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My Goodness, our Readers Who Comment are having fun today debating House Minority Leader John Boehner's op-ed, in which he says Democrats are trying to divert attention from their profligate spending by attacking talk radio's Rush Limbaugh.

The early burst of comments were overwhelming Democrat sounding, but Republican voices have found their way into the debate this morning. Essentially Democrats allege that all Boehner does is complain about spending without offering alternatives in the midst of the nation's economic crisis. The party of no, they say.

Republicans ask why Democrats are so obsessed with calling out Limbaugh and pointing fingers at his attacks on President Obama, most notably a speech in which he wished that the president would fail. They buy the Boehner argument that such talk is no more than a diversionary tactic by the White House.

We'll start with dutchess2, who wrote "I hope the next time some Republican from the Hill decides to write something in WAPO its a proposal to help Barack Obama do what the people hired HIM to do. If you don't intend to help row the boat, then get out and let people who will in..."

But jammer881 said, "Of all the ills of our society going on right now and our current administration is failing miserably to fix these ills, it seems that all this administration is concerned about is right wing talk show hosts. What a shame!"

markijamison wrote, "The problem, Mr. Boehner, is that you and your Republican colleagues have absolutely no credibility on these issues. The simple fact of the matter is that Republicans have embraced Mr. Limbaugh in a way that makes his incendiary and irresponsible remarks a central issue..."

yarbrougharts asked, "Hey John, what are your solutions again? you didn't include them here. How would you save the banks, create jobs and reform healthcare? Perhaps if you stop following the greatest hits of Limbaugh, Obama's diversionary tactics will have less effect. Think about it, he's slicker than you thought."

dwatkins1 said, "Got an alternative plan, Mr. Boehner (other than more and more taxcuts, which have worked so well to this point)? If not, then get behind the wagon and push, before we are all crushed while you whine..."

VirginiaGal2 wrote, "Bottom line - you can look at the polls. Most of us are happy with how President Obama is doing. Most of us believe he is doing the best he can to clean up a mess that was, in large part, created by Republicans. Rush is a rallying point because he symbolizes what independent voters do not like about the Republican Party."

But LNER4472 said, "...The whole Limbaugh kerfuffle is exactly like the magician using distraction to get the audience to look at the wrong hand as he uses sleight of hand to deceive them--only in the case of a magician, there's an implicit agreement between audience and magician that the former will be deceived, and only for the duration of the performance. If only it were that way for the ramifications of Congress and Obama's actions."

vatownsend asked, "Hey for all you people out here commenting on Boehner and Rush; how is your 401k doing right now? Have you pulled your money out of the stock market yet?"

Campoton wrote, "No matter what rationalization the Republicans do, the people have seen them as elephants in a circus. They stick together, holding each other trunk-tail, walking and stepping in cadence and in single file... Boehner or Steele or McConnell and other Republican perceived leaders are scared that Master Limbaugh might actually hit them with his whip!..."

chod1560equines said, "Mr. Boehner you have hit the nail on the head and much of the press is too dumb or too liberal to print the truth. Granting Limbaugh the opportunity to have his every statement repeated over and over again is a dream come true for Rush and it covers, to some degree, the terrible mistakes being made by Obama and his appointees..."

And CatGut wrote, "Congratulations...this is the REAL story behind a sudden obama circle obsession with Limbaugh (other than they're just super thin-skinned). There may be promise yet for the Post someday."

Axisofstupidity1 said, "Leader Boehner - with all due respect, House Republicans are earning the moniker the "party of no" because they keep voting no on everything. This isn't a straw man creation, this is a factual reference to the voting record of your caucus... If you don't want to be the party of no, stop saying no, and come up with solutions that don't start, continue onto, and then end with tax cuts..."

tmaffolter wrote, "I am still waiting to hear a Republican offer serious, conservative solutions to our current predicament. The silence is deafening."

battleground51 said, "People are writing obituaries for the Republican party. How stupid! Every party goes through cycles of victory and loss... Do you know what the secret for Republican success in American elections is?? Liberal Democrats! When those Bozos weasel their way into power, a Republican comeback is guaranteed."

