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The MSM this morning are all over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's insistence on continuing her pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination despite Sen. Barack Obama's victory in North Carolina and stronger showing than (some) expected in Indiana.

Our Readers Who Comment have also expressed special interest (or disgust) with a story that asked if conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos" -- in which he urged Republicans to vote for Clinton in the Democratic primary -- actually held down Obama's totals. Limbaugh called off the operation yesterday, Alec MacGillis and Peter Slevin report, saying he wants Obama to be the party's pick, because "I now believe he would be the weakest of the Democrat nominees."

Limbaugh is a polarizing figure and has supporters in the comment string today, but most of those who bothered to write are not fans; many remind us that Limbaugh has had drug abuse problems, and several wonder if my colleagues at WaPo have lost their way in even bothering with the story, which I really liked.

We'll start with DualAg, who covered several bases in writing, "It will be fun to listen to Rush on Nov. 4, when he tries to explain to his listeners how many federal judges President Obama will nominate, and how much liberal legislation will fly through a predominantly Democratic Congress. That will be almost as much fun as speculating where Rush will go for his drugs."

But Ciolajr has a different prediction, saying, "Barrack Obama is not electable. That's the bottom line. Rush Limbaugh knows that as does any political pros. The fact is, if Hillary Clinton is not the nominee, then I am going to vote for McCain, as will millions of other Democrats..."

Bud0, referring to the story's statement that Limbaugh wants Obama to be the party's pick because he thinks Obama 'would be the weakest of the Democrat nominees,' says that Limbaugh "...has to say that, now that his operation has failed to stop Obama."

halmin wrote, "Obama won Indiana plain and simple. 70,000 Limbagh suckers voted for Obama. This means two things: 1) Those who love America want Obama to be the next President and 2) those who hate America want Hillary Clinton to be the democratic candidate in the general election."

rashomon said, "Once again, Limbaugh proves that both he and his listeners have the emotional maturity of 12-year-olds."

TeddyRoosevelt, one of our regulars, wrote, "I'm surprised the Clintons haven't engaged Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove to help in their fundraising. At the very least these 2 great Americans deserve a kind word of thanks for allowing the Clinton campaign to limp a little longer before succumbing to its inevitable grotesque conclusion."

But EJCalifornia said, "Way to go Rush, you got them screaming again. Just love all of this whining!"

sanjeevasingh_20001 questions the Post's news judgment, saying, "The Post put this non-story on Page 1. The White House claiming they cannot find all emails for a 3 month period leading up to the war was on Page 4. The Post is in terminal decline. [It was indeed on Page 4 of Wednesday's paper, not Thursday's.]

brewstercounty is also unhappy with the Post, writing, "Maybe Clinton won IN because she ran a tough, tireless campaign against the odds. But of course she can't get any credit for that, not from WAPO or any other Obamacult media. Which, of course, is all the media. He's back on his pillow."

But dentalwellness said, "...You in Washington Post are pieces of work. Rush Limbaugh could not knock McCain in his own party off and now he could knock Obama off in Democratic Party? This is so unreasonable. It is unbelievable how you are so partisan, always finding fault with democrats. Get a life!"

kbinkc said, "i'm curious as to whether the recent supreme court decision upholding the indiana photo i.d requirement for voters had an effect on tuesday's outcome... my guess is that it may well have held down the obama vote, and might have been enough to deny him the win."

rpike asked, "Where are the responsible Republicans to stand up and say, "Rush, you are wrong, and should just shut up!" Where is John McCain to say "Rush, that is wrong." The 'old' John McCain of 8 years ago would have done that. And I would maybe have voted for that man. Not now."

Arjuna9 said, "Voter fraud is a serious crime. First, Limbaugh should be charged with a federal offense. Second, Democrats need to close all future primaries to registered Republicans."

rcvinson64 wrote, "...Maybe,Clinton took Indiana because Obama appeals only to blacks,rich liberals and inexperienced youngsters? You cowardly democrats look for any reason to cover Obama's loses."

as901 said, "We must ask ourselves why a right wing Republican would help Ms. Clinton? The answer is simple. The Democratic Party has a majority, but that majority wants change...Rush is a right wing extremist drug addict, but he is not a fool! If Ms. Clinton wins the nomination, the GOP may have a chance!..."

lhen1 wrote, "Rush Limbaugh finally did something good, even if he did it for all the wrong reasosn! Go Hillary!"

12345leavemealone said, "It's disheartening to know that people take their voting advice from a radio personality. It also makes me think we have to do a great deal to improve our educational system. We need to place particular emphasis on civics."

And, with some trepidation, we'll give the last word to scpato, who wrote, "Has anyone commented yet on the puerility of Limbaugh's Operation Chaos? There is something about radio jocks that causes this puerility. You have it on the "libertarian" side with Howard Stern and his followers, and you have it on the conservative reactionary side with Limbaugh and his."

All comments on the Limbaugh article are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  May 8, 2008; 9:35 AM ET
 
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Feminists, marxists, the people Vaclav Klaus is attempting to warn us all about (enviro-whackos, in other words), Human rights commissions in Canada (the new KGB of the twenty-first century) and muslim radicals all hate El Rushbo; ordinary, sane people love him.

Have you ever noticed how so few of the attacks launched against Rush are built upon reason? Instead, they are one long series of personal attacks - which is how the left does things in academia and elsewhere.

Rush is G-d.

Posted by: bk | May 28, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Hello, If it wasn't for Limbaugh, combined with the Lies by CNN news-people just 2 days before the Ohio Primary, - then Obama would have Won Ohio! Have that re-election today, and Obama Would beat Hillary by 1/2%. And If Michigan counts, then there HAS to be a revote which includes Obama & Clinton on a new legal Ballot!! As far as Florida,- when You Cheat & Break the Rules, then go to bed without your' supper, and grow up!! - Who wants cheaters or their backers in the White-House?! - Bush Terrorism violating the Law-of-the-Land, the CONSTITUTION was enough. And CONGRESS did Nothing (also a violation of Oath). - Joe Ward 43040

Posted by: jward52 | May 21, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh, the pea-brained, hatemonger drug addict tool of big corporations and media? Who listens to him except people like him? Maybe Karl Rove should get a program then we could have hate spewed all day, what with Hannity and those Fox types. Pity our country--but then the GOP did downgrade education so the dumb masses would vote Republican, fall for every trick, fall for every terrorist threat, usually made up by Republicans! "Ooo, I'm so scared, I need some drugs, help me Rushie!"

Posted by: littledog | May 17, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

In the Penn vote Hilary took the republican vote by 58% to Obama's 42%. In all the previous matches, before operation chaos, Obama took 75% of the republican vote. And 10% of Hilary's vote was republican - so take away from Hilary 7.5% of the vote and it now is just about even.

Posted by: jim cal | May 14, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

According to CNN's exit polls, 7% of Hillary's voters in IN would vote for McCain over Clinton in the general, vs. 2% of Obama's voters saying they chose M>O in November. Regardless of where they came from, that's quite a high number of voters to vote for someone they don't want as president. Subtract 3.5 from her 50.5% victory, and 1 from Obama's 49.5% loss, and he wins Indiana.
Exit tabs in NC have the same story: 7% of Clinton voters prefer McCain, while 2% of Obama supporters do. He'd have had a victory a few points higher.

They may not all be part of Op Chaos (and how many would admit that to pollsters?), but the number of Dem voters who say they prefer McCain to both candidates went up considerably once there was no competition on the Republican side, and they skewed toward Clinton. (Note I don't say Republicans, though they shifted from 2 to 1 for Obama before McCain secured the nomination to 1 to 1 after McCain secured it--that is, an influx of Clinton-voting Republicans once the Republican race finished. This 7% Clinton bump is voters in the Dem primary, any party, who say that McCain is their choice in the fall.)

Posted by: Deborah | May 12, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

According to CNN's exit polls, 7% of Hillary's voters in IN would vote for McCain over Clinton in the general, vs. 2% of Obama's voters saying they chose M>O in November. Regardless of where they came from, that's quite a high number of voters to vote for someone they don't want as president. Subtract 3.5 from her 50.5% victory, and 1 from Obama's 49.5% loss, and he wins Indiana.
Exit tabs in NC have the same story: 7% of Clinton voters prefer McCain, while 2% of Obama supporters do. He'd have had a victory a few points higher.

They may not all be part of Op Chaos (and how many would admit that to pollsters?), but the number of Dem voters who say they prefer McCain to both candidates went up considerably once there was no competition on the Republican side, and they skewed toward Clinton. (Note I don't say Republicans, though they shifted from 2 to 1 for Obama before McCain secured the nomination to 1 to 1 after McCain secured it--that is, an influx of Clinton-voting Republicans once the Republican race finished. This 7% Clinton bump is voters in the Dem primary, any party, who say that McCain is their choice in the fall.)

Posted by: Deborah | May 12, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

It is highly debateable that this country maintains the chops to be free and functional. Certainly, the MSM,particularly WaPo, seems to be unequal to the functions performed by a free press in a free society.

Remember Abu Ghraib? Obviously not. Instead you have time to inflate the big windbag and his effect on a horserace. You have done a poor job of covering the US activity supporting Badr against Sadr in Iraq, global warming, secret renditions, Guantanamo, etc., but have time for the fat boy.

"Nine U.S. Army soldiers have been court-martialed and convicted of crimes committed at Abu Ghraib prison: seven military police, and two soldiers from military intelligence. All were enlisted soldiers. Within the Army's judicial system, accountability up the chain of command has stopped at the rank of staff sergeant -- to date, no commanding officers have been prosecuted.

The doctrine of command responsibility, according to Paragraph 501 of Army Field Manual 27-10, holds that a commander is legally responsible not only for orders handed down but "if he has actual knowledge, or should have knowledge ... that troops or other persons subject to his control are about to commit or have committed a war crime and he fails to take the necessary and reasonable steps to insure compliance with the law of war or to punish violators thereof."

