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Federal Union Boss Calls Limbaugh's Comments 'Unacceptable'

By Ed O'Keefe

Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union that represents more than 150,000 federal employees, joined the fight against Rush Limbaugh this morning, criticizing the radio talk show host for his recent comments on President Obama.

“Rush Limbaugh had the audacity to announce on national radio, 'I hope he fails.' Imagine anyone saying that. If he fails, our country fails. That is unacceptable," she said during opening remarks at the union's annual legislative conference.

NTEU spokeswoman Dina Long stressed that Kelley's comments were hers alone and that the union has many Democratic and Republican members. But Kelley's comments come as the Democratic Party and liberal groups partially funded by labor unions ramp up a "Republicans equal Limbaugh" campaign through radio and television commercials.

Kelley, who has served as NTEU national president since 1999, also expressed an eagerness to work with President Obama following eight years of difficulties with the Bush administration.

“I am sure that President Bush is not enjoying his retirement in Crawford, Texas nearly as much as we are enjoying it,” Kelley said to cheers. She recounted her recent visit to the White House, where she joined other labor union leaders at a meeting with Obama.

"That was just ten days after Inauguration Day. Just ten days. Contrast that with the Bush administration: In the eight years that George W. Bush was in office, I was never ever invited to meet with the president. Ever. We represent 150,000 frontline federal employees in 31 agencies and not once in eight years was there anything that he...valued federal employees input on," she said.

Kelley outlined the union's 2009 plans, acknowledging that the nation's economic situation and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan take priority. "Federal employees matter because we do the work of the country. We are positioned to rescue our country and to restore the public's faith," she said.

The union's focus is to earn full collective bargaining rights for Transportation Security Administration employees and the restoration of bargaining rights for ATF employees who had them revoked late last year in the final weeks of the Bush administration.

NTEU will also wants a return to labor-management partnerships, a word or phrase "you haven’t been able to say in this town for about eight years,” Kelley said. "It's long overdue for this common-sense way of doing business to get brought back.” The labor-management partnership councils were established by President Clinton in 1993 and abolished during the Bush years. Other federal worker unions disagree on whether the partnerships should be revived.

Kelley expressed support for employees of the SEC, FDIC and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, who are working on aspects of the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the economic stimulus package. "New agency leadership needs to refocus these agencies on their core mission that has served our country so well, before they were side-tracked by leadership more concerned with catering those that were being regulated than protecting the public."

The union president only briefly mentioned President Obama's proposed 2 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees, different than a proposed 2.9 percent boost for uniformed military personnel. Last week she expressed concern about the potential end of pay parity and did so again today, without using the president's name.

"NTEU believes pay parity is a precedent too important to ignore, and we're going to work on a bipartisan basis with Congress and the administration to reinstate this long-standing principle."

Union members will visit Capitol Hill this week to meet with lawmakers and should have an easier time than in recent years, said national executive vice president Fred D. Farris.

“Politics and especially elections have big consequences for us and the rest of the country. Right now, those consequences are looking pretty good for us.”

Still, Farris admitted, “It’s not perfect, it’s not going to be without its problems, but it’s always good to start a post-election cycle with leaders not having contempt for you."

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 3, 2009; 11:10 AM ET
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Bush totally failed the average person. He was loved by his rich friends and cronies. Bush years will go down as a bankrupt trainwreck.

Posted by: Flenzoro | March 3, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"That was just ten days after Inauguration Day. Just ten days. Contrast that with the Bush administration: In the eight years that George W. Bush was in office, I was never ever invited to meet with the president. Ever. We represent 150,000 frontline federal employees in 31 agencies and not once in eight years was there anything that he...valued federal employees input on," she said.

Bush was a total failure!

Posted by: TheDiplomat | March 3, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree with Ms. Kelley. 100%

And NTEU (Long), as well as others involved, should get on Ms. Kelley's bandwagon.

Rush Limbaugh represents the PARADOX of our collective society. What we have fallen into-while throwing our values away.

