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White House Cheat Sheet: Wanda Sykes, Rush Limbaugh and the Politics of Humor



Comedian Wanda Sykes was the entertainment at the White House Correspondents Dinner. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said moments ago that he had not spoken with President Obama about Wanda Sykes' jokes about Rush Limbaugh but added: "I think there are a lot of topics that are better left for serious reflection rather than comedy. I think there's no doubt 9/11 is part of that."

ORIGINAL POST

In politics, as in life, there is a fine line between stupid and clever -- to paraphrase the great philosopher (and lead vocalist of Spinal Tap) David St. Hubbins.

The question percolating in Washington as a new week starts is whether comedian Wanda Sykes's shots at conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh at the White House Correspondents Dinner were the former, the latter or somewhere in between.

Sykes, who provided the comic relief at the annual gathering of politicians and the reporters who cover them, had already skewered President Obama before turning her attention to Limbaugh.

She suggested Limbaugh's much-repeated insistence that he hoped Obama would fail in office was equivalent to "treason" before adding:

"Maybe Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker but he was so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight. . . . I hope his kidneys fail."

"Too much?" Sykes asked, when the lines drew a mixture of laughter and boos.

That was the question debated throughout Washington on Sunday -- whether Sykes had crossed an imaginary line with her attacks on Limbaugh, turning a fun night into a harder-edged partisan affair.

Democrats in attendance -- and that was the majority of the crowd given the new administration -- largely wrote off Sykes's Limbaugh comment to the sort of good-natured ribbing that is part and parcel of the event.

Several Republicans the Fix spoke with, however, were far less sanguine about Sykes.

"Sykes was funny, toeing the line with her comedy the entire time until she brought up Rush," said Matt Mackowiak, a GOP consultant who attended the dinner. "It's one thing to say he is guilty of treason, another to say that he sounds like Osama Bin Laden, was the 20th hijacker on 9/11, and that you hope his kidneys fail. I thought it was over the line and marred her otherwise good performance."

Another GOP strategist who spoke only on the condition of anonymity said that Sykes's remarks about Limbaugh were "way beyond the pale" adding: "In essence she was saying, 'He's an anti-American terrorist and I hope he dies.' It's hard to see how that's in good fun."

Limbaugh himself did not return an email from the Fix seeking comment but it's hard to imagine that he won't address the issue in some way, shape or form on his radio show today. (Limbaugh may also want to take note of the fact that former vice president Dick Cheney said Sunday he'd rather have El Rushbo in the GOP than former Secretary of State Colin Powell. OUCH.)

Is this all much ado about nothing? Maybe. But, remember back to 2006 when Stephen Colbert used his speech at the Correspondents Dinner to deliver a smackdown of President George W. Bush and the press that covered him -- a moment cast by many liberals as an early clarion call for the sort of change Obama ran on and won with two years later.

Given that, there is clearly potential for Sykes' speech to echo well beyond the walls of the Washington Hilton. The question is whether anyone -- Limbaugh, GOP politicians etc -- will fan the flames over the next 24 to 48 hours. And, if so, does Sykes (or do any prominent Democrats) hit back?

What To Watch For:

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Monday Fix Picks: Was the Fix's White House Correspondents Dinner a success? Nuff said.

1. President Obama begins to move on health care today.
2. Dan Balz on why the GOP needs more Jack Kemps.
3. Nate Silver on social and economic conservatives (with cool graphics).
4. More than 2,500 swine flu cases now in U.S.. Does anybody care?
5. Trekkies Unite!

Crist To Announce Tomorrow: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will go public with the long awaited announcement that he will run for the Senate tomorrow, according to a source briefed on his thinking. Crist's announcement will set off a game of political musical chairs with the offices of state attorney general, chief financial officer and maybe even a House seat or two left open when the music stops. Crist will enter the Senate primary against former House speaker Marco Rubio as the solid -- if not prohibitive -- favorite given his statewide name identification and strong popularity ratings. Rubio is seen as the preferred candidate of former Gov. Jeb Bush (R) although it remains to be seen how much (if anything) Bush will do for Rubio either publicly or behind the scenes. Rep. Kendrick Meek is the favorite for the Democratic nod although he would start a general election against Crist as an underdog.

A Kentucky Primary Brewing: Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) continued his string of strange pronouncements over the weekend by announcing at a Republican gathering that he would be seeking a third term in 2010. "The battle is going to be long, but I am prepared to fight for my values," Bunning said at the Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday night. Bunning's announcement comes as Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who recently formed an exploratory committee with Bunning's blessing, has reconsidered his pledge not to challenge the incumbent in a primary, according to a Kentucky Republican familiar with his thinking. "Senator Bunning may say that he is running but anyone who has watched his performance over the past several months understands that he is unlikely to be the GOP nominee and is incapable of holding the seat," said the source. In addition to Grayson, state Senate president David Williams is also said to be considering the race. Democrats have a primary of their own with Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo and state Attorney General Jack Conway set to square off.

Rogers to Gore Group: Brian Rogers, one of the bright young stars who came out of Sen. John McCain's (Ariz.) presidential campaign, has signed on as research director for the Alliance for Climate Protection -- the group started by former vice president Al Gore. Rogers isn't the only one of McCain's top communicators crossing party divides; Jill Hazelbaker, who oversaw the communications department for the presidential bid, is now serving in the press shop for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's (I) reelection bid this November.

Pennsylvania Plans: With former governor Tom Ridge out of the running for Senate next year in Pennsylvania, will Republican recruiters cede the nomination to former Rep. Pat Toomey? Not yet. State and national Republicans are treating the race like an open seat and are still looking for alternatives to Toomey -- although the names are few and far between. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R) is interested in running statewide but it's hard to see how he could beat Toomey in a primary given his moderate voting record. Some Republicans hold out hope that former U.S. attorney Pat Meehan will reconsider his plan to challenge state Attorney General Tom Corbett for the gubernatorial nomination and instead run for Senate but that seems like a long shot. The most likely scenario remains Toomey as the GOP nominee for Senate next year.

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Say What?: "Well, he's not charming in the same sense that [former president] Clinton is." -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on the current president during an interview with "Fox News Sunday."

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Comments

jaked wrote the *ssinine comment "For the record, every single story I posted a birth certificate question was, in fact, about Obama and therefore on topic. Next canard?"

For the record, every post here is about politics and thus on topic, by your "standard." My point stands.

Next canard, you hapless loser?

Posted by: nodebris | May 13, 2009 12:41 AM | Report abuse

For the record, every single story I posted a birth certificate question was, in fact, about Obama and therefore on topic. Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | May 12, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

jaked wrote: "This thread is not about the Illinois Senate race."

The man who posted to every single story in 44 about Obama's birth certificate is complaining about staying on topic?

That's right up there with complaining about rude comments directed at the king of rude comments.

Credibility isn't jaked's strong point, is it?

Posted by: nodebris | May 12, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

If you're offended by irreverence over 9/11 then thank Rudy Giuliani, George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney. You can't expect to hang on to the same grimness for eight years when people keep invoking it over and bloody over for personal gain.

I thought "20th hijacker" was funny.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 12, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

haha, I actually like this rabid defense of Limbaugh. The more the extremists keep flocking to that person, the harder it will be for Republican politicians to distance themselves from him.

On further thinking, I think the 9/11 joke might have been a little over the line not because it was about Rush, but it was about 9/11.

I still love the kidney failure quip.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 12, 2009 4:49 AM | Report abuse

Its ironic that now Republicans are against Hate Speech. Aren't they complaining that the Hate Crime bill limits hate speech against gays... oh I'm sorry it prevents your pastor from "speaking the truth" (aka bashing people for being different).

The bill does no such thing but I think its really ironic.

Posted by: Kman23 | May 12, 2009 1:53 AM | Report abuse

So Republicans can say Obama is a terrorist or a Muslim (like that is demeaning or something, but they mean it to be) or a Socialist and when someone turns the tables on them, oh wow its over thb line.

Haha everyone laughed. Get over it. Rush is a big baby.

Oh, JakeD is a Republican Troll! He thinks Hitler was too soft.

Posted by: Kman23 | May 12, 2009 1:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm a conservative, and I thought what she said was hilarious! I think we all need to get a sense of humor and just enjoy it. I don't begrudge her right to say what she wants, just as I'm sure that no one here will begrudge me my right to speak my mind as well.

So when I say that I hope Wanda Sykes dies of AIDS, well, you should all get a chuckle over it. I know I did!

Posted by: ericinwisconsin | May 12, 2009 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps if Rush Limbaugh didn't go "beyond the pale" on a daily basis in his never-ending attempt to undermine what has so far been a highly effective, compassionate, competent, honorable, honest and (dare I say this...) "fair and balanced" Obama presidency, I'd say that Wanda Sykes had gone too far in skewering Limbaugh. But given hate monger Limbaugh's daily bile-filled rants: there's no such THING as going too far in criticizing him!

Posted by: marcywrite | May 11, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Wanda doesn't owe that clown Limbaugh an apology--she's not a Republican.

Posted by: seller11 | May 11, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Jake -It must be said that it took Sean Hannity about 15 seconds to bring up the Sykes comments. Amy Cox and Tucker Carlson had a great take on it today. Rush is a big boy (wrote that without realizing the double entendre) and can take it. He's certainly dished out a lot in the past.

For what it's worth, I think Chris Fox is a piece of work.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 11, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

This thread is not about the Illinois Senate race.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, jakey, I'll go slower for you next time.

Gotta got read to the kids now. It's fiction night. I'm going to read the fantasy story where Sinise and Ditka get elected to the senate as repukes from IL.

Posted by: jasperanselm | May 11, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

volt? ohm? ampere?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

jasperanselm:

What?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Bring lots of balls, jakey; it's hard to play when all your shots go to the right!

Posted by: jasperanselm | May 11, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

But there doesn't seem to be much of a push to expand the tent. Not even a shred of recognition of the political realities that the New England Republicans face. For all their talk of new ideas, there doesn't seem to be any sort of push to do something, ANYthing different. That must change if Republicans want a sniff of power.

Posted by: DDAWD

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The GOP is like some Doomsday Cult, passing out the Kool-Aid. They've decided that ideoloical purity matters more than appeal, which they probably sneer as "popularity." As nutty as they've gotten they probably expect God to pull the levers for them .. and, ideologically snow-white, they will sink out of sight into historical obscurity. The Dems came back by broadening their appeal, the GOP would rather go under than broaden to anyone outside the rurla south, and go under they will.

As for the AIP, they are just hastening the process, siphoning some of the nuttier creepoids away.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Nobody cares who you claim affiliation with, JakeD, you're a moron, as your every post demonstrates.

But it is worth going to the AIP web site and taking a peek. This is a one-issue political party, boasting about the laughingly meaningless claim of "the fastest growing political party." Yesterday a dozen members, today fifteen ... thinly-veiled antiabortion BS and working in some euphemism for God in every position.

What does it say about a party when belief in the supernatural is a requirement for membership?

Boo!

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

If anyone (other than chrisfox8) wants to see my voter registration card, just let me know.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

jasperanselm:

Don't worry because I have an early tee time tomorrow.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I am also registered Independent, not Republican.
Posted by: JakeD

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Hahahahah yeah sure you are. You carry water for the GOP like Mickey's broom in "Fantasia," lickspittle

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Foxy, you da man!

As much as I love coming here to see what nonsense Jakey's writing, you've been on a roll today!

Posted by: jasperanselm | May 11, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

by the way, Obama's speech is also hilarious. For people with a sense of humor, its a funny speech. For Republicans, there is a lot of stuff to pretend to get mad about. Chrisfox, you don't seem to fall into either category, so you can just avoid it.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

angriestdogintheworld:

You noted "wow... this place sure clears out at 5 p.m. on a Monday huh....makes one wonder how many of the repugnots are here to officially tear the fabric......" That's why I noted that I am still here. I am also registered Independent, not Republican. But, you are free to count up the number of my posts on this thread (only 13%) and judge for yourself if that tears the fabric or not. See you around.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

JakeD gave us an update:
angriestdogintheworld:

I'm still here.

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You're always here. Matter of fact sometimes about half the posts in a given comment section come from you. And you manage to post all day without ever writing anything of value, which is not surprising considering that most of your posts are about you.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

And yes, I can spell "condemning," I'm just in a hurry right now.

Posted by: Ilovemycountry | May 11, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

angriestdogintheworld:

I'm still here.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ilovemycount, a word of free advice. Clock out and go home, you're not making any sense here.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

"Is this the new Republican talking point? To attack a person by condemming hypothetical things they might have done, but never actually did?"

LOL, is that not what Wanda Sykes did....i.e., condemning Limbaugh for hypothetically being the 20th hijacker....or does she actually believe he was the 20th hijacker? Perhaps we're simply taking our cues from Democratic talking points.....

Posted by: Ilovemycountry | May 11, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"Is this the new Republican talking point? To attack a person by condemming hypothetical things they might have done, but never actually did?"

LOL, is that not what Wanda Sykes did....i.e., condemning Limbaugh for hypothetically being the 20th hijacker....or does she actually believe he was the 20th hijacker? Maybe we're simply taking are cues from Democratic talking points.....

Posted by: Ilovemycountry | May 11, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"Colin Powell = the most respected member of the GOP, whom Limbaugh invited to leave the party. Let's hope Powell takes him up on it.

The Incredible Shrinking Party. Pretty soon we'll be able to fit the entire GOP in a high school gym's bleachers. Not long after someone can drown it in the bathtub. Heh heh heh.

Can't win without the base, and can't win by appealing to the base. And that's the end."

Yeah, people are talking about how Democrats came back from oblivion, so why not the Republicans? The thing is that the Democrats started going out and recruiting blue dogs and moderates. Of course Bush accelerated the process, but the widening of the Dem tent played a big role. The Republicans are doing the opposite. Whether or not Rush is the leader of the party, he certainly is the loudest voice. But there doesn't seem to be much of a push to expand the tent. Not even a shred of recognition of the political realities that the New England Republicans face. For all their talk of new ideas, there doesn't seem to be any sort of push to do something, ANYthing different. That must change if Republicans want a sniff of power.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell = the most respected member of the GOP, whom Limbaugh invited to leave the party. Let's hope Powell takes him up on it.

The Incredible Shrinking Party. Pretty soon we'll be able to fit the entire GOP in a high school gym's bleachers. Not long after someone can drown it in the bathtub. Heh heh heh.

Can't win without the base, and can't win by appealing to the base. And that's the end.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

What is hysterically MORE funny than the Press Club humor was Cheney's interview on CBS: Promoting Rush Limbaugh over Colin Powell as the better republican.

This is simpluy MOST EXCELLENT news. Cheney and Limbaugh are going to keep republicans out of power for generations.

DAStubbs,
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | May 11, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I watched the event live on MSNBC and I laughed at ALL of the jokes by Obama and Sykes.

I imagine those who may have found some to be unfunny were the butts and their supporters. Big deal.

You know the old saying: F 'em if they can't take a joke.

DAStubbs,
Minnepolis

Posted by: dastubbs | May 11, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

As long as Republican "leaders" continue to kiss Limbaugh's behind in abject remorse whenever they've offended him, then he enjoys a national profile. Sykes was right to skewer him. Limbaugh is as cruel, ugly and mean spirited as they come.

And where exactly is it written that libs, whenever some wingnut (Hannity, Limbaugh, Coulter et al) hurls outrageous and ugly insult and lies, must express outrage instead of replying in kind?

My only qualm about this event is that when we express our disgust for Limbaugh, it feeds him.

Posted by: BlucherBlock | May 11, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

"If one of Obama's policies was to reinstitute slavery, and as American citizens, we stood up and publicly opposed this policy, hoping it would fail, would that make us guilty of treason?"

"So, if she just posted on her bulletin board "I meant every word and I hope Rush Limabugh dies!" that wouldn't matter either?"

Is this the new Republican talking point? To attack a person by condemming hypothetical things they might have done, but never actually did?

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

wow... this place sure clears out at 5 p.m. on a Monday huh....

makes one wonder how many of the repugnots are here to officially tear the fabric......

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | May 11, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

You gooper trolls should go consult a dictionary of political terms. You uh people toss around words like "socialism" with all the political seriousness of a fourth grader carving ballpoint swastikas into his desktop. You have no idea what the word means.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Any attempt to reason with anyone who is not a "gooper" results in the individual who is not a gooper apparently having no recourse but to resort to name-calling....

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You ought to try it sometime.

Reasoning, I mean.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Any attempt to reason with anyone who is not a "gooper" results in the individual who is not a gooper apparently having no recourse but to resort to name-calling....

Posted by: Ilovemycountry | May 11, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

A mention of Limbo really brings out the goper's goobers and loons...

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

True or false...Rush Limbaugh is an "hysteric?"

Posted by: Ilovemycountry | May 11, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

It IS worth consideration, because you stated that hate speech "gets people killed." (Your words). Does this only apply to conservative voices, or is there equity in your theory?

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If you want to have a conversation about stuff that belongs in the National Enquirer, then knock yourself out, but don't expect me to take part. She's a bimbo, he's a hysteric, end of story.

If you want to cast a supermarket tabloid piece of news into conservative/liberal polarity, I will assume you're an idiot.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing to me, probably a conservative by nature.. that Rush gets so much validation.. he's a very strange man and has some very scary ideas.. he would be more harmless if we didn't treat him as a credible representative.

Posted by: newbeeboy | May 11, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Neither of them is worth anyone's time.

It IS worth consideration, because you stated that hate speech "gets people killed." (Your words). Does this only apply to conservative voices, or is there equity in your theory?

Posted by: Ilovemycountry | May 11, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Rush's comment in context:

"Were the liberals out there hoping Bush succeeded or were they out there trying to destroy him before he was even inaugurated? Why do we have to play the game by their rules? Why do we have to accept the premise here that because of the historical nature of his presidency, that we want him to succeed? This is affirmative action, if we do that. We want to promote failure, we want to promote incompetence, we want to stand by and not object to what he's doing simply because of the color of his skin? Sorry. I got past the historical nature of this months ago. He is the president of the United States, he's my president, he's a human being, and his ideas and policies are what count for me, not his skin color, not his past, not whatever ties he doesn't have to being down with the struggle, all of that's irrelevant to me. We're talking about my country, the United States of America, my nieces, my nephews, your kids, your grandkids. Why in the world do we want to saddle them with more liberalism and socialism? Why would I want to do that? So I can answer it, four words, "I hope he fails." And that would be the most outrageous thing anybody in this climate could say. Shows you just how far gone we are. Well, I know, I know. I am the last man standing. "

Posted by: Ilovemycountry | May 11, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Sorry...I forgot....that incident hasn't been reported much in the "balanced," main-stream media. Here's the story: http://perezhilton.com/tv/index.php?ptvid=0bad59ed42807

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Oh, that. No interest one way or the other. Neither of them is worth anyone's time.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Who is Perez Hilton? Paris I've heard of.

Sorry...I forgot....that incident hasn't been reported much in the "balanced," main-stream media. Here's the story: http://perezhilton.com/tv/index.php?ptvid=0bad59ed42807

Posted by: Ilovemycountry | May 11, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse


JakeD... the future of commentary. WaPo could charge us for the ability to drive cars and ability to kick. I actually could have driven right over Ralph, as you are able to increase the weight of your car so it can go through buildings and over charactures.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PROCT1JpZnA

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | May 11, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

If one of Obama's policies was to reinstitute slavery, and as American citizens, we stood up and publicly opposed this policy, hoping it would fail, would that make us guilty of treason?