While no officers have been court-martialed, the Army says it has taken nonjudicial action against some officers for crimes at Abu Ghraib. "

Posted by: tc125231 | May 12, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

As a former Orange County California Election Precinct Inspector. I know first hand that the leftists organized and executed widespread voter fraud because they were desperate to gain a foothold in a conservative part of what they considered "their" state. The leftist Democrats will stop at nothing to usurp the freedoms and liberties of the individual to cement their power. As far as Rush's "Operation Chaos" is concerned, you must realize that no laws were broken... anywhere in any state. The laws were set up by leftists in the first place to ensure as many people voted as often as necessary to secure their election. The California legislature and the unions and collectivists that control it have seen to it that no incident of voter fraud no matter how profane can be punished because the systematic fraud of illegals voting, destruction of absentee ballots, refusal to implement a voter ID law and the coordinated effort to have the same individual vote up to a dozen times in different districts is what keeps them in power. In California, the majority of centrists and conservatives continue to have liberties quashed by a minority of leftists who control via graft, threats, outright coercion and absolute control over confiscatory fiscal policy. And they whine about a radio hosts effort to try and level the playing field.

Posted by: Jim Hill | May 11, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

I have produced a satire, "Rush Limbaugh's dreams and nightmares", to the tune of "White Christmas". It is posted on You Tube and JibJab. In both places my moniker is politicalmusic (one word).
greg bachelis

Posted by: Gregory F. Bachelis | May 11, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

>>As a former Orange County California Election Precinct Inspector. I know first hand that the leftists organized and executed widespread voter fraud

But you don't seem to be able to get anybody prosecuted for all this fraud you've witnesses, I wonder why?
You didn't make all this up, did you Jim? Is that why the police told you to leave them alone when you reported these sordid crimes to them?
I took the liberty of looking up your tittle
http://www.pdfdownload.org/pdf2html/pdf2html.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lavote.net%2FGENERAL%2FPDFS%2FBOARD_CORRESPONDENCE%2F64-10062003.PDF&images=yes
"The person in charge (Inspector) at
each voting precinct was selected due to past experience and excellent service as a
pollworker."

So you were in charge of the polling station where voter fraud was occurring and yet you either didn't file a report about it or if you did, the police didn't take you seriously enough to investigate, even though you were the manager of the polling station?
Seems a little fishy to me, Jim. No offense, but did anybody see this "leftist conspiracy" in action, or was it only you?

Posted by: Dijetlo | May 11, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow Jim, it would seem to me that with even a little proof at all,you would be able to go to your local DA and get indictments.
Problem is, you don't have proof. You don't have witnesses or documents that corroborate your little tale.
Leftists and collectivists causing all this ruckus? Sounds more like another "righty ranter" searching desperately for an explanation for why his party is on it's way down the tubes.

Posted by: Dijetlo | May 11, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

As a former Orange County California Election Precinct Inspector. I know first hand that the leftists organized and executed widespread voter fraud because they were desperate to gain a foothold in a conservative part of what they considered "their" state. The leftist Democrats will stop at nothing to usurp the freedoms and liberties of the individual to cement their power. As far as Rush's "Operation Chaos" is concerned, you must realize that no laws were broken... anywhere in any state. The laws were set up by leftists in the first place to ensure as many people voted as often as necessary to secure their election. The California legislature and the unions and collectivists that control it have seen to it that no incident of voter fraud, no matter how profane, can be punished because the systematic fraud of illegals voting, destruction of absentee ballots, refusal to implement a voter ID law and the coordinated effort to have the same individual vote up to a dozen times in different districts is what keeps them in power. In California, the majority of centrists, libertarians and conservatives continue to have liberties quashed by a minority of leftists who control via graft, threats, outright coercion and absolute control over confiscatory fiscal policy. And they whine about a radio hosts effort to try and level the playing field.

Posted by: Jim Hill | May 11, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Well for starters there is no fraud when the Democrats decide to have open primaries. Change the rules then that wont happen. BHO hasnt even got a taste of what the campaign is going to be like. After the 527's start running adds showing him with Rev. Wright, or William Ayers standing on the American flag.His wife hasnt done him any favors either with her comments. Many which dont sit well with the Joe six pack crowd. For the limbaugh is a drug addict crowd. Read BHO'S first book. Seems to me i remember a section about his Cocaine use. However you cant bring up BHO'S past.

Posted by: bjchevyguy | May 11, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Well for starters there is no fraud when the Democrats decide to have open primaries. Change the rules then that wont happen. BHO hasnt even got a taste of what the campaign is going to be like. After the 527's start running adds showing him with Rev. Wright, or William Ayers standing on the American flag.His wife hasnt done him any favors either with her comments. Many which dont sit well with the Joe six pack crowd. For the limbaugh is a drug addict crowd. Read BHO'S first book. Seems to me I remember a section about his Cocaine use. However you cant bring up BHO'S pat.

Posted by: bjchevyguy | May 11, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Well for starters there is no fraud when the Democrats decide to have open primaries. Change the rules then that wont happen. BHO hasnt even got a taste of what the campaign is going to be like. After the 527's start running adds showing him with Rev. Wright, or William Ayers standing on the American flag.His wife hasnt done him any favors either with her comments. Many which dont sit well with the Joe six pack crowd.

Posted by: bjchevyguy | May 11, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Well for starters there is no fraud when the Democrats decide to have open primaries. Change the rules then that wont happen. BHO hasnt even got a taste of what the campaign is going to be like. After the 527's start running adds showing him with Rev. Wright, or William Ayers standing on the American flag.His wife hasnt done him any favors either with her comments. Many which dont sit well with the Joe six pack crowd.

Posted by: bjchevyguy | May 11, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I am a democrat. I refuse to allow a "blow-hard" like Rush to define me or our party. I do not know who died and left him in control! He has no training to make all of the assertions that I hear on a daily basis. Here is an individual that could not get elected "dog-catcher", spewing divisive chatter on a daily basis.
His personal life is less than stellar and I know of no accomplishments that he has attained other than to be a daily "Toll Bell" He bloodied up John McClain(he did stop him) and now he has the nerve to make scurrilous accusations about Barrack Obama! What a shameless individual.

Posted by: Coachslife | May 10, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I am a democrat. I refuse to allow a "blow-hard" like Rush to define me or our party. I do not know who died and left him in control! He has no training to make all of the assertions that I hear on a daily basis. Here is an individual that could not get elected "dog-catcher", spewing divisive chatter on a daily basis.
His personal life is less than stellar and I know of no accomplishments that he has attained other than to be a daily "Toll Bell" He bloodied up John McClain(he did stop him) and now he has the nerve to make scurrilous accusations about Barrack Obama! What a shameless individual.

Posted by: Coachslife | May 10, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
-- Voltaire

In a world that contains Laffer Curve, an Axis of Evil, Iraqi Freedom, Mission Accomplished, Clear Skies, Clean Waters, Healthy Forests, Family Values, No Child Left Behind, and a Patriot Act it is
a good reminder for our time.

Posted by: tomcady | May 10, 2008 6:47 AM | Report abuse

This type of foul play by Limbaugh is typical of the lowlife who call themselves Republicans, the kind of people who steal the public blinde with their con schemes such as the subprime crisis they go from one con game to another and then write to their local newspapers telling everyone that all of the crooked overpaid executives are worth every penny of everything they make (steal) or else they wouldn't get paid (wouldn't be able to steal) what they are paid. After all if the regulators did their jobs and were not in the back pockets of the Republican politicians then what would the world amount to? So its all just a matter of picking the right butt to kiss. Thats how the world works.

Posted by: Jim | May 9, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least we now know it is not only the illegals committing voter fraud.

Posted by: Mighty 7 | May 9, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

>>Schlessinger is hot and smart and could get Godly leadership back in the country

Oh my goodness....

Let's hope your polling place is between a church and a porno shop. With so many distractions, you probably wouldn't remember to vote for Ms Schlessinger,

Rush is not worth discussing, he and the handful of dead enders who can actually follow his oxycotin powered rants aren't enough to get a dog catcher elected in Podunk. They are a pack of whiny, impotent, middle aged white men who don't have enough authority to even go to the can (much less vote) without someones permission.
Sorry guys, but the truth hurts. Nobody is keeping you down but yourselves, and nobody can help you up except yourselves. Give up on the hate filled rants, nobody takes them, or you, seriously.

Posted by: Dijetlo | May 9, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Jaxas (or jackass), you're as full of crap as a Christmas goose. You sound like someone with an IQ of -32!

Posted by: smartypants | May 9, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

How can the left criticize Rush for using prescription drugs when their own lifestyles support legalized drugs, free sex, and other forms of perversion! Hypocrisy at its finest!

Posted by: willig | May 9, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart never, ever let's you forget he's an entertainer. Al Franken, love him or hate him at least has the guts to run for a political office. But excuse me, have I offended by merely making this point. I guess, since I've just been branded a "liberal" for stating a fact. I must have missed the news headline or news media report of Jon Stewarts Operation Funny Guy, or Franken's Operation Stewart Smalley wants Guantanamo closed campaign. Take your hand off the trigger and pay attention. Your boy (R.L.) stuck his nose into the fray. And your just so sure that a conservative would never criticize the man whose picture is beside the phrase "radio talk show host" in wikipedia. He is a radio talk show host. He differs from other hosts in that he's the only one talking 100% of the time. I tend to bow or defer to no one. Silly me. I try to listen to as many sides that are offered and formulate my own opinion. Oh crap! Is that elitist? uh, I'm a Reganista, no a Neo-convolutionist! There must be someone out there I can use to define myself without actually using my own thoughts and words.

