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Limbaugh Weighs In

By Howard Kurtz
Rush Limbaugh denounced John McCain today over a letter written on his behalf by Bob Dole, accusing McCain's presidential campaign of "a dirty little trick."

"Senator McCain, I think what you are doing here is disgraceful," Limbaugh said shortly after noon on his nationally syndicated radio show.

In a letter to the talk show host yesterday, released by the McCain camp, Dole wrote that "I know that you have serious reservations about Senator McCain. McCain is a friend and I proudly wore his P.O.W. bracelet bearing his name while he was still a guest at the 'Hanoi Hilton.'" The former Senate majority leader and 1996 GOP presidential nominee wrote that McCain was a mainstream conservative on numerous issues and that "whoever wins the Republican nomination will need your enthusiastic support. Two terms for the Clintons are enough."

The Dole note intensified the sparring between the Arizona senator and his chief rival. Mitt Romney said this morning on "Fox and Friends": "It's probably the last person I'd would have wanted write a letter for me...I think there's a lot of folks who tend to think that maybe John McCain's race is a bit like Bob Dole's race."

McCain responded on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" by accusing the former Massachusetts governor of the "disgraceful" slandering a World War II hero and demanding that he apologize to Dole.

On the radio show, Limbaugh accused McCain of "manipulating" Dole...Senator McCain is resorting to the same kind of politics as Hillary Clinton." Criticizing a Politico.com headline that "Dole Scolds Limbaugh," the conservative commentator noted the friendly tone of the letter and said:

"This shows how willing the media are to be manipulated by Senator McCain."

Limbaugh accused the McCain campaign of leaking a private letter. But Dole made clear, in an appearance on "Hannity & Colmes" last night, that he expected the note to Limbaugh to be made public.

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Posted by: wqcpklheo bhvfja | April 16, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

As an independent voter, if Limbaugh is ranting against McCain then there must be some good in McCain. Limbaugh should take a pill. Oops, already does.

Posted by: murfgw | February 7, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I have listened to Rush since the beginning and have thoroughly enjoyed his conservative opinions although he frequently crosses the line. As a conservative Republican that has always supported the Republican Presidential Nominee regardless of differences of opinions on some issues.

I no longer have any respect for Rush Limbaugh at all. After all these years, I now find him an egomaniac with a voice that is no longer deserved of being the media voice of conservatism. Only an idiot conservative would promote voting for either Hillary or Obama if McCain were to become the Republican Nominee. Rush has accused McCain of fractionalizing the Republican Party. Nothing that McCain has ever done could possibly fractionalize the party like Rush has done by promising to support the Democratic Nominee or simply staying home and not voting if McCain were to be the Republican Choice.

Rush.....I say to you that American military heroes are dying to protect your rights and freedoms of choice and opinion. Your position in this matter demonstrates your self-serving thought process with zero respect or credibilty.

Well tonight....Moderate America has spoken and kicked Rush's and the Ann Coulter's ass....big time. They have been humilated. And IMO, their dogmatic and arrogant stance actually helped convert votes for McCain. So I say to Rush and Ann....Keep up the good work you freaking idiots.

As a Republican, I find you and Ann most disgusting and dispicable.

Posted by: tony | February 6, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Rush knows the Republican Part has gone astray and has drifted from its conservative moorings. I wonder if he is hoping for a brokered convention with none of the currently active candidates getting enough votes. We then have to draft someone.
I would suggest Ron Paul who remembers what Reagan believed in AND was endorsed by Reagan in 1978!
He also knows that the Islamic Jihad must be beaten but NOT by invasion of countries where a lot of innocent children are killed in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Ron Paul also knows to cut spending first and taxes later so that the budget really balances and we can save Social Security. He knows what Ben Franklin said paraphrasing: "Those who give up freedom to achieve security, will achieve NEITHER."
I do not see why it is so hard to see that ALL of the top 3 active candidates are warmed over neocons, not worthy of the proud name of conservative.

Posted by: RamseySt | February 5, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh is like limberger, very old and smelly. He is way past his time and not seriously a source of any legitimate opinion.
After Newt left, Rush's big bubble just burst. DrJP

Posted by: jpsdo | February 5, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I am an independent who leans towards a fiscally conservative candidate, who being in touch with reality, supports a strong military. I did not and do not favor the USA's involvement in Iraq. However, I do not believe GWBush's Presidency was a complete fiasco. Often people tend to hate everything about someone or love everything about a person and that's just not how things normally work. Have we had another 9/11 in the last 6 1/2 years? No. Was 9/11 a real disaster that many people in this Nation have forgotten? Yes. They need to watch the video of those innocent people jumping from the two towers to their deaths now and then. As an American, you should never forget that this happened and those innocent people should never be forgotten. Was the job by the US military in Afghanistan a success. Yes. Then came Iraq. Iraq was a tremendous mistake, and it was based on probable erroneous information. It was the turning point of "You had me and then you lost me." It is not the responsibility of the USA to democratize any other Nation and certainly the US military should not be placed in harms way to protect democracy for Iraq's people. Our military should have been pulled out long ago. Our military should be guarding our own borders (Ron Paul would have my vote if I thought he had a chance)-- period. Limbaugh is an insignificant blowhard, along with Ann Coulter being just a fanatical lunatic. These 2 people are zealots and not true Conservatives. GW brought more religious zealotry to the Republican Party, and he is not fiscally conservative. Reps and Dems have their zealots, the former being the religious type and the latter being the socialist type. Neither really speaks for the majority of US citizens, so it is time for a moderate, like McCain or Romney (Mitt is not a zealot) to pull the US away from either side of zealots. Both Clinton and even much moreso, B Hussein Obama, are socialists. I'm not voting for someone to take my hard-earned money to people who don't want to work, telling them the government is giving them the money. So, who is the government. We are, people. McCain or Romney are the only moderates and the only ones who can bring balance back to this Nation. I don't think McCain will be someone who wants our military to remain in Iraq indefinitely. However, I think Mitt Romney is the best choice. Thank you.