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If you need to invoke such hyperbolic absurdity to make your point, you probably don't have a point to make.

There are already several Obama policies that I, an ardent supporter who donated the max allowed to his campaign, hope to fail. That would be because I'm a thinking person with a mind of my own and not an echo-chamber for some pundit who thinks for me.

But Limbaugh wished not for the failure of a single policy, he hoped for the entire presidency to fail, which means the failure of the USA. And the gooper cheered.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"For the record, the White House has clarified that jokes about Rush Limbaugh as the 20th hijacker are 'beyond the pale'

And I would like to think that making jokes at the expense of folks who've overcome drug addictions and their families would be "above" a comedienne's "pay grade"...but apparently not.

Posted by: Ilovemycountry | May 11, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Also, for the record, Rush didn't bring up the Sykes "jokes" during his show today, raising two possibilities:

1) He's rising above it all, or

2) He is, in fact, the 20th hijacker.

Feel free to share your guesses here, or see tomorrow's "Sketch" column by Dana Milbank for the correct answer ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Just curious..do you consider Perez Hilton's recent rant to be "hate speech?"

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Who is Perez Hilton? Paris I've heard of.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

ilovemycountry..
good response (Bill Cosby)..

I was thinking that this might be a Lenny Bruce type of event.. where comedy and standards are stretched, yet again.

Maybe a new bar has been set.. I'm old, things change too fast for me at times.. but we have to accept that..

thanks again for commenting.. glad someone is thinking about these things..

Posted by: newbeeboy | May 11, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

For the record, the White House has clarified that jokes about Rush Limbaugh as the 20th hijacker are "beyond the pale":

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/05/wh-dings-comedi.html

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

If one of Obama's policies was to reinstitute slavery, and as American citizens, we stood up and publicly opposed this policy, hoping it would fail, would that make us guilty of treason?

Posted by: Ilovemycountry | May 11, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Chrisfox:

Just curious..do you consider Perez Hilton's recent rant to be "hate speech?"

Posted by: Ilovemycountry | May 11, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

JakeD wrote:

My grandson loves GTA3 (he can't wait for Lost and Damned ; )
=============================

grandson? there goes my spore theory....

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | May 11, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"It was good to see African Americans on that podium and on the stage.. there was a lot of fun poked in many directions.. the U.S. again proves to the whole world that giant melting pot does indeed work.. that years of denigration and racsim begin to fade into humorous discourse.. I am proud of free speech and melding cultures.."

Anyone ever hear of Bill Cosby? I guess he's a purist when it comes to comedy. You'd never hear such a diatribe in his material...guess his comedic style is all passe now?

Posted by: Ilovemycountry | May 11, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Let's keep our eye on the one ball here .. hate speech doesn't only rile up the goopers, it gets people killed. Limbaugh incites every day he's on the air, and Palin grinned her approval of the "people" at her rallies who screamed for Obama's death. So let's cut the crap.

Limbaugh openly hopes for Obama to fail, and since he's the president, Limbaugh is hoping for the country to fail, as a means of getting the corrupt and incompetent GOP back into power.

To wish in return that his kidneys fail is mild by comparison.

As for the idea that this is in some way beyond the pale, that is simply grotesque. It was not that long ago at the same event that a little skit was played showing Bush looking for Iraqi WMDs under his office rug. He should have had to resign for such despicable humor, and I didn't see any goopers saying anything about such impropriety.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the confusion, DDAWD. That last question should have been: "you really DON'T think the police can use your threat?" If you'd rather take the 5th, that's fine by me.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

JakeD

"Tohio
Thanks for those quotes, but I was asking about the line Ms. Sykes crossed: did Limbaugh ever wish kidney failure for Obama?"

Did you read the post? It was in response to pkhenry, not you. Unless you are pkhenry also?!

Posted by: tohio | May 11, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"Why can't I use anything you've written on here as evidence? If you threatened to kill me, and then I ended up murdered, you really do think the police can use your threat? I think you have something backwards here."

*sigh*

dude, you're an idiot.

Ok, go ahead and find evidence that I want to kill you or I want you to die or whatever.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse


remember how funny Limburger was when he broadcast "Obama the magic negro"?

Hannity loved it!

Posted by: lichtme | May 11, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

That was for you, JakeD, I'm counting on you to make hay about it for the next three days. Now don't let me down, troll!

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

It was good to see African Americans on that podium and on the stage.. there was a lot of fun poked in many directions.. the U.S. again proves to the whole world that giant melting pot does indeed work.. that years of denigration and racsim begin to fade into humorous discourse.. I am proud of free speech and melding cultures..

Posted by: newbeeboy | May 11, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Sykes over the edge?

Compared to who and in what context ... Olbermann, Mayer, Letterman, Leno, Colbert, Imus, O'Reilly, Hannity, Limbaugh, Palin, Joe the Plumber, who?

I guess "over the edge" depends on one's "political sensitivities" and "sense of humor". I guess it also depends on whether we subjectively filter "all jokes" through a "double standard hypocrite value system".

Not being a professional comedian myself, I suspect all "jokes" are intended to be two things -- a fun critique of a person, place, or thing ... e.g., "How to Shoot Friends & Interrogate People".

If so, is the latter joke "over the edge" or "a funny (harmless) critique" of "Darth Vadar" (aka Dick Cheney). Is the ad hominem joke of calling our former Vice President "Darth Vada" over the edge? Not to me. But then, um, it might be to, um, Dick!

Posted by: GroupThink | May 11, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

Why can't I use anything you've written on here as evidence? If you threatened to kill me, and then I ended up murdered, you really do think the police can use your threat? I think you have something backwards here.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"So, if she just posted on her bulletin board "I meant every word and I hope Rush Limabugh dies!" that wouldn't matter either?"

For all anyone knows, perhaps I want you to die.

Which may or may not be true, but you can't use anything I've written on here as evidence.

And now you can quote me as saying "I want you to die" which is a direct quote of me, but if you read the whole post, its not what I'm saying at all and no matter what you or anyone thinks, that doesn't change the intention of this posting.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh's hate speech has no doubt inflamed several people to commit mayhem and murder. And he's on the radio every day with hate speech. Why should he be spared the same in return? I hope he dies in fire, and the video of his ignored screams for help is a hit on YouTube. Sue me.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

It's about time someone called Oxycontin Rush what he is: a liar and a bigot. If he'd been anyone else in the state he would've gone to jail for trafficking in controlled substances. I seem to recall that, at one time, he was all for "get tough on drug abuser" policies popular in the country. I suppose he didn't mean himself, though. Guess that also makes him a hypocrite.

Was Sykes over the line? No way. It's time to go after people who make their living telling lies.

Posted by: tellthetruth01 | May 11, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

God Bless, Howie Kurtz : )

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Howie Kurtz, the crack, impartial media critic, amazingly, only took a couple of posts on his chat today about Wanda and Boss Limbo. He blamed Obama for laughing. He always defends the right-wing crackpots though..

Posted by: tsorren | May 11, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I love you Wanda but you could've just quoted the gas bag himself and made an even bigger joke of him.

We're going to let you destroy your life. We're going to make it easy and then all of us who accept the responsibilities of life and don't destroy our lives on drugs, we'll pay for whatever messes you get into."
-- Rush Limbaugh show, Dec. 9, 1993

"I'm appalled at people who simply want to look at all this abhorrent behavior and say people are going to do drugs anyway let's legalize it. It's a dumb idea. It's a rotten idea and those who are for it are purely 100 percent selfish."
-- Rush Limbaugh show, Dec 9, 1993

"If (Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders) wants to legalize drugs, send the people who want to do drugs to London and Zurich, and let's be rid of them.
-- Rush Limbaugh show, Dec 9, 1993

"There's nothing good about drug use. We know it. It destroys individuals. It destroys families. Drug use destroys societies. Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. And the laws are good because we know what happens to people in societies and neighborhoods which become consumed by them. And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up.

"What this says to me is that too many whites are getting away with drug use. Too many whites are getting away with drug sales. Too many whites are getting away with trafficking in this stuff. The answer to this disparity is not to start letting people out of jail because we're not putting others in jail who are breaking the law. The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too."
-- Rush Limbaugh show, Oct. 5, 1995

What a comedian.

Posted by: AverageJane | May 11, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Sykes over the edge?

Compared to who and in what context ... Olbermann, Mayer, Letterman, Leno, Colbert, Imus, O'Reilly, Hannity, Limbaugh, Palin, Joe the Plumber, who?

I guess "over the edge" depends on one's "political sensitivities" and "sense of humor". I guess it also depends on whether we subjectively filter "all jokes" through a "double standard hypocrite value system".

Not being a professional comedian myself, I suspect all "jokes" are intended to be two things -- a fun critique of a person, place, or thing ... e.g., "How to Shoot Friends & Interrogate People".

If so, is the latter joke "over the edge" or "a funny (harmless) critique" of "Darth Vadar" (aka Dick Cheney). Is the ad hominem joke of calling our former Vice President "Darth Vada" over the edge? Not to me. But then, um, it might be to, um, Dick!

Posted by: GroupThink | May 11, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey JakeD why do you work death into every single post you do? You call abortion "murder" and you equate a kidney-failure joke to a murder wish. Is hyperbole your only chance of getting the attention you so desperately need?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Rush's "I hope he fails" comment was as funny as Wanda's "I hope his kidneys fail". Rush's notion of The Common Good is this: What's good for Rush is good for everybody.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | May 11, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Funny, wasn't that long ago that goopers at McCain/Palin rallies were screaming "kill him!" and Palin those two bozos just grinned. IF anything they egged on assassination talk. If anything they were hoping for it, since it was their only chance of winning.

Kidney failure means dialysis, which would restrict Limbaugh's air time and would serve him right.

Get a grip, goopers. If you can't take it then don't dish it out, crybaby losers.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

No, she wasn't funny. Not nearly as funny as bush looking for the 'weapons of mass destruction' that were never found. No, what's funny is how many of our soldiers have died over that. But that doesn't bother you morons. Because the truth is, the republican party thinks of the military as their personal little tin soldiers, to fulfill the macho fantasies they have but are too cowardly to act on.

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Sykes was just a bad choice for this event. She's just not that funny. The angry black woman just doesn't play well."

Anyone want to wager this person didn't watch the video and has never watched Sykes outside of a Bill O'Reilly clip?

She is black and she is a woman. He got that part right. And if his belief that all black women are angry people were true, then that would apply to this situation.

But its not true both in her case or for all black women.

You could watch the video on mute and see that she clearly wasn't angry.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

So, if she just posted on her bulletin board "I meant every word and I hope Rush Limabugh dies!" that wouldn't matter either?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

""It doesn't matter how they took it"?! It's not even possible that she meant it as a death wish, huh?"

Well, people's perception of things "matter" in the sense that, you know if they went home crying, then they're emotionally distraught and so-forth which is real.

It doesn't matter in the sense that their perception doesn't define reality. Sykes' joke wasn't a death wish and no amount of their perception will make it a death wish. It just simply wasn't.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Sykes was just a bad choice for this event. She's just not that funny. The angry black woman just doesn't play well.

It's not like you have to work that hard to make the repukes look like idiots. They do that very well on their own.

Posted by: jasperanselm | May 11, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

It truly must be a SLOW news day for this to be on the radar screen. Much worse has been said by Bush, Cheney, Limbaugh, Hannity, and assorted other nauseating idiots.

Enough Already~! Sykes is a comedian, and like Stephen Colbert a few years ago, her routine will resonate way beyond the beltway. GET out of your echo chamber, this IS NOT a story. FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO WRITE ABOUT.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | May 11, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The story quotes at least two GOP consultants who attended the dinner IN PERSON and came away with the same impression I did:

1) "It's one thing to say he is guilty of treason, another to say that he sounds like Osama Bin Laden, was the 20th hijacker on 9/11, and that you hope his kidneys fail. I thought it was over the line and marred her otherwise good performance."

2) Sykes's remarks about Limbaugh were "way beyond the pale" adding: "In essence she was saying, 'He's an anti-American terrorist and I hope he dies.' It's hard to see how that's in good fun."

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

"It doesn't matter how they took it"?! It's not even possible that she meant it as a death wish, huh? She had lost half her audience by the Hannity joke(s). I noticed that Olbermann thought it was funny though.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"Sykes is the new voice and leader of the Democratic Party.

Posted by: leapin"
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Well I guess you will be right just as soon as Dems line up to apologize to her when they publicly disagree with her.

Posted by: JRM2 | May 11, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

The earlier commentary about Syke's "hope his kidneys fail" was taken out of context. Can you folks report ANYTHING right?

The line "he hopes our country fails" is the setup line for "I hope his kidneys fail". Without the setup line, and the 4 or 5 sentences that precede it, you are creating ammunition for the cranky right wing moonbats that flock to Rush in distress. Frankly, I hope Limbaugh dies tomorrow, too, and for the same reason. He wants America to fail. If we still had the Fairness Doctrine, this @sshole would be out of business.

Oh, I wonder if the WaPo will apologize to Rush Limbaugh on behalf of Wanda and Obama. Maybe you can apologize for Colin Powell, too... you could get Broder and Krauthammer and special guest columnist Porter Goss to write the apology.

Dear Rush,
We at the Post are so sorry that anyone said anything BAD about you. You were right, of course, about whatever they criticized, including us, and you will always be right in the future.

Please never say anything too bad about us, we're not really the "liberal press" any more. We're just a jerkwater bunch of flunkies and apologists who support torture, the wars wherever they are, corporation control, and Gold Bond Powder.

Sincerely,
WaPo editorial staff

PFFFFFFFFT.

-Wexler

Posted by: WWWexler | May 11, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

""Sykes was funny, toeing the line with her comedy the entire time until she brought up Rush," said Matt Mackowiak, a GOP consultant who attended the dinner"
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I see, so when she was skewering Obama it was funny, but not when she went after Rush.

Posted by: JRM2 | May 11, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Rush...the philanthropic "hate-monger."

https://rush.radiothon.org/

Posted by: Ilovemycountry | May 11, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"Jack The Ripper's "How to Treat a Lady.""

Now THAT is funny, hahaha.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"DDAWD:

So, you think the people who BOOED that part didn't take it as a death wish? Did you read that post by laloomis earlier?"

It doesn't matter how they took it. That's an incorrect interpretation of what she said.

There are many times that its unclear what the person meant and there are times when both sides have a point. This is not one of those times. The people who took it as a death wish are mistaken. That's not what she said at all.

Besides, if they booed the McCain joke, they were going to boo the slightest jab at any right-winger. Hell, they even booed when Sykes said Hannity would have a hard time with a middle seat in a coach flight.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

angriestdogintheworld:

My grandson loves GTA3 (he can't wait for Lost and Damned ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

jaked: "Limabugh never crossed the line "joking" about someone's kidneys failing. Never."

Powerful defense of your hero, there, jaked. Wow. You found a line he hadn't crossed -- joking about kidney failure. Well, no, I guess he hasn't gotten to that one yet. Is that supposed to imply he's somehow superior to Sykes?

The idea of a Limbaugh fan proposing a standard of decorum in political humor is so pathetic that it is in itself amusing. Put it on the shelf, right next to Stalin's "Guide to Ethical Warfare" and Jack The Ripper's "How to Treat a Lady."

Posted by: nodebris | May 11, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

So, you think the people who BOOED that part didn't take it as a death wish? Did you read that post by laloomis earlier?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

actually that may have been funnier.... I've heard Parkinson's and hearing loss were but two of the side effects of Oxy, and obviously the deep thought process that allowed him to channel to the moron minions. BTW, I like to discuss with verve. Think of these boards in 10 years. It will be like Grand Theft Auto meets 2nd Life. So we can drive around on motorcycles and chain the avataurs of those blithering on soap boxes.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | May 11, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow, it's true...jaked really does change his song depending on which way the wind is blowing...

BTW very heartfelt expression of sympathy for persons with Parkinson's...I hope they bought you lunch...

Posted by: bthogan | May 11, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The worst thing about Sykes' comments was that she descended to Limbaugh's level. We are better than that.

Posted by: hallosev2 | May 11, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

PEOPLE, the kidney joke wasn't about wanting Limbaugh to die. The joke was about the absurdity of wanting things with important functions to fail!!

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse


First Dude.... before the cookie crumbled.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9QKnK6SiR8

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | May 11, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

angriestdogintheworld:

If she had said "I wish he had Parkinson's" that would at least be well-deserved.

DDAWD:

As usual, we will have to agree to disagree. At least you do so in a civil manner.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Exposure of the media role in the Obama phenomenon is what the Left fears most because, at some level, they understand that if the press were ever to report honestly on what the Democrats are doing, the game would change. So the Obama cultists, accustomed to only fawning coverage of their Leader, react with fury when the fawning coverage is demonstrated to be dishonest.

Obama's high level of public support is largely a product of his positive image the media have crafted. "DijonGate" exposed how this image-making role is played. And therefore William Jacobson is denounced as a "wing-nut" pushing "right-wing talking points."

Of course, there are no "left-wing talking points," and if you dare suggest that Media Matters and Huffington Post are participating in an orchestrated propaganda effort -- perhaps organized by Astroturf king David Axelrod -- this only proves you are a "wing nut."

Posted by: leapin | May 11, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

By next week Sykes will be forgotten by everyone sane. But 4F PimpleButt Boy will still be the ugly unpopped head of the R party.

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I see that Gibbs was referring to the "20th hijacker" part of the joke. By implcation, then, everything else was OK?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

"The boos were about Cindy being able to afford a helicopter. They were about John having to ask his wife: "pretty please?" Kinda like joking about John Kerry asking Teresa for an allowance ; )"

Neither joke is all that funny, but certainly not offensive.

And Sykes spent the first 75% of the performance poking fun at Obama and his administration. This wasn't a 15 minute long anti-Rush/Bush screed.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Sykes is the new voice and leader of the Democratic Party.

Posted by: leapin | May 11, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

jaked: >

Limbaugh mocked Michael Fox's Parkinson's Disease symptoms - even went as far as to say that he was faking it. He wasn't.

So proud, so certain of your moral superiority, so full of ****.

Posted by: bthogan | May 11, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

“Rush Limbaugh is a cross between the Anti-Christ and Jabba the Hut. There's no disease bad enough for him.”

“Well, well....the right-wing psychopathic clown got what he deserved for a looong time. It took a woman to set this trash straight.”

“Rush deserves a lot worse than kidney failure. I'd vote for Pancreatic Cancer, but that seems too quick... How about Parkinson's? Didn't he make fun of that? But its not painful enough. Rush Limbaugh deserves something really, really, special. After all, he's a really special guy.”

“Gee, if we're suddenly going to feel so bad about this, could someone at least talk about how the scumbag mocked Mochael J. Fox's Parkison's Disease. Kidney failure would be too find a fate for Rush Limbaugh.”

Rush CAN be over the top at times, but, is the answer really to respond in kind? It's funny how left-wingers subscribe to the mandate of "eye-for-an-eye" when it suits their interests, (as in this instance), but not when it comes to terrorists, pedophiles/child molesters, or murderers.