Posted by: Jmfonsecajr | May 9, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I'm amused by the shrill name calling from the left about Limbaugh. Of course he is just a radio personality, just as Jon Stewart is just a tv personality and Al Franken is just a comedy writer. Yet the left will swear by the wisdom of these 'sages'...let's face it, people on both the left and the right have forfeited much of the effort it takes to think for themselves and are taking direction from the people who have the forum from which to preach, whether Fox News or WaPo.

Posted by: madcity guy | May 9, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I do get a bang out of all the commentary here, along with some arrogance that is normally attributed to the comically immature Limbaugh. He is no rocket scientist for sure.....at the same time he doesn't demean the average American as Joe Sixpack, ditto head, just doesn't like liberals. The whole point is that gets under people's skin, ticks them off, and gets them talking. Personally, I don't like the guy.....would never take him off the air though,,,that would be un-American.

Posted by: echristian | May 9, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

This may bore some people, as facts always do, but RLimbaugh is an entertainer. No more, No less. He isn't a political analyst. He's not a wise old
soothsayer. A purveyor of truth.
a cultural, political or ethical
genius. He's a high school grad with a radio enternainers job. He only has to find ways to motivate people to listen to his program. The more that listen, the more his sponsors will pay to be advertised on his show. If you choose to take action or take to heart any comments or advice he speaks of on his show that's your choice. But any idiot can get on the radio and say- If you drink water it will quench your thirst. Liberals want to raise your taxes to clean that water for Dr.s to wash their hands before they perform an abortion on women who are nine months pregnant! Omigod he's telling the truth!
The "Operation Chaos" fiasco is just that. Anyone stupid enough to act out on that advice is too stupid to realize that by actively supporting and encouraging people to vote for their candidate would have the same result. But this fiasco wasn't meant to acted upon. It was meant to create an outcry of foul play, or give some an excuse for or against any losses or gains on either side. All it did was provide fodder for RLimbaugh's immense ego and publicity, of the kind he's made a living on for years, for his show! Y'all need to grow up an accept the fact that we all have an emotional stake in every aspect of ours and the lives of every one else on this planet, in varying degrees of importance. But we need to consciously strive to find ways to assuage our emotional existence by combining ethics, common sense and calculated methods to deal with all situations that we encounter.

Posted by: Jmfonsecajr | May 9, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Not happy enough with destroying his own party, he now sets his aim for the democratic party. Dittoheads,....does that mean all of you Rush listeners are pathetic drug addicts too. Who's the most ignorant, the drug addict or the ones who continue to listen to his rubbish. Not to worry dittoheads, you can always fall back on your sexual pervert, BillO. Can't you guys find anyone with half a brain to follow blindly. Anyone who voted for Bush has zero credibility when it comes to telling someone who to vote for.

Posted by: GBaby | May 9, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

This arrogant pig needs to be removed from the airwaves and prosecuted for his attempted interference in the election process! I don't understand why the FCC continues to let this thing remain in a job!

Posted by: Sharon | May 9, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Like it or not, Rush is in charge. HA! I'm hoping Lara Bush runs for President in years to come and we'll have the first Real Woman American President. I also have my bid in for Laura Schlessinger. Schlessinger is hot and smart and could get Godly leadership back in the country. Yeah, it can happen!

Posted by: David Kessler | May 9, 2008 5:09 AM | Report abuse

Mounting evidence implies that, in at least six primaries, Rush Limbaugh has instigated illegal election-tampering (accomplished by means of fraudulent primary voting). Why are your paper and the whole Mainstream Media not calling for federal and state investigations pursuing possible prosecution of Limbaugh and particular fraudulent voters? The silence is a disgrace.

Posted by: Loup-bouc | May 9, 2008 3:52 AM | Report abuse

Steve: the margin in Indiana turned out to be 20,000 votes -- very likely a result of this mischief. My problem in all of this is that there ARE statutes prohibiting election fraud in some of these states and nobody is taking this seriously. I'd like to see one prosecutor launch a grand jury and put this guy outta business. It's not just good fun -- it's illegal and immoral. And it's all the more infuriating that it is on this basis that Mrs. Clinton hangs on.

Posted by: omyobama | May 9, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

Steve: the margin in Indiana turned out to be 20,000 votes -- very likely a result of this mischief. My problem in all of this is that there ARE statutes prohibiting election fraud in some of these states and nobody is taking this seriously. I'd like to see one prosecutor launch a grand jury and put this guy outta business. It's not just good fun -- it's illegal and immoral. And it's all the more infuriating that it is on this basis that Mrs. Clinton hangs on.

Posted by: omyobama | May 9, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

Steve: the margin in Indiana turned out to be 20,000 votes -- very likely a result of this mischief. My problem in all of this is that there ARE statutes prohibiting election fraud in some of these states and nobody is taking this seriously. I'd like to see one prosecutor launch a grand jury and put this guy outta business. It's not just good fun -- it's illegal and immoral. And it's all the more infuriating that it is on this basis that Mrs. Clinton hangs on.

Posted by: omyobama | May 9, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

Steve: the margin in Indiana turned out to be 20,000 votes -- very likely a result of this mischief. My problem in all of this is that there ARE statutes prohibiting election fraud in some of these states and nobody is taking this seriously. I'd like to see one prosecutor launch a grand jury and put this guy outta business. It's not just good fun -- it's illegal and immoral. And it's all the more infuriating that it is on this basis that Mrs. Clinton hangs on.

Posted by: omyobama | May 9, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

Steve: the margin in Indiana turned out to be 20,000 votes -- very likely a result of this mischief. My problem in all of this is that there ARE statutes prohibiting election fraud in some of these states and nobody is taking this seriously. I'd like to see one prosecutor launch a grand jury and put this guy outta business. It's not just good fun -- it's illegal and immoral. And it's all the more infuriating that it is on this basis that Mrs. Clinton hangs on.

Posted by: omyobama | May 9, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

When I was a teenager, we had a feisty old alcoholic aunt living with us and she would turn on her radio and listen to the talk shows all day and half the night!! She seemed to need to be right and hear others voicing her opinions. She'd cheer and cheer when the host would shut down a caller she disagreed with.

For this reason I dont listen to talk shows --left or right. It's toooo Aunt Marg. To think that they are now dictating how people vote and how to undermine democratic elections means they have moved to an entirely new, kind of scary level these days. These drugged up blowhard talk show hosts could incite riots in our streets, form posses, and instigate mob rule, lynchings, and who knows what else.

Aren't there laws to protect our country from people like this??

Posted by: flo | May 9, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Rush will make a difference only among those that really don't care about the real issues of this country and the future of their families.
No reasonable person can argue any longer that the Bush Presidency has been anything but an American tradgedy. More deadly,insideous and damaging to our country then the acts of the 9-11 hijackers. For this party
9-11 has truely been the "gift that just keeps on giving".
Can anyone really look at this embarrassing ,dangerous, incompetence and honestly conclude that we need more of it? It's time we honestly base our decision and evaluations of party leadership on successes and past performance ,like true Americans are supposed to. The tangible successes of the Republican Party and This Administration, even with several years of majority rule are pathetically non-existent.
On top of that this is the first time in this country's history that Americans must worry not what our enemies have done to harm or weaken our country,but rather what our President has done. I don't think this is what the authors of our U.S. Constitution had in mind. No matter what the circumstances.

Posted by: Brollens | May 9, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Mark Twain was once asked if he voted in the election of 1864. He replied, "no, all it does is encourge them!"
With that it mind, it's a wonder we Americans aren't charged an entertainment tax for all the El Toro poo-poo we're supposed to swallow during the election cycle. Rush Limbaugh reflects the traditional conservative values I was raised with and embrace to this day. But in all fairness to the liberals in this country I must confess this: You have finally convinced me to subsribe to Rush's 24/7 website.

Posted by: John Tyson | May 9, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Mark Twain was once asked if he voted in the elction of 1864. He answered, "no, all it does is encourage them!"
That being said, it's a wonder we Americans aren't charged an entertainment tax for all the el toro poo-poo we're expected to swallow during the election cycle. Rush Limbaugh reflects the traditional conservative values I was born and raised with. However, I got to hand it to the liberals in this country who have made clear their vision for this country. They have finally convinced me to subscribe to Rush's 24/7 web site.

Posted by: range rider | May 9, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

hillary keep fighting !!! you will win. people will get to realize that if not hillary it will be another republican in the white house and more right wing judges appointed to the court. unfortunately i will also vote republican if obama is the nominee

Posted by: sophy | May 8, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

we need a president that has experience- obama does not have any. i would rather have bush in the white house (again) than husein Osama. he is so denagerous to this country. it is a shame that people don't see it

Posted by: m gonzalez | May 8, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Rush conducts more analysis, speaks to his opinions much more openly, and offers more solutions in one show than HillBama have during the entire campaign, for real. How much has either one actually discussed policy...they're pathetic empty suits and you love them. What a joke.

Posted by: Falcon | May 8, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

As far as L(R)ush goes. Whether you like him or not, he has pointed out the fact that voting needs a major overhaul. I know for a fact democrats have bused people in from other states to vote for former Senator Julia Carson. It really makes me mad when I see dirt-bags cheating the system to get elected. If you are serious about Change, you better make dam sure the process is fixed. John Macain was by-far not the BEST Rep in the early part of the race.
Just about every other candidate was better. Dem's gave us John by bringing people in from other states, to vote in a town they do not live in,under the b.s. that they may move their. It was legal but it was b.s., and if we all wake up and hold both sides to account, and change the way both sides are allowed to play the game, WE MAY GET A PRESIDENT THAT CAN RUN THIS COUNTRY........Rush is making a major point here, and he's daring us the American people to wake up and take are voting rights back, the sad part is no one has step up to lead the Pack....