Posted by: goldmdm | February 5, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I am an independent who leans towards a fiscally conservative candidate who, being in touch with reality, supports a strong military. I did not and do not favor the USA's involvement in Iraq. I do not believe GWBush's Presidency was a complete fiasco. Have we had another 9/11 in the last 6 1/2 years? No. Was the job by the US military in Afghanistan a success. Yes. Iraq was a tremendous mistake, and it was based on probable erroneous information. It is not the responsibility of the USA to democratize any other Nation and certainly the US military should not be placed in harms way to protect democracy for Iraq's people. Our military should be guarding our own borders (Ron Paul would have my vote if I thought he had a chance)-- period. Limbaugh is an insignificant blowhard, along with Ann Coulter being just a fanatical lunatic. These 2 people are zealots and not true Conservatives. GW turned brought more religious zealotry to the Republican Party. Reps and Dems have their zealots, the former being the religious type and the latter being the socialist type. Neither really speaks for the majority of US citizens, so it is time for a moderate, like McCain or Romney (Mitt is not a zealot) to pull the US away from either side of zealots. Both Clinton and even much moreso, B Hussein Obama, are socialists. I'm not voting for someone to take my hard-earned money to people who don't want to work, telling them the government is giving them the money. So, who is the government. We are, people. McCain or Romney are the only moderates and the only ones who can bring balance back to this Nation. Thank you.

Posted by: goldmdm | February 5, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh, the master manipulator of media, complaining about media manipulation? This is like a thief complaining about someone stealing his loot.

Posted by: DrSerendipitous | February 5, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Well well,
So short sighted we Republicans are... get serious... do any of you really believe that Romney is more electable than McCain? I'm sure the "far right" thinks that this is the case, but wake up and smell the roses, the pendulum has begun to swing back heavily to the left. It will take some time before anyone as conservative as Romney could be elected. We've just had 8 years of that and look what it has done to our party. We would have been better off with Al Gore. At least the Republican party would have a chance to gain some seats and maybe the Presidency.

Posted by: zentzfamily | February 5, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

In this forum as well as many others on the net, thousands of odinary working class Americans have spoken their true feelings about the rights and the wrongs of those we have been forced to follow. The vast majority of those people are well aware of the crimminal acts of our political leadership. This begs the question, why do we still give them credence or crediblity to their minions. We all are aware of the fact that talk radio is the paid propaganda machine of the religous right and those they are quick to get into bed with regardless of the moral repercussions of those matings. America will regain her status as the best of the best only after we clean house and punish those who have transgressed our confidence. The problem is that we do not have the guts to start and so the moral decay of the religous continues expoused to high heaven by the likes of Limbaugh and associates. That anyone still believes is proof positive that you really can fool some of the people All of the time.

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | February 5, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh opposes McCain because McCain crosses the aisle to cooperate and collaborate with the Dems. In other words, he compromises and finds common ground to get things done. Limbaugh is only interested in obstructing government, not providing it: it is part of the creed of his brand of conservatism. Do Republicans really believe that any good comes from discrediting the notion of serving the public through good government? We'll see. Those of us who are grateful for things like the US highway system, the GI Bill, and federal law enforcement hope that whoever wins the Republican primary will actually be prepared to govern, and uphold the constitution if elected, unlike the current occupant. The irony of this situation is that Romney so clearly puts personal ambition ahead of principle. I suppose that's what Limbaugh really wants, someone who will say and do anything to get elected. An empty suit is more likely to knuckle under to the special interests that Limbaugh fronts for.

Posted by: m.marsden | February 5, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh (and the syndication network that distributes his show) doesn't yet get that he's no longer relevant. What he says is no longer important. Whatever he does is no longer meaningful. He used to be fun to hear. Now, he's just irritating and inappropriate. How this man who has done nothing but rant in his life, can be allowed to diss John McCain, a person of great integrity who has made serious sacrifices for this country, is reflective of the pathologies that have come to infect us as a nation. Limbaugh has become the virus and the transmitter.

Posted by: chirp | February 5, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Loudmouth extremists need an enemy to bolster their book sales. I wouldn't be surprised if Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter were praying for a Hillary presidency.

John McCain is one of the few true "Reagan Republicans" left in the party. If these negative attacks from the conservative media celebrities persist, look for the Republican party to break into two - or three.

Posted by: EmilSarcasian | February 5, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm terrified of the thought of a McCain nomination.

Go Mitt!

Posted by: gilbzzzz | February 5, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I sure love watching the hateful, fearful, intolerant and prejudiced Republican Party publicly destroy itself. Go Rush, you idiot blow-hard butt-wipe, go!