Posted by: Ilovemycountry | May 11, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

angriestdogintheworld:

Limabugh never crossed the line "joking" about someone's kidneys failing. Never.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse
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but he had no problem making fun of Michael J. Fox, who probably created more young conservatards than Limbo with his portrayal of Michael Keeten. But... speak up for your affliction counter to the prevailing wisdom will get you shot down, most effectively from your own base.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | May 11, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Ok, thoughts on the Rush Limbaugh part.

It was funny, but you have to hear it, not read it. It was done in a humorous tone. Offensive? Yeah, a bit, but that's ok. It was funny.

And you definitely need context for the kidneys failing part.

Essentially she was saying that his hoping for Obama to fail was akin to her hoping for Limbaugh's kidneys to fail. That's a pretty sharp and incisive way of framing what he said. If your kidneys fail, you're in a lot of trouble. If the President fails, the country is in a lot of trouble.

Yeah, Chris' framing of Sykes' jokes seemed really out of character for her. Now I know why. Unfunny and angry out of context, but funny and clever in context.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

Make sure you watch all the way to when Obama stands up and gives her a big kiss.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Sykes is just plain trash. Apparently she is on some sit com somehwere. Obama's entertainment cadre,(I mean he now has Ari Emanuel running his entertainment
office in the White House),is without a doubt the most sickeningly divisive bunch of people I have ever seen. The ONLY voice against THE ONE is Rush. Sykes is a prime example of the sort of big mouthed racist trash that supports Obama

Posted by: Kateliz | May 11, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

the big split


"During the debate over the economic stimulus — while most state budgets were deeply in the red — the House GOP unanimously opposed the recovery package, arguing in favor of more tax cuts for the wealthy. Highlighting a schism in the party, however, several GOP governors, such as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gov. Charlie Crist (FL), and John Huntsman (UT), readily accepted the federal aid.

In a comment marking a break with the Reagan-embracing hard right, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) raised skepticism about the GOP philosophy of using supply-side tax cuts to plug budget deficits:

In essence, Perdue said the economic theories espoused by Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp — that lower taxes actually generate more government revenue — are a gamble that don’t have a place in Georgia. Not in hard times.

Here’s what Perdue said, as aired on Friday: “Georgia’s a balanced budget state. And it’s very difficult to do the stimulus-type bills in a state that’s starved for revenue and cash at the same time. So that kind of destroys a supply-side theory within a state government.”

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I half expected the First Dude to rush the stage (he was there, right?).

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse
=====================================

you don't know the 1rst dude, he was mind fishing. his body was snug in a tux with shiney shoes, but he knows that starting several weeks ago, 70 degrees came to the G Land early. The first runs of cohos and reds are making their way to the rivers, while Silvers and Kings school in the Bay's. We call it living according to the tides. That is, you pop awake at 4 a.m. with the incoming and the sun shining. I mean do you really think he is enjoying hanging out with you boviators?

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | May 11, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

The boos were about Cindy being able to afford a helicopter. They were about John having to ask his wife: "pretty please?" Kinda like joking about John Kerry asking Teresa for an allowance ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh please, Jake. Get over it. i have heard myself Limbog wishing that Biden's plane would crash, or that 'uppity' women would 'get what was coming to them'. don't pretend he's anything other than a pig.

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Re: UPDATE -- I don't recall anyone joking about 9/11 -- was Gibbs asked if that Air Force One stunt was a "joke" too?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Drindl is pretty obnoxious, but he might be right about the right-wingers being noisy. There was one very inoffensive joke about McCain's wife being able to afford a helicopter, and the boos instantly overpowered the laughs for the first time.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

If Rush Limbaugh were truly motivated by the betterment of society through execution of conservative values and policies, I don't think so many people would wish death on him. Personally, I wouldn't with a painful death on him, but I'd nod appreciatively if he were to get a swift one. A lightning strike or a massive stroke . . . even a non-fatal tongue cancer would be great. Best of all would be if he simply saw the error of his ways, apologized for the damage, and decided to retire. I'd accept any of those outcomes gratefully.

Wanda Sykes is irrelevant. RL begs for this stuff, he loves it. He exists to be loved by his drones and hated by everyone else. His entire business is creating a false "us vs. them" universe by any means necessary.

He changes his story depending on which way the wind is blowing, he says things just to be deliberately irritating. He plays to weak minded listeners' worst animal instincts. His team is always right, "the enemy" is always wrong, and all his enemies are on the same team in his fantasy world. I don't think he's living in that fantasy world any more than J.R.R. Tolkien lived in Mordor, but it's really destructive that he wants all of his listeners to. The worst effect of all is that they help bring it into reality.

Why is he still so successful while Air America languishes? It's because it is part of the nature liberalism not to demand blowhards to tell us what to think. The sooner the Right can let go of jackasses like Rush Limbaugh, the faster this country will heal, whether that means continuing towards the left, or not.

Posted by: bizarrojack | May 11, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

angriestdogintheworld:

Limabugh never crossed the line "joking" about someone's kidneys failing. Never.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

“Sykes COMEDY performance is being questioned, however, Rush's actual non-COMEDY wish for failure of this administration is ok??”

peaceful2008, please…anyone familiar with the art of stand-up knows that the prerequisite for TRUE humor is an element of truth, otherwise, there is no joke. When comedians get up and do routines, it is based in part in truth..comedians’ opinions and convictions WILL be reflected in their material (that is, if they actually write their own material). Out of the heart, the mouth will speak.

Posted by: Ilovemycountry | May 11, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

"Yeah, I half expected the First Dude to rush the stage (he was there, right?)."

That would have been so awesome watching him getting flattened and pinned to the floor by 6 Secret service agents. Not THAT would have been funny.

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The pulling out joke would have been a lot funnier if it were about Bristol.

More offensive, a little unfair, but definitely funnier.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Limbo makes himself a large target as an political entertainment commentator. All publicity is good publicity for him and his agent. Sykes is a known as a sharp tongued, outspoken lesbian. The trick for Limbo will be to get his dig back with out dissing the Log Cabin contingent. We.... ? Sit back and be entertained.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | May 11, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

More boos than laughs? That's because rightwingers are always louder and more rude and offensive than anyone else in the room.

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I half expected the First Dude to rush the stage (he was there, right?).

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"For the record, I heard more BOOS than laughs. DDAWD: did you get to that part yet?"

I'm still on the first half. I can't imagine people booing if it continues like this. Very funny and not that offensive. Perhaps the one about Palin pulling out at the last minute. But that wasn't really making fun of Palin so much as just enjoying the double entendre of "pulling out"

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Corection. I was pulling from memory and now realise the quote on James Earl Ray is "disputed". I will retract it. The first quote stands.

Posted by: trident420 | May 11, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"God forbid Joe Biden ever falls in the hands of a terrorist. They wouldn't even need to torture him for valuable information. They'd just need to say 'how's it going, Joe?'"

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I heard more BOOS than laughs. DDAWD: did you get to that part yet?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse


It is odd, very strange how paranoid this Radical Administration is about its critics. Frequently calling them out, constantly demeaning, taking jabs and not just in a Comedy Club setting. As much as the media did all it could to bring down the previous administration you never had it being so distasteful and in attack mode as this one. But, Barry and his gaggle of Arrogant South Chicago Political Hack Punks operate that way. A little Nixonian like. You would think they would ignore their critics rather than increase their popularity. What's to worry about other than the truth. It is apparent Barry and his henchmen would like to silence the truth.

Posted by: FraudObama | May 11, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

You can expect the White House Press Corps to pepper Robert Gibbs with questions today about how could Obama have laughed at something so terrible. Obviously, it would be unwise and impolitic of Robert Gibbs to reply this way, but one almost wishes he would respond by saying, "It was your party. And all of you laughed, too."

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

jaked, the apology was rhetorical.

Posted by: bthogan | May 11, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

where was the outrage then?

"Interesting to note how some people are getting worked up over Wanda Sykes and Obama's behavior at that dinner. Remember GW Bush joking about the "missing WMD's" when he appeared at the same event a few years back? IMHO, that was a truly low point for our nation-- a President laughing about the fact that nobody could find the nuclear weapons that provided the central rationale for his assault on Iraq, which resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths."

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

bthogan:

I accept your apology then.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

The kind of leadership we have not had for 8 long years:

"Senior administration officials held a conference call with reporters today to announce an initiative by key private stakeholders in health care reform, the specific details of which will be released tomorrow after a morning meeting with President Obama.

The call today was to provide the background information for tomorrow's announcement, the substance of which is a commitment from six trade associations to work within their associations to achieve a significant decrease in the growth of health care spending in conjunction with health care reform efforts. The groups are the America Hospital Association, American Medical Association, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, America's Health Insurance Plans, SEIU, and the New York and California Hospital Associations.

Each is committing to reduce the growth in spending for their segment of the industry--in private health care spending--by 1.5 percent, per year, a goal that could--if achieved--save $2 trillion in federal spending, according to one of the officials on the call. By 2010, it could reduce health care expenditures as a part of GDP by 3 percent. An average family of four could realize as much as $2,500 in savings in 2014.

The initiative apparently came about as a result of the March 5th White House Forum on Health Reform. The initiative was heralded by the administration representatives on the call as a "game changer" in the health care reform discussion, because it signals the commitment of these organizations--particularly AHIP--that have been hostile to previous reform efforts. This signals, the administration says, that these organizations are on board and that health care reform will happen this year."

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

I watched the whole thing (SNL was much funnier). As long as we agree that the part about Rush didn't seem all that funny, I'll be happy.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Your question was answered, jaked, but I'll spell it out for you: I used "they" rhetorically, in reference to your post, which suggested that Ms. Sykes' act of bad taste was a profound moral transgression for which the Democratic Party should be held responsible. I sincerely believed that no one would actually make such an argument, unless they were paid to do so; "they" referred to the entity which, I imagined, had commissioned such a performance. I was wrong.

You don't have to answer my question.

Posted by: bthogan | May 11, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

All the rightwingers ever do anymore is whine like the crybabies they are.

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

In fact, Sykes actually lifted Obama's own joke about playing basketball with secret service around.

You guys should really watch the video. The first five minutes of it is all poking fun at Obama. Even a Geitner bailout joke.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

hayden1:

Did you see Ferhety's apology? Did you know that Ferherty and Limbaugh (the thread topic) are two different people?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Peaceful2008, you are so right. Now that Rush's light has been shown, now people can see him for who and what he really is.

Too bad he has the GOP wrapped around his little fat finger.

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Jake D,

the bus to the KKK party departs in 10 minutes, don't miss it!!!

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"The media never catches [Obama] smoking, but they always seem to catch him with his shirt off"

hahahahahaha

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, You are a true, certified idiot.

Now you really aren't making any sense.

NEXT...

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

trident 420,

Are those really comments made by Rush? Wow, I hate the guy, but I never knew he was that bad.

In a sense though, it is an overall positive for the country to have him spew this kind of thinking. It will bring to surface those view that would otherwise be held inside and fester among so many people.

When expresses, hopefully more people will actually see the darkness and those with no potential for change will be further marginalized.

so in a way, thanks Rush for showing what a scum humans can be.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I always ask my questions with questions and expect them to be answered. As long as you do the same, in a civil manner, I will always answer your questions.

Next?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

It's funny how you ask your questions with questions and expect others to answer them.

I am through with you. You are a right-wing idiot. You are losing me now.

So much for an intelligent spar.

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

I can see that you changed your statements from "Obama administration" to "Obama policies" after our discussion.

Maybe you are not as radical as you thought you were if you are willing to change a little!

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

tmorgan2008:

Maybe because she is still working for Cheney?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Over the line? Perhaps the Followers of Rush have forgotten the multitudes of his own line-toeing gems?

Two that stick out in my mind:

“I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.”

“You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray [the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King]. We miss you, James. Godspeed.”


Classy. Certainly not over the line...

Posted by: trident420 | May 11, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

For the record, what I said was "I am NOT a big fan of slaveholder rights" (drindl, of course, just lied).

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

How come she let off Cheney off? Limbaugh's just an entertainer and gasbag; Cheney's the real subversive.

Posted by: tmorgan2008 | May 11, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

bthogan:

I wasn't being rhetorical. Once you admit there's no "they" who are providing my lunch, I'd be more than happey to answer YOUR questions.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

And one more thing, Sanderscm,

The shift to the left accompanies the shift to the right. Had we not
abandoned all sense of responsibility during our drunken party, when peoples livelihoods were sacrificed for the benefit of the few in power, then we wouldn't have to shift so far in our policies to counter it.

I don't think you are going to see the end of accountability and hard work just because President Obama is putting stop-gaps in place.

If you really look at Obama's views and behavior, you will fing him to be quite balanced.

I personally don't agree with some of the "bail out" because I believe it does more to protect those with the irresponsible behavior (corporate, banker, and the risk-taking public) than the hard-working and rules-abiding public. But i give the President the benefit of the doubt on this one.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Jake is also a racist, belonging to the party of George wallace, pretty much like you probably expected.

Last week he was expressing concern for the rights of slaveholders. This is your gop today.

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I was being rhetorical, jaked. Answer my question: were you as incensed when the previous president joked about not being able to find WMDs? We both know the answer to that question, so the next question is...rhetorical: would you hold the Republican Party responsible for the utterances of the former president, like you do the utterances of this hired performer?

Posted by: bthogan | May 11, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

smckaho420:

One minor correction -- neither Rush nor I want to see a capitalistic America fail -- was the rest of your post "hateful" or not?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Jake is a canard himself.

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Sykes to the extreme. Shimbaugh declaring that he hopes Obama fails, is basically stating that he hopes America fails as well. So yes, Rush is a domestic terrorist that deserves to overdose on whatever brand of prescription medication he is currently hooked on.

Posted by: smckaho420 | May 11, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The distinction is that this was all said in a "roast" like atmosphere where usually nothing is considered sacred.

Rush dishes out his own brand of vitriol, but it is represented as fact.

Sikes is a comedian, Rush just thinks he is.

Posted by: JRM2 | May 11, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

SarahBB:

My party has NEVER been in power, so (as I said) I want Obama's policies to fail because I disagree with said policies. Next canard?

bthogan (you answer this already-pending question to you, and I will be more than happy to answer every one of your questions to me):

"They" being whom?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

You've proven yourself, JakeD. You are a sociopath, just like your larger-than-life hero Rushie Boy.

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Politicalcommentator,

I resent the insult to Jabba!

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

info40 and PoliticalCommentator:

I've never said I'm always right -- for instance, I was wrong to expect either of you to answer simple questions -- see you later.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you should go golfing today, jaked. To come here and vomit your troll's morality on this page - we all know that none of the previous administration's atrocities ever got your goat up publicly like a stupid joke at a fancy dinner - merely confirms the savage, infantile narcissism of the populace that supported those atrocities.

Hey, you're a good man, right? And Rush is just and entertainer, right? (Although of course so often he's right on the money, eh, like about Obama and those colored fellas in Somalia)? And sometimes you gotta torture evildoers, even if that means the "intelligence" they give you is close to worthless, right? But a joke about kidney failure, my goodness, there are some lines you don't cross...and of course, your gratuitous suggestion that from this joke, we may read the character of the Democratic Party...did you read the character of the Republican Party from W's jokes about not being able to find the WMDs whose non-existence has led to the death and suffering of hundreds of thousands? Or is that not so important because they not as white and not as Christian as you (and Rush)? Discuss.

Posted by: bthogan | May 11, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I can't stand Rush but I think Sykes went too far. No crocodile tears though. What she said sounds exactly like the daily fare from the Rush Limbaugh show. If he can dish it out, he should be able to take it.

Anybody who wants American to fail just because their meal ticket party isn't in office is anti-American. Sorry if that isn't funny.

Posted by: SarahBB | May 11, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Sanderscm,

"Extremist" anything is wrong, I agree with you. Extremism gives fuel to those with the subversive agenda.

As humans we should be humble enough to accept a level of uncertainty in our strongest-held views.

Extremism is also a reactionary force. Fundamentalist in Iran or Israel are the same as fundamentalists in US and Venezuela.

God is a force in every human being.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I need to watch the video. I like Sykes a lot. That stuff about Rush didn't seem all that funny, at least without context. I think perhaps it was a moment of catharsis. Non-elected Democrats typically don't get this kind of platform to say stuff like this. I think it would be hard to top Colbert's roasting Bush directly to his face. Limbaugh is exposed to criticism all the time, but Bush was very sheltered from it, so it was pretty interesting to see him react to it.

Also, I need to see the Obama video. The guy is surprisingly funny for someone so straight-laced. The teleprompter joke was great. I also heard him talk about how Rahm Emmanuel's sandwich cutting accident where he lost his middle finger, thus rendering him mute.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

ATTENTION POSTERS:

JakeD is right and you are wrong, about EVERYTHING.

Yeah right.

Grow up JakeD. You really have a way of shirking the truth, and not taking the heat when it turns back on you.

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't care whether you hate or adore Rush, the point of the joke was over the top in my humble opinion. Was he there to be skewered?
Was he part of the evening's festivities?
So in all reality she was taking her hatred for someone and masking it as some sort of comedy? No....that wasn't a joke. Her distaste and wishing kidney failure for another human being no matter how despicable you think he might be, is uncalled for.

Posted by: justmyvoice | May 11, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

JakeD --

Rush Limbaugh is a cross between the Anti-Christ and Jabba the Hut.

There's no disease bad enough for him.

Rush isn't just insane, he's a carrier for it.

Judging by your posts, you've had way too much exposure to him.

Or maybe it was just that really bad motorcycle crash you were in.

You have really have got to start wearing a helmet when you ride, guy.

You've lost it, big time.

Posted by: PoliticalCommentator | May 11, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

skynz71:

At least Rush Limbaugh never "joked" about someone's kidneys failing. Guess what, I am not joking when I say that I want Obama's policies to fail as well.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

analyst72:

When did Rush Limbaugh "joke" about someone's kidneys failing?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Wah! Wha! Wha! You idiots should get your heads out of your a##es. If you all really want to be technical about, then she said the right thing. Any body who wishes failure for our president is dangerous. Failure of our president could mean death not from kidney failure, but the death of millions from nuclear destruction. That's from one entertainer to another.

Posted by: skynz71 | May 11, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Peaceful2008:

I have enjoyed your points this morning. I disagree some of what you say but you are at least not an extremist. Liberals want too much Govt and cottle people too much. Americas rise to prominence was thanks to our can do attitude and the fact that we were a merit based society. It is the case no longer. Leave no child behind, playing games where we keep no score and then giving "participation" trophies. These things are liberal ideals that are destroying our nations competitive spirit.
I will try to respond later today but if you feel you must make your point my email is my post id followed by @ usec dot com.

Posted by: sanderscm | May 11, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

bthogan:

"They" being whom? I don't get paid to post here, if that's what you are referring to. I am retired, with plenty of time to waste before I go golfing tomorrow.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Well, well....the right-wing psychopathic clown got what he deserved for a looong time.
It took a woman to set this trash straight. I also enjoyed her refreshing the memory of Insanity, that big mouth coward who still has not put his money where his F* mouth is. He chickened out from Keith Oberman's challenge to subject himself to the "non-torture" waterboarding.

Posted by: analyst72 | May 11, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

peaceful2008 wrote:
God knows I had no peace while it (democracy) was being de-constructed during the past 8 years.
------------------------------------------
And you will not have peace even now. There is no salvation down the liberal road where vengeance is the only cure of rage. You were angry without power, you will be angrier with it. Power will just fuel it. Peace.