We'll close with thake who summarized the situation pretty well in writing, "...All you or any of your colleagues need to do to end this is to publicly state that Limbaugh does not speek for you and disavow his more anflammatory comments. And resist the urge to grovel when the ensuing firestorm breaks loose,of course."

All comments on John Boehner's op-ed are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  March 5, 2009; 6:10 AM ET
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unfortunastely,ditto heads are listeners,not readers. Which explains alot. They are just addicted to blustering, angry ranting over politics (and religion too). They will always be with us, especially on the republican side. They are usually evangelicals--who like lots of fire and brimstone and "my way or the highway" conversations.

It just took a blowhard like rush to bring them out of the woodwork. They are the right wing's (rove's) way of diverting attention from the emptiness of the gop message.

Posted by: tmcproductions2004 | March 5, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Listen to Limbaugh for one hour and you will have endured a lifetime of twisted half truths and out of context commentary derogatory to real American working people. I will admit his foaming at the mouth drug induced rantings repeated verbatim by all who are sponsored by the right wing zealots tend to be more laughable than SNL without Tina Fey's Palin skits but enough is enough. The bloviating stupidity has crossed over the line into seditious ravings and that cries out to be prosecuted under any of several laws triggered by the war powers act Bush pushed through. It would be a fitting end to the doctor shopping know it all if he were to join Keating and Skilling among so many others in prison for his own ignorance of the law.

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | March 5, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Of course Obama doesn't believe in bigger government. We're just going to take over the banking system, the health care system, the airline industry, AND the auto makers, while we bailout 50% of the people who bought a house in the last 5 years.

The answer to the problem is eliminate the military and all of our intelligence agencies. After all, it worked so well for Clinton except for those to little attacks on the WTC of course.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | March 5, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Saul Alinsky wrote the book, "Rules for Radicals," which has been used by hardcore left wing radicals for over 30 years. His Rule Number Twelve explains why Rush is under personal attack by the Left:

RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

Again, this explains all the hate filled remarks about Rush, Michael Steele, Jim Kramer and Ray Santilli. The people on the left don't want the truth, they want to destroy the opposition.

The question is, why is talk radio so popular? By talking to Conservatives, whether you agree with them or not, they will tell you that they have no other voice. The Democrats have control of virtually all of the mainstream media outlets, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WP, Time, LAT; the only network that gives conservatives a fair shake is FoxNews, which brings on a fair share of Liberals and Moderates to go along with Oreilly, Hanitty & Beck. They will also tell you that during the elections Senator Obama never received any hard questions about his policy and went out of their way to help him win. As a side bar, Hillary Clinton said that the only network that treated her fairly during the Primaries was, you guessed it, FoxNews. It was not just the elections, but other issues that come up that if the full truth were told, would hold the Democrats in an unfavorable light, but these stories are never told or quickly glossed over or put on page B-24 in the papers. This is why Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative talk shows are doing so well in America, they have filled a gap created by the lack of fairness, truthfulness, and objectivity in our news media.

Posted by: DL13 | March 5, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, I for one am getting pretty weary of hearing about this tired old windbag who's script over the past 15 years has pretty much remained the same racist, bigoted, misogynist, homophobic anti-anyone who doesn't look, act, talk, think, walk and smell like he does.

Limbaugh is part of a dying breed. He is pretty much mired in an old fashioned, mid-20th century view of the world that is no longer acceptable to most mainstream Americans. His audience is compried of about a .03% slice of the voting electorate who are deadenders for the old John Birch Society view of the world, which is a pretty extreme view that anyone who does not accept their narrow definitions of what terms like "freedom", "liberty", "socialism", "communism" and "American" mean is subversive and anti-American.

You don't have to be versed in Quantum theory to see what they want. Go back to the old Articles of Confederation--a failed experiment that even George Washington and the Whigs gagged over.

Posted by: jaxas | March 5, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

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