Posted by: waldengreenwood | February 5, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

For all the folks saying the Republicans are toast, that's the real issue here. They are toast if they maintain the status quo.

The Republican party in Washington which McCain has been a leader of hasn't accomplished anything for the American for year and the people and we are fed up with them.

Romney is not part of that group and pledges to go to Washington and take the place apart but he is being fought tooth-and-nail by the party's establishment.

Rush is favoring the outsider candidate who might actually save the party and the country from oblivion. The fight is intense.

Posted by: Ci2Eye | February 5, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Fellow Citizens and Patriots, Often times our candidate of choice may not "win", but we are the government, we are the people, we can change things. Please, let us work together, because no one person is going to change the course of our great nation. Together, let us put our shoulder to the wheel as our parents and grandparents did in past generations. WE CAN DO IT! NO WHINNING, because all of us, united, will never fail; however, we must not quit, and we must not argue. We are a great people, a great nation, and we will accomplish incredible things together!

Posted by: whereismikie | February 5, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

cab91 you are an idiot moron and this goes for anyone else that thinks like you do. If you knew anything at all you would have the smarts to listen to Limbaugh and you would realize that he is right you idiot.

Posted by: wkbillj | February 5, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

One of these days someone will finally shove their foot down this fat loudmouth's throat. I used to admire Limbaugh when he wasn't such an jerk. To listen to anything he has to say brings you right down to his level. The very bottom of the bottom feeders.

Posted by: scotty5720 | February 5, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Dear Rush,
Thanks for once again, pointing out the obvious. The Democratic momentum must be making your head spin like the pills you have been abusing. I think you should run for President, and start the new "Conserv-a-Narc" party. Wake up HeadRush. You are ruining the Republican party the same way Huckabee is. Step away from the microphone, and go back to rehab.

Posted by: headrushlimbaugh | February 5, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I would like to ask Sen. McCain what laws I get to break and how many without any sort of consiquence. That is in essence what he is doing by wanting to give a pass to the illegals that are here and to those who hire them. Anyone who is willing to let them stay and give them green cards, or let folks hire them without any sanction is dangerous and a fool without any honor or sense of right and wrong....and a violator of their oath of office to uphold the laws of the land. I await the list and quantities of laws I get to break, after all...I am a native born citizen and should get first dibs on the "get out of jail free" cards, don't you think?

Posted by: bsnowden | February 5, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I would like to ask Sen. McCain what laws I get to break and how many without any sort of consiquence. That is in essence what he is doing by wanting to give a pass to the illegals that are here and to those who hire them. Anyone who is willing to let them stay and give them green cards, or let folks hire them without any sanction is dangerous and a fool without any honor or sense of right and wrong....and a violator of their oath of office to uphold the laws of the land. I await the list and quantities of laws I get to break, after all...I am a native born citizen and should get first dibs on the "get out of jail free" cards, don't you think?

Posted by: bsnowden | February 5, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Common Sense


The President wants a budget of Trillions of dollars, with 500 billion going to the war machine. Our congress men are worried about multi millionaire athletes using steroids. Let's WAKE UP and worry about the infrastructure of our county , health care, cost of fuel (Exxon making billions in profit) average citizen can not afford his gas bills. We elected these men in women to support our needs, not the needs of special interest. OK Congress wake up address Health care, fuel cost, employment in these country not foreign countries.

If they don't let's throw the bums out.

VOTE VOTE VOTE

Rush is an idiot

Posted by: hildsfef | February 5, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh's take-no-prisoners philosophy of politics has torn America apart. Adolph Hitler used to preach to the Germans his message against the Jews until the Germans started believing his message was right. And so it is with Rush and his listeners - who march unquestioningly in lock step. I do, however, disagree with calling Rush all of those names that I've read here up to this point ("idiot", "pill popping lunatic", "obnoxious and unhinged", "overweight", "drug-addicted hypocrite", "pill popping Rush", "snot eating neanderthal", "dope dealing mistress wielding intellectual fake", "thrice married drug addict", "moron", "pathetic and desparate attention seeker", "blowhard", "divisive extremist", "clown of the airwaves", "pseudo intellectual", "angry white man with tiny genitals", "Oxycontin Boy", "pig-eyed shmoo", "Oxycontin abuser", "Bi-polar misfit", "addict", "pompous windbag", "psychotic neurotic and sociopath", ""former" drug addict", "paid lacky", "drug addicted idiot").

Posted by: karl | February 5, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Rush has no credibilty.
Anyone with even a rudimentary grasp on reality knows he is nuts.

Posted by: pilgrimsportfishing | February 5, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what this drug addicted idiot has to say. He should be in jail for drug offences. I can't believe this guy is still on the radio. What is our country coming to?

Posted by: kim | February 5, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

It is time for all talk show hosts to run for president. Talkers they!

Posted by: chrisdesouza | February 5, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

If the Republican Party represents the character of Limbaugh and Coulter then Abraham Lincoln is surely turning in his grave. When coach Vince Lombardi said, "Winning isn't the best thing....It's the ONLY thing" he provided the mantra for the GOP. Mr.Bush and company can't blame the Dems for the disastrous consequences of the past seven years. With both houses of Congress and a fistful of Supreme Court judges in his pocket he's put our nation in the same predicament as Franklin Roosevelt was when he had to clean up the mess left by Herbert Hoover. Any thinking Republican should know that it's less painful to admit having been wrong than to subject himself to more of the heartache imposed by the remnants of what was once a great party.