Posted by: Anonymous | May 8, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

America will take an incredible step back when newspapers finally die. In their place, feckless programs that have all of the "entertainment" of reality programming, but none of the hard-hitting truth and fair and balanced reporting. Online journalism panders just as much as cable news programs. Add to that an idiot like Rush Limbaugh trying to put chaos into our most precious American right -- the right to vote, one man (and woman), one vote. Instead of chastising him, the press passes on, reports on, publicizes his disrespect for what patriots have been giving their lives for 232 years -- the right to decide as a people what is important to us. What a sham if this man is a Republican or leans that way that he cannot see the oceans of problems that require immediate solutions. He ought to be thanking God every day that smart, decent people care enough to serve. He ought to do what he can to help this nation he says he loves. You can sit and make fun of anything. Takes a real man (and woman) to roll up your sleeves and say, "We can do this! We will do this for our country." I support Hillary Clinton and honor her for everything she has done to offer a light against the darkness. I honor the other candidates for wanting to give their time and service so that the America we know and love continues and continues and continues.

Posted by: Blame the Media | May 8, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse


Rush works best with minds that thrive in developing countries/east european block and m.east.

The creep thrives on noise....the press honored him and dishonored the intelligent public.

Posted by: center | May 8, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

As a Hillary delegate and Operation Chaos operative let me say, "Hillary, keep fighting on!". In the future I will gladly stay out of the democrat primaries as long as the democrats and "independents" stay out of Repub primaries. But the Dems voted for McCain in Michigan and Florida so I see Operation Chaos as some payabck.... You reap what you so Dems....

Posted by: Felix | May 8, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh and the other Neo Con propaganda mouthpieces are being paid American Taxpayer dollars to spew out positive news of the idealogies, policies and actions of the Neo Con Parasites infesting the Executive Branch.
Ask how mnay billions of American Taxpayer dollars are paid to the Neo Con owned News Media Conglomerates too lie, tell half truths and obfuscate the truth and to deliberately manipulate the news.
ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN and of course FOX have received tens of billions of American Taxpayer dollars in the last 8 years.
On Monday an outraged Matt Lauer interviewed Barak Obama and kept the entire interview focused on Rev. Wright and his controversial comments and the subject of the mad Americans. He refused to grant Obama any time to state his goals or policies if elected President.
The Neo Con News Media is in Collusion with the rest of the Neo Con Parasites. Including the Neo Con Think Tanks who are yanking King Pinocchios puppet strings!
Collusion and Conflict of Interest by the Neo Con Parasites and the equally corrupt Republican and Democratic Legislators who are busy Gutting, Usurping and Crapping on these same United States Constitution the Founding Fathers fought and died for.
And with the compliance of the American Citizens who are listening to the Treasonous rants of the drug addicted rants of Limbaugh and his ilk.
TREASON!

Posted by: CurtJ | May 8, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Facts are facts.
Republicans voting in the Indiana Democratic primary provided a margin of 10,000 votes for Hillary, which made no difference in the outcome.
Moreover, those Democrats who said they would vote for McCain in November (presumably wanting the weakest Dem candidate) voted heavily for Obama, contrary to the Rush judgement ... until he changed his mind.
Limbaugh has no significant impact on how any Democrat (or independent) will cast their vote. His rambling hysteria shouldn't have any effect on how any Republican votes either.

Posted by: Westmiller | May 8, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Attempting to tamper with an election is something we expect to read about in far away places. All those who participate in such actions display a total lack of appreciation for the American lives spent in the protection of our freedoms regardless of politics. I consider RL a present and immanent threat to the health of the Republic. What more can you expect from a drug addled chicken-hawk.

Posted by: Dennis | May 8, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Rush is just another irrelevant distraction. He ignores the CFR and the "non-political" minions that set policy for his beloved two-party party. Read the CFR.org editorials this week, see it in national legislation in six months.

Posted by: ScottyB | May 8, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

May Rush Limbaugh catch an illness as poisonous as the venom he spreads.

Posted by: DFC102 | May 8, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Rush is 80% right and 20% full of bull treasure. How can he say that the earth is cooling? How can he promote smoking around kids? Cigarette smoke contains formaldehyde, cyanide and carbon monoxide. The latter two are used in the gas chamber.
A few Rush Dittoheads may have registered Democrat to effect the election. But, people playing with a full deck did not.

Posted by: JerryH | May 8, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

(P.S. I first posted this on John McCain.com and didn't want to type ot again, so I just copied and pasted it.)
Congratulations, Sen. McCain, on winning the GOP nomination. Now, you must decide who to make your Vice President. Mitt Romney and MIke Huckabee are both good men, and they each put up a very good race. In my opinion, you should make Romney VP and HUckabee the Chief of Staff or head of an important deparment in the White HOuse. Having Romney as VP is a good choice, as he is very skilled on economic matters and will please conservatives, while not totally enraging liberals. Mr. Huckabee would enrage liberals, but nonetheless, he is a very smart and good man. I suggest making him the Chief of Staff, head of the Department of Homeland Security or Department of Defense, or head of the Department of Agriculture. I believe this would be a good choice. Thank you. Also, I believe you should take note of Mr. Mr. Huckabee's posistion on agriculture. America must reclaim her farms and food industry, and not rely on foreign nations. So, I would make an economic incentive to a)get farmers to keep their farms here, and b)encourage young people to become farmers, and c)get farming degrees into colleges nationwide. I would also make an economic incentive for people to join the military. Thank you, Sen., and anyone else who reads this.

Posted by: Don Corleone | May 8, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I'd be willing to bet that the Madame Limbaugh Factor applies to a LOT of other MSM types, as well. That Obama will win the nomination, barring some unbelievable coup and/or corruption by the neocon/conservative/zionist types, must be an immense embarrassment to the MSM "Bimbaughs" of the world. Eat pooh, Israel.

Posted by: Dave Ellis | May 8, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I thought that liberals were compassionate about drug use, and that drug addiction was a disease, no fault of the user. That's what they told us when Obama came out of the closet as a hop-head.... Are you telling me that liberals are purely partisan hacks and not operating on principle?

Posted by: Gerhardt Schroeder | May 8, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Ironic all the bashing of Rush for using drugs when Obama is a known junkie, a user of street drugs. The difference? Limbaugh isn't running for President. He just has a radio show, listen or don't.

Posted by: Sam Houston | May 8, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Rush is right. If Hillary is not on the November ballot, I will vote McCain. First time I've ever voted Republican.

Posted by: Andrew | May 8, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Like many drug addicts, Rush Limbaugh doesn't care - he will do ANYTHING for attention. I believe he's "using" again.
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Posted by: LuckyLucy48 | May 8, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

There is a reason why your paper is called the Washington compost.

Posted by: Andrew | May 8, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Limbaugh: You're well past your middle years - grow up.

Posted by: Cizmad | May 8, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

kchses -

Those are 3 factors of socialism/communism. But your forgetting the ones that the Democratic party do lean towards. At it's heart all socialistic and communistic movements are anti-capitalistic. Capitalism only works in a free market - thus little to no Government intervention. Democrats DO try to stick their hands in ANY business that becomes a success. Case in point - big oil. If Big oil companies had been allowed to drill for our own oil and build more refineries in the past 25-30 years to meet demand, we would not be paying $3.50 and up per gallon of gas. If Democrats get their way with Health Care - where do you think the money will come from? Tax Payers - obviously, and it will cost more than we can sustain. Thus either their Health Care plans will fail, and or, the quality of our Health Care will diminish. Democrats have pushed for ethonal usage as an alternative to oil, but now that we have been using a very SMALL percentage more, the price of corn (and everything that uses corn subsequently) has went up in price so much that many Democrats are even saying that we need to stop using Ethinol at least temporarily.

I don't really think that Democrats are socialists or communist. But some of the things they do, are comparable. And obviously I'm speaking of elected officials, not everyday democrat people. If a Democrat would come out and say we need smaller government, and let people govern themselves (which is what I believe is what makes this country great) rather than talking about creating new policies to stack on top of others - then I would be all for that person Democrat or Republican. So far the vast majority of Democrat leaders seem to always want more government control. This is not to say that Republicans are totally clean of this. This past 8 years with Bush has been terrible in this regard - that's exactly why his approval numbers are so low, even Republicans don't like his policies.

Posted by: chrispc88 | May 8, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Eastern Kentucky has an incredible problem with oxycontin addiction. Huge supply, huge demand. Perhaps Rush will find his way to the region to cover our May20th primary...

Posted by: KentuckyWoman | May 8, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

kchses, your characteristics sound like communism.

Posted by: Eckle | May 8, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

The fact that people think democrats are really socialists is a testament to the ignorance of what constitutes socialism. Socialist societies have had throughout history 3 defining charactoristics.
1. The society abolishes private property
2. The economy is a command economy
3. Religion is abolished
That any reasonable person could think any sitting member of the US Congress or any past President has advocated any of the above is a testament to the hatful and divisive propaganda that is peddled ad nausium upon the American people by right wing reactionaries. That these people take issues that are truly open to debate; for what purposes eminent domain may be used, the extent to which federal gov't funded programs shold be using religious symbols, to what extent should the economy be regulated, and twist that into attempt to enact any of the 3 charactoristics mentioned above is a further testament to the ignorance of our history, gov't and traditions that now permeates our society.

Posted by: kchses | May 8, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, what this country does not need is to change course from democracy and become a socialism. I for one like to actually own my own property. When this country becomes a socialism like the democrats want to make it (i.e. Clinton and Obama), people who actually work hard to make a living will be supporting the lazy, worthless people who are a drain to this great nation, and those who work will be just as poor as those who don't work. (Not speaking of our elders in any way, but those who can work but rely on welfare because they are lazy). Robin Hood is a fairy tail, stealing from the rich to give to the poor, it may sound nice in theory but is impractical in reality. Taking away what people work hard for and giving it to worthless lazy people will make this country worthless and lazy. This is what democrats want because this is what the worthless and lazy people want. This is what democrats want because the worthless and lazy people are numerous.