Ms. Kelley is basically and simply putting forth the facts.
WHO COMES ON RADIO OR T.V. AND SAYS "OUR PRESIDENT SHOULD FAIL".

Hello America! Where the hell are you comin' from? I cannot believe people are jumping on this "Rush bandwagon" with full belief that he is correct and above all-is morally correct.

Do we no longer have any logic to apply? Have we lost our understanding of what is right and what is wrong?
To instill fear of failure like this--and to announce it nationally. Then to applaud this man for it. And have Steele begging on his Republican knees for forgiveness from Limbaugh, a percocette, law-breaking addict.

To instill and suggest behavior FOR FAILURE. And then commend the people for instilling such thought processes.

It is total disrespect for the highest office of our land.
It is total disrespect for our land and our democracy.
It is total disrespect for President Obama, a Harvard educated lawyer that is above and beyond a fat freak like Rush.
It is total disrespect for the viewers that listen to his vomit.

Rush Limbaugh is addicted to Percocettes and downers, played 6 doctors to break the law and get those prescriptions refilled constantly, took up with drug dealers and others to get those percocettes.
and yet...you America
listen to this PERCOCETTE ADDICTED
FAT *^%$# !!!
Forget about trying to save your money America....YOUR mind-set is what you need to save!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 3, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Why would the party that promised hope and change take steps to purposely kill their Golden Goose, our economy. The only answer I have is POWER. They want absolute power so they can dictate how we, the betrayed, shall live our lives, and they are willing to destroy the American Dream and cause all kinds of harm to accomplish their goal.

Posted by: DL13 | March 3, 2009 1:54 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.

Rush is Rush, an entertaining commentator that so far makes more sense than what we are getting out of Washington. Since the Left hates anyone that will shake their tree they will stop at nothing to undermine or silence him, including the distortions on what he says and the threats of returning the Fairness Doctrine. The new Administration is a big disappointment because of the great abundance of corruption in the new Cabinet. I have lost count, but 5-6 tax cheats, a lawyer that spun a deal to get a crook pardoned so he could make a big donation to the Clinton Library, another lawyer that defended child porn crooks, plus Gov Richardson's issues. He has already broken many of his campaign promises and his idea of bi-partisanship is to rub the election victory in the GOP's faces by flippantly telling them "I won." I guess the implication is that if the Republicans would just lie down and be good door mats then everything would be just fine. The Congress also barred the GOP from any input on the drafting of the Stimulus Bill; they shut them out and said we don't want you and don't need you, "We won, and to the victor, the spoils!!" As much as I disliked Bush, for a variety of issues, this makes him almost look like a saint. Do we need a third party, one that really is for the people? The one in power sure isn't....

I realize this is mostly a Left wing blog but, for those of you that want to know what Rush really thinks, here is a link to his talk at the CPAC:

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/02/28/video-limbaugh-brings-down-the-house-at-cpac/

I watched it and didn't see any of the racism that he has been charged with. His attack on the President has been on his policies, not a personal attack on his character that some have been saying about him.
Enjoy.

Posted by: DL13 | March 3, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

not quite DL. I am astonished at the American people that think Rush "knocking the highest office" is correct.
I don't care if Bush was in office, I would say the same thing.

This is not a Republican OR Democrat thing!!!

This fat freak downer addicted entertainer (and I saw entertainer lightly) has a majority of Americans believing him.
This is what is so astounding.

Come on now. Do you call your boss up and say "i hope you fail"??? Walk a mile in these shoes of illogical behavior and what do you find - a percocette addicted fat person who has damaged his brain cells.
And America believes him.

Bush had plenty of crooks. Scooter, Rove, National Surveillance debacle, 9-11. Never read 1996 reports on how planes could be used as weapons, etc. etc.
We can find wrong in every administration we ever have had.

But to put your belief in this drug addict who has a radio show. My God, what is America thinking?