Posted by: hlandis2 | February 5, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm an independent -- here's my take:
Bill Clinton wants Hillary to become president so he can complete his Caligulan mentoring and instruction of congressional pages and aides which he only started and didn't finish during his presidential terms.

Obama wants to become the first black president. He must promote black brotherhood and opportunity. His cabinet will be loaded for color first, capability second.

McCain wants to let in every illegal alien in the world into the US, create a welfare nation, provide them with more benefits than its own citizens receive, burden our states' infrastructure, and create people-for-hire labor pools and indebted slaves to those people who pay their penalty money (which is proposed for current illegal aliens).

Huckabee is 2 faced and talks out of both sides of his mouth. (i.e. -- equivalent to 4 "what you want to hear" sermons at the same time. Good for a preacher - bad for a president.)

Romney is the least of all the evils out there.

Posted by: btiffan | February 5, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Who ever gets the republican nomination is nothing more than their token sacrificial lamb anyway. After 8 years of Bush et all
even an idiot would a change. All the Republicans offer the same.
We don't need ex Ronald Regan "foot soldiers"

Posted by: Billy7 | February 5, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

First of all, Rush is absolutely correct, not that I enjoy or condone the manner in which he brings his opinions to light.

Second, to those of you who have been saying that the Republicans have gotten us into this mess, or that "Republicans need to reap what they sow," the "mess" that we've gotten into is a result of Democrats in office. The results happen during the Republican's term in office because it takes that long for the "seeds to be sown." When a democrat comes into office after a republican we enjoy the fruits of the Republican's previous labor. And yes, the Republicans will reap what they sow. Everyone (democrat alike) does.

Proud to be American, proud to be a republican, proud to be conservative. Good luck Romney. Keep up your right to speak Rush (and everyone else).

Posted by: garfieldfan1978 | February 5, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Since when does anyone with a functioning mind and intellect pay any attention to the rantings of a psychotic, neurotic and sociopath like Rush Limbaugh? He is a "former" drug addict and after bashing the ACLU for years and years, utilized their help to get his fat butt out of the Oxycontin scandal by fighting to keep his medical records private.
The man is a user and probably a paid lacky by the likes of the conservative, religious, fascist machine.
While he was home stuffing McDonalds fries in his fat face, John McCain and Bob Dole were actively defending this country on foreign soil.
As a registered Democrat, I find the friends loyal to the Republican Parety to be a disgrace and abhorrant to anything civilized or decent.

Posted by: poropatichb | February 5, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh is a pompous windbag, but a successful one. To those who say "Only in America. Rush should not be allowed to spout his bile anywhere inpublic much less over the airwaves..." you are contradicting yourself. THIS IS AMERICA! Anyone can say whatever they want, and even in this hypersensitive Liberal atmosphere of discourse no one has the right to silence anyone else. If you don't like what he syays, don't listen. Apparently plenty of people do like it, or Rush wouldn't be so successful at what he does.
Having said that, Romney and Rush are out of line. Bob Dole's service to our country as a soldier and as a legislator demands the highest respect. I can't believe Dole is being "manipulated". Dole is the last person you would want supporting you? Uncalled for and wrong, Mitt. Apologize and give Dole the respect he deserves. Take the high road for once in a political contest.

Posted by: firelawyer | February 5, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

BOYCOTT LIMBAUGH!

Posted by: selanair | February 5, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm a conservative and used to agree with both Rush and Sean Hannity. But both of them are against Huckabee and Paul who are out to abolish the IRS which is the most representative of Big Brother I've ever seen. They know more about us than any other organization, have control over our hard earned money, and thru Congress have the right to take it and even though Rush and Sean rail against taxes they won't support the candidates who want to abolish the IRS. A national sales tax would cause everyone rich and poor to pay taxes. And at the end of the year, people who are deemed below the poverty level could submit their pay stubs and receive all but 1% of their national sales tax as a refund. Illegals would be excluded because they wouldn't have pay stubs and therefore no refund. If the tax was high enough, it would not be profitable for them to be in this country and they would return to their home country. Why these two conservatives can't see that is beyond me. Ron Paul says the income tax is unconstitutional and Huckabee would disband this overemployed (@$50,000/year plus average salary)organization completely.

Posted by: thummer132 | February 5, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Very interesting that on both sides of the political fence there are viable candidates causing great consternation for the old guard. Rush Limbaugh, NOW and Jesse Jackson all belong in the same lump of "us vs. them"-style politics. Their existence depends on fanning the flames of division and mistrust. McCain and Obama both refuse to play that game and obviously so do many millions of us. And that bodes well, regardless of which party wins in November.

Posted by: bgraham1 | February 5, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Attack dogs sometimes turn on their handlers. Let the Republicans reap what they've been sowing for the past 20 years. Maybe we will actually get rid of Clear Channel and the others who have been stinking up the airways. Some of Air America's loudmouths are no better.

Posted by: joy2 | February 5, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Just a postscript. I do believe he is a true hero, though. I am certainly of that fact. He deserves to be running for President...and actually I do hope he wins.