Posted by: Jack | May 8, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how many people here obviously don't listen to Rush, but yet want to act like they know exactly what he's doing and why. I do listen, everyday! Operation Chaos was never about trying to get either Hillary or Obama to win the nomination. It was about prolonging the process as long as possible. The reason Rush started the whole thing was because McCain won the republican nomination primarily because of Moderates, and Democrates voting for him. Republicans for the most part don't really like McCain because of his many liberal policies (illegal immigration being the freshest in my mind).

The problem with you libs, are that you can not ever admit when you're wrong. But when/if Obama becomes president and we are all taxed to death to pay for his health care, while prices of food and gas continue to rise (which could all be stopped if you tree huggers would stop and let us drill for our won oil) we'll all be broke and dependent on the government for assistance, which is what Demacrat officials have been trying to achieve for years. I hope it happens so that most will finally wake up and realize that the government should stay out of private industry and let the free market work! I just hope that in the process Obama isn't stupid enough to let Iran get a Nuke while having a chat with their insane leader.

Posted by: chrispc88 | May 8, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Why does Obama, who says he represents "change", have so many Jurassic Marxists in his camp calling the shots?

Posted by: George | May 8, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh
Rush Lipbalm (probably uses a lot of that to get rid of the taste of the RNC chairmans rear ead)
Rush Dimbulb (obvious)
Rash Lipbalm (another obvious one)
Rash Buttbalm (getting warmer)

I just cant go on, it's too much. hehe

Posted by: Tom | May 8, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Again, I can only stress the obvious (and obsiously eluding the average person), THERE ARE NO MORE OPEN PRIMARIES FOR RUSH TO TELL HIS DITTO-HEADS TO VOTE IN. Therefore, Rush the dimbulb will tell the truth (he wanted Obama to be the nominee so the Repugs could win in November). Consider the obvious very carefully before spewing your retoric about how great Obama is. Geez!

Posted by: Kuilor | May 8, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Responding to:

GLOBAL POVERTY ACT--THAT'S WHY I DON'T WANT OBAMA BIN LADEN IN OFFICE. You scrotum hangers and supporters of this idiot are going to cost the American people billions of dollars in foreign aid because you want change. Guess what, the only change is the color of the man. Same politics, same screwing. Rush is humorous and pretentious and HE DOES DRUGS. Well Obama went to a RACIST church for 20 years and contributed in weekly donations to the church to help buy the good Reverend Wright a Million dollar retirement home. VOTE INDEPENDENT.

Wow. Walter here is clearly someone who has been getting all his information from Rush Limbaugh, and hasn't invested any time in learning the basic rules of logic in order to make his case.

First: How is fighting this war in Iraq not "cost[ing] the American people billions of dollars"?

Second: I'm curious to know what he thinks is racist about serving in the Marines and later as a Navy corpsman (as Rev. Wright did), as well as tutoring youth, an AIDS ministry, cancer support groups, drug and alcohol addiction recovery support and a prison ministry, to name just a few of the things Rev. Wright's church does for its community. Perhaps THAT's where those weekly donations were really going.

And third: How is it that you can seriously refer to someone who has gone to a Christian church for 20 years as ANYONE "bin Laden"? Don't you realize how idiotic that sounds?

But you'll vote for whomever you want to vote for, for whatever reasons, and if enough people like you vote, you'll get the leader you deserve.

Posted by: mediawatcher | May 8, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Now that Obama has all but secured the nomination, all us highly educated, Catholics "typical white people" can come out and say VOTE FOR MC CAIN----------------------------------------------------------------

Posted by: Clyde Nugget | May 8, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

After reading all the comments at present I can see that the political system is working and America is alive and going in a good direction. Our country is founded on argueing. The Articles of Confederation, Constitution, Bill of Rights and all laws are developed under the light of disagreement. The only unfortunate thing that I see is that people take their own beliefs too serious. This isn't knew. Some of the Founding Fathers said terrible stuff about eachother but they shook hands afterwards. I think that both sides of the party are so sure that the other side is going to ruin the country that it 's sure not to happen since the check of a two party balance will never give either side the power to be ablwe to do that. The only thing that could ruin the country is if you all got what you wanted which is your party destroyin the other party for good.

Posted by: Justus Tillery | May 8, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

No more open primaries. Rush is free to tell the truth about his intentions. Read all about it below (search for my name "Kuilor")

Geez, some people must be taken to the water, handed a glassfull and offered to have it lifted for them.

:-(

Posted by: Kuilor | May 8, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

to Jude Simon,
You think Rush has children! I don't know but I would be very suprised to learn that this is true. People like Rush are usually too devoted to being the center of attention to have (and go through all the trouble of raising) kids.

Posted by: Michael | May 8, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I think Rush and his fans are too clever by half. Now that it's obvious that Barak will be the nominee, Rush says " okay now I think Barak is weaker" but he has to say that doesn't he? Since Hillary won't be nominated he has to say this to appear relevant. The truth is that Rush is all about being in opposition to something or someone. He's not a person that is concerned with improving the country. He's a person who is in love with his own voice, his own welfare, his own listeners and probably his own (offshore?) bank account.

Posted by: Michael | May 8, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I offer the post below this on as an example of a Clinton Supporter being chased away from the Democratic party by Obama supporters.

When the concilatory tone starts (and if Obama becomes the candidate in the general election it will start 'far too late') the Clinton Supporters will simply say, "Maybe we should start a centrist party.

I've seen more and more of these overtones in the Clinton supporters. Frankly, I also saw a lot of it from some republicans over these last 4 years of President W (what an ultra-right winger he is huh?).

So please check the post and read mine afterwards. This is some pretty important stuff to consider!

Posted by: Kuilor | May 8, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Hillary Clinton does not get around to reading these comments, but I hope someone will pass this one along to her.

Please Run. Please stay in the race until Election Day.

Many of us see this as a three candidate race and see you as the best of the three choices.

Many of us do not care whether you spilt the Democratic Party up down or sideways.
I will be writing you in regardless.

I really do not want you to be lessened as Obama's VP. It's the only way he has a chance of winning and I do not believe you owe the Democratic Party that service.
Maybe this really isn't about Hillary being the problem.

Maybe what this really means, just maybe, is that there is something wrong with the two party system that can come up with such inappropriate choices in the midst of the worst crises we are incrementally facing.

I don't care how young Obama is or how old McCain is.
An election is essentially a job search and neither of these candidates strikes me as credible or capable. So we have the extraordinary good luck to have a third person who is. But we should discard her because some pundit says it would do damage to the Democratic party.
Why not let it?

Do we sacrifice the best qualified so that a party that has shown us what it can't do for the past eight years can keep not doing it?

If all the Democratic Party is good for is what is what it has shown us it's been, why would anyone expect citizen loyalty to it?
How loyal has it been to us?

If anyone has the guts to go off and embody the idea and spirit of being an Independent , it's the Clintons.
There are just too many of us who believe in Hillary Clinton and find no credibility in what there is supposed be to subordinate herself to.

I am so disgusted with the hypocrisy if this election.

It's not supposed to be about race, but is it EVER.
It's not supposed to be about misogyny, but every time I post about Hillary Clinton I've been called---and this is just today's load-without anyone ever having laid eyes on me or my beliefs--an old wrinkled feminist.
As if any of those things were fates worse than dying young and stupid and under the thumb of whoever calls the party shots.
Some of us just know better than to get flocked.

It's a Twilight Zone scenario to see the Obamabots adopting the ad homina nastiness of the right and taking to it so exceptionally easily.
As far as i am concerned, Obama is a marketed insipidity with no track record and no accomplishments.
But his followers are a credit to Karl Rove.

Probably the true legacy of Karl Rove is that he has pioneered the death of the two party system.
If anyone deserves that distinction, how fitting it should be Karl Rove.

He showed the world what it is to have America play dirty as a matter of course .
And now it seems we can't stop.

No one has asked these hysterical pundits what any American citizen gets from voting for another ambitious rhetoritician like Obama.
It's somehow like he is the first person to run on what we want to hear.
And like this inexperienced lambchop is going to be able to deliver when up against a Congress that will spend four years relentlessly chewing him up on tier way, as always, to cashing lobbyist's chits.

And no democratic party wonk sits there and looks at putting Obama up against a personable, intelligent war hero who is a longtime congressional veteran who just happens to be awarmonger and corporate shill and thinks about whether Obama has anything plausibe to show for the balance.
It's a Karl Rove wet dream, folks.

How can we have lost all our foresight.
Maybe the real problem with Democratic Party is that it is now so decrepit and useless and flat-out vestigial, there is no point in NOT creating a third party.

gala1

Posted by: g andolina | May 8, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Hello!

No more open primaries for Rush to tell his ditto heads to vote in. So he will now tell the truth. He wanted Obama to be the candidate and to extend the democratic ticket as long as possible (While he knew the numbers were against Clinton) so he could win in November. Here are the reasons for this.

1: Clinton Supporters are Centrists (usually conservative on monetary policy and liberal on social issues)
2: The Obama supporters have been (with ever increasing frequency) getting pretty nasty on the internet (literally chassing Clinton Supporters off of ultra-liberal web sites like the daily kos and huffingtonpost)
3: This friction causes the Clinton supporters to walk awway from the party (since they are centrists and McCain is not ultra-right).
4: McCain has proven his centrist values by 'reaching across the isle' to democrats (even Clinton) in support of bills that the democrats can embrace.
5: This eventually makes McCain a better candidate for those centrist Clinton supporters and Obama looses the general election (Even David Axelrod said 'We don't need those working-class white voters'. What a globally stupid mistake that is going to end up being).