This administration is not a crooked administration. The people that President Obama thought would be "qualified", upon further reflection, were not "qualified". Nothing is ever said about "trial and error" or "information that was not disclosed"....NO, it is automatic that President Obama is at fault.
yes, but the Bush administration

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 3, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

sorry---to continue (hit the key too soon-trying to go to lunch)

yes, but the Bush administration was
sooooo clean?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 3, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse


one more thing as well:

and we just about crucified Michael Phelps for a "bong picture"...but yet
in the back room---
Rush Limbaugh can get by with his addictive behavior that broke laws.

Kinda sorta like the Catholic priests.
Go to your church on Sunday, you will be forgiven by a priest who is raping a kid in the back room right after you split.

Makes alot of sense.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 3, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Rush became addicted to pain killers after having surgery, which is far different than someone just getting high on drugs. Any of you that have gone through an extended period of pain could probably identify with this. Rush said he wants everyone in America that wants to succeed to be successful. What is wrong with that?
I still can't figure out why you guys on the left are so full of hatred for anyone that doesn't see life as you do. It kind of reminds me of the Inquisitions, where the church tortured and murdered millions to purify their faith. Do you plan to burn Rush at the stake after the rest of our freedom is taken from us? If so, how do you know that those with your point of view won't be next when it is no longer convenient to have you as an ally? Right now, our President has Rush as a scapegoat for his own failed policies. Once you get rid of Rush, who will be next?

Posted by: DL13 | March 3, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse


our President has been in office 43 days and you are talking about "failed policies".
Please get a grip.
Do you know what it takes to "enact law" through code and such?
And then try to enact it at state level with everyone out to "skirt said law" at the state level to keep their $87,000 area rugs.

Don't try to justify his addiction. He played 6 doctors (that we know of) to RE-UP on his prescriptions. Even Senior Citizens down here in bum frick egypt play the game better.

And no one wants to acknowledge that a Percocette addiction kills brain cells up the ying yang whereby his logic is OBVIOUSLY faulty. Oh--but catch Mike Phelps with a bong and all hell breaks loose!!!

Again, who comes on radio and t.v. and says "I want the President to fail".
A President that has done far better than any other President in recent times --in the 43 days he has held that office. A President that 200,000 Germans from across the pond will camp out to listen to (as well as numerous other countries that he visited).

This is not a liberal issue, this is not aconservative issue. This is not a Republican issue. This is not a Democratic issue. This is an American issue. Have we lost our logic and reasoning?

I am mad as hell that a popular "star" has the audacity to throw stones when he sins on that fat a&& he sits on.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 3, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Is that a "threat" Ms. Kelley? Now we have Federal Union bosses intimidating a private citizen. This change is not good folks.

Posted by: Kansasgirl | March 3, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked to hear that someone whose money comes from tax payer’s dollars and forced contributions would support the party of higher taxes and forced contributions.

Who but the socialist and the slave owner thinks they have a right to the fruit of other people's labor?

Posted by: armykungfu | March 3, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I hope the president does not fail. I hope our fellow Americans feel the same way. We shall see.

Oh, and who ever elected this entertainer to office??? I was floored when MS begged for forgiveness about his comments against the entertainer. Who really has the power??

Posted by: jrezende747 | March 3, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Again, I still can't figure out why you guys on the left are so full of hatred for anyone that doesn't see life as you do. It kind of reminds me of the Inquisitions, where the church tortured and murdered millions to purify their faith. Do you plan to burn Rush at the stake after the rest of our freedom is taken from us? If so, how do you know that those with your point of view won't be next when it is no longer convenient to have you as an ally? Right now, our President has Rush as a scapegoat for his own failed policies. Once you get rid of Rush, who will be next?

Posted by: DL13 | March 3, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

45 days is not enough time to enact a policy, much less to determine whether such policy failed (at least not in the United States).

Even a 4th grader knows that.

Posted by: jrezende747 | March 3, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing that it is suddenly wrong to critisize a President when that is all that wasa heard for 8 years with Bush. Rush has an opinion.. we all know what opinions are... Attacking him as a drug addict is also a little out of line. So, he took some painkillers... he also got off of them... Obama did coke, pot and stayed wasted for a period of his life. I guess that was "ok" though... but God forbid a talk show guy take some Vicodin.