Posted by: loverrorob | February 5, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

RUSH:
Still on the pills I see, well we don't care about you, that skinny freak and the rest of the losers posing as conservatives!

McCain will overcome your prejudices!

What rock were you under during the wars?

Posted by: Rah1 | February 5, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I am so sorry to say this...but is anyone getting tired of McCain talking continuously about serving in the military? It is part of every other statement he utters and he uses it to the point that it has no meaning any longer for me. It is almost sad. Give us time to forget before you remind us again and again and again. While I am grateful for his service...I am beginning to think that is all he has in the gun.

Posted by: loverrorob | February 5, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Rush, be my conservative vote buudy!

I'm a very busy "liberal" man and could save some time by pairing up with a conservative for the coming election.

The arrangement is this. Neither of us will need to waste time voting because our choices would simply cancel each other out if we did.

Its a perfect way to save us both some time and I promise you I won't sneak off to the polls and vote.

Posted by: ClearNote | February 5, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Rush, take a pill.
Don't go away mad, just go away...

Posted by: withatwist2 | February 5, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey ClearNote -

Did you really mean to say..

"I spend time with some of the smartest and well educated people in the world."
"None of them -- would even consider voting for a republican"

Isn't that like saying "I spend time with intelligent but close minded people?" Do you ever listen to yourself when you talk?

Rush is right on this. Dole wrote a seemingly private letter and than admitted he knew it would go public. He did it to get you and all your "Smart" friends to defend McCain. That's manipulation pure and simple. Did Dole really think he was going to change Rush's mind when he wrote the letter? Of course not! Open your mind..

Posted by: tom | February 5, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what Rush thinks or says but that still doesn't relinquish the fact that McCain will simply run a Bush administration in a McCain suit.
If you want the USA to get better...DON'T vote Republician as they have already jacked us all up!
McCain Sucks!

Posted by: luvwknd | February 5, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I am always amused at the left's willingness to be the best hipocrit they can be. Chime off against the "pill popping lunatic" while they whole heartedly support the man who "did not sleep with that woman" and "did not inhale".

Regardless McCain getting support from Dole just underscores the reasons why any conservative would not vote for him and it is the same reason not to vote for Hillary. Anyone who feels an entitlement to the nomination, as both of them do, are not only self absorbed but bad for the country. Whichever side you want to cast your vote for, vote for someone new because this country needs a fresh perspective.

Posted by: jrohnkohl | February 5, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

rush limbaugh is an addict. He travels to Hispaniola for sexual encounters too risky in North America and is the only person to ever claim exemption from military service because of "painful anal cysts". Why should anyone listen to this blowhard, whose blather comes forth with velocities similar to breaching blue whales?

Posted by: tontosage | February 5, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't mean to seem cruel, but I've wondered for some time what the appeal of Rush might be.

I suspect for him it is two things. One the money and two the hatred he receives from so many listeners.

As an academic I spend time with some of the smartest and well educated people in the world. All of them are frequently demonized by conservatives and other right wing hicks, as leftist, green, egg-heads, etc. None of these friends who live in the US would even consider voting for a republican and like myself have serious doubts about most politicians because they can't seem to express their positions on policy with any real strength or conviction. (with the exception of Kucinich)

Those odd and few friends who listen to Rush Limbaugh do so to get their occasional fix of angst. They listen so they can hate someone. With Rush this is easy because that's exactly what he's after. It is a kind emotional porn that he's into and that he peddling. He talks on and on (and on and on and on and on and on and on and on) about the worst atrocities that are the current conservative agenda as though they had merit just to get a rise out of people.

He wants you to hate him because this is what he gets off on. You want someone to hate and are willing to pay for this by wasting precious minutes of your short life by tuning in to listen. (assuming you do - I heard him once or twice on the radio in the waiting area while getting my car serviced - no surprise there)

In this way all who listen to him enjoy some sociological hedonistic satisfaction. The kind Doled (couldn't resist) out through demonizing other races, religions and cultures.

Let us smash those evil empires once and for all - until next week!

Posted by: ClearNote | February 5, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

and who is rush limbaugh?.................

Posted by: eaglestrk01 | February 5, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what this Bi-polar misfit thinks.Just think anybody whose acceptable to him is probably a misfit in society just as he is. I've often wondered how he got his job what is the mentality of the people who listen to him, I know he calls them ditto heads but can it be that many mentally sick people who are not under treatment in the world. If you wanted to start an argument against free speech a tape of Rush Limbaugh and the Michael Savage show would be a good start.

Posted by: mgibbosh | February 5, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't mean to be callous here but who cares about McCain and Romney? I am an independent and there was a time I might have seriously considered voting for McCain, but no republican has a chance of winning the presidency this year anyway, so it makes no difference who wins the primary. The only chance the republican party has to regain some of it's previous strength, is to pull completely away form their fundimentalist christian base.

I am an American who believes in the constitution and the dream that the founders had for this country. That dream did not include clearly supporting one religion (christianity) over all others. That dream did not include ignoring the bill of rights or attacking countries because we didn't like their leader. I like small government, personal freedoms, right to privacy, low taxes, fiscal responsibility, honesty and integrity. Which of these qualities can the republican party claim to represent?