So, I honestly, openly, beg the Obama supporters to ask their candiddate to offer the nomination to Clinton, take the Vice President positioin (so he can have some real experience when it's his turn to become president) and We democrats can actually have a winning streak that lasts 16 years into the future and our rights in society are protected (like the right to privacy). Please make this an election we (as democrats) can happily remember when President Obama finishes his Presidency and hands off the reigns of government (a sucsesful government that has turned this ailing country around when we all joined together in real unity).

Posted by: Kuilor | May 8, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

But dentalwellness said, "...You in Washington Post are pieces of work. Rush Limbaugh could not knock McCain in his own party off and now he could knock Obama off in Democratic Party? This is so unreasonable. It is unbelievable how you are so partisan, always finding fault with democrats. Get a life!"

Posted by: Craig | May 8, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I think Rush and his fans are too clever by half. Now that it's obvious that Barak will be the nominee, Rush says " okay now I think Barak is weaker" but he has to say that doesn't he? Since Hillary won't be nominated he has to say this to appear relevant. The truth is that Rush is all about being in opposition to something or someone. He's not a person that is concerned with improving the country. He's a person who is in love with his own voice, his own welfare, his own listeners and probably his own (offshore?) bank account.

Posted by: Michael | May 8, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

But dentalwellness said, "...You in Washington Post are pieces of work. Rush Limbaugh could not knock McCain in his own party off and now he could knock Obama off in Democratic Party? "

Hmmm...maybe because the Republicans have a candidate now and time on their filthy hands?

Rush and his idiot followers don't like Democracy. They didn't like Democracy when Republicans voted for McCain; they sabotage open primaries rather than embrace the cross-over qualities of an open primary.

Makes Rutherfraud B. Hayes look like Tom Paine.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 8, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Indiana was an open primary, meaning that anyone could vote in either the democratic or republican race, but not both.

It's funny to see all these people alleging voter fraud for people fully using the laws of the state they live in. If the democrats don't want independent and republican voters in their primary, they should quit whining and make their primaries closed.

Posted by: Wolfcastle | May 8, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how loud the screaming would be from Rush and Sean if the Dems EVER did something like this. Too bad they are so far removed from what American's want and need (i,e, the issues) that they have to constantly create diversions. Unfortunately for us, it got us Bush and it will get us McCain. Why are we so stupid?

Posted by: Vicki | May 8, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Stay in there Hillary! I think you still ave a chance. Take it right to the Convention!

Posted by: Jim_NH | May 8, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I am a registered Republican who voted in NC Tuesday. I was not given a choice to vote the Democratic ticket, were the Republicans in IN given that choice? If they were, then that was voting fraud. I think you give too much credit to Rush. It's his job to cause controversy. I do not listen to him so I was unaware of his "charge" to voters. If people can be swayed that easily, then they deserve who wins the vote.

Posted by: Laura K | May 8, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Keep it up Rush!

Posted by: petere | May 8, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Thank God for Rush !

Posted by: mike | May 8, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Why in the world does anyone pay any attention to windbags like Limbaugh? In my life time, which is long, have the American people spent more time on ones personal life than their political smarts and why in the hell would anyone want to be presdent. My personal choice for the job would have been Joe Biden, he has more foreign knowledge that the rest and would have been able to salvage some of our good name overseas that "W" tossed in the trash can. We have to pick the lesser of the two that will do the least dammage.

Posted by: Bill | May 8, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are unorganized and need a better nominating system. The Republicans are so much neater by comparison. Why can't the Democrats have closed primaries and a shorter primary season? This would eliminate all of this mess. But since I plan on voting for McCain, I guess I should be happy the Democrats can't get it together. Prediction: Hillary maneuvers her way to the nomination.

Posted by: dcp | May 8, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh's antics will actually help the Democratic party to unite, because dislike of that pompous, drug-addicted gasbag is one thing that all Democrats have in common. As for Rush's opinions on Obama's electability, remember that Obama topped McCain's total 2008 fundraising in a single month--almost entirely on the basis of small contributions on the Internet--and has attracted record numbers of new voters to the Democratic primaries. Anybody who dismisses a candidate with those metrics as weak has to be an idiot.

Posted by: Patrick Kiger | May 8, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I think the main issue with Rush and a lot of the right wing is their own cowardice. Does he have the courage of his convictions and believe that the American people would pick the best overall candidates in November based on their merits and positions? Does he think the majority of our citizens think like he does? I think not. If he believed that he would not need to resort to sneaky tricks like "operation Chaos" to get his people in place. He would not need all the vile falsehoods he spews on air every day. The right would not need to have "swift boat rich white guys" making up well financed lies. Rush was originally against McCain because he wanted to unite the country. The fact that he wants a small contingent of right wing nutjobs to control America truly indicates how pathetic he remains

Posted by: scott c | May 8, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Liberals are so tunnel visioned with their own hatred and racism, and somehow are another the average population is so damn ignorant that they believe anything and everything that liberals tell them to believe, without even looking into the issues themselves! If Barry Hussein Obama, I'm sorry, he changed his name to Barak because it Barry was to American, were to become president you can bet that this country will rapidly fall apart. Oh, and by the way Operation Chaos is not over!

Posted by: Jack | May 8, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Here is the funny thing...While I feel that Rush should be investigated for Voter Fraud (because, lets face it, that's what he was working for), I think this has HELPED Obama for the General Election. Think about it.

Rezko. Myers. Wright. Bitter. Every other thing you can think of that has been controversial with Obama up to this point.

Because Hillary is still in the race (undoubtedly due in part to Operation Chaos), ALL of these things have been ripped apart, analyzed, talked about, and become old news. When it comes time for the General Election, the Republicans will have a MUCH MUCH harder time using these things to their advantage because they have been covered and talked about to death.

Whether or not Hillary is more electable than Obama is, of course, completely open to your own personal opinion. It cannot be denied, however, that due to Hillary's "experience" there are far more and much deeper things that the Republican party could attack her on in a General Election than they could attack Obama on.

The only dirt they really have on Obama has already been examined. There are MANY things about Clinton that are out there in the public domain, but aren't widely known about.

In any event, I think the interesting things are just beginning.

Posted by: Adam in Maryland | May 8, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh is not a politician....so why does it matter? He's an extremely poor, drug infested "entertainer" that some really stupid people, that have nothing else to do, listen too.

Posted by: maj | May 8, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh my how dumb can someone be to let the political opponent decide their next candidate? Should be a matter of sane mind to acknowledge that a republican will elect HIS candidate anyway in the presidential election. So anything he want to do in such a primary is shoveling some sand into the politcal opponents gears.

The donkey stand in Germany, where i come from, for a little retarded sucker. Go figure.

Last time i heard something similar idotic was John Kerry ackowledging that Bush did all right in Iraq, roflmao. As presidential candidate he endorsed his opponent, as if there were not already enough founded critics about the Iraq war that time. That had cost him the election.

Face it, the USA have a one party system. Hillary Clinton is part of the System. It's anyway if Clinton or McCain will be elected. Politics will be the same.

If you want CHANGE there is only one candidate, Barack Obama.

Posted by: Hansjörg | May 8, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Operation chaos - is that brain surgery ?

Posted by: ratl | May 8, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

So what? Did you ever think that large population in Lake county actually commutes to work to Chicago, which is one hour ahead of the Indiana? Its only fair to let those people have ample time to cast their vote. Not to mention that Lake county is in the Central time zone, while most of Indiana is in Eastern.

"It was the OBAMA campaign that got a court order for Gary Indiana voting sites, where Obama was favored, to stay open until 8 pm.

If the precincts that favored Clinton were allowed to stay open till 8pm, the results would be much different.

Rush had nothing to do with any of this election in Indiana.

Also something unusual happened in Indiana when the votes were withheld and not released until much later in the evening.

Posted by: Starbucks2 | May 8, 2008 12:23 PM "

Posted by: Nikita | May 8, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

There should be restriction to who get our air wave,for instance why is Rush still on the air misleading Americans into division,he has no good thing for America but rather proclaiming White supremacy and giving comfort to those who are still locked in those kind of evil ideaolgy.ALL he thinks about is the immediate gain he recieves from this act of evil but i tell you his children will suffer it years to come

Posted by: jude simon | May 8, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

we call it myth
rush limbagh viewers are too fat and lazy to do anything other than turn on their radios
if anyone thinks they go to the polls, which entails getting out of their cars and standing on line, just to screw around in a primary, think again

Posted by: malach hamovess | May 8, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Say what you will about extremist right-winger Limbaugh using his celebrity voice to influence to impact an election. Look at the highly publicized Jack Nicholson and Tom Hanks endorsements.

We are lemmings.

http://www.blogger.com/profile/17342852760288011089

Posted by: Resilient Hawk | May 8, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama has earned the right to pick his ticket. Fortunately, the Clinton Camp has vociferously stated that "...she wants the oval office not the office down the hall." Sadly, the voters, to date, have not given her the oval office and as far as I, (an old, white, female Obama supporter,) am concerned, she can campaign to her heart's content.
But to ask Obama to share a ticket with a woman who scorched him and the earth to get what she wanted is ludicrous. If by any means she is still able to secure the nomination, you can rest assured that Obama will not be on her ticket.
I do not want a president or vice president considered untrustworthy by 60% of the voters in the USA. Clinton has nothing on Norma Desmond. They both don't know when it's over.

Posted by: elen | May 8, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm another conservative Indiana voter who cast a ballot for Hillary to stay in the race. Simply put, her campaign is gobbling up about a million dollars a day that would otherwise be spent attacking McCain. So my vote was much better cast for Hillary than McCain who has already clinched the nomination.

Personally, I think Obama would make a much better president than Hillary, and if I thought she had a chance in hell of actually getting the nomination I would have voted for Obama.

Although we are currently focusing on republican's voting for Clinton, let's not forget that early in the primary many republican votes were cast in order to stop Hillary from getting the nomination.