I am not a Rush fan. So, I am not some mind-numbed robot as you like to call them.

I agree Obama hasn't been in office long enough to take the entire blame for what is going wrong. However, what is he doing right? As of right now... nothing that Wall Street can see, nothing that businesses can see. His new Cap and Trade tax increases will effect all of us ( even those 95% getting a tax cut ) to pay for his expanded social programs and the money he will have to raise to send to the rest of the world to show how much he cares.

Posted by: tbastian | March 3, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Rush should be in prison for drug abuse.
Why is he even allowed on national airwaves? Revoke his license.

How many convicted drug addicts do you know who are allowed to broadcast their crazy views to the whole nation?

Rush is still delusional, obviously. Doesn't he see where this Republican (repukes) revolution has gotten us? Reaganomics was a really stupid idea from the start. Baffoonomics!

How stupid can this country be? (Well, Reagon, Clinton, and George W. I guess pretty stupid.)

I don't understand where Republicans are coming from, really. You have completely destroyed the US and you object to anyone that disagreee with your proven bankrupt ideas?

Your are the destruction of the American way and NeoNazis like Rush Limburger et al have no voice. SHUT UP and go suck your thumbs.

Posted by: morenews1 | March 3, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow comparing Reagan and Clinton? I thought Clinton was the savior of all man kind.. that is until the Messiah....

I hate to say it but I'd much rather see Clinton back in office than this guy. Clinton had a way of making America feel calm and secure. Obama is leading from fear and instilling hatred amongst the people. Just read these entries or any of the other Blogs to see my point.

I never saw so much hate in this country until this past election and it has only gotten worse since election day. If Obama is so great and the "people" all love him so much we should see nothing but positive signs and "hope". I have seen no hope, only bad news... lots of it.

Posted by: tbastian | March 3, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Rush can be the leader of the Republican Party. ANYONE CAN. Doesn't take much because Republican = confrontation.

And that's about it. The rubber stamp GOP is alive and well.

If you don't believe in governing then you have NO business trying to run our government. Republicans preferred a government that governs the least and by those standards that exactly what America got.

They are so busy being the “right”, they ignored the facts of their own incompetence.

Cursory Republican leadership.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | March 3, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Union bosses are low class thugs, much like Obama. Americans don't give a hoot what union thugs think or say. Unions are lap dogs for Democrats and we are tired of it.

Posted by: lclifton | March 3, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Commenters on this article have called Obama a "low class thug"; have held Obama responsible for the bad news later -- presumably the bad economic news which has clearly been building for years; have said they don't see anything he's doing right [I guess a budget that includes health care reform & lower taxes on the middle class doesn't count]; he already has "failed policies"; and best of all -- the rest of us aren't being fair to RUSH!!! What a joke.

Posted by: postreader118 | March 3, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

jACK CAFFERTY ASKED IF RUSH THE NUT IS THE GOP? WE JUST GOT RID OF A DRY DRUNK, DRUGGIE AND NOW HEAR COMES RUSHIE OLE BOY WITH HIS LITTLE BAG OF GOODIES.

THE MAN IS A MOUTHFUL OF USELESS INFORMATION, AND THE SMARTEST THING HE COULD DO IS GO HOME AND WASH HIS FEET, WHICH HE SAYS HE DOESN'T DO, BUT THE STINK GOES WELL WITH THE GOP. SURE WOULD NOT WANT TO BE IN A ROOM WITH THAT PIOECE OF PORK!

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | March 3, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Folks against Health Care reform say that socialized medicine will not work. Does what we have today work with so many folks going bankrupt over medical bills? If folks are so against social programs, then they should not bother calling the police or the fire department next time b/c those services are socialist in practice. What if we had to pay the fire fighters when our homes burned or they would not extinguish the fire (as they did in ancient Rome)?