Posted by: NoWeCant | May 11, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

PoliticalCommentator (here's you question, also one last time):

Did Rush Limbaugh complain about Ms. Sykes? We are discussing a LINE that was crossed "joking" about someone's kidneys failing. Rush has never done that.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, you're a fraud. I hope they bought you lunch.

Posted by: bthogan | May 11, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Rush deserves a lot worse than kidney failure.

I'd vote for Pancreatic Cancer, but that seems too quick...

How about Parkinson's?

Didn't he make fun of that?

But its not painful enough.

Rush Limbaugh deserves something really, really, special.

After all, he's a really special guy.

Posted by: PoliticalCommentator | May 11, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Poor wittle Wush Wimburger, hero to all racist, sexist, homophobic, torture-loving white geezers,

he wuz made fun of!

His poor wittle kidneys' feelings wuz hert.

:(


Posted by: lichtme | May 11, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I wish for failure of this "administration" too, because I disagree with Obama's policies. Does that mean you can now wish for my kidney failure?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse
------------------
David Feherty: "...if you gave any U.S. soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Osama bin Laden, there's a good chance that Nancy Pelosi would get shot twice, and Harry Reid and bin Laden would be strangled to death."

Har-dee-har-har!

This is nothing more than the outrage du-jour by you rightwingnuts. Tomorrow it will be something else..

OoooNooo! Obama hugged a senior citizen..We on the right are outraged! OUTRAGED TILL WE ARE RED IN THE FACE! What a weak president! Its time to impeach! IMPEACH! IMPEACH!

Posted by: hayden1 | May 11, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Liberals just cant seem to bring themselves to laughter unless they see someone else suffer. Consistent with the late night culture. No surprise to us who have never been on kool-aid.

Posted by: NoWeCant | May 11, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

info40:

I'm completely honest about my opinions. Once you answer my questions, I would be happy to answer yours.

sanderscm:

Yeah, but I wanted to get info40 on the record, counsel.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ, was Rush being a racist hatemonger when he suggested that Obama held off on X'ing the pirates because they were black? Yeah, I remember the hullaballo about that one, too...oh wait...My, what a sophisticated intellectual discussion we readers of the Post are having regarding the comments of this colored woman! You crackers, as always, are too much!

Posted by: bthogan | May 11, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

okay, touche JakeD. President Bush gets a feather in his cap for preventing another terrorist attack on our soil.

But what other things did he do for our country? Name just one and prove why it is so great.

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

To super-right-wing Republicans,

May God give you peace during the re-establishment of our democracy. God knows I had no peace while it was being de-constructed during the past 8 years.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

sure, jake...when one considers the consequences of a failed presidency, we only have to look to the previous administration.failure to protect us on 9-11, and to respond to a disaster like katrina, and starting an unnecessary war in iraq and giving us laissez-faire chrony capitalism can cost tens of thousands of human lives and untold treasure. so if you think that all that isn't as bad as you and rush undergoing dialysis...then i disagree.

Posted by: dtsakos | May 11, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, your former President and Vice President (Bush-Chaney) have done a fantastic job in creating a divided nation.

You honestly believe that President Obama should fail, given the mess that Bush-Chaney left us in? Then why don't you fail. Why dont you lose your job and home and 401(k). Why don't you try applying for a business loan only to get rejected. Why don't you go over to Iraq/Afghanistan and fight your heart out, only to return to nothing but rejection from the VA? Why don't you put your pair on the line, man up and come up with some REAL solutions about how this country can move ahead and heal its wounds. Until then, you are blowing nothing but hot air.

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Jaked
one could argue that "traitors" is exactly what they were. It is a matter of perspective.

Posted by: sanderscm | May 11, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

(For the rest of you, I'd like to re-post something from this morning):

I need to talk about comedian Wanda Sykes' performance at the National Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night in Washington, D.C.--specifically her line about wishing that Rush Limbaugh's kidneys would fail.

I've see kidney failure up close and personal--my father--and I wouldn't wish this organ collapse on my worst enemy. I wish Ms. Sykes could have joined me Friday night at the Relay for Life walk, sponsored by the American Cancer Society at the Helotes (Texas) High School track, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

I walked for former Helotes mayor Jon Allan because part of his brain was removed because he was diagnosed with glioma. I walked for Sen. Ted Kennedy.

I walked for my husband because part of his arm was removed last August because he had malignant melanoma. I walked for Sen. John McCain.

I walked for my mother-in-law, now dead from lung cancer. I walked for other family members and friends, longtime smokers like my mother-in-law: Uncle Roy, Aunt Ginny, Cousin Shirley. The boy I had such a crush on in high school and his sister, both now dead from cancer.

I walked for politicians and celebrities. I walked for Sen. Arlen Specter, Elizabeth Edwards, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Patrick Swayze, Robin Roberts, Fran Drescher, Peter Jennings.

I walked for all the unknowns and lesser-knowns, the loved ones and friends of locals, who paid tribute to them by designing paper bags, which served as lighted luminarias ringing the track, the luminarias clustered thick in some places.

It had hit 100 degrees here Friday, so we didn't begin walking until after 9:30 p.m. We only did two times around the track. People were arriving to walk as we were leaving. There were many tents pitched on the infield. Walkers ranged from toddlers to seniors.

Even though I had to wrap my ankle in an ace bandage on Saturday and stay off my feet, Friday night's walk for cancer was worth any additional stress to my ankle. I had painfully twisted my left ankle twice on Wednesday during a walk around the neighborhood with my dog. My blind left eye robs me of depth perception when stepping off curbs.

If this joke by Sykes is what Hollywood and the press corps--dressed to the nines on Saturday night--flocked to hear: a joke about wishing ill health upon another, then I am deeply saddened by the new face of the Democratic party.

Posted by: laloomis | May 11, 2009 9:32 AM

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Gee, if we're suddenly going to feel so bad about this, could someone at least talk about how the scumbag mocked Mochael J. Fox's Parkison's Disease. Kidney failure would be too find a fate for Rush Limbaugh.

Posted by: MagicDog1 | May 11, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat and I think she went too far.

Rush Limbaugh is a despicable human being but one best ignored.

Posted by: chunche | May 11, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

info40:

I am a "hatemonger" by asking simple questions?! President Bush succeeded in preventing another terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 2001 (in REALITY, not just my "twisted mind"). Now, maybe you can answer my question: were George Washington and Thomas Jefferson hatemongering "traitors"?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"I was raised in the south, in a Democratic family. I was enraged by the inequities towards black people, and protested every way I could. Sitting in the back of the bus, was my little contribution as a teenager. But I did March on Washington with Martin Luther King, so I cannot be called just another "honky".
Now, I wonder why I did it. The hate and mean-spiritedness of so many black people, though certainly not confined to them, has made me re-think their values, and their objectivity."

So this guy looks at the behavior of some, but not all negros and shared by non-negros and decided this is a commentary on the entire race of nigg...I mean negros.

Yeah, suuuuure you marched in DC.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 11, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

PoliticalCommentator:

Did Rush Limbaugh complain about Ms. Sykes? We are discussing a LINE that was crossed "joking" about someone's kidneys failing. Rush has never done that.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, I don't have to prove anything. The more you comment, the more you are digging your own moral grave. Everyone sees you for exactly who you are--a hatemonger. You are a traitor too for wanting President Obama to fail.

Here's the real test: did President Bush fail or succeed in your twisted mind?

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

moving on fellows, I guess we'll continue to fight our battles in the ballot box

and I have news for the GOP-double-right, it is going to get worse for you guys and you can thank Cheney for it. Now, if you were smart enough like the rest of them and took profit and ran, then you could hide for a few decades. Hate to be a "poor" Republican, because it is a lonely existence isn't it?

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

It is odd, very strange how paranoid this Radical Administration is about its critics. Calling them out, constantly demeaning and being somewhat defense as a result. As much as the media did all it could to bring down the previous administration you never their being so distasteful and attack. But, Barry and his gaggle of Arrogant South Chicago Political Hack Punks operate that way. A little Nixonian like. You would think they would ignore their critics rather than increase their popularity. What's to worry about other than the truth. And Barry would like to silence that.

Posted by: FraudObama | May 11, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I think that peaceful is the most agreeable liberal I have dealt with in a while. I have been overseas in a uniform in a cause about which there was tremendous doubt. Liberal extremists are no better than conservative extremists are no better than muslim extremists. there is a common thread here. You who are so absolutely sure you and you alone have the right of it are doomed to fail. I just hope you don't have the power to take the rest of us with you. This is why I hope the Limbaughs and the hillary C's stay away from the white house.

Posted by: sanderscm | May 11, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh complaining that someone said something nasty?

I believe we've all just witnessed the final death of parody and satire.

Its also starting to make me wonder if "mad cow disease" is a lot more common than anybody thought.

Posted by: PoliticalCommentator | May 11, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

info40:

I am SERIOUS about wanting Obama's policies to fail. You have yet to prove how that is "hateful" or quote anything else I have posted that is hateful.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse


Wanda could have closed with this one, Barry would have affirmatively flashed his Radical Smile...


Barry goes into a South Chicago bar with a Parrot on his shoulder.

The Bar Tender asks, "Where did you get that?"

The Parrot answers, "Oh, there are thousands in Kenya!"


Posted by: FraudObama | May 11, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, furthermore,

joking about failure of this or that does not even come close to the actual execution of war and torture which your right wing party stands for.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow, JakeD so you DO want President Obama to fail.

So what is your take on former President Bush's failure?

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

The more I think about, the democrats have created the perfect storm. The more they rile up the republicans, the worse the republicans look, causing the more level headed portion of the party to jump ship. What will be left is an extremist faction that are all the ditto heads and Fox Newsies who are too radical to retain any power of any sort. I love it!

Posted by: blarsen1 | May 11, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I meant Chris.

Posted by: lynettema | May 11, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

No JakeD, you are proving to be a bit slow. You have all but admitted that Rushie Boy was right in suggesting the failure of President Obama. So much for your "jokes."

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

lynettema (here are YOUR questions, one last time):

1) I wish for failure of this "administration" too, because I disagree with Obama's policies. Does that mean you can now wish for my kidney failure?

2) You Obamaniacs really think those are the same things, don't you?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Compared to the viciousness that routinely spews out of limbaugh's mouth Sykes' remarks were mild. I don't see where she was out of line at all. If his feeling were hurt, tough noogies.

Posted by: nicekid | May 11, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

OK JakeD let me help you out here:

wishing for the administration to "fail" is not the same as "disagreeing" with Obama policies.

Unless you are from Saudi Arabia, you'd know that we have a "Democracy" here. So we elect president and congressmen to discuss and approve or disapprove policy. Is this clear for you so far?

You can disagree with whatever you like.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

info40:

So, you are admitting that a "joke" about kidney failure IS hateful? Well, that's some progress at least. You have yet to quote where I have been "hateful" though.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

And furthermore JakeD, who determines what is actually a "joke?" Oh let me guess--you self-righteous, "moral" conservatives. I guess no one but you and your cohorts can "joke" around.

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Jake, get a clue. Take a gander at the posts on WP. Instead of moving farther to the right with your support of the Wingers and their talking points, the American people seem to be moving farther into the center left. If the media wants to survive - particularly - the print media, it might be best to cater to those who might buy your product. Clearly, the conservative wing is no longer enough to keep the media afloat. I know I have dropped 2 newspapers because of their right wing bent. I am sure there are others.

Posted by: lynettema | May 11, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Wishing for the failure of this administration is ridiculous and petty. I am a republican and a combat veteran. I admit that I am a middle of the road republican but it makes me sad when people put their petty political views before the best interest of our nation.

Posted by: sanderscm | May 11, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

sanderscm,

you and I agree then. Texas is strong and independent. Let it become the magnet for right-wing, fascist nation!

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

maggieww:

We didn't buy all that ammo for nothing.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, my point exactly. When the shoe is on the other foot, you play dumb. Or better yet you disguise your hate as "questioning authority." Whatever. Grow up.

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

dtsakos:

Yes. Now, can YOU answer my question already-pending to you?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Michael Savage said all Liberals/Progressives/Democrats were Talliban and he wasn't kidding. Cal Thomas or someone of that ilk also said L/P/D were terrorists and he WASN'T kidding. This was a joke, folks. My prayers are that the right wing sees they are having trouble taking what they have dished out for years. Time to move on, laugh, and find a way forward together. Sorry you bought all that ammo for nothing.

Posted by: maggieww | May 11, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

info40:

Please quote where I have been "hateful" and then explain how "joking" about kidney failure is NOT hateful.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

If JakeD is an example of what happens when senior citizens have too much time on their hands, please sign me up for basketweaving at the clubhouse as soon as I hit 65.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 11, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Wanda would have gotten some yuks had she used some one liners about Ms Soetoro and her $500 high top sneakers, her Wednesday night cocktail parties, her staff and assistants "that everyone should have" and how now she sho 'nuff is "Proud of My Country"....now that would have been funny. She would have brought the house down and Ms Soetoro would have scowled.

Posted by: FraudObama | May 11, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

peaceful2008 (here it is, one last time):

I wish for failure of this "administration" too, because I disagree with Obama's policies. Does that mean you can now wish for my kidney failure?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, if you and I were having beer or wine at a bar and you wished for the failure of our goverment, I would say that I would rather see you fail than the administration.

The kidney reference is a joke if you know what that means.

But I can see that now with bullies out of power, the egos have become quite fragile.....

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

One question: why are you right-wing conservatives so hateful? And if you are not hateful, what do you call yourselves, truth seekers?

If you are truth seekers, then explain the past 8 years. You should also disclose whether or not your bank accounts are worth less than, the same as, or more than they were 8 years ago. THEN I think we would all understand which side you are REALLY on.

Comeon, VirginiaConservative and JakeD. Enquiring minds are dying to know!

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Actually Wanda - Barack Hussein Obama was the 20th, hijacker, but he was too busy smoking crack, and forgot to board the plane.

Posted by: ignoranceisbliss | May 11, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

On CNN's Sunday Morning program, anchor John King revealed that he thought comedian Wanda Sykes' barb at Rush Limbaugh at the White House Correspondents' Dinner was in poor taste: “You know, I don't give personal opinions that often [but it was] probably a tad over the taste line."

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Wanda really could have laid them anyway if she had done a Queen Pelosi imitation of her lies and poked fun at the AWOL Lib Dems Socialists that are cowering in the corner about their knowing of and approving Enhanced Interrogations. Now that would have been funny. Barry would have set their with his slick South Chicago plastered grin and his audience plant Gibbs nervously giggling in the background. In the audience Holder is seen squirming.

Posted by: FraudObama | May 11, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

jake: you're slipping into the area of the ridiculous. is there really that much footage of the fat junkie at "roast" events? but ask yourself this:is it very hard to imagine the fat junkie laughing at a comment wishing obama ill? Whaddya think? he's too nice for that?

Posted by: dtsakos | May 11, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

So not only Bush and Cheney drove this country to the ground, but it also appears that they have been able to poison the minds of their supporters.
JakeD, do you support a coup-d'etat of US government?

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

peaceful2008:

I would be happy to answer your question to me just as soon as you answer my already-pending question to you.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

peaceful...Texas does more for this nation than any 2 states combined. The economy in Texas is just fine right now. They could easily secede from our union and be self sustaining in perpetuity.

Posted by: sanderscm | May 11, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh is nothing more than a propagandist for the right wing. He lies and the morons who listen to him aren't educated enough to question what he's saying. He's lucky he still has a show for all the lying he's done. He IS a traitor.

Posted by: blarsen1 | May 11, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, if you wish for the failure of this administration, what is it that you'd like to see happen to the american people?

This administration is a representative of the majority of voters.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

peaceful2008:

Care to answer my questions?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

No publicity is bad publicity. I'm sure Limbaugh is exceedingly grateful for the controversy. He doesn't fear kidney failure, he'll just buy new ones.

The only thing Limbaugh fears is being ignored. He's an attention hog.

Posted by: arancia12 | May 11, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh doesn't need anyone to come to his defense. He is a big boy and can take care of himself.

The question on the table was whether or not this was appropriate considering the venue and whether it was appropriate for Obama to laugh at such a sick joke.

We can ignore the reason why Limbaugh said he wanted Obama to fail at ruining our country - you libs won't ever see the truth through your hate.

It was not appropriate and it was not unexpected for this president to wish ill against Americans.

Typical vicious, hate filled liberals.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | May 11, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

lynettema:

I wish for failure of this "administration" too, because I disagree with Obama's policies. Does that mean you can now wish for my kidney failure?

You Obamaniacs really think those are the same things, don't you?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

GOP has really showed its inner color by its vocal representative, Mr. Limbaugh!!

Must be the answer to the prayers of those murdered, tortured and dis-enfranchised by this hate-mongering, devide-and-conquer party.

There is ultimately justice in the universe and the demise of this grand-OLD-party is being written on the wall.

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Does no one see the irony of Sykes comments?

Rush hopes Obama fails - America continues it's slow death.

Sykes hopes Rush's kidneys fail - you see the comparison.

Neither is funny, but Rush, leader of the Republican Party, says outrageous things daily and Republicans are afraid to criticize him. So they call him a comedian. Well so is Sykes.

Posted by: lynettema | May 11, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

drindl....Who cares who makes up the party? I'd vote for a flaming homsexual, black champion of womens rights if they were the best person for the job. affirmative action in any form is wrong. Jobs, including in DC, should be merit based!

Posted by: sanderscm | May 11, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

peaceful2008:

I wish for failure of this "administration" too, because I disagree with Obama's policies. Does that mean you can now wish for my kidney failure?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Sykes suggestion regarding Texas may need to be explored further. Not to give Texas to Britain, but maybe allowing it to be a "super-Republican" state with its own rules (torture-OK, research-bad, social responsibilty-bad, using religion to devide people-ok, killing foreigners to get their oil-ok, etc etc)

any takers?

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

dtsakos:

I don't recall GWB ever taking on an Air America radio host, but Obama sat there and LAUGHED about this joke. If you want to be closer in comparison, though, when did Rush sit by and laugh about anyone wishing kidney failure for Obama?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Wait just a minute.

A golf commentator says military members would like to shoot Pelosi twice and strangle Harry Reid. As a veteran and liberal I can honestly say only those military members who are likely to be recruited by the rightwing extremists (God forbid!) would even think such a thing.

I've heard Rush call people traitors. Who said it's too bad the hijackers didn't fly into the CNN building? Didn't Ann Coulter write a series of books calling liberals traitors, Godless, homosexuals, idoits, etc?

Big Dick Cheney told a congressman to F himself on the senate floor.

I'm not wild about what Sykes said and I wouldn't say it, but Limbaugh lives by the outrageous insults, he will most likely die by them.


Please, conservatives, grow a pair and grow up.

Oh, and PKhenry? I listen to Rush all the time. Any man who calls a 13 year old girl a dog has no room to whine. Neither do you.

Posted by: arancia12 | May 11, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

It is odd, very strange how paranoid this Radical Administration is about its critics. Frequently calling them out, constantly demeaning, taking jabs and not just in a Comedy Club setting. As much as the media did all it could to bring down the previous administration you never had it being so distasteful and in attack mode as this one. But, Barry and his gaggle of Arrogant South Chicago Political Hack Punks operate that way. A little Nixonian like. You would think they would ignore their critics rather than increase their popularity. What's to worry about other than the truth. It is apparent Barry and his henchmen would like to silence that.