Posted by: Wolfcastle | May 8, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Does the "Freedom Fries" branch of the Republican party find it ironic that they are running a candidate who surrendered in time of war?

Posted by: VE Vet | May 8, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

This Limbaugh is the same one that 'chastised' one of the white evangelical preachers that blamed "Katrina" on homosexuals and abortionists among other things. His version of chastising was to say that only if "only" those people had been killed by Katrina could he agree. Yet, these odious individuals who spew these abominable statements are welcome in Rove's White House and have no problem being employed by serious journals. I wonder why that is?
I wonder why John Hagee is no problem for McCain?

Posted by: elen | May 8, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

rcvinson64 wrote, "...Maybe,Clinton took Indiana because Obama appeals only to blacks,rich liberals and inexperienced youngsters? You cowardly democrats look for any reason to cover Obama's loses."

That's a good one. I am white, struggling, and over 50, and I think Obama is the only hope we have in this election.
The Hildabeast is driven by one thing - obsessive, blind ambition, and we all know it.

Posted by: Jh Atlanta, GA | May 8, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Isnt Limbaugh a Grand Wizard in the KKK? Oh yeah, Hillary who?


GO OBAMA!

HEY LOOK IT'AN OBAMA MAMA. TOOL!!

Posted by: Walter | May 8, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Isnt Limbaugh a Grand Wizard in the KKK? Oh yeah, Hillary who?


GO OBAMA!

Posted by: Larry Oregon | May 8, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I Love Rush.

He's got that cool name, and he confirms my racism, while also telling me what to think.

Without him, I might just cling to my guns and religion and my racism, and not know how to channel my efforts in order to make my country the laughing stock of the civilized world.

It's no big deal that Rush did / does drugs, either. These are PRESCRIPTION drugs, not cocaine or pot. Plus, it's not like he's Black or anything. I mean, any White person could accidentally get addicted to prescriptions, especially if your super fat like Rush and have back problems. Why stop eating when you can keep popping pills. Look at Elvis, he did it, too, and we call him "The King"

Thanks, Rush, for always being there to play on my deepest, most ignorant fears. I am waiting for further instructions.

Posted by: DittoHeadRobot | May 8, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

There are no more open primaries to medel in. So, rush is comming out and saying what he really wnated in the first place. To have a battered Obama to run against. He knows as most of the rest of the nation knows, that Obama cannot win against MCCain because centrist democrats have been turned off by the hate-filled retoric of the Obama supporters (a very emotional crowd that believes in ALL or NONE and has proven it time and time again).

Oh well, the ride gets bumpy from here!

Posted by: Kuilor | May 8, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

GLOBAL POVERTY ACT--THAT'S WHY I DON'T WANT OBAMA BIN LADEN IN OFFICE. You scrotum hangers and supporters of this idiot are going to cost the American people billions of dollars in foreign aid because you want change. Guess what, the only change is the color of the man. Same politics, same screwing. Rush is humorous and pretentious and HE DOES DRUGS. Well Obama went to a RACIST church for 20 years and contributed in weekly donations to the church to help buy the good Reverend Wright a Million dollar retirement home. VOTE INDEPENDENT.

Posted by: Walter | May 8, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Go Rush!Operation Chaos is successful and growing!

Posted by: Tobey | May 8, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"Sorry, Operation Chaos is alive and well."

We've had Operation Chaos in this country for the past 7 years. It's time for a change.

Posted by: David | May 8, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

clinton should have quit back in march. had not for the old man's tactics of urging his supporters to vote for her in tx primary she would have been a goner. i had friends that actually responded to this plot & cast their votes for her. that could happen only because mccain had locked up gop nomination & he felt he can beat her but had no chance against obama. the old man and the slithery woman are the lowest candidates in years. clinton is the scarest woman there has been, cold blooded and egocentric to the highest degree.

Posted by: djaustin | May 8, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting how much name calling is going on here. Can it be that the Democratic Party has bent so far left that here is nothing else? Very sad indeed. If you must critize Limbaugh, perhaps you should start by explaining his huge wide audience in America. Far larger than that of this newspaper. The old tired left of the 1960's is dead and buried. Wake up!!

Posted by: sm jaspers | May 8, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Urging card carrying Republicans to vote in such a manner is not what voting is about. It shows that Limbaugh is not only an immature imbecile but so are the ones who follow his lead. This clown who claims he is a journalist would have fit in perfectly as a Soviet style KGB plant to divide the USA. He is basically destructive to what true America aspires to. He and his listeners are about as anti-American as one can get. A true patriot always questions and does not divide. Disgusting maggots.

Posted by: sd-mouth | May 8, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh is 21st CENTURY version of "KKK".

Most Americans have nothing to do with him.

Limbaugh is worst than Rev. Wright as Wright has Terrific skills than any of these Presidents or nominees but it just that his fight is not Political.

Posted by: kg | May 8, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

It was the OBAMA campaign that got a court order for Gary Indiana voting sites, where Obama was favored, to stay open until 8 pm.

If the precincts that favored Clinton were allowed to stay open till 8pm, the results would be much different.

Rush had nothing to do with any of this election in Indiana.

Also something unusual happened in Indiana when the votes were withheld and not released until much later in the evening.

Posted by: Starbucks2 | May 8, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh represents 25% Americans who think same way but not necessarily in one party.

Most of them voted BUSH even in 2004 ;-))

Their VOTES have no value anymore as this year they don't have anyone to VOTE for unless Hillary was there although she will BETRAY them at the end.

Posted by: kg | May 8, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Operation Choas is still going on, and this is only proof of the liberal media trying to shut him dowm.

Posted by: Joey Bee | May 8, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I think people are over estimating John McCain. In a general election, when McCain will be in the position of having to defend the policies of George W. Bush, McCain will be at a huge disadvantage. He doesn't know much about the economy, and if his gas tax holiday is any indication, voters will see through his economic policies as more of the same. And then there's Iraq. McCain is going to be in the uncomfortable position of having to defend U.S. involvement to a nation that already knows the Iraqi war was a gigantic blunder. McCain, thus far, has been able to "preach to the choir," but when he has to defend his policies to the nation at large, he's going to be exposed. The vast majority of the country is neither Democratic nor Republican. The vast majority of the country is independent, and the Democratic nominee will run away with the independent vote no matter who that nominee is. Those who are silly enough to concern themselves with side issues such as Wright, and ignore questions of policy, such as should we get out of Iraq, will find themselves in the minority in November. Americans have seen what happens when they let "swift boat" attacks trump policy issues. You get an idiot for President.

Posted by: me | May 8, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama-Clinton 2008

Posted by: OneFreeMan | May 8, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I will confess that as an Indiana republican, I voted for Hillary. My reasons are

1) McCain really does not need my vote for the primary. Whether he gets 2 votes or 2 million votes he has the nomination.

2) A win by Hillary will keep the distraction within the democratic party brewing for a few more weeks. In the meantime, there is a possibility of either Obama or Hillary throwing the kitchen sink at the opponent to hurt their chances at the nomination.

3) I do not follow Rush Limbaugh. He is after all a drug addict. How much sense can he make.

I was a little disappointed at Hillary. Even after all the crossover votes she didn't stand up to the task. She barely made a 2% win. I was hoping that she would garner at least a 5-10% win given the number of crossover votes she would have recieved.

Posted by: Tony Lambert | May 8, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh is an irrelevant drug abusing tool.

WTF: On the FONT PAGE of the Washington Post? Shouldn't you have waited until the election fraud indictments are handed up in Ohio?

Posted by: kgb999 | May 8, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

"PS. Any Democrat who votes McCain because their preference isn't the nominee is a coward."

I will vote for Senator McCain if Senator Obama is the nominee. I cannot reconcile the fact that there was 20 years of wright. wright did not change, Senator Obama no longer needed him. While a US Senator he contributed financially to a church whose pastor said horrible things about the government, telling young black men that the government was giving them drugs and saying three strikes you're out and filling the prisons with them. I don't understand how Senator Obama could not react. There were members who probably went to that church initially because he did. I think he did a great injustice to those young people. If Senator Obama is such a great "change" agent, why could he help make changes in his own church?

Posted by: kt | May 8, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

"It is very essential that we pick our next
President on the basis of following criteria.


1. A candidate with a clear "Vision and Mission".

2. A candidate with a sound " Character and Integrity"
.

3. A candidate with a evident "Presidential
Temperament" and " Principled Judgment".

4. A candidate with "little "Washington exposure"
and "real future and past Voters".

5. A candidate who "Inspires us up" rather than
"Tears us down".

6. A candidate not based on past "sexism, racism, and
ageism".

In my professional and personal opinion, the only
candidate who has shown the above qualities and
characteristics is Senator Obama."

You've just got to be kidding! What a crock of BS.

Posted by: Buzz | May 8, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

No celebrity can force a person to vote for a candidate they detest. I would not vote for John McCain or any of the Republican candidates based on their policies and ideas. No celebrity endorsement or challenge would make me waste my vote.

If people allow celebrities to sway them into voting to skew an election, it is the person voting who has to live with that decision. Personally my vote is too valuable to me to squander it on political trickery.

Personal integrity, people, personal integrity.

Posted by: Mindofmyown | May 8, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Rush says on his program that he ties half his brain behind his back to make it equal. Does that mean his audience are half-wits? Just sayin..

Posted by: JPD IN NE | May 8, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

"PS. Any Democrat who votes McCain because their preference isn't the nominee is a coward."
Posted by: Chris | May 8, 2008 11:30 AM

So from your view any Republican voting for a Democrat would be a coward and all independents who voted period would be cowards. I guess it is only YOUR vote which will save us us right? hahahahaha
The yawn is for you pal. At least some folks are weighing what they would like to do and that is the really great part about America. You can do as you please in the booth.

Posted by: RetVetCombat | May 8, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Why do people think Barack Hussein Obama is black? He is only 6% black. I'm sure Rush will help you with this one real soon.