Posted by: jrezende747 | March 3, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

RUSH WAS ACTUALLY WRONG! OBAMA ALREADY HAS FAILED. HE ISN'T EVEN OUR PRESIDENT.
WHY?
HE FAILED TO BE A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN.
HE FAILED TO TAKE THE PHONY BIRTH CERTIFICATE THAT WAS DONE IN TYPE FONT THAT WAS NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL THE 1980'S.
HE FAILED TO RELEASE HIS COLLEGE RECORDS FROM OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE.
HE FAILED TO PAY THE $10.00 FEE AND PRODUCE A CERTIFIED COPY OF HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE INSTEAD HE HAS SPENT OVER 1 MILLION DOLLARS FIGHTING TO NOT HAVE TO PRODUCE IT.
HE HAS FAILED TO EVER DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD EVEN REMOTELY QUALIFY HIM FOR THE PRESIDENT LET ALONE THE JANITOR IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

HE HAS SUCCEEDED IN SEVERAL AREAS THOUGH.

HE HAS SUCCEEDED IN BRAINWASHING MOST OF THE MENTALLY CHALLENGED IN THIS COUNTRY(SAD TO SAY IT IS A GREAT NUMBER.)

HE HAS SUCCEEDED IN BECOMING THE MEDIAS DARLING BECAUSE THEY ARE A BUNCH OF LIBERAL MULES WITH MONEY.

HE HAS SUCCEEDED IN KEEPING THE TRUTH OU T OF THE MEDIA ABOUT STATES SUCCEEDING FROM THE GOVERNMENT IN RECORD NUMBERS AND
THE FACT THAT THERE ARE COUNTLESS LAWSUITS AGAINST HIM BEING FILED DAILY.
I ASSURE YOU HE WON'T GET THEM THROWN OUT THIS TIME, BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO GO BEFORE CONGRESS AND THE SOON TO BE REVOLTING UPSTANDING CITIZENS WHO ARE TIRED OF BEING SCAMMED AND DEFRAUDED.
MADOFF,STANFORD,AND OBAMA WILL EASILY GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE BIGGEST CON ARTISTS TO EVER DWELL IN THIS COUNTRY.
JUST LOOK AT THE 3RD WORLD GHETTO WE ARE BECOMING.
WE WILL SOON BE ANOTHER AFRICA.
RUN BY FRAUD,TRIBAL BEHAVIOR, AND JUST PLAIN ANIMALISTIC CHARACTER.
WELCOME TO THE ABOMINATION OOPS I MEAN
OBAMINATION.

Posted by: obamination1 | March 3, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

What's next? That the President is from Mars?

Posted by: jrezende747 | March 3, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

It is becoming increasingly evident that a number of reactionary, conservative media types are fanning the flames of rebellion in this country. Believe me, it is not just the kooks and lunatics swallowing the message either. I have deleted 12 names of former conservative friends for making disparaging, and very inappropriate remarks about President Obama. I'm not going to stand for this from my friends nor Rush Limbaugh. The CBS flagship station in St. Louis, KMOX broadcasts Limbaugh's show. My family has agreed to turn the dial. If KMOX is willing to broadcast such poison, they are part of the problem. Limbaugh and all other conservatives who disavow support of their president are bordering on treason. I didn't vote for George Bush, but I respected him as our president. For too long we have accepted in our media, very dangerous spokespeople of a political movement that not only undermines our country on a daily basis, but also creates a long term subversive threat to our democracy. It is not too late for Americans to turn the dial.

Posted by: James24 | March 3, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

If you want the government to run this country's auto, manufacture,bank's,health,school,media,religion, and all the other institutions, then you don't want freedom. That's what the power grab is about, you not being able to make choices, the government will do that for you.