I am a christian but I strongly support complete separation of chruch and state. But as a christian I cannot see how the present republican party can claim to be following the teachings of Christ. Killing, torture, stealing, lying, etc. etc., these are pretty clearly forbidden in the Ten Commandments, but just as clearly accepted, if not embraced by the present Republican party.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think any politicians are saints, but how can the republican candidates continue to support the war in Iraq, illegal domestic eavsdropping, spending trillions of dollars we don't have, etc.?

Posted by: bjuhasz | February 5, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

to munkle: concerning John McCain record in Vietnam.. he wasn't on his first mission but 23rd On his twenty-third bombing mission over North Vietnam later in 1967, he was shot down and badly injured. He endured five and a half years as a prisoner of war, including periods of torture, before he was released following the Paris Peace Accords in 1973.

I won't vote for him because of his current stand on the Iraq War..(ie.e stay there come hell or high water). but we should keep his record straight.

I guess I have a question to all of you. if the the Iraq people have occupied that part of the world for the past 3000 years..why do they need us to tell them what to do?

Posted by: ron1242 | February 5, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

This is the Oxycontin abuser (street name: Hillbilly Heroin) preaching about someone else's conduct being "disgraceful"?

Posted by: baranova | February 5, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's father, a four star admiral, was Chief of Staff of the Navy. The Vietnamese, realizing this, offered to let him go, figuring that they could make good propaganda of it. John told them no, he wanted to be released when it was his turn to be released, just like everyone else. So he went back for several more years of torture.

Bob Dole lost an arm fighting in WWII.

What did Limbaugh do in the service again? I misremember.


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Posted by: Josh_Geller | February 5, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Rush is, unfortunately, stuck with the illusion that he is a relevant voice for the times. He spoke for the majority of Republicans ten to fifteen years ago, mainly because he was a reliable Clinton-basher and there were no alternative "conservative" media voices.
Times changed. The people who are listening to Rush now are the same ones who listened to him in the 90s, but no one else. They are aging, and dying off. Young people, regardless of their political affiliation, are not listening to talk radio. They flock instead to the Internet with all its multiple voices.
Talk radio is becoming irrelevant. Rush just hasn't gotten it yet.

Posted by: avagabond | February 5, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"Limbaugh weighs in"

Was that literally or figuratively??

Posted by: richardb1 | February 5, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Feingold trampled our 1st Amendment rights, McCain chose to ignore the voices of the American people as he pushed McCain/Kennedy which would have given amnesty and citizenship to illegal aliens -- confirming he believes in open borders which is a national security issue for those who buy his military expertise -- and let's not forget McCain/Lieberman -- which will have a devastating impact on our economy in the name of a hoax called global warming. And for a man with such a wealth of military experience, where was he during the Clinton years fighting the Clinton cuts to the military? McCain claims he reaches across the isle to work with Democrats? Seems to me he has set up camp with them -- he voted with them against the Bush tax cuts -- remember that? When has he worked with anyone from his own party recently? Please enlighten me. He will never get my vote. I'll waste my vote before I'll be duped into voting for another RINO.

Posted by: free_2opine | February 5, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh, Hannity & Such are Entertainers and perhaps have taken themselves too serious as to their unelected, unsolicited and uneducated input into day to day Human Affairs of the complexity of Americana that even few politicians fully understand. Shock Jock 101: don't let your alligator mouth overload your canary ass. Limbaugh appears to be having an "Imus Moment" in trying to define Bob Dole in what and who he represents.

Posted by: dmscontractor | February 5, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I am still astonished that Limbaugh is even relevant nowadays...it's a fairly common consensus that the man has a few screws loose, and his continuous attacks on all things that aren't him are still just as ludicrous as ever.

http://www.livingwithanerd.com

Posted by: pojut | February 5, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I am an active 82 year old and I have heard the same political promises, same enticements, same retoric for the past fifty years, only the nomenclature has changed. I've have lived in other countries, and have taught thousands .I mourn the loss of of the philosopy, "I don't agree with you, but I respect your right to think as you do."

Posted by: elhilton21 | February 5, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

In the immortal words of Don Imus,
"Rush Limbaugh is a pig-eyed shmoo!"
I think that says it all, 'nuff said

Posted by: wjr953 | February 5, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Saying that someone who disagrees with him is being used by the evil forces arrayed against him is typical of Limbaugh; he says it about black voters and the Democrats all the time in wondering why on earth more African-Americans don't vote Republican. If I'm Bob Dole (I'm not, for the record...) I'm not too happy at being told by Oxycontin Boy that I'm being used...Seems like Dole has been around the block enough times (jeez, he worked for Nixon...) to know what being used really is.

Posted by: TomHRyan | February 5, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain is the PERFECT candidate for the GOP... absolute continuation of EVERY SINGLE Bush/Neocon failed and idiotic policy ever dreamed of... what else would you expect from a Party hellbent on suiciding itself if it can't succeed in suiciding the US against the combined nuclear arsenals of China and Russia in retaliation for the Israel demanded nuking of Iran?

What Bush and Cheney couldn't finish, McCain certainly will, and is absolutely insane enough to do it... talk to ANYONE in the Senate who's been unfortunate to be on the receiving end of one of his Hitlerian tantrums. Even worse than Bush's.