Remember 9/11???

Posted by: AJ | May 8, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Get it right people! Rush was not trying to promote either democratic candidate! He was propping up whichever candidate was behind in the race (Hillary), in hopes of prolonging the battle between the two of them! Few doubt that the longer the race drags on the better it is for republicans, why can't this be understood.

The greatest possibility for Repubs is that Obama would win the peoples election, but the super delegates would see Hilary as more electable and make her the nominee, thus making Obama supporters feel disenfranchised enough to stay home in Nov.

Next best possibility: Obama is the nominee... he is more defeat-able anyway.

The worst thing for republicans would have been for the popular vote to go for Hillary and have her the nominee.

This is why Rush was claiming success.

Posted by: Curtis | May 8, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

It's kind of funny, none of you guys actually listen to Rush so you really don't know what he says.
It's obvious. The news article stated that Rush has discontinued "Operation Chaos" because he wants Obama to be the victor in the race, what he did was to challenge the Super Delegates to pick Obama now. Get Hillary out of there.

He's simply being sarcastic because he follows the statement with a laundry list of things that may bring Obama down in the general election.

He's daring them to pick Obama and we'll see if Delegates have the chops to do it.

Sorry, Operation Chaos is alive and well.

Posted by: John Selle | May 8, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Yawn. Meanwhile there are stories out there that matter.

PS. Any Democrat who votes McCain because their preference isn't the nominee is a coward.

Posted by: Chris | May 8, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Linbaugh is the worlds biggest hypocrite

Posted by: Phil | May 8, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Actually what bothered me more than anything was the slant in the Post. Hillary Clinton won in Indiana -- having been outspent by Obama and written off over and over by the media. The headlines are she "eked" out a victory and that victory may have been because of Limbaugh. The article on Limbaugh goes on to indicate that the polling doesn't support such a contention but that's not the headline. Give her some credit. There are many people who consider her to be the best candidate from either party. Try using headlines that do not belittle her accomplishments. As a woman I am seriously offended by the Post's editorializing, regardless of my views on Ms. Clinton's capability as the potential President.

Posted by: troubled reader | May 8, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Republicans have done such a wonderful job over the last 8 years....Their value of stupidity is represented quite well by MC Cain.....Let's have four more years of higher prices, lower wages,
inept foreign policy, corruption, out sourcing, favors for special interest groups and the other "Republican values" ...DUH

Posted by: billy 7 | May 8, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"...even if the commies get in" insane for Hussein? Are you out of your vulcan mind? This is the sort of old Bircher rhetoric that went out with polyester! I'll bet you wear white socks and drink Blatz beer.

This is precisely what I am talking about folks. Rush sympatizers are from a dead era and are making old, obsolete arguments that no one--save a few diehard dittoheads--are listening to anymore.

Posted by: Jaxas | May 8, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I know that in a free society we have to put up with people like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter, people whose only association with facts and the truth is (maybe) that they can spell the words. But why do the newspapers like the Post, respectable journalism at its best (most of the time) repeat the ravings of people like Rush? And why the heck is Hillary Clinton doing appearing on Bill O'Reilly's show anyway?

By the way anyone who votes for McCain because his or her candidate did not win the primaries is a fool. The country under either of these two would be infinitely better than one that is under McCain. But since McCain will not win, who cares?

Posted by: nyrunner | May 8, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

You're right dtilf. Rush is comically immature and has the maturity of a bratty 12 year old singinging: "MY DOGS BETTER THAN YOUR DOG!"

Does that not sound just like the present occupant of the White House. I just haven't figured out which was the host and which was the clone but one of these guys was cloned from the shriveled scrotum of the other.

Posted by: Jaxas | May 8, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Ruah has a larger audience than the Washington post, who's most irrelevant? He's here to stay even if the commies get in.
Clinton had this in the bag, libs have grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory, typical and you want this group to run the country?
I can't even find any of ny jane fonda, rev wright left wing commie fruitcakes saying obama will win......no chance do the math.

Posted by: insane for hussain | May 8, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse


Dear Fellow Americans.

Our Great-grand Nation, the United States of America
is and will face very critical and substantial
"Challenges" in coming,
months, years, and decades.

It is very essential that we pick our next
President on the basis of following criteria.


1. A candidate with a clear "Vision and Mission".

2. A candidate with a sound " Character and Integrity"
.

3. A candidate with a evident "Presidential
Temperament" and " Principled Judgment".

4. A candidate with "little "Washington exposure"
and "real future and past Voters".

5. A candidate who "Inspires us up" rather than
"Tears us down".

6. A candidate not based on past "sexism, racism, and
ageism".

In my professional and personal opinion, the only
candidate who has shown the above qualities and
characteristics is Senator Obama.

As an independent registered voter since 1980. I voted
for Carter, voted for Reagan, voted for First Bush,
and second Bush in 2000 and In over time last
interest in "Washington politics".I stopped voting.
Not a good idea under any circumstance, particularly
at present time.

This time we can not afford to stay on side lines and
let Washington remain the same.We can not afford our
Greatgreat Nation to become less than what we are and
can be.

We need to send clear and candid message to the world
and some 24 hour partisan piosonous hateful media.

These type of media outlets are trying to deprive,
dupe, and derail us from getting it right this time.

I pray and hope that we the American people won't be
part of this deception, seduction, and confusion.

These type of media and pundits are trying there best
to deny us better and replac our past remember some of
our bitterness and differences. { "Our Greatgrand
Nations people are persistently and constantly
subjected to Psychological terrorism" without our
knowledge by these these poisonous hateful partisan
media outlets".

We Americans are should not and would not to allow
these type of media psychologically terrorized,
traumatized and silence us this time.Not this time.

I am sure that we will get it right this
time and elect Senator Obama our next President. let
us not get dragged down into racism, sexism and
ageism.

Let us remember that our Greatgrand is constituted of
family, friends,fellowships, faith, funds,foundations,
fun, and future with fairness and freedom and without
fear or favor.

We can not afford to lose any of above conectins. Let
us stand up, be counted, save, build our Greatgrand
Nation for decades to come and regain our world
economic, and power status back.

God Bless our Great grand Nation and its diverse
people.

Our Greatgrand nation needs present and future
stability, security, safety,sustained progress and
restoration of our due status in this perilous Global
World at the all levels.

Yours sincerely,

COL.[retd] A.M.Khajawall
Forensic Psychiatrist.
Disables American Veteran.
Las Vegas Nevada.

Posted by: COL.[retd]A.M.Khajawall | May 8, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone ever really botherd to probe Limbaugh real influence? Look. Even at the height of his career as a talk radio host he boasted 20 million listeners a week. Sounds really impressive doesn't it?

But do the math folks. In an electorate in which 122 million voters participated in 2004 and which is growing massively this year, 20 million listeners a week--and it is 13 million now according to Talkers magazine--amounts to 4 million bored, zombie-like dittoheads with the emotional maturity of a 5 year old, a day! That's 4 out of a room of 122 people!

So, I gotta ask: What were the other 188 million voters listening to on any given day? This is why people hate the media. They glorify the foul as "controversial"; they romanticize the bullying, insulting and intimidating as strong, macho, outspoken; instead of opinionated Rush is seen as "passionate"; when he peddles rumors about Obama lacking patriotism he is engaging in political hardball.

Look. The truth is that Limbaugh is a foul, aging, old carp who sees the end of his career approaching, who sees his relevance waning and sees his appeal dwindling as a new generation approaches. And that generation is as different as the outgoing one as is spring is to winter.

Posted by: Jaxas | May 8, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Who cares what Rush Limbaugh has to say? I am ashamed of the US media and how much attention they give this meglomaniac.

Posted by: Mary Lou Springstead | May 8, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I do find it most telling that noone was outraged from Iowa to Texas while Rush, Dick Morris and many others were encouraging Republicans to prop up Obama and vote against Clinton.

Some of us are just not that stupid. We noticed, Barack Obama got here with the Republicans help.

McCain will win easily in November if Obama is the Democratic nominee.

Posted by: James Washington | May 8, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Dyspepsia as well as psychosis seem to be pandemic among Limbaugh's loyal Dittoheads. They are pessimistic misanthropes who care only about themselves. Are there enough of them sufficiently responsive to Limbaugh's suggestions to influence an election? How can one tell? I saw a good bumper sticker this morning. It reads: "Turn left at next election."

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | May 8, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I agree with dtilf and others. Limbaugh cannot admit he is wrong or made a mistake. Hmmm, sounds like another right winger but I can't for the life of me remember who since he is now so irrelevent, just as Rush refuses to understand he is.

Posted by: Fate | May 8, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Did Rush get some votes for Hillary? No doubt. Were they enough to sway this primary? Not likely. At best they may have nullified what Lake County did to the election, which was probably not much either.

Hillary is indeed the best candidate to oppose McCain. That doesn't mean she is the best the Democrats can put up, just that she has the best chance of success against a formidable opponent as is McCain. For the Dems to win, they need the Joe Sixpack vote. Reagan's team knew this and focused on this group. BHO will have a hard time with this because he 1) cannot relate to this group and their allied groups such as older Americans and 2) his or his campaign's tonedeaf attitude towards his baggage will leave too many unanswered questions when voters enter the booths in November. He could win, this is after all a year to be a Democrat. He just may not be the right Dem to take it to the finish line.

Posted by: Steve | May 8, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

The most obvious thing to come out of all this is Rush Limbaugh's comically immature need to always, no matter what, claim that he "won." It's like listening to a bratty 12 year old with a megaphone. Since he couldn't derail Obama, he now has to say "Oh, yeah?? Well I've changed my mind. He's weaker. I'm GLAD he's the nominee. Nyah Nyah Nyah. I win. You lose."

Posted by: dtilf | May 8, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

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