Posted by: xthat | March 3, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm afraid that without government involvement, all these institutions you have named will be belly up by next Christmas. Here's a little news flash for ya! Banking and investment interests lost most of the world's working capital in various derivatives schemes late last spring and summer. By September, the cat was obviously out of the bag. When the Bush Adminstration became aware of the enormity of the problem, they panicked and went to bailout city. Unfortunately, the Bush bailout was like his administration, not very transparent. At this juncture, there is no choice except for the government to attempt to pump whatever funds they can raise into the void of the black hole left by the banking and investment crisis. Additionally, we are about to exponentially increase the seriousness of the crisis as most major corporations begin pouring billions into failing pension funds. My guess is that if the government, including the fed and treasury does not pump an additional $5 trillion into the American economy by next October, the Dow Index will fall to long term support of 1700, which last occurred after the crash of '88. It might behoove all Americans at this juncture to support their president.

Posted by: James24 | March 3, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Shoe is on the other foot, Colleen M. Kelley? The Messiah's true colors showing? The fact that he has no experience running a government, was in the state senate for only less then 2 years? That he is spending money that we don't have, taking it from our children & grandchildren? That he lies straight to the American people when he said there was no pork in his 'STIMULUS?' package? For the past 8 years that Bush was President, 7.5 of them the media, democrats, & liberals made fun of him, called him incompetent. Is that not disrespect for the President, for this country, for democracy? Or is it only disrespectful when the almighty Messiah - Obama is criticized? Talk about RADICAL LIBERALS, stop blaming the conservative talk shows for only speaking the truth.

Posted by: 1Maddie | March 3, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of your political view, it is dangerous to call for violating someone's first amendment right. If Rush or anyone else wants to criticize our government, go ahead. Just because we all don't want socialism doesn't mean we should be silenced. I would expect and hope that people would criticize government when they see a problem no matter which party they lean toward, otherwise we're all in trouble.

Posted by: obummer09 | March 3, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

What an illogical thing for Ms. Kelly to say. Exactly what is the problem with Mr. Limbaugh expressing his hopes, predictions or plans? Every other American has that right. Many a media figure joined the Obamawagon before the elections, with wild predictions of the amazing future in store for all of us if we would just elect this man. They were not stopped from saying the most glowing things about their feelings and their predictions. Why can Mr. Limbaugh not make the opposite prediction, or express the opposite wish?

Additionally, when exactly where memebers of the media restrained and cautious about wishing the most extreme things upon George Bush?

Finally, the expression "if he fails, our country fails" is terribly offensive. Our country is greater than one man. Our success or failure depends as much on our people as it does on our leaders. Our very system of government is designed to protect us from this end. A series of failing presidents may eventually ruin us, but one failing fool in the Oval Office does not end the country.

One can only wonder if this lashout at Rush Limbaugh is the first step towards forcing him off the air. But I suppose if one is ignorant enough to suppose that the failure or success of our nation depends upon one man, one could also be ignorant enough to fear that a radio host could be the demise of the human race.

Posted by: Writingteacher1 | March 4, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

I agree on the 1st amendment item completely. As demented as his raving is to my sensibilities he does have the right to express his opinions. When he gets into let's revolt and overturn the rightfully ELECTED government he is on thin ice. I see it similarly to yelling fire in a theater. That, fellow bloggers, is against the law.

At the moment Rush is only harming the GOP and I submit they find the intestinal fortitude to reject his opinions. Until then Rush will only further isolate those that can and do vote!

Let's pray our government as a whole succeeds so even Rush will still have a pulpit for those that need him. Please, please take him.

Posted by: jimors | March 4, 2009 1:32 AM | Report abuse

As is evident by the majority of the comments here against Rush Limbaugh, the only negative in this country is Liberals.

You people take comments made by a RADIO ENTERTAINER completely out of context, shaoe them to fit a meaning that YOU wnat, and then bash him.

Hate to tell you this, but Obama is already a failure, just like all of you idiots that voted for him.

As Rush said - I want Obama to fail as well, because if he succeeds in his idiotic Liberal agenda, he will destroy this country.

And that POS Union boss should shut her trap - or just continue to fill it with the fast food she has obviously been eating for years.