What is hilarious is when angry white men with tiny genitals finally turn on each other when the rest of the world gets their number and figures them out. What is not hilarious is when big business in this country hands nuclear buttons to such men. News flash, corporate Amerika: what they nuke you can't sell useless crap to.

Even weaponry. Military-industrial-corporate-congressional complex: this means YOU.

Wake up. GOPNazism is no longer the answer. As if it ever was.

Posted by: xbjllb | February 5, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh, Hannity & Such are Entertainers and perhaps have taken themselves a little too serious as to their unelected, unsolicited and uneducated input into day to day Human Affairs of the complexity of Americana that even few politicians fully understand. Shock Jock 101: don't let your alligator ass overload your canary ass. Limbaugh appears to be having an "Imus Moment" in trying to define Bob Dole in what and who he represents.

Posted by: dmscontractor | February 5, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Rush is yesterday's news. Who CARES what he, or Sean "Insanity" Hannity, or Michael "Have I ever told the truth" Medved, or Mike Gallagher, or that bald headed guy from Pennsylvania, or Michael "Excuse me while I kill the world" Savage.

Point being, the REPUBLICANS HAD THEIR CHANCE. They had both house, senate and white house and they still could do no good. What they did, was run this country into the ground. Now Bush wants $3 trillion MORE. What's he going to do? Borrow more money from the Chinese?

I'm done with Republicans. I switched parties to Democrats. I would rather vote for a bad democrat than a "GOOD" Republican.

America is toast anyway, regardless.

Posted by: aln40 | February 5, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I feels like the GOP is fragmenting with the extreme partisans alienating the moderates and the socially intolerant separating from the socially inclusive.

I hope that this leads to a robust independent community that will determine the results of future elections.

Posted by: PaulSilver | February 5, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Bob Dole was a real hero. John McCain was not. How can he be.. he was a prisoner for the entire Vietnam war. I understand he was shot down on his first mission. He was not a good squad leader because he flew his plane too low.
He was just like George Bush. He was a bad student he finished next to last in his class. I don't think we want another Bush in the white house.

Posted by: rotondojrr | February 5, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

It seems that Limbaugh's anal cyst has migrated to his mouth.

Posted by: munkle | February 5, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh is as much a member of "the media" as Dan Rather. Republicans are picking their nominee today and they will vote for the person they like the best. Just because they aren't voting the way that Rush wants them too does make them less Republican. It's America Rush...one person one vote.

Posted by: MarcMyWords | February 5, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see that Rush is still on the air and analyzing important political matters. As I read the negative comments I see that his detractors seem to have a lot of passion, but lack refinement and are not skillful in communicating a rationale for their positions. Keep up the good work, Rush.

Posted by: garyw215 | February 5, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Well Rush Limbaugh has joined the ranks of
Tom Brokaw in thinking he can sway an election for the President of the USA.
I didn't know they were of the same ilk.
I can't believe that he is a supporter of
Hillary and Bill Clinton. What a hoot.

Posted by: richard.ward | February 5, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh is a divisive extremist who if he had been an employee of the Soviet KGB, could not have done a better job at splitting the USA. There are right wing nut jobs who idolize a man who got his deferments, just like Anti-Christ Cheney, but should be the last one to be pandered to by so called presidential candidates. What the world and decent Americans need most of is less Limbaugh and Caulter and more civility. If we really are the world's leading power, getting their opinions is laughable if not for its tragedy. For this clown of the airwaves and pseudo intellectual to claim "excellence in broadcasting" should be humiliating to any credentialed journalist.

Posted by: sd-mouth | February 5, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't it seem interesting that those who yell the loudest (R.L.) seem to get noticed by the media? Could it be the same thing the majority of people complain about - you know, that the media only looks for the worst to report while leaving the best unreported? I would wonder what category Rush's comments fall in - the worst (like in disaster) or the best (like so many good deeds being done everyday by unnamed citizens.) Hummm.... like the child who cried wolf, how many everyday, unnamed citizens really listen to people like Rush.

Posted by: fairbalanced | February 5, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Not being liked by Rush Limbaugh is definitely a point in McCain's favor. Why anyone pays attention to what that blowhard says is beyond me. The sooner the Republicans divorce themselves from the knuckle dragging portion of their base the better off they'll be.

Posted by: Chip_M | February 5, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what this moron thinks? He doesn't speak for Conservative America in my opinion. If you oppose McCain for his ideas and agenda, fine. But to carry on in this matter shows a level of immaturity that would put my child's daycare to shame. His attacks have no basis and they ought to be dismissed as just that: shrills from a pathetic and desparate attention seeker.

Posted by: AlexandriaMan | February 5, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I never voted for Dole, and I won't vote for McCain. I don't like their approach to a lot of issues, but I don't doubt their integrity, and I admire their service. But these barking dog conservatives like Limbaugh and his heroes like Bush and Wolfie and Cheney and Rumsfeld, how did these whackos ever take control of this country? How did America ever get to the point where the decent, principled conservatives just got kicked to the curb? I wish someone would explain it.

Posted by: cturner3rd | February 5, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain is disgraceful!!!

Posted by: milt560 | February 5, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Let's see...Rush is a thrice married drug addict who doctor shopped and failed to serve in the military because he had a condition that caused him to develop boils on his posterior.

Tell me again, why do the conservatives idolize him?