Posted by: FraudObama | May 11, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

proof that the gop is now the party solely of again southern white males:

"Women make up almost 51 percent of the U.S. population but less than 10 percent of the House and Senate GOP — a gender disconnect that could make the Republicans’ climb back to power even steeper than it would be otherwise.

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) notices that she’s part of a shrinking minority every time she heads to the Senate floor for a vote.

Republican women in the House say they feel the problem — literally — when their male colleagues nudge them to the front of GOP press conferences to break up the solid lines of middle-aged white men in neckties.

Indeed, Rep. Kay Granger — the first and only Republican woman to represent Texas in the House — says Republican women have to work to make sure they’re even represented at public events in the first place. “We pass the word to make sure we’re there at this ceremony or that photo-op, because there are fewer of us and we’re spread more thinly,” Granger said. “We’re working in a very successful manner, and we want to make sure that’s shown.”

The numbers make that difficult.
Out of 435 members of the House, just 17 are Republican women. Of 99 sitting senators, just four are Republican women."

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Funny how the media has never censored Limbaugh in his decades of hatemongering. Makes you wonder...

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh is the source of the republican party's trouble and so is Fox News for that matter. When they shut up, you'll get your party back. In the meantime suffer the consequences they help instigate.

Posted by: blarsen1 | May 11, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Its about time the right wing blowhards started getting a response from the party that they condemn and blame with almost every word that comes out of their mouth. The half truths lies and spin that they have practically ruined the country with needs to be addressed along with corporate empires or special interest monsters that own the airways and control the broadcasting networks across the country. The right wing constantly complains of the media favoring the Dem's. I have yet to find the proof. The majority of stations I listen too, seem to have a undebatable number of right wing broadcasters and talk radio shows that have total control. Their propaganda and rhetoric have taken over the country. This is exactly how the communist ruled Russia and probably still do.

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | May 11, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

So let us anaylize:

Sykes COMEDY performance is being questioned, however, Rush's actual non-COMEDY wish for failure of this administration is ok??

Is this the new position of Washington Post? guys we have FOX news to propagate fascism, we don't need Washington Post to join the right wing media outlets!!

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 11, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

hey, jake. nice straw man attempt...but when did obama ever hope for rush's kidneys to fail?

Posted by: dtsakos | May 11, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse


"I'm sure you will let us know if "Rushie Boy" ever crossed THIS line and wished kidney failure for Obama."

He says worse every single day. What a bunch of crybabies you rightwingers are.

Why Mr. Cilizza, did you write about this fat slug, just to bring all these lunatics here?

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

JakeD...WRONG. I wouldn't even give it a second thought. That is what I expect from that despicable bastard, Rushie Boy. He will never draw me into his convoluted, twisted, sick world. My mind and values are stronger than he will ever be.(conservative at that--I'm from the Midwest)

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

blarsen1:

Rush is not Huckabee -- I am not being a "crybaby" - just asking a simple question, about Rush, not Huckabee or Coulter or anyone else.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

well. i think sykes stepped over the line, but since the barbs were aimed mainly at that bloviating ox 'el rushbo', who gives a flying fig.?

really. if rush limbaugh can't take a roast from a little ol' size-two comedian, then maybe he should go back on the Oxycontin.

Posted by: silverfish1 | May 11, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Personally I don't wish any evil to befall any of the leftist traitors - from the top down. I don't see the need - they will do them selves in quite neatly and all without any help from the right.

-- VirginiaConservative @ 12:12 p.m.


You mean all those extra billions in the new budget for domestic deployment of silent, brain-addling "directed energy" microwave radiation weapons" are just for use against "terrorists"?

Whew... what a relief.


(PS to Bob Woodward: Where is your story about the widespread DOMESTIC use of directed energy weapons similar to those you learned are being used in Iraq?)


http://nowpublic.com/world/bush-torture-memos-oked-radiation-weapon-use-americans-too

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | May 11, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"The Fix | Were shots at conservative radio talk show host stupid, clever or somewhere in between? "

Hey Chris, you wanna know what stupid is? Who's the genius who's postulated the above question thus? Is that supposed to be "provocative" to "stimulate a discussion"?
Look at the morons it's attracted

Posted by: VMR1 | May 11, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

info40 and dtsakos:

I'm sure you will let us know if "Rushie Boy" ever crossed THIS line and wished kidney failure for Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh is morbidly obese and if not now, he'll soon be suffering with diabetes. That was the kidney failure joke and I thought it was damn funny. If Huckabee can joke about Obama being assassinated anything is fair game for the democrats. Quit being a bunch of crybabies and get use to it because it will going on for a long, long time.

Posted by: blarsen1 | May 11, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

America's Founder was explicit and not to be misunderstood:

To Samuel Kercheval
Monticello, January 19, 1810

SIR, -- Yours of the 7th instant has been duly received, with the pamphlet inclosed, for which I return you my thanks. Nothing can be more exactly and seriously true than what is there stated; that but a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, and aggrandising their oppressors in Church and State; that the purest system of morals ever before preached to man, has been adulterated and sophisticated by artificial constructions, into a mere contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves; that rational men not being able to swallow their impious heresies, in order to force them down their throats, they raise the hue and cry of infidelity, while themselves are the greatest obstacles to the advancement of the real doctrines of Jesus, and do in fact constitute the real Anti-Christ.
---

Codified Roman law prescribed crucifixion for only one specific and unique conviction: the second conviction for sedition...and for no other crime.

It was "sedition" to deny the divinity of Caesar and tens of thousands of "stiff-necked" Jews were "gibbetted." Jefferson was fluent in Latin, Hebrew and Greek and passed this revelation to his nephew Peter Carr. No doubt the Masonic founders has similar knowledge.

The same families sit in the same castles on the same hills in Europe, known as the "Black Aristocracy." I met a number of them while growing up in the D.C. area. Their continuity of real estate and power is found in the cashflow of the Roman Catholic Church and they operate socially and politically through such organizations as the Knights of Malta (four of the first seven heads of the CIA) and the "Republican" party.

"They" know what they're doing. Rome's financed the rise of Hitler through Bush's grandfather, from their collection plates in America. The Dulles Brothers, Sullivan & Cromwell, Thyssen, Auschwitz are so search terms to begin exploring the truth...and why the Vatican banker Rockfellers have yet to be brought to justice for creating Big Oil on murder and arson, and how Bushes have been Rockefeller lieutenants for five generations.

"They" know what they're doing. Limbaugh does to and is paid richly to assist them.

It is a faction of traitors made up of fascists, racists and dupes which must be extirpated that America's Covenant be fully restored.

Posted by: iamerican | May 11, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, Rushie Boy wished failure for Obama. Treasonous, and I betcha if a so-called liberal talk show host wished failure on former President Bush he would have a public firesquad.

On the flip side of Rushie's request for OBAMA's failure, why didn't he acknowledge the ACTUAL failure of Bushie Boy?

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Jake D: who mentioned defamation? I just pointed out one of many instances where limpballs crossed the line. As grand poobah of the republic party and the buffalo head lodge, he is fair game.

Posted by: dtsakos | May 11, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, tohio. Now pkhenry whatcha gotta say fur yurself now?

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

tohio:

Thanks for those quotes, but I was asking about the line Ms. Sykes crossed: did Limbaugh ever wish kidney failure for Obama?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

The difference is that Wanda is going after the fat and powerful, while Limbaugh's preferred targets are often people who are poor or, more likely, black. Let's face up to an uncomfortable truth about Limbaugh: he is a racist and has an OBSESSION with matters of race. Remember when he attacked Eagle's QB Donovan McNabb for his race? The mainstream media, including the WP, don't want to address it, but a huge part of Limbaugh's appeal is his racism. His listeners revel in it.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | May 11, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

The republican party is sounding its own death knell -- for it now prefers drug-addicted, womanizing draft-dodgers to war heroes. There's a reason why only 20% of the population identifies as repubican -- and an even smaller percentage as so-called 'conservatives.' because the party is now run by radical rightists who want to destroy their own government.

"Last week, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said that the Republican Party is in “deep trouble” because it is “getting smaller” and being led by far right polarizing figures. Specifically, he said that Rush Limbaugh “diminishes the party and intrudes or inserts into our public life a kind of nastiness that we would be better to do without.” Limbaugh then responded that Powell ought to “close the loop” and leave the Republican Party instead of “claiming” to be interested in reforming it. Today on CBS’s Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer asked Cheney about the spat. Cheney said that he comes down squarely on the side of Limbaugh:

CHENEY: Well, if I had to choose — in terms of being a Republican — I’d go with Rush Limbaugh, I think. "

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

VirginiaConservative:

She's a lesbian, to boot.

dtsakos:

You can't defame people who are already dead ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

pkhenry
"None of the Rush witch burners have actually quoted anything he said to support their arguments."

Well pk, here you go. Some of rushbo's gems:

"Too many whites are getting away with drug use...Too many whites are getting away with drug sales...The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them, and send them up the river, too." --in 1995

"I am addicted to prescription pain medication." --in 2003

"Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society."

"We're not sexists, we're chauvinists -- we're male chauvinist pigs, and we're happy to be because we think that's what men were destined to be. We think that's what women want."

"She sounds like a screeching ex-wife." --on Sen. Hillary Clinton

"The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies."

"They oughtta change Black History Month to Black Progress Month and start measuring it."

"Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it."

"The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them."

"There are more acres of forestland in America today than when Columbus discovered the continent in 1492."

There's a whole lot more here:
http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/rushlimbaugh/a/limbaughquotes.htm


Posted by: tohio | May 11, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Comedienne spooking more than Rush?

WANDA SYKES -- NSA'S MOST (IN)FAMOUS EX-EMPLOYEE


When I tried to post a link to her interview about how she "transitioned" from NSA procurement officer to scathing comedic rabble-rouser, my browser stalled and "cookie" blocks that I didn't request showed up in my "preferences" list.

Just a coincidence?

Well, the link didn't work for me, but you can try it yourself at:

http://www.roadtripnation.com/wandasykes

Why would my internet connection be "filtered" in such a manner? Could it have anything to do with MY former positions as a mainstream journalist? For those who are interested:

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "Gestapo USA"


PS -- My first attempt to post today was met with the "blog for blog owner" message that almost certainly did not emanate from WaPo. For those who have had similar experiences when attempting to post political commentary, please read this:

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-fusion-center-spying-pretext-harass-and-censor

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 11, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Pretty frickin disgusting. Obama laughing at some hideous looking, balding b list wanna be, that is.

But, its nothing new for the left to wish evil on the right and wish them dead. They did to Bush, they did it to Cheney, they do it anonymously on a daily basis.

Its only when someone on the right says something that the MSM gets the drizzlies and turns purple with outrage.

Personally I don't wish any evil to befall any of the leftist traitors - from the top down. I don't see the need - they will do them selves in quite neatly and all without any help from the right.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | May 11, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

on the occasion of jerry garcia's death, didn't this despicable turd limbaugh say something like:"good! another dead doper!"
and, ironically, he was a junkie at the time.

Posted by: dtsakos | May 11, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

jrosco3:

I hope someone posts Rush's response (if any).

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

For what Limbaugh has done: May he die a lingering, painful death, and soon, like Tony Snow's and all other agents of the Roman Anti-Christ's Fifth Column in America.

Posted by: iamerican | May 11, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

More proof that Republicans don't have a sense of humor.

Posted by: LeftCoastNative | May 11, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.

I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Above are Thomas Jefferson quotes. Some commenters want to speak of education and anti american sentiment. Where does this "Father of American Democracy" fall on the issue of government and partisan politics?

Posted by: sanderscm | May 11, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Since Rush likes to do the opposite of what people think he's going to do, he will likely say on his program today that he thought Wanda was funny.

Posted by: jrosco3 | May 11, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

After Bush and Cheney are hanged for 9/11, much will be sorted out in G-d blessed America...including Rush Limbaugh and his backers.

Death for Treason

Posted by: iamerican | May 11, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"In essence she was saying, 'He's an anti-American terrorist and I hope he dies.'

If I didn't know better, I'd swear I was in a wayback machine to October '08, listening to a standard fare Sarah Palin talking point about Barack Obama. What a bunch of thugs/babies. They can dish it out, but they sure can't take it.

Posted by: hillary12 | May 11, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh's like a spoiled child, constantly seeking attention and throwing a tantrum when he doesn't get it. By feeding into that, comedians, politicians, and even newspaper reporters just give the guy exactly what he wants. I'd suggest just ignoring the fool instead of stooping to his level.

Posted by: jpsbr2002 | May 11, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

ok people jezus pleeze lighten up, this was great comedy,lots of fun and it was free!! ms sykes hit all the RIGHT buttons better than any of those homophobic radio clowns or faux tv network!!

Posted by: willemkraal | May 11, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

As the camera panned across two Roman Catholic priests on the front row of the balcony at Limbaugh's short-lived TV show, as the modern iteration of the Babylonian pedophile priest scandal heated up: "The Roman Catholic Church is the rock-ribbed backbone of American moral values."

Tell that to America's Whig (i.e.:"Anti-Roman Catholic") Founders who in turn - recognized Rome is "an engine for enslaving mankind,""the real Anti-Christ" Th. Jefferson; determined the colonies should break from England because RC-friendly English monarchs were permitting "popery" on our shores, John Adams' diary; and argued for revolution against monarchy because "monarchy is the popery of government" Th. Paine.

Limbaugh is a highly intelligent agent of Rome. Who else would support him despite the proof of his pederasty?

Posted by: iamerican | May 11, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Limbaugh needs to be executed for treason. Wanda? Over the line?

Are you on Oxycodone?

Posted by: jfern03 | May 11, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

None of the Rush witch burners have actually quoted anything he said to support their arguments.

Please go back in time to Salem or St. Petersburg or wherever you belong. Mankind can't afford another batch of left-wing hate mongers again, so soon after the Berlin Wall came down.

Posted by: pkhenry | May 11, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

"the witch burning mob."

--that you are part of? the ones sending death threats to Wanda Sykes? No one should be surprised by that--this is the republican party today.

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Oh please. They sure can dish it out but they can't take it. The fat drug addict draft-dodger is a professional character assassin -- a hateful cryptofascist who spends hours a day trashing women, blacks, gays, immigrants, democrats, you name name a group that isn't rich white males, he hates them and incites violence agianst them.

And he wants to see this country and our president fail. Sykes is right, he is treasonous.

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

chrisfox8 - Actually, Palin makes a weird kind of sense. Alaskan politics amounts to a high school popularity contest and Palin appeals to the sort of clodhoppers who elect the most popular girl in school, never mind that she is a greedy, mindless troll. But Limbaugh? He makes no sense at all. An amoral junkie, appealing to a tiny minority of Neonazi types, when the GOP has genuine conservatives like McCain, Steel, Whitman, Bush I, Powell, Bond, etc.? I certainly don't agree with them, but these are decent honorable people. So why on earth do Republican's allow gutter trash like Cheney and Limbaugh to speak for them?

Posted by: mibrooks27 | May 11, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"I want him to fail, if his agenda is a far- left collectivism"

That is exactly what Rush said. Apparently Sykes believes that anyone against communism is a traitor, and should die. Obama appears to have not disagreed, as does the witch burning mob.

Most don't know anything about Rush Limbaugh, beyond what they hear from propagandists.

Posted by: pkhenry | May 11, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

As for whether or not Sykes's material crossed an "imaginary line" into partisanship, of course it did. That line has been crossed many times before by both sides in this venue and others. Personally, I don't care for the low-road, 'eye for an eye' approach and don't think much of her performance. Still, looking at Limbaugh's body of work, it's not hard to see how this performance is his karma...

Posted by: jetchs | May 11, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

At 9:18A EDT I asked if anyone thought the "kidney" remark was funny. Scanning through over my coffee break I count two of you who did. Someone pointed out that humor is often outrageous.

From what I read, I assume that most of you who agreed with Ms. Sykes and all of you who defended Mr. Limbaugh did not think the kidney remark was funny.

I took a deposition of a violent bully for 3 hours about two years ago and while I got what I needed from the deposition I could not help but wish the world was rid of the guy. I think that is how Mr. Limbaugh affects
many people. I understand that. But I do not get it as humor.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 11, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Download the free proof by a distinguished scholar of proven integrity that Buah and Cheney committed 9/11: http://www.angelfire.com/biz/hankramey/The%20New%20Pearl%20Harbor.pdf

It's not even close. You think Limbaugh doesn't know it?

He is a traitor.

Traitors deserve only death.

Posted by: iamerican | May 11, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

No chrisfox8 nationalizing the banks is NOT the right thing to do. Let them fail! same with the auto industry. If they can not put out a product that is desirable enough to compete then they fail. Where do you draw the line at letting washington run our lives? and the name calling (troll?) shows that you have some growing up to do before you can be taken seriously.

Posted by: sanderscm | May 11, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

With Rush, everything is a knife fight; there are no rules. Whatever he gets, he brings on himself.

The Fox crowd is a bunch of whining, cowardly bullies: they can dish it out, but they can't take it.

Posted by: dhilleub | May 11, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Rush reminds us of liberal rich Democratic woman who loathe successful self-achieving woman like say Sarah Palin.

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Palin is a grotesque.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

POSTED BY A COLLEGE GRADUATE, I'M SURE:

There are 2 questions here. Did Rush say equally bad things and thus deserve to be answered in kind? Sure. BUT while I agree with and think the comments re being the 20th hijacker are pointed, funny, and appropriate and that the comments re him being tried for treason are not funny, but probably bring up a good point, I think that calling for his kidneys to fail reduces her to the level of the right wing. We should be better than that! The right is trying to drag America down. Just look at the level of talk (not debate please note) of their uneducated henchmen (Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Rove -- not a college degree in the group [it is not easy to find that many people of their age without a degree]) sink to on a daily basis. Let them not bring the left down to that level. The left has intelligent people who can argue rationally without yelling (the prime example is the president himself). So I think that that is out of place.
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I guess that only way you can be a true democrat is to be extremely intelligent and have at least one college degree. do you really think that all rep. are stupid and uneducated? I have known some very educated people that are very dumb, including the person that wrote this comment.

Posted by: dy19spider57 | May 11, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

someone wrote,
As a conservative I say let these juvenile celebrity leftist blast away with both barrels. Every ignorant utterance that spews from these dolts serves to demonstrate their inability to comprehend the complexities of the adult world.

One could also say (in correct English this time),
As a liberal I say let the juvenile celebrity rightists blast away with both barrels. Every ignorant utterance that spews from these dolts serves to demonstrate their inability to comprehend the complexities of the adult world.

The real problem is that the postings here supply abundant ammunition for both sides to point fingers at the other, whose venom overwhelms any attempt at intelligent discussion in the process. Of course, if you can't see that, then you're part of the problem...

Posted by: jetchs | May 11, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

anyone remember the half witted GW joking about looking for the missing WMD at the Press Conference. The press corp laughed hysterically while thousands were dying in Bush's lie of a war. Now that was an obscenity and garnered little MSM criticism. we got to keep that sociopath of a President for 4 more years.

Remember Limbaugh and his disgusting rants against Michael J Fox. Rush Limbaugh is a piece of garbage and someone that in other societies would be relegated to the whacko fringe. Only in America do we have people stupid enough to give him any credence.