Posted by: Snowdog | March 4, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Thanks everyone! Good morning reading! Give President Obama a chance!

Posted by: wolfholst | March 4, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

In order for the Republicans of the next era to be successful they will need to ignore political anachronisms like Limbaugh, Hannity and Coulter.

Limbaugh has influence with about 20% of the Republican base. He did not have enough influence to affect the Primary where McCain won despite intense efforts on the part of Limbaugh to thwart him. If he does not have the influence to affect a primary, he certainly does not have any mainstream influence.
Limbaugh is influential with one faction of the Republican party. He can hurt a Republican candidate, but not a Democratic one. He is a millstone around the parties neck.

Posted by: AndyShep | March 4, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I find interesting and amusing that when the shoe is on the other foot the liberal whiners can't take the heat. The loonie left was calling for Bush's head on a platter and bucked him on every issue. He was criticized and demonized at every turn. He was compared to Hitler which is somewhat ironic when you consider the policies of the one who is in office today. So to all of you so called "tolerant" sniveling liberal weenies, either embrace the free speech that you claim to believe in or SHUT UP!

Posted by: tmhmt | March 4, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Limbaugh is synonomous with limberger cheese, they both STINK!!

Posted by: wjsnyder | March 4, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Ms.Colleen M. Kelley..."If he fails, our country fails" ??? Are you kidding me??
Are we back in the days before the revolution when kings ruled? A president doesn't run this country Ms. Kelley the PEOPLE run this country. If the PEOPLE fail, this country fails...NOT the President, not your King Obama. As a union president you more than anyone should believe in “power to the people”. You are a hypocritical, leftist, ignorant, union pushing, free-speech killing, and intolerant fool. YOU are unacceptable.

Posted by: Lookingfortruth1 | March 4, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Have you considered that maybe we went too far to the right with Bush and now the pendulum (of politics) is swinging toward the left. Extremes are bad, but let it roll! An adjustment was eminent wether it was President McCain or President Obama.

Posted by: jrezende747 | March 4, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

To the writer who said, “For too long we have accepted in our media, very dangerous spokespeople of a political movement that not only undermines our country on a daily basis, but also creates a long term subversive threat to our democracy.”
I wonder if you felt the same way when Democrats were bashing President Bush when we were AT WAR? If that isn’t “undermining our country”, I don’t know what is.
And do you cringe when you watch MSNBC, CNN, CBS, NBC or read any of the major newspapers when their bias reporting constantly “undermines our country on a daily basis”?

And to whoever said, “When he (Rush) gets into let's revolt and overturn the rightfully ELECTED government he is on thin ice. I see it similarly to yelling fire in a theater. That, fellow bloggers, is against the law.” It’s not against the law to call for a President’s impeachment (which Rush has never done). Remember, Democrats did that for the last 8 years! Our founding fathers allowed for the citizens to kick out political leaders. So the “Tea Parties” around the country will continue, as will the “free speech” despite the lefts objections.

I also find it amazing that if you switch “Republicans” to “Democrats in some of the comments Obama supports are making here, i.e. “I don't understand where Republicans are coming from, really. You have completely destroyed the US and you object to anyone that disagrees with your proven bankrupt ideas? “ This is EXACTLY how the Republicans and conservatives feel about failed liberal policies that have bankrupted this country.

Posted by: Lookingfortruth1 | March 4, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

What makes Rush so holy? Do Republicans see him as more of a leader that MS, the chair of the party? If that is the case, they should remove MS from that chair, as he clearly does not have the fortitude to deal with an entertainer like Rush. This is a sad state for the party. America needs a strong Republican party and a Democratic party. The balance of power between the two is what makes our government strong. Fire MS and save the party!!!

Posted by: jrezende747 | March 4, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Ms. Colleen. Rush Limbaugh is nothing more than the Republican God. He sprouts out lies and comments that excites his Republican cronies and they rejoice. Common sense and right thinking people know that he and his republican cronies hate President Obama and everything he stands for. Limbaugh and his cronies live in America and Obama is their President. They will have to live with whatever laws President Obama and congress pass whether they like it or not. We are all in this country together and we all live by this country laws.