Beltway Greg

Posted by: runnerman | February 5, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The true kiss of death for any politician should be an endorsement from Limbaugh. This dope dealing mistress wielding intellectual fake should either be neutered or spayed depending on who you talk to. A permanent tonsillectomy wouldn't hurt either. END THE WAR IN IRAQ.

Posted by: jimarush | February 5, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Summary:
McCain's poll numbers are up, Limbaugh's ratings are down.

Posted by: TomJx | February 5, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Why does a major news outlet give any space at all, online or off, to Limbaugh? Let's just ignore him, that's the worst thing we could do to him. He's yesterday's paper.

Posted by: fluxgirl | February 5, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Only in America. People like Rush limburger and his ilk, have no business in a free country to be allowed to spill their biased, unfiltered, lies and misconceptions anywhere in the universe, never mind over the airwaves and in print across north America. Who makes the $ off this guy, who benefits from the lies perpetrated, and who controls this snot eating neanderthal. Just a thought, Not that we are much better off here in the frozen north, but i believe there is some differences in the unfettered decay of the media in this country. Good Luck America. You guys need it.

Posted by: chooch___6 | February 5, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I have been encouraged by all the extremist radio hosts dumping on McCain. It reassures me that I can vote for him if Obama is the Democratic nominee. The one lesson I draw from George W Bush is we cannot afford an inexperienced lightweight in the presidency.

Posted by: Chicago1 | February 5, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the Dole letter ... Rush is right.
The democratic party leaders want McCain as the Republican candidate because he is beatable. He's the "Bob Dole" of the 2008 presidential election. This fact does not detract from Dole's military record. It is simply a fact. Like Rush or not ... he's right!

Posted by: sparlette | February 5, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

- Rush like Jesse Jackson are archaic with zero value to this Nation. I am surprised he is getting this much 'air'
- The Washington Post and other media need to stop making Rush, Jesse and Al Sharpton as the voices of the people.
- This election is about helping the country get back on its feet and recover from the 'Bush' disease. It is not about a party's survival or who is the most conservative. It is about getting relief from the gas tax imposed by Bush's cronies, it is about being able to have health care, it is about smaller government.
- It amazes me that the same people who spew rhetoric about a conservative value (smaller government) are the same ones who created one of the largest deficits, created more intrusive laws and gave away our rights.

Folks, Lets unite as a nation and get our problems solved. Let's dump the pill popping Rush and the psuedo male Ann along with everyone who want to use race, sex and age to discriminate for their own gain e.g. Jesse Jackson!

Posted by: sydney2 | February 5, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Dole have surely conspired to manipulate the media by writing an indignant letter to Limbaugh and then making sure the letter gets published. It would be no different than if Boy George were to write a letter to McCain thanking him for a wonderful and exciting evening and then making sure it gets published.

Posted by: tom | February 5, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh can be very proud when our troops retreat in humiliating defeat from Iraq and Afghanistan knowing that his refusal to support John McCain and his support of the Democratic nominee instead was partly responsible.

Posted by: don48b | February 5, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain Is for open borders. He feels all the illegal's in our country have MORE rights then citizens. Check out some of the You tubes that are on line where he refused to answer questions from constituents and had them removed from the town hall. I have voted Republican for 20 years. I will not vote for this individual under any circumstance. I want a president who will listen to the will of the people and McCain is not that person. He is a loose cannon and the most likely candidate to start WWIII..

Posted by: Singleoddbit | February 5, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

We are from Arizona and we will NOT be voting for John McCain.

Posted by: lori.otto | February 5, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Anyone concerned about the rantings of an overweight, drug-addicted hypocrite certainly has my vote.

Posted by: sst | February 5, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

It is certainly fair to say that Dole's nomination in '96 was a mistake that cost the GOP the election, just like Ford's nomination in '76 was a mistake. The nomination should not be based on who has waited the longest. It also bothers me when, as here, the media trumpets its [frequently mistaken] interpretation of what a candidate says, instead of reporting what the candidate actually said, just to provoke a controversy.

Posted by: mckinney | February 5, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"McCain responded on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" by accusing the former Massachusetts governor of the "disgraceful" slandering a World War II hero and demanding that he apologize to Dole"

I am loathe to rely on a Washington Post reporters characterization of any remarks not surrounded by quotes and free of ellipses. However, I will allow the apology part must be based on some expression of indignation from Sen McCain and remark that I wish the Republican party would stop with all the whining and pearl clutching already. It's just irritating.

Posted by: zukermand | February 5, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse


The GOP establishment thought they could use and control angry white male talk radio and the Christian Right to help them win elections.

Now, both of these dogs have started to bite the hand that fed them for 20 years.

You reap what you sow.

Posted by: shagor | February 5, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Why are we obsessed with the pill popping lunatic? Seriously, half the people that listen to the guy do so because he's obnoxious and unhinged, not because they listen to his words of wisdom.

Posted by: steve_valeriote23 | February 5, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

The final series of polls has Romney leading in California, but he also HAS to win Missouri which is not going well for him. Poll roundup: http://www.campaigndiaries.com/2008/02/in-final-super-tuesday-polls-california.html

Posted by: campaigndiaries | February 5, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what Rush Limbaugh thinks? He's an idiot.

Posted by: cab91 | February 5, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

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