by hate monger?

    Attorney David B. Brown side notes: We believe that this attack was planned and intended to create a riot to discredit the American conservitve political resistance. Luckily, the patriots who attend tea parties and town halls did not take the bait. Mr. Gladney did not fight back. Mr. Gladney, like Crispus Attucks, suffered for the promise of freedom — the freedom his race was so long denied. We salute Kenneth Gladney. We are proud that he is on our side.

    May he recover quickly and fully from his injuries inflicted by leftist thugs in an attempt to subvert his First Amendment rights.

  • Bliffle

    …and yet you omit mention of Pilsner Urquell, an excellent beer, much imitated (but not equalled), and available widely, but choose to name Stella Artois, a commercial beer from a country (Belgium?) never known for good beer.

    What’s the matter, the tasty hops in Pilsner Urquell too much for you?

  • That may be your standard, Mr. Brewmeisteir. I was raised on Pilsner.

  • Bliffle

    Not a brewer in the bunch, they nevertheless offer their opinions based, one must assume, on proximity to their Gold Standard: Budweiser.

  • And the networks love them, Charles, because these so-called pundits appeal to a segment of the population that drives ratings. The fact that these “news outlets” promote the agendas of the fringes is appalling. They spit in the memories of every Revolutionary War soldier who died fighting for what we have now. With freedom comes responsibility. Along the way these news organizations flipped the paradigm around. It’s going to take an informed public determined to change the mentality to drive the point home. Instead of almost violent protests at Town Hall meetings, we should be protesting the headquarters of news outlets and local stations instead. In order to achieve real political reform, a retooling of the media is in order.

  • The real shame in America today is that morons like Glenn Beck and Oxycontin addicted buffoon like Rush Limbaugh get any attention, let alone a serious one. People who listen to these hate mongers and benders of the truth in the name of political dogma belong in the scrap heap of history. They have no relevance in the serious discourse needed to get us over these troubled times. This, after all, is the United States of America. These folks and their ilk would rather turn it to the DisUnited States of….. Fill the blank. It’s a sorry state of affairs and profoundly pathetic. Such crass ignorance, as portrayed by Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh threatens to taint all Americans.

  • Samuel Smith is good. And so Samuel Adams and Newcastle. From lagers, try Stella Artois. And there’s always The Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu GmbH.

    I agree with you about Sierra Nevada; it’s like drinking mud. In San Francisco we have Anchor Steam, pretty much in the same category.

  • zingzing

    “Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.”

    ack. gross. that shit tastes like potent armpit.

    brooklyn lager for me, and plenty of it.

  • WTF?

    “John McCain…was defeated by Barack Obama’s abject corruption and unwillingness to tell the truth about anything.”


  • Bliffle

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

  • So, Handy, this place is dead. Wanna go get a beer?

    What kind of beer, guys? Do you like the Sgt. Crowley fruity beer? Or the Gates Jamaican swill beer? Or how about a Bud Light? For me, I’d kill for a Schlitz.

  • Rush Limbaugh’s tirade on today’s show comparing Barack Obama and his staff as Nazi is way over the top. But he gets the listeners because he’s spewing what the traditional white man is feeling these days. They don’t like their transition to the minority majority so they’ll use racist buzz words and scare tactics to stem the tide. Get over it Rush. Take an Oxycontin, you’ll feel better.

  • Baronius

    So, Handy, this place is dead. Wanna go get a beer?

  • zingzing

    if obama stole this election, that wasn’t some sneak and grab operation, it was roll up on the curb with a baseball bat and jump a motherfucker type stuff. good ol’ ass-whuppin. wait, wait!

    it’s like this:

    Taggart: I got it! I got it!
    Hedley Lamarr: You do?
    Taggart: We’ll work up a Number 6 on ’em.
    Hedley Lamarr: [frowns] “Number 6”? I’m afraid I’m not familiar with that one.
    Taggart: Well, that’s where we go a-ridin’ into town, a-whompin’ and a-whumpin’ every livin’ thing that moves within an inch of its life. Except the women folks, of course.
    Hedley Lamarr: You spare the women?
    Taggart: Naw, we rape the shit out of them at the Number Six Dance later on.
    Hedley Lamarr: Marvelous!

  • She blames some things on some Republicans [the ones she dislikes personally]. But she blames the election loss on a ‘corrupt’ Obama ‘stealing’ it. Bleah.

  • Baronius

    Thanks a lot, Handy. Leave me to defend this raving article? Not happening.