Press Corp---GO TO HELL. Find something newsworthy to write about

Posted by: Barbi520 | May 11, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Sykes, who provided the comic relief at the annual gathering of politicians and the reporters who cover them, had already skewered President Obama before turning her attention to Limbaugh.
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Chris, that's just pathetic. Wanda "skewered" Obama? Where was that? Your bias is glaring. What's next, an ode to Michelle's bare arms? Sally Quinn beat you to it.

Anyone remember when Clinton made the mistake of inviting Don Immus? He skewered Clinton, right in front of him. Bill was not the least bit amused.

Limbaugh will laugh off yet another ignorant rant from this leftist second rate comedian trying to revive her career, while he's making the big money. Wanda's classless and her 15 minutes have been up for a while now.

Posted by: BagODoughnuts | May 11, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Nationalizing banks? I'm still waiting for that to happen. That would be the right thing to do, not just hand them money and let them use it for executive bonuses. But that would not be socialism either, troll, that would be nationalization of the banks, which we have done before.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Rush an anti-American terrorist ? who wants Obama to fail ? Absurd and untrue.

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And there we have it. A very plain lie, directly contrary to easily-retrieved corroboration. Limbaugh's wish for Obama's failure is not in dispute.

This is the GOP; dishonest as hell.

Limbaugh isn't a "conservative," Goldwater was a conservative, Limbaugh and today's remaining goopers are just sickoes.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how a joke about Ted Kennedy's organs failing would go over with the Left?

Double. Standards.

Posted by: mj777tgggg | May 11, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

pvilso24, you, like pkhenry, are the 25% of the population of sociopaths who listen to and believe that fat boy, Rushie Boy. Conservative? Hardly. Hateful? You betcha.

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

chrisfox8 what do you call welfare, nationalized banks, no child left behind? The dems care too little for merit and personal accountability.

Posted by: sanderscm | May 11, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Stupid question.. Sykes was way over the top. Rush an anti-American terrorist ? who wants Obama to fail ? Absurd and untrue.

Clearly, neither the writer nor comedian Sykes nor the venomous posters has ever actually LISTENED to the Rush Limbaugh show.

Rush is a CONSERVATIVE radio entertainer who frequently reminds listeners of his values... love and devotion to American principals, exceptionalism, and the Constitution, and his belief in individual achievement, free-market economics, and pro-family beliefs.

The writer fails to note Rush wants Obama's LIBERAL policies to fail NOT Obama. A key point of course ignored by liberals in their rush to demonize him.

Rush attacks Obama's unpopular liberal policies (overspending, Wall Street bailout, auto bailout) like.. well actually MOST Americans do...

In the last week...
Rush pointed out the hypocrisy of Democrats who support high taxes and public schools yet manage to avoid both.

Rush reminds us of liberal rich Democratic woman who loathe successful self-achieving woman like say Sarah Palin.

Posted by: pvilso24 | May 11, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

uh pkhenry, WRONG. I have listened to Rushie Boy plenty-a-times (my father LOVES the fat boy) and needless to say Rushie makes me ill. None of his points are valid and his psyche is close to that of a sociopath or worse. He may not even believe his own twisted mind--he just does it for ratings and entertainment. How can any human being, decent or not, be so hateful as to suggest a President needs to fail? Fail in what way? Whoever believes the hogwash and trash he spews from his filthy fat mouth is also mentally ill, including you.

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Desperate for attention, JakeD asked for the tenth time:
"Does ANYONE have a Rush Limbaugh quote of him wishing death for Obama?"

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Death? Who said anything about death?

Kidney failre means dialysis, not death, you retard

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

The very fact that The Fix thinks a joke about a fat drug-addicted DJ by a black lesbian may have "crossed the line" says more about The Fix's political leanings than it does about the joke, the fat guy, or the lesbian.

Posted by: ched | May 11, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

"Dems are socialists."

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Like you have a dook of an idea what Socialism is

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh is a vicious propagandist, he should be attacked more frequently and loudly. It's pathetic that comedians are the only ones with big enough balls to do it.

Posted by: squier13 | May 11, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

The "Democratic" party has brought humanity backwards about 600 years.

"Limbaugh turned me into a newt. Burn him, he is a witch"

Two generations of left wing public schooling has left much of the country brain dead.

Posted by: pkhenry | May 11, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Does ANYONE have a Rush Limbaugh quote of him wishing death for Obama?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Hey ggopers, man up. This is the same dinner where Bush did the little skit about looking for WMDs and reporters giggled. Soldiers were dying in that search. You goopers can go straight to hell.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

There won't be any real fallout over those jokes because most of America agrees with them.

Posted by: wideblacksky | May 11, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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That fat bastard deserves worst. What is the COWARDS (Republicans) point of view of him?

"He's just an entertainer".. well so is Wanda.

If you speak and think like a scum bag, you will be treated like one.

Wanda ROCKS!!!
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Posted by: A-Voter | May 11, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

It is obvious from reading these posts that most have never listened to Limbaugh, and that mob rule has taken over the United States.

The comments from liberals here are as informed and intelligent as those from the Monty Python "burn the witch" scene.

Posted by: pkhenry | May 11, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure that several people have been torqued up by Limbaugh into crossing the line to assault and murder so it's not exactly hyperbole to wish a simuilar fate. Limbaugh thinks it's cool to stroke hatred. It'd be fitting and just if he was taken off the air with failing health.

Kidneys? Let him get liver cancer.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 11, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

This was night for humor. The whining conservatives need to give it a rest. I'm sure the Dems will stop trashing their heroes when the GOP stops disrespecting our president and publicly floating the assassinations of Pelosi and Reid.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | May 11, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

everyone here is bashing the republicans and calling limbo anti american....
I'm a republican and I agree limbaugh is bad for the US. But....
Dems burn the constitution on a regular basis. Dems are socialists. No political personality is more corrosive to our nation than Hillary Clinton. It takes a village to raise a child???? No, It takes parents who care!!! DUI checkpoints??? how is that constitutional under ANY circumstance. Oh and lets nationalize the banks. who needs that old document any way!

Posted by: sanderscm | May 11, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Could someone quote when Rush wished that Obama die?

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

gee...what would have been even funnier was to wish a certain Torturer's heart implant fails....

Posted by: patriot76 | May 11, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

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That fat bastard deserves worst. What is the COWARDS (Republicans) point of view of him?

"He's just an entertainer".. well so is Wanda.

If you speak and think like a scum bag, you will be treated like one.

Wanda ROCKS!!!
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Posted by: A-Voter | May 11, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Well, it wasn't "stupid." The question is, whether it went over the line. I'm a huge Wanda Sykes fan and, obviously, a big Obama supporter. But I think that one joke DID cross the line (yes, Rush and Anne Coulter, et. al, saying awful outlandish things all the time, things far worse, in fact.) I don't like jokes about 9/11. Rush is such an easy target, with so many vulnerabilities on which to riff.

I wish she would have done a different joke. That said, it IS the nature of the event.

I don't like the whole thing -- Then again, I never liked roasts.

Posted by: monk4hall | May 11, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Um, Limbaugh IS an anti-American terrorist and everyone who loves America DOES wish he'd die. So I fail to see the problem here.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 11, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

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That fat bastard deserves worst. What is the COWARDS (Republicans) point of view of him?

"He's just an entertainer".. well so is Wanda.

If you speak and think like a scum bag, you will be treated like one.

Wanda ROCKS!!!
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Posted by: A-Voter | May 11, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

And Chris you should know better than to spread the GOP sob story about how Rushie Boy and your once Grand Ol' Party are being attacked. Mind telling us what the last 8 years were about? Or do you have dementia??

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Saw the comment on Morning Joe. It wasn't a funny joke, but you know why? Because it sounded exactly like the kind of joke "Entertainers" like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter make.

Posted by: LeRiverend | May 11, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh is nothing less than a sociopath, so anything that anyone says about him WILL be retorted. I can't wait to see what he says today...

Posted by: info40 | May 11, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Her comments were certainly in poor taste and judging from the prominence of the story on the Washington Times website and the readers' comments over there, the right is howling with rage over them. How quickly they seem to have forgotten the mean-spirited jokes so many of their own, from Rush Limbaugh and Anne Coulter on down the line, have made about the Clintons, the Gores, the Obamas, the Bidens, Nancy Pelosi, and just about anybody they perceive as a "liberal". (Anybody remember some of the comments about Chelsea Clinton, who was just a girl at the time?) Now throw in a dash of gay bashing (because Wanda Sykes is an out lesbian) and we can see just how poisonous the mood on the right has become.

Posted by: MrDarwin | May 11, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

There are 2 questions here. Did Rush say equally bad things and thus deserve to be answered in kind? Sure. BUT while I agree with and think the comments re being the 20th hijacker are pointed, funny, and appropriate and that the comments re him being tried for treason are not funny, but probably bring up a good point, I think that calling for his kidneys to fail reduces her to the level of the right wing. We should be better than that! The right is trying to drag America down. Just look at the level of talk (not debate please note) of their uneducated henchmen (Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Rove -- not a college degree in the group [it is not easy to find that many people of their age without a degree]) sink to on a daily basis. Let them not bring the left down to that level. The left has intelligent people who can argue rationally without yelling (the prime example is the president himself). So I think that that is out of place.

But for those who agree with me on that being out of place, I hope you will join me in saying that Limbaugh's comments about John Kerry's service, Cheney's about Powell, and espscially Limbaugh's comments about the president failing (and I am speaking about what he really originally said and NOT the damage control reformation he presented after being called on it) are at least as out of place. Because if you only see these out of place comments on one side, then you really have a partisan view not the condemning of inappropriate remarks per se.

Posted by: TomfromNJ1 | May 11, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I find inappropriate jokes funnier than PC ones. It's too bad she didn't make fun of Obama more. I liked the line about "if I suck, Tim Geithner will give me a raise."

Posted by: mickman22 | May 11, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

You correspondents all laughed when Bush joked about hunting for weapons of mass destruction under his desk -- a "mistake" for which thousands of American soldiers have given life and limb. No column in the WaPo about whether that was tasteless.

Rushbo? He's a public figure, and by his own statements towards others, he asked for it.

So, from our "press": insulting the precious lives of American soldiers, ok; insulting the rich, mean insult king: Over the line.

Sheesh.

Posted by: truth2 | May 11, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I am a combat veteran from this most recent "conflict" in the gulf. Reading the comments on this site causes mixed feelings for me. I feel lucky to live in a place where we can express ourselves but it is disturbing to see so much extremism. People who are absolutely certain that they and they alone are right is what causes travesties like that which is occurring overseas as we speak. Partisan politics has been ruining a very good system for years. If I had to pigeon hole myself I'd say I was a republican, but I can not stand Limbaugh. Moderation and balance in everything in life are the keys to happiness and success. Every American should support the president. Wishing for his failure is counterproductive and self denegrating. In short...stupid!

Posted by: sanderscm | May 11, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

The line being crossed is hoping someone dies.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

pkhenry wrote:
"Those of you who (like Obama) want dissent crushed, might want to break open their history books and read the US Constitution.

The hate speech by Sykes and many posters here is quite frightening. I thought this was America."

Yeah, it's America, crybaby, and we can say anything we want, like hoping that you Repukes and Limbaugh all suffer horrid, painful deaths, as long as we don't call for anyone to take it into their own hands to make it happen. Of course, if this was 18th century Boston, the fat boy might get himself tarred and feathered. Was that free speech?

Posted by: daweeni | May 11, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

As other commenters noted, the use of anonymous sources to criticize Sykes is ridiculous. If you can't go on the record to say you didn't like the comedian, you don't deserve to have your complaints published.

Seriously Chris, it's a frivolous example, but granting anonymity to spin, and there's nothing here BUT spin, is the core of what's wrong with journalism in America. That and folks like Rush being treated with respect.

Posted by: bullsmith | May 11, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

That the White House Correspondents Dinner even exists is a huge, unethical, conflict of interest.

Why don't you cover THAT instead of helplessly bleating about how the emcees skewer your idols.

Posted by: solsticebelle | May 11, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

As a conservative I say let these juvenile celebrity leftist blast away with both barrels. Every ignorant utterance that spews from these dolts serves to demonstrate their inability to comprehend the complexities of the adult world.

Posted by: dcn1 | May 11, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

She was right about him though. He is a drug addict. He does want this administration to fail. Wanting this administration to fail means he wants conditions for his fellow countrymen to continue to degrade. Having been laid off by a company squeezed by the economy, I can safely say I hope Rush's kidneys fail too. I need all the help I can get and Obama is the only one I feel is actually trying to make things better. Being nailed by a comedian is no match for the amount of harm his hateful, ignorant propaganda has done.

I think she did a good job though, when Colbert took out Bush a couple of years ago he had so much more material to work with. Obama is a lot less funny.

Posted by: waterwarior84 | May 11, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Joking about Rush's kidneys is not even close to the 700 Club clown praying for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Personally, I hope the sweaty fat boy suffers a much more painful end than kidney failure, and that all the meds he's taken make the stuff they give him useless.

Posted by: daweeni | May 11, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

JakeD, Is that your positive comment about Limbaugh? He is a despicable, hateful person who is also very ignorant, and preys on people who are short on history, analysis and prone to scapegoating to explain their own unhappiness.

Posted by: YTYT | May 11, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

JakeD, Is that your positive comment about Limbaugh? He is a despicable, hateful person who is also very ignorant, and preys on people who are short on history, analysis and prone to scapegoating to explain their own unhappiness.

Posted by: YTYT | May 11, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer, as is Sykes, and he says things that are equally irresponsible. Unhappily, Limbaugh has the ear of the GOP (quite literally -- he has them by the ear).

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 11, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Wands's cracks about El Rushbo help two factions and hurt one.
They help Rush's ratings skyrocket today and after all, ratings are Rush's true love.
They help the Dems who are loving Rush remaining the figurehead for the GOP for so long.
They hurt the GOP once again as the party writhes in agony.
The identity of the GOP remains a mystery!

Posted by: jrosco3 | May 11, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Is someone seriously asking us if we think that an always-edgy comedian went "over the line" skewing the loudest of the loud-mouthed political entertainers at a comedy event?

I guess I don't believe it's actually possible to go "over the line" skewing Rush Limbaugh.

The very best of the weekend treats arrived for Democrats, though, when Dick Cheney informed millions of Americans that entertainer Rush Limbaugh represents the values of the Republican Party better than General Colin Powell!

Can the GOP go any lower than 20%?
Maybe.

Posted by: freespeak | May 11, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Perfect definition of "nobody". Who was that woman? Is she supposed to be a new comedian?

Posted by: pohknee | May 11, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"Mister" Tanaka this blog is full of names about Rushie-poo and you chose mine to respond to? Wow, I must have struck a nerve. Again, keep it moving...this is about Limboy, not me. But I'm glad you took your valuable five seconds of fame to read and respond. Really "clever".

Posted by: rights4all | May 11, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

YTYT:

At least Limbaugh hasn't crossed the line of wishing kidney failure for Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | May 11, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

"A CBS sports writer had to apologize to Pelosi for writing a joke in a Dallas magazine the gist of which was, if a soldier found bin Laden and Pelosi in an elevator, and had one bullet, he'd shoot Pelosi and strangle bin Laden. Why is the dem joke considered funny and the republican joke requires an apology. There should be no double standard."

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One was a joke based on both a statement made by the recipient and on his abuse of prescription medications.

The other is a joke about just shooting a person because you hate them more than Osama Bin Laden.

Yeah, only a conservative would see those as comparable. They truly have no sense of humor.

Posted by: AgnosticEngineer | May 11, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The nice irony here is that while insulting Rush she sounded pretty much just like him. The whole context here is that Rush crosses the line constantly in insulting those he hates while demanding universal respect and adulation for himself.

Sure she crossed the line. And nobody genuine is feeling sorry for Rush Limbaugh. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Posted by: bullsmith | May 11, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Fan the Flames you say Chris
Thats a no brainer...
Drudge Report and Fox News will fan the flame of a child's knock-knock joke.

Posted by: hayden1 | May 11, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Repub"lames"? Limboy?

The GOP is full of idiots, but there are a load of Democrats who fit the bill, too. At least try to make your name calling clever, will ya?

Posted by: MisterTanaka | May 11, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Limbaugh crosses the line everyday. He's a demagogue. The skewering on the public stage was long overdue. That so called reporters would treat him as if he deserved any kind of respect is revolting. I understand the position of Fox, because they are a partisan mouthpiece for prevailing idiocy of the Republican party.

Posted by: YTYT | May 11, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Listen, all of you repub"lames" party lovers just sit down! Everytime someone in favor of the dems returns fire with a comment not in your favor you start wining like a bunch of pansies. Repub"lames" didn't corner the market on rules and limits of comments. You take the good with the bad and keep it moving!! No one said the dems could only respond with comments that didn't hurt the repubs feelings. Gimme a break - Limboy deserved to get put in line for once and I'm glad it was a black woman who said it!!! Go Wanda! Next...

Posted by: rights4all | May 11, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Sykes' comments on Limbaugh were the sort of bombast the porcine one often aims at others. Beyond the pale? You decide.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | May 11, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Did you laugh? I did. So there we go. I'll wait to be outraged by something other than a multimillionaire demagogue being skewered by a comedienne.

Posted by: TonyQ82 | May 11, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

1. Why do the Correspondent's group hire hyper-comedians and then complain about them when they do what they do? Why do the complainers go to the dinner?
2. Wanda Sykes was fantastic. Over the line? As over the line as Rush making treasonous statements that he hopes the country fails under Obama, inviting another attack and a depression. Just for political gain.
3. Kidney failure would be gentle compared to the torture Rush and Cheney would inevitably wish on others guilty of their brand of treason.
4. Rush's drug abuse is surely fair game. He never hesitates to blabber on about other such habits. Watch how he's attacking the "American Idol" star, Brad Lambert, for kissing men.
4. The President was magnificent. I wish he didn't laugh at his own jokes, but he was amazing. Every joke worked.

Posted by: Tony163 | May 11, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Sykes' "jokes" is just an indication how truly brain-dead our pinkos are both in the government, media, entertainment and the general public: there are nobody but brain-dead.

Yes, Republicans are stupid, but you, guys, are all brain-dead.

Posted by: Alex43 | May 11, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Conservatives are upset because someone was having a laugh at the expense of their leader Limbaugh? Good. More please.

Posted by: fluxgirl | May 11, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

El Rushbo is hardly an innocent victim. He berates every liberal as if anything but pure conservatism is a vice. He rants about how drug abusers should be imprisoned and casually rationalizes his own drug addiction. He has compared the Abu Ghraib incident to a fraternity hazing. He has stated that "feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society." He encouraged Republicans to change party affiliations to try to disrupt the Democratic primary. And, he helped push the ridiculous premise that disagreeing with the Bush administration was tantamount to treason during this War of Terror.

Those who hang on his every word obviously found this unsettling, much like how rational people find many of his radio commentaries. It is funny to see the same people who promote a "no-holds-barred", all out assault on opposing viewpoints whine and cry foul when someone returns them the favor. As the saying goes, "those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones..."

Posted by: AgnosticEngineer | May 11, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

She crossed the line. And it was hilarious. Sykes is one of the best.