Posted by: lclon | March 4, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

To lclon: I appreciate the strong emotion you feel on this subject. And you are right. We do all have to live in our country, and by its laws. But in the first place, Mr. Limbaugh has not refused to do so. In the second place, our system of government does not allow presidents to pass laws on their own, willy nilly, though some presidents have tried. Mr. Obama's recent attempt to ban guns in the Washington D.C. area is a case in point. Whatever you may believe about guns, the president does not have the right simply sign his name and sweep away the Bill of Rights. Certainly Obama is not the only president who seems to believe he does have that right.

On another note, media figures galore made it quite clear for the last 8 years that they hated Mr. Bush and everything he stands for. I certainly hope, lclon, that you were as forceful with them as you are with those who don't approve of Mr. Obama. After all, they said hateful things, comparing Bush to Hitler, and hoping he would die, and other restrained and respectful things. But they had to "live in America and [Bush was] their President. They [had] to live with whatever laws President [Bush] and [C]ongress pass[ed] whether they [liked] it or not." I look forward to browsing this sight for your comments on those who refused to support the previous lawfully elected president.

Posted by: Writingteacher1 | March 4, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that the ACLU web site says...."The First Amendment guarantees us all the right to express our views and be heard by our elected officials. For years, the ACLU has fought the White House policy of shielding the president from dissent. The First Amendment protects the right to free speech, but that right is undermined if protesters can't be heard."

So I emailed them to find out where I sign up to help them help Rush Limbaugh in his fight against President Obama for free speech.

I'll let you know if they get back to me.

Posted by: Lookingfortruth1 | March 4, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

On Monday, Alan Keyes wrote, “Obama’s Soviet-style com-munist state is a Tyrannosaurus Rex on parade in the Jurassic Park of dangerous political excursions. For a moment it’s exciting to get close-up and touchy-feely with something so old that we thought of as extinct. Then we remember that at feeding time, we’re on the menu.”

According to Keyes, if during the election, people had set aside Obama’s empty rhetoric to ask just what kind of change he was proposing, “They would have examined it long and hard enough to see that it’s not change at all – just the same ugly grab for power and control that has marred every socialist movement in the world, and produced the sort of results that toppled the Soviet Empire and that have taken other countries … from prosperity to starvation.”

Posted by: Troilus1 | March 5, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Aren't the Republicans a bunch of wimps, afraid of a fat junkie like Limbaugh. It's no wonder their party has gone up in a puff of smoke. If there's any Republicans out there who can read, 7 years and 10 months more of President Obama. *big smiles

Posted by: gatorsn09 | March 5, 2009 1:07 AM | Report abuse

This is why federal unions only manage 10-15% dues paying membership; lack of diverse political thought. All of these posters that prayed for Bush to fail feign shock and horror over what Limbaugh said. Limbaugh and other conservatives have an honest and intellectual disagreement over what they believe the future of America should be. Where was the outrage when in November/December 1999 when the "Bush is not MY president" and the "Impeach Bush" bumperstickers were out before he even took office? So anti-Bush folks are allowed to disagree with the president and actively work towards undermining him while those that disagree with the policies of Obama are not even allowed to voice their opinions? I am a federal employee and I do not like the what Obama's policies will do to this country, should I be silenced to? If so isn't that fascism?

Posted by: CaptBuck | March 5, 2009 6:12 AM | Report abuse

I love Rush L., Joe the P., Sara P., Ann C., and the other conservative leaders. Watching and listening to them is like watching cartoons only more amusing. The brilliant political tactic of the Obama administration has more and more painted the picture of a Republican party that is led by comedians and showman who are even attacking one another. This approach allows the American people to see the joke that people who call themselves conservative have become. Enormous egoity and lust for attention and money fuels these people who are the Republican and conservative leaders. It is so much fun to watch. Keep it up!

Posted by: Jimdandy2 | March 5, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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