    I said that Republicans are less inclined to whining and latching onto conspiracy theories. Needless to say I’ve been disheartened by the birthers. But I still think overall we handle loss more honestly. We definitely are more likely to put the blame within our own party, which SJ does in this article.

  • zingzing

    and it was true. he died late last year, i believe. maybe earlier this year.

    i’ll try to let you know when the site comes back up. they have hundreds of shows and all sorts of stuff.

  • Clavos

    zing #8:

    Yeah, I remember reminiscing about Lassiter with MJW back then, and checking out his site.

    And you’re right, Lassiter WAS funny. He was, at the time, my favorite on-air personality.

    I think MJW told us back then that he was dying (Lassiter, not MJW), or had just died.

  • zingzing

    whenever i think of beck, i think of him like one of those anime characters who gives out the kubrick stare, then his face cracks open and a unbelievably large, bizarro-world, purple-veined, tentacled version explodes out of his skin, laughing. then his penis twitches.

  • Glenn Beck is not a mental patient, but he plays one on TV [and radio] — and gets paid handsomely for it. Life just ain’t fair.

  • zingzing

    clavos: “And it’s not original: back in the eighties, in Tampa, there was a radio talk show host named Bob Lassiter who used it.”

    i am very familiar with lassiter. when he did things like that, it actually was funny. you also had the feeling that he was completely in control of himself (at least most of the time). with beck, you start to wonder if he isn’t, perhaps, a recovering drug addict who rolled away all his serotonin and can’t quite control his emotions anymore. i can almost guarantee you that beck’s career will end, or skyrocket into godhood, when he has an on-air meltdown so violent that it can’t be played off as “entertainment.”

    back to lassiter, remember michael j. west, the commenter who left these boards maybe a year or so ago? he actually runs a lassiter website called boblassiterairchecks.com, but it seems to be in a rebuild right now.

  • I was very entertained by this piece, which with breathtaking viciousness [and equally astonishing malapropisms] accuses other people of being vicious.

    As Bicho and zing point out, the line about the Dems killing old people gives the lie to the whole piece.

    I would add to that the nonsense about the election being stolen. Was it Baronius who said Republicans never make this assertion, and always simply fess up to losing an election — that whining is a Democrat thing?

    Anyhow, thanks for this hoot of an article.

  • Clavos

    maybe he’ll let you fall down then cry about it until screaming “GET OFF OF MY SHOW

    Actually it’s “Get off my phone!”

    And it’s not original: back in the eighties, in Tampa, there was a radio talk show host named Bob Lassiter who used it.

  • zingzing

    “The same people his Democrats are planning to kill with health care reform are the ones who could have prevented this fine mess in which we now find ourselves. Don’t you love the irony?”

    yes, we will kill you! ahahahahaha. but wait… we have to live under the same system. we will kill ourselves to kill you! we will use our deaths to cause yours!

    that’s fuckin dumb.

    the real irony is that it was the people you are talking about that put us in this mess, and they had no clue how to get out of it.

  • zingzing

    eb: “Gadzooks, it’s bad enough having to look at the messed-up spacing between sentences and words, the poor punctuation, and the garbled sentences…”

    well, that’s some lazy editing… who dropped this turd?

    archie: “I’d take Glenn Beck over Obama or Pelosi any day of the week SJ.”

    maybe he’ll let you fall down then cry about it until screaming “GET OFF OF MY SHOW!” guy’s a lunatic. he’s about as emotionally stable as a 15-year-old girl on meth.

  • What’s an independent with libertarian leanings to do?

    Obviously neither party appeals to me, and the crowd behind me appears to be growing.

    It’s laughable to think of “country club” Republicans. The Republicans around here can’t afford the membership fees.

    Rush is sometimes entertaining and many times disturbing. I am in bed asleep long before Greta comes on TV and I’m still weighing whether or not I missed anything.

  • Arch Conservative

    I’d take Glenn Beck over Obama or Pelosi any day of the week SJ.

    With King Barry and his mainstream media aka the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda openly ridiculing American citizens for questioning his government takeover of healthcare there is bound to be a major backlash. He’s just incapable of getting beyond his own arrogance. he still thinks of himself as “the one.” You would have thought the cap and tax failure would have given him pause for reflection but instead it was just jump right into the next item on his socialist agenda.

  • Gadzooks, it’s bad enough having to look at the messed-up spacing between sentences and words, the poor punctuation, and the garbled sentences (talking radio head?), but after the idiotic line “his Democrats are planning to kill with Health Care Reform,” I couldn’t take any more of your foolishness. I think you are looking for RoughDraftCritics.