Posted by: mickman22 | May 11, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I failed to see the humor as well. Rush Limbaugh IS Anti-American, he is a terrorist, he is guilty of treason, he's a drug addict, a fat gas bag and one of the reasons why the Republican party is in so much trouble. Wanda Sykes hit it just right with the truth. I'm glad the Republicans are too scared to take that fascist propaganda bloviate head on.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | May 11, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I love her comments. I applaud her for saying them. I think, as usual, the Fix has given its brain over to the right wing.

Posted by: havok26 | May 11, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

How sad. Those Limbaugh supporters can dish it out, but they can't take it.
Limbaugh constantly puts down everyone, especially women. Wanda was mild compared to comments like Limbaugh's "feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society."
Limbaugh is a great leader for the Republican party, in the opinion of this Democrat.


Posted by: spro | May 11, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Why does the chattering class in DC think this is such a big issue? America yawns.

Posted by: bobnsri | May 11, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Any guesses as to who the un-named GOP strategist is? My guess is Chip "furthest- thing-from-a-racist" Saltzman.

Posted by: katem1 | May 11, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Its funny how the GOP gets up in arms when making a joke about Rush, but found nothing wrong and in some cases laughed real hard when Bush did his spoof on not finding Weapons of Mass Destruction, he did this while our soldiers were dying trying on his orders. So shut up GOP, HYPOCRITES............

Posted by: rharring | May 11, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Oh heavens! Someone dared compare a conservative blowhard who hopes his presidents fails to a 9/11 terrorist? I need the smelling salts!

Ahem.... Ann Coulter, 2002: "Liberalism and terrorism: stages of same disease"

Conservatives tend to wish death (typically, execution) on Liberals. The most I typically see in counter-response is Liberals wishing Conservatives would follow up on their recent wishes to secede into a new country.

I agree with earlier posts, that Limbaugh crosses the line of decency every single day. And we're supposed to feel sorry for his hurt feelings?

Posted by: hitpoints | May 11, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Is this a serious discussion over whether Widdle Rush can take the nanny-nanny boo-boos? Whether what's good for the goose is good for the gander? Good heavens!

We all know that there is yet no limit Rush and his compatriots like Michele Malkin, Ann Coulter and Papa Bear have put on their rhetoric. None. Zero containment of the vitriol and wild extremes impugning motives or maligning character. And certainly no fine line marking the border of so-called "good taste" when wishing the country ill or accusing good Americans of the worst alleged crimes of intent. Quite the opposite. Nothing has been off-limits to these folks. Nothing has been considered sacred, beyond the pale or unacceptable. In fact, they seem to relish and savor the diatribes pouring forth from them like so much raw sewage unleashed in a flood.

But all of the sudden we're supposed to blush when the bullying bloviator is called out for his own transgressions? We're supposed to return to an era of polite discretion where known character flaws are kept delicately secret to avoid mutual embarrassment? Or where we all come to consensus that that is just, "too much!"

Pshaw!

Now, I firmly believe that two wrongs don't make a right. And as for my own taste in things, I'd prefer that persons with as much talent and gift as Limbaugh and Coulter turned away from their poison pens and uncensored rantings and devoted themselves to a higher purpose in reason instead.

But once they're out there, churning their sewage each day, a little mirroring might be just what the doctor ordered. That and a detox session. And I don't mean that for the known addictions, but rather for the subtler ones---addiction to the self and to self-importance and addiction to a world of dialogue and interaction so vile and unproductive that it reeks of sulfur.

Perhaps the new guard does need to take the high road. But maybe giving the old guard a taste of their own medicine will invite them to do the same.

Posted by: lindsayhowerton | May 11, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Let us not forget, RUSH got a deferment due to "anal warts" Totally true story.

Posted by: bobnsri | May 11, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Pretty extreme comments, but it's just giving the fat boy a taste of his own grotesque 'medicine'.

Posted by: newageblues | May 11, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

sykes didn't cross the line, she didn't even get near it. McCain/Palin rallies with supporters toting stuffed toy monkeys, crying out "kill him",crossed the line. Bush at the RNC, dissing half of the country, that GOP congressman from Georgia,I think, calling Obama uppity. And how about the audacity of Cheney when asked about his low ratings"SO?". Or how about how hypocritical it was to let low level soldiers take the blame for Abu Ghrarib? How low was that in comparison to insulting an entertainer? Chris this column rates right up there with your absurd wag the blog question "did Obama risk the ire of the media movers and shakers that set the conventional wisdom for a presidency?". I know you can do much better.

Posted by: katem1 | May 11, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

you mention grayson and williams in the republican primary. but, a lot of stories are also mentioning cathy bailey, a former ambassdor to latvia. she and her husband are hosting john thune at their home in order to raise money for mcconnell. and apparently she was really pressing the flesh at the lincoln dinner (which was happening at the same time as the nerd prom).

if bunning can get it together, then grayson sits out, but bailey becomes mcconnell's candidate.

if bunning sits out, it's likely grayson will emerge as the republican nominee.

williams has really high negatives because he's seen as a partisan, and given that the headline today is "Williams vows to challenge Beshear over budget," it doesn't look like he's trying to reshape that image. he may win a primary by appealing to these tea bag people, but it'll be difficult to win a general given that the general impression he has statewide is a negative one.

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20090511/COLUMNISTS21/905110316/Williams+vows+to+challenge+Beshear+over+budget

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20090420/COLUMNISTS21/904200339

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200990509014

Posted by: plathman | May 11, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Remember the reason that Al Franken called his book "Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot"? He came up with that title because Rush referred to Chelsea Clinton as "the family dog." Rush did that when the girl was a teenager and extremely vulnerable. That's the type of guy Limbaugh is. He's fair game.

Posted by: gldrtr | May 11, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Awww...A lesbian African-American comedian hurt Rush's feelings. How sad. A) NOT, and B) Limbaugh doesn't have any feelings.

It's a moot point, and one that shouldn't even be on the radar screen.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | May 11, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Wanda Sykes threw a well deserved SHOE at the criminals and its supporters of the last illegal adminstration.

Posted by: maat523 | May 11, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I still want to know why Rush never served a day in jail for his drug buying/use.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | May 11, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who knows anything about American humor most especially black American humor could tell you that the following comedians would have done 1,000 times better in lampooning both Obama and Limbaugh, than the vitriolic, angry, unfunny lesbian Wanda Sykes:

Paul Mooney, Dave Chappelle, Mo'Nique, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey and most of the amateur entertainers on Def Comedy Jam.

Posted by: mediaskeptic | May 11, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

He, with no sense of humor, takes himself way to seriously to ever be trusted because the God complex is ALWAYS self destructive in the end. (Psychiatry 101)

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | May 11, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Why Do Conservatives Hate America So Much?

Conservatives: Backed The British in 1776

Conservatives: Backed British in War of 1812

Conservatives: Backed the South in Civil War

Conservatives: Against Entry in WWII

Conservatives: Against Creation of Social Security

Conservatives: Against Creation of FTC

Conservatives: Against Creation of Minimum Wage

Conservatives: Against Creation of MediCaid

Conservatives: Against Creation of Head Start

Conservatives: Against Clean Air Act

Conservatives: Against Clean Water Act

Conservatives: Against ALL Civil Rights Bills


Conservatives have been against, EVERYTHING that we now taken for granted as essential.

If conservatives are against it, it must be right.

Posted by: bobnsri | May 11, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Did you Repugs forge about Rushes comments on the following?

Michael J Fox
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ted Kennedy
Michael Steele
You can dish it out but you can't take it

Posted by: alvin12 | May 11, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

OK, I'll buy that -- I didn't like Sykes' line.

I also didn't like it when Limbaugh said in March that it was "hilarious" that "three dingbats... are about to die" up in the Arctic on a mission to more clearly understand the impact of global warming.

That's the kind of human being Limbaugh is. Which does NOT mean that he is a traitor who deserves to die: just that he deserves to be exposed for who and what he is.

And that his dittohead fans ought to step back and think about the man. If you knew somebody in your personal life who spoke that way about strangers who had done nothing wrong, would that person be your hero? Would you want to expose your kids to them?

Posted by: bcamarda2 | May 11, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I need to talk about comedian Wanda Sykes' performance at the National Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night in Washington, D.C.--specifically her line about wishing that Rush Limbaugh's kidneys would fail.

I've see kidney failure up close and personal--my father--and I wouldn't wish this organ collapse on my worst enemy. I wish Ms. Sykes could have joined me Friday night at the Relay for Life walk, sponsored by the American Cancer Society at the Helotes (Texas) High School track, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

I walked for former Helotes mayor Jon Allan because part of his brain was removed because he was diagnosed with glioma. I walked for Sen. Ted Kennedy.

I walked for my husband because part of his arm was removed last August because he had malignant melanoma. I walked for Sen. John McCain.

I walked for my mother-in-law, now dead from lung cancer. I walked for other family members and friends, longtime smokers like my mother-in-law: Uncle Roy, Aunt Ginny, Cousin Shirley. The boy I had such a crush on in high school and his sister, both now dead from cancer.

I walked for politicians and celebrities. I walked for Sen. Arlen Specter, Elizabeth Edwards, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Patrick Swayze, Robin Roberts, Fran Drescher, Peter Jennings.

I walked for all the unknowns and lesser-knowns, the loved ones and friends of locals, who paid tribute to them by designing paper bags, which served as lighted luminarias ringing the track, the luminarias clustered thick in some places.

It had hit 100 degrees here Friday, so we didn't begin walking until after 9:30 p.m. We only did two times around the track. People were arriving to walk as we were leaving. There were many tents pitched on the infield. Walkers ranged from toddlers to seniors.

Even though I had to wrap my ankle in an ace bandage on Saturday and stay off my feet, Friday night's walk for cancer was worth any additional stress to my ankle. I had painfully twisted my left ankle twice on Wednesday during a walk around the neighborhood with my dog. My blind left eye robs me of depth perception when stepping off curbs.

If this joke by Sykes is what Hollywood and the press corps--dressed to the nines on Saturday night--flocked to hear: a joke about wishing ill health upon another, then I am deeply saddened by the new face of the Democratic party.

Posted by: laloomis | May 11, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

The crack on Limpbaah.com by Sykes was a thing of beauty. That the repuglican party is ruled by a fat OxyContin abusing mental midget of a slob was just so over due. And even the Bush and Cheney swipes of character were downright understated. That the repuglicans can't understand the value of comedy - or even laugh at themselves - is telling. Yes, my dear, the repuglican party is dead. And Texas does deserve to be a province of the United Kingdom. May God save the Queen. (that would be Bush in this case) Limpbaah's kidneys failed him a long time ago - as did his brain, hearing and that itsy-bitsy wiener. No wonder he's the defacto leader of the repuglican party. Seriously, you can't make stuff like this up. God bless America. Sykes deserves a congressional medal of honor for that performance.

You can watch via link the Wanda Sykes rip of Rush Limbaugh at http://twitter.com/WHCADinner

Posted by: tuzoner | May 11, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Sykes can say what she wants just as Rush can, though I don't remember him ever wishing somebody dead. But should she be saying those things at the Whoite House, and is it OK for the most powerful man in the world, who could make life miserable for anyone, to be laughing at her remarks?
A CBS sports writer had to apologize to Pelosi for writing a joke in a Dallas magazine the gist of which was, if a soldier found bin Laden and Pelosi in an elevator, and had one bullet, he'd shoot Pelosi and strangle bin Laden. Why is the dem joke considered funny and the republican joke requires an apology. There should be no double standard.

Posted by: hdc77494 | May 11, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Wanda Sykes at least has the nerve to go on TV and insult Limbaugh live and in person, but you have to give a Republican "strategist" anonymity to slam Sykes? How on earth does that work? What did the strategist say anonymously that you couldn't have gotten him to say on the record and put his name to? What, is Wanda Sykes going to exact retribution somehow? She's a freaking (and funny) comedian, for God's sake.

Posted by: TomHRyan | May 11, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Leftists have odd vocabularies: Discomfort of a terrorist approaching a pain level not even that of organ failure is "torture."

But calling for an agonizing death of a minor political radio jock is hilarious.

Sort of like the death penalty for child rapists and murderers is "barbaric" but vacuuming a 5 month old fetus to shreds is "reproductive freedom."

Sykes and Biden should go on the King and Queen of Comedy Tour.

Only they're not funny. Just stupid.

Posted by: mj777tgggg | May 11, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

jaytingle: you nailed it!! And edalan, too. A GOPer anonymously griping about Rush getting insulted, how pathetic!! Chris, you stated in your chat the other day about wishing there was more civility in the comments. But if you put up columns like this, you have to expect people to take aim at the hypocrisy of worrying about Rush's feelings. Notice you didn't mention Bush "looking for WMD's" in the oval, while soldiers died in Iraq. That was so over the line! . Maybe when CNN, and some print/on-line journalists get it that fear mongering, and divisiveness,
especially by GOPers, isn't working, and isn't going to work. Civil discourse and agreeing to disagree only work when there is solid facts on both sides, not un-named sources sticking up for an entertainer.

Posted by: katem1 | May 11, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Draft-dodging pederast Limbaugh is a traitor. He is a witting "spokesmodel" for the Roman Anti-Christ's "Fifth Column."

Posted by: iamerican | May 11, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Wait a minute. The Boss Limbo defenders (Howard Kurtz etal) for years and years have defended all types of personal attacks on Democrats and wayward Republicans by asserting the Limbo was an entertainer. Which I guess means that entertainers can say whatever they want. So...Wanda is an entertainer and she can say whatever she wants.

Posted by: tsorren | May 11, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

The kidney failure comment was distinctly unfunny and in very poor taste, but compared to the bile and hatred spewed by Rush and many of his Republican followers? Give me a break. Republicans are a bunch of crybabies.

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | May 11, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Given the fact that one right wing television host recently said American Troops, given the chance, would assassinate Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, Ms. Sykes comments were rather tame. And quite funny too.

Posted by: bobnsri | May 11, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

1) If a white comedian had said the things she said about Obama and his wife, they would have been labeled racists (i.e. the IPOD remark and the hands on the Queen remark).

2) If a white comedian had the same remark to Obama that she said about Rush, the protests would have already started lead by Al Sharpton.

Posted by: crazydude | May 11, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse


If Sykes was a skinny white transvestite she could be Ann Coulter.

Just sayin'.

Republicans can dish it out, but can't take it.

Babies.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | May 11, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

The DJ is a drug abuser, a dropout, and a 4F evader of military service to "his" country during a time of war. Oh and the darling of the republik party. No kidding.

Posted by: whocares666 | May 11, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Rush can dish it out, but he can't take it. If he doesn't like the left joking about his drug abuse, then he never should have started or never got caught. Let the wingnuts be a bunch of crybabies. It only makes them look worse.

Posted by: blarsen1 | May 11, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

The main test of humor is whether it is funny. I wonder how many of you who are arguing about the relative propriety of

". . . I hope his kidneys fail."

think it is a funny remark. FWIW, I do not.

I do think that when the Prez promised less teleprompter for himself and more for his VP that was funny.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 11, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey, I'm sorry so few realize that Rush Limbah IS HIMSELF the joke, as is anybody and/or Party that takes him seriously. El Rushbo is a racist misogynist that only a soon-to-be-extinct Republican Party could love. Which they do and which tells you all you need to know about Republicans. Thank god ole Rush never procreated.

Posted by: jrw1 | May 11, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

The hypocritical left....inventor of speech codes, has showed its true colors again.

A failed wanna-be comedian can get "amens"...er, laughs... by talking trash and the democrat's president eats it up.

I'm sure negro jokes are ok now....right?


Posted by: georgedixon1 | May 11, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

The simple truth is Sykes is not even funny, boorish more in the vein of Franken. Most condescend to her because she is black. And that is what the Democratic Party does particularly well, pander to the rabble, malcontents and leeches of the public trough.

Posted by: agkaska | May 11, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Wanda was really funny and she brought out exactly what everyone else has said and talked about among each other.

The Rush Limbaugh was really good--I have heard a lot of people say that man has gone over the deep edge speaks treason of his own country men/women. Nothing she said had not been said by others. It was good to hear some light heartedness about these issues for once.

Good work Wanda

Posted by: mac7 | May 11, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

So let me get this right ---

A bunch of 'journalists' and the 'sources' they cover in Washington -- along with a number of unrelated Hollywood 'celebrities' -- all set together in the ball room of the Washington Hilton hotel. And, somebody is upset about what someone there said about Rush Limbaugh?

Is that a correct summary of the situation?
It is.

So why should anyone not in these esteemed groups -- 'journalism,' government or celebrity -- even care?

You could talk about how there's a recession on, two wars, the everyday struggles of regular people, etc., but you wouldn't have to.

Even if life in the United States was a continuous limbo party and the streets were paved with Teddy bears, this wouldn't matter at all.

It does not matter at all. Please provide us with news now. Thank you.

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | May 11, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Hey Chris, maybe you could have cited one moderate, or cited examples of all the Democrats you mentioned who liked the speech. That some GOP zealots were offended that someone dares to direct unkind words toward the GOP's Dear Leader should hardly be shocking, and certainly does not merit a story.

Posted by: hiberniantears | May 11, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Rush has ravaged countless people on his show, and now when someone returns fire, Washington is outraged. While outside the Beltway, millions were laughing and saying, it's about dang time.

Wanda, you go girl. It's about time someone stuck a pitchfork in OxyRush's big fat butt.

Rush's response today should be a real riot.

Posted by: kim4 | May 11, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Sykes represents the familiar black racist rant against a differing political party.

Odd how "intellectual" Obama can call waterboarding torture, but not recognize abortion as murder.

Legal semantics that give greater rights to terrorist killers (freedom from discomfort) than to stop the murder of an unborn child. How intelligent (and barbaric).

And speaking of torture, how ironic that the "torture" definition he disparaged included, you guessed it, ORGAN FAILURE.

Hate speech from the Left.

Oh, just kidding. Just a joke.

Happy Mother....'s Day, Rahm and Obama.

You're a real class act.

Posted by: mj777tgggg | May 11, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Clever? Stupid?

How about "well-deserved."

Posted by: bs2004 | May 11, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

No, we've certainly never heard any prominent conservatives refer to liberals as treasonous (there's even a book by that title by a certain Ann Coulter, remember?) and enablers of Muslim terrorists or state that they should die. And they weren't joking. As for booing, it wasn't audible to me out here in TV land but no doubt it was if you were sitting next to the Fox table.

Posted by: Dieterman | May 11, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Oh Please! Sykes was just giving to Rushbo what Rushbo gives to everyone else.

Posted by: hiberniantears | May 11, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I was raised in the south, in a Democratic family. I was enraged by the inequities towards black people, and protested every way I could. Sitting in the back of the bus, was my little contribution as a teenager. But I did March on Washington with Martin Luther King, so I cannot be called just another "honky".
Now, I wonder why I did it. The hate and mean-spiritedness of so many black people, though certainly not confined to them, has made me re-think their values, and their objectivity. They know not of what they speak, but that doesn't stop them. What does it matter, if the facts don't jibe with the their opinions? We all know it wouldn't have been considered humor, if it had been said of Mr. Obama and cabinet, or any other Democrat.

Posted by: mimi_k6858 | May 11, 2009 8:41 AM

Nice try mimi. The only thing true in your post is the line: "I was raised in the south..." The rest is complete BS.

Posted by: mack1 | May 11, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Limbaugh's context was that he wanted Obama's policies to fail. Buts lets put it on the extreme the leftists are touting..that Limbaugh wanted Obama's presidency to fail because he feels the liberal agenda and rampant debt the administration is piling up is something he disagreed with. Ok..so he doesnt have the same ideaology as the President. Hopes his agenda fails and that the next president will be more responsible in all aspects. But for this so-called 'comedian' to state she hopes his (Limbaugh's) kidneys fail' is a total different realm. For in this, we all know that if our kidneys fail then we cease to live.

I dont recall any statement from Limbaugh that he hoped Obama ceases to live.

Herein we have a prime example of liberal spin and immoral, vile, backward mentality.

May hope and faith see us through the next 4 years.

Posted by: TOTE | May 11, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

"Our party is made up of people like Jack Kemp, argue ideas, but do not make it personal"

ha ha.

Jack Kemp would be called a RINO and run out of today's Republican party. Today's Republican party is a reactionary, pathetic shell of what it once was.

Posted by: jmp66 | May 11, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse


What an absurd premise for a story-- that Wanda Sykes' expression of hope that another human being will suffer multiple organ failure was arguably "clever." To make cruel, malicious remarks takes no particular intelligence and wit.

Posted by: VirginiaIndependent | May 11, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Here's a link to Wanda's whole speech if you missed it. I thought she went just far enough:
http://www.gotchamediablog.com/2009/05/wanda-sykes-at-white-house.html

Posted by: mjwilstein | May 11, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

excuse me, but expecting sympathy for rush limbaugh's feelings makes about as much sense as being offended when hitler or stalin is dissed.

Posted by: jimfilyaw | May 11, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

What goes around comes around. The very best political humor always makes someone wince; ideally it is the person who is the butt of the joke. Great job, Wanda! But totally predictable that the hacks out on the right fringe would complain.

Posted by: 33rdStreet | May 11, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

She is correct that in calling for the failure of Pres. Obama, Limbaugh is calling for the failure of the United States, and that is treasonous.

The Fat Head (Limbore) is nothing more than the petty leader of the American Taliban -- he leads a collection of unthinking "dittoheads" who are too wrapped up in themselves and their convoluted conspiracy-type theories to realize that when they root for the President to fail, they root for themselves to fail.

And they proceed merrily along, chuckling at how witty & clever they are, while tossing banana peels in front of the themselves and the 80% of Americans who don't agree with them, don't like them, or don't care who Rush Limbore is or what he thinks.

She went over the line a bit, but I think Limbore has earned it... he can dish it out but his minions & he can't take it.

Posted by: fendertweed | May 11, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

It's Rush Limbaugh we're talking about who can throw out as much hate, scorn, mysogyny and out and out lies that he doesn't deserve to have any punches pulled on him whatsoever. Wanda Sykes' jabs were clever because the fact of the matter, when you come right down to it, is that no one calls that pig out on his drug addiction and it is very much a part of his character and mental deficiencies, and she dared to do it on a national stage. The Limbaugh lovers aren't upset that she insulted him, they are upset that she called him out for what he is. Yeah, she went over the top -- yeah, she justifiably hit her mark.

Posted by: msame | May 11, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

We're talking about a cigar smoking, drug abusing, morbidly obese man in his twilight years. Wishing him dead is like wishing for the sun to come up: it's happening soon and on its own anyway.

Posted by: mack1 | May 11, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

There is no humor in the "jokes" about Republicans and conservatives as told by "liberal/progressives".

They are deadly serious put-downs by people who hate those that disagree with them. It is "news and commentary" disguised as jokes.

Their acid "humor" always ends up over the top and the hate becomes obvious to all, eventually. Then it's no longer funny to anyone but the most deranged leftists. And they are really a relatively small group.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 11, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

For those who would try to slide this by as "good-natured ribbing," please think again. You can sit in the same room and laugh at yourself when you're receiving a "good-natured ribbing." Would a single one of the persons in attendance have laughed if he or she were the butt of this "joke?" Not hardly. Not for a moment.

Posted by: flintston | May 11, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

I was raised in the south, in a Democratic family. I was enraged by the inequities towards black people, and protested every way I could. Sitting in the back of the bus, was my little contribution as a teenager. But I did March on Washington with Martin Luther King, so I cannot be called just another "honky".
Now, I wonder why I did it. The hate and mean-spiritedness of so many black people, though certainly not confined to them, has made me re-think their values, and their objectivity. They know not of what they speak, but that doesn't stop them. What does it matter, if the facts don't jibe with the their opinions? We all know it wouldn't have been considered humor, if it had been said of Mr. Obama and cabinet, or any other Democrat.

Posted by: mimi_k6858 | May 11, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

We're talking about a cigar smoking, drug abusing, morbidly obese man in his twilight years. Wishing him dead is like wishing for the sun to come up: it's happening soon and on its own anyway.
Lets argue about the jokes we'll make about sloshing piss on his new grave. I, for one, am for it!

Posted by: mack1 | May 11, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Look, if the right-wing, pill popping, fat, obnoxious, convicted felon has a problem with what was said, let him stick that huge phallic-like cigar in his mouth, and smoke it ! ! !

I think one could make a case that he is anti-American, and a race-baiter and a hate-baiter, besides being a right-wing, pill popping, fat, obnoxious, convicted felon.

He will lead the 21%-er "Party of No" on a short march to new height (?) as the 15% "Party of No".

Sykes was NOT over the line but the right-wing, pill popping, fat, obnoxious, convicted felon goes over the line every day.

And I am a former Republican who left the party in 2008.

Enough.
.

Posted by: swanieaz | May 11, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I'm an independent that swings to the left, voted for Obama but am not a knee-jerk Obama lover by any means.

But quite frankly I just didn't think Sykes was all that funny, regardless of who her target was.

Posted by: novatom1 | May 11, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Shouldn't someone raise the point that after all those years of anyone criticizing Bush and being called a traitor, that now all those on the right are being "traitorous" in the same way? Limbaugh is the one over the line.

Posted by: goldie2 | May 11, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

For supporters of the Obama administration who pretend to have some kind of moral superiority, her comments were laughingly base.

Certainly Limbaugh hasn't done much to gain sympathy from Democrats.

But, let's turn it around--what if someone said that Sykes was a terrorist who should be waterboarded and....(let's not go there, it's too sick)?

And Obama thought it was funny (like the joke about the special Olympics)...

This is his notion of comedy?

Posted by: ttj1 | May 11, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Republicans are a bunch of crybabies.

Posted by: barbnc | May 11, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

What Sykes is bashing is really individualism for the rest of us. The concept that the rest of us do not need an overwhelmingly strong centralized government running our lives is hateful to her.

She did not just bash Limbaugh and Hannity; she is bashing everyone who runs his or her own business, who put himself or herself through college, and who works and pays taxes without living off the public dole.

Basically, the Leftist model is:

Government: All powerful.
Elites: Get special treatment.
Rest of Us: Sacrifice and are continually admonished by the above two for being "greedy" or "selfish".

We can slave away in the factories or stamp around barefoot in the agricultural fields, but government and their "elite" supporters sit in on the $10,000/plate dinners and laugh at and make fun of the rest of us; they know our place in the world and what it should be.

The Bill of Rights is dying, People, and the clowns that sat at this dinner were throwing a party for the triumph of socialized government over individualism. In their frightful new world, individualism, such as espoused by Limbaugh and Hannity, has no place.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | May 11, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I like the one where she refers to Rush as the origin of swine flu. Hate? Rush's people crack me up with their foolishness. They know well what hate is, express it continually through their actions, and hate all who oppose their greasy party. But their vocabulary (and maybe their ability to reason) is so stilted that they constantly classify outrage, frustration, and despair as hate. Maybe because they express each in the same reckless and violent fashion.

Posted by: halifar59 | May 11, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Liberals used to always ridicule anyone that disagreed with their thought processes. They know ridicule is a powerful weapon to use against their ideological enemies.

Along came Rush Limbaugh and made the whole "liberal/progressive" movement look like a giant ship of fools. It devastated them. Rush simply turned the "liberal/progressive's" main weapon against them and turned the wattage way up.

They can't take it!

Posted by: battleground51 | May 11, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

What apparently has been missed is Sykes' lead in to the Rush comments when she said that wanting Obama to fail means wanting America to fail especially when it comes to those who have lost their jobs, their homes and are without health care. Perhaps the Republicans who are so offended need to think about that before deciding what is really tasteless. When someone wants this country to fail, how does that distinguish them from Bin Ladin?

Posted by: go4it | May 11, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

I'm a once dem now independent who is disgusted that wishing kidney failure on someone could be considered even remotely acceptable much less funny.
Limbaugh is scum to me but I certainly wish the man no harm. I only wish him a life happier than the clearly sad one he has been leading.

Posted by: pang5 | May 11, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Those of you who (like Obama) want dissent crushed, might want to break open their history books and read the US Constitution.

The hate speech by Sykes and many posters here is quite frightening. I thought this was America.

Posted by: pkhenry | May 11, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Wanda Sykes would have curried more favor with the conservatives if she'd raised the threat level to orange, manipulated intelligence to start a war of choice, authorized torture, prematurely declared "mission accomplished," leaked the identity of a clandestine CIA employee, wrecked the economy and uttered President Obama's middle name repeatedly. Maybe they would have welcomed her as a liberator.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | May 11, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

As usual, a dimocrat "comedian" uses a republican's comments out of context to make a what would otherwise be considered a distasteful joke and all the dims and press think it's hilarious and of course, perfectly acceptable. I suppose if someone wished for you or your president's kidneys to fail, you'd think it was just as hilarious and perfectly acceptable, RIGHT?

Making sport of anyone's, ANYONE's, DEATH, and that is what we're talking about, is never, EVER, something to be laughed about.

Posted by: flintston | May 11, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

It is obvious that most of the posters here do not listen to Limbaugh. Their characterizations are based on Democratic party propaganda and hearsay.

If you actually listened to his show, you would know that he is nothing like you think, and that he donates more money to charity than every Democrat in Congress combined.

Obama travels the world embracing despots and apologizing for America, but is not big enough to talk to his patriotic critics at home.

Posted by: pkhenry | May 11, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm a democrat, and I am appalled, not by the joke itself, because I think that Limburger is a vile and hateful piece of crap, and he deserves to be called out at every opportunity, but because it's sheer stupidity gives republican slime buckets something to throw back at us, and to some extent, they have a point. 9-11 is nothing To joke about.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | May 11, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

This is typical liberlism, hoping people die who should dare to disagree with them. Our party is made up of people like Jack Kemp, argue ideas, but do not make it personal. Rush is a hyper-partisan, but he is a decent fellow without a mean or vindictive bone in his body. Its good the public can get a glance on how mean spirited a lot of the dems are, why would anybody laugh at that line? Answer: Decent people would not.

Posted by: vbhoomes | May 11, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

The liberal approach by Sykes is (as usual) to lie about everything. Limbaugh didn't call for Obama to fail, rather he called for Obama's attempt to make America socialist to fail.

Sykes translated that to wanting "America to fail." But real Americans like Limbaugh don't want America to become another failed socialist state where dissent is crushed by a thug leader.

Posted by: pkhenry | May 11, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Jeez, I wasn't sure Wanda was telling a joke at all. She was just telling the truth.
It just so happens that the truth is funny when it comes to Rush's quadruplicate standards.

What is even funnier is the stilted response of the knee jerk Repugs.

Posted by: bovid4585 | May 11, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

"...that he will run for the Senate tomorrow." Gotta be careful with those misplaced modifiers. Unless Florida just started running 1-day-only Senatorial campaigns, which would be a very welcome development.

Posted by: dd7786a | May 11, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Yo fix.. seems that Rushbo got a little of his own medicine. Ha ha ha... Why it was just a few days ago that he accused Colin Powell of voting for Obama because of "race". Did any of the all-white Republicans refute that? Naw. How about when he said Michael J Fox was acting.. then did a spazz-dance. The difference between Wanda and Rush? She is a funny comedian and he is the unfunny figure head of the Republican party.

Posted by: dhxx | May 11, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse

The comments were tasteless but Rush should remember that we scorn those who dish it out but can't take it.

Posted by: aallen1 | May 11, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Let's face it, the "conservatives" adore their chosen leader Rush Limbaugh.

They never chide their all knowing leader. They attack Obama out of pure hate. They don'e even disguise it as "jokes" and it is 100%......

......HATE SPEECH.

I thought the "Christians" do not approve of hate speech.

Posted by: coloradodog | May 11, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Sykes went too easy on Limpballs.

Posted by: Bugs222 | May 11, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Comments about Rush were GUTSY. They were a testament to Wanda's feistiness. The comments themselves weren't that funny one way or another, but just the simple fact that SHE said them (and she's so adorable) made it totally worthwhile. Plus, he deserves it.

Good job.

Posted by: sugarstreet | May 11, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Let's face it, the "liberals" adore their chosen "ONE" and they hate Rush Limbaugh.

They gently chided the "ONE" out of worshipful love. They attacked Rush Limbaugh out of pure hate. They disguise it all as "jokes" but it is 100%......

......HATE SPEECH.

I thought the "progressives/liberals" do not approve of hate speech.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 11, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Comedian Sykes got up there and kicked Rush's obese butt. Get over it. And when an ex-American VP sides with Rush Limbaugh over as distinguished a personage as Colin Powell, we can begin to applaud the final demise of the Party of No. If the GOP were a person, it would be time for an intervention and involuntary commitment. The party has lost its direction, its ethics and its mind, and there is no one currently identifiable with a clue as to how to save it.

Posted by: dajerryguy | May 11, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Limbaugh calls for this country to fail yet, someone complains when they make a joke about that drug addled gasbag's kidneys!
The Republicans need a he--uva lot more fiber in their diets!

Posted by: Badger21 | May 11, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh is bad for America. So is having a person at a presidential event saying on stage that she hopes someone's kidneys fail.

Posted by: buckdharma | May 11, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

The comments were way over the line, and Obama laughing at them was worse.

Posted by: 1djn | May 11, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

tobety,

You "must have missed the joke(s) about the Air Force One flyover", because you didn't listen to the video. Or maybe it just flew over your head?

As for green grow the Rushes ho, I'm not surprised to see his fans leaping to his defense. After all who would not defend a poor little innocent like Lim bauch from a completely unwarrented attack after all the good he's done for the community. Wasn't he the M.C. at that charity do at Culpepper's own Hi-Hat club to sponsor a new waterboard for Cheney?

Cooking friends:
A recept for Lam baste. Take one fatted hog, skin it alive, stuff with prejudice, put aside giblets for gravy, allow it to rotate in the national airwaves for several decades then serve with an insult in its mouth.

Chris Brown in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | May 11, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

There are really bad people in this country and there are not only roaming the streets of America.
There are also roaming the waves...
It seems to me, that humor was a little over the board, but in the same time , its free speech at its best....
So what, she scratched him a little...
Generally only the truth, hurt....

Posted by: bob134 | May 11, 2009 7:42 AM | Report abuse

I laughed my ass off.

Posted by: polexx | May 11, 2009 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Yes it went over the line when she mentioned his kidneys. The Oxy stuff, that's public domain, but his personal health - well let's just say kidney failure is pretty miserable.

BUT - not to defend it, but I gotta say, Limbaugh brings it on himself, and he knows it.

Posted by: ennepe68 | May 11, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Reading the drivel produced by this columnist is a stark reminder of why the Washington Post is failing.

Posted by: branfo4 | May 11, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

HURRAH & CHEERS TO WANDA SYKES!

Are you kidding me--too far? Not nearly FAR ENOUGH! Rush Limbaugh is a drug addled GAS BAG who cannot take a joke!

He can dish it out but like his fellow COWARDS: Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck they are all chicken-hawks who are BLOWHARDS!!!

GO WANDA GO!

Posted by: suec716 | May 11, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

It was fine - it wasn't just what she said, it was also the way she said it. As an afterthought, almost under her breath.

That is a mark of a comic who knows how to deliver a line.

It was supposed to be at the line - if you are going to talk about Limbaugh you have to be to get noticed. Otherwise all the crap he spews takes up all the air in the room.

Rush is an entertainer(!), his act is all about delivering lines. He knows how it goes. And that it comes around.

Posted by: 5knuckles | May 11, 2009 7:36 AM | Report abuse

"Another GOP strategist who spoke only on the condition of anonymity..."

Are you kidding me? You include a statement by an anonymous source commenting on a comedian's performance? You must have had to search high and low to get negative comments to include an anonymous source. Is the Republican party going to disintegrate because a critic of a comedian is identified? Are State secrets in danger of being compromised because the identity of a strategist who doesn't like a comedy routine is revealed? This is about the shoddiest reporting I have ever seen.

Posted by: tohio | May 11, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse

The biggest problem was that the humor was LAME. Can't they find better writers than that?

Posted by: hz9604 | May 11, 2009 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Limbaugh crosses as many lines as he can find within reach of his big fat greasy sweaty body every single day. He hopes that Obama, and hence the entire nation, fails. He thinks Michael Steele should commit suicide. There's an endless list of people that Rush Limbaugh has wished bad things to happen to them. That so many people think Rushbo is a responsible leader is an insult to the entire country.

Posted by: windrider2 | May 11, 2009 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Rush is a hijacker, all right, but he's still in the process of crashing the Republican Party.

Posted by: i_go_pogo | May 11, 2009 7:28 AM | Report abuse

I guess the difference is that Bah Humbug spent hours and was completely serious about making fun of Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease.

And a "GOP strategist" who would give her/his opinion on a comedy skit only on condition of anonymity?? THAT's a joke in and of itself.

Posted by: edallan | May 11, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Chris you mistakenly believe that Colbert's appearance was, "a moment cast by many liberals as an early clarion call for the sort of change Obama ran on and won with two years later." It was indisputably a long overdue remonstration of a sycophantic Washington press establishment. True too form, none of you got the message. Today the GOP wallows in their glory as the party of victimhood and indignation. You and yours, Chris, still want this to be about the mean comedians. You and Rush and all the DC media pretend to have a direct line to the true Americans, yet you are ever so shocked whenever a you get a message from outside the bubble. You're altogether too accustomed to "Americans" parroting talking points generated within the bubble (see tobetv below) and unprepared for ideas that don't conform to established Washington discourse.

Posted by: jaytingle | May 11, 2009 7:24 AM | Report abuse

limbaugh crosses the line every single day, and you morons are asking if Wanda crossed the line? Get real!!! Wasn't it limbaugh who said that Michael Steele should commit suicide? As far as I'm concerned there is no line when it comes to limbaugh and his ilk.

Posted by: monk55 | May 11, 2009 7:18 AM | Report abuse

I didn't realize that a man who is an entertainer would warrant an entire column on whether his feelings are hurt. Compared to Bush "looking for WMD's" in the Oval, while American soldiers were dying, who cares!!! I still haven't heard of the conservatives apologizing to the Dixie Chicks, they got death threats for speaking their mind, just like they are all screaming about Miss California and
her freedom of speech. Where was freedom of speech when the Chicks got pilloried, personally and professionally? No conservative pundit or wapo chatter has answered that one yet.

Posted by: katem1 | May 11, 2009 7:15 AM | Report abuse

From your lips to God's ears, Wanda!

There's no such thing as "too far" when it comes to calling the GOP and the conservatives on their lies and hatred.

Posted by: truble2301 | May 11, 2009 7:14 AM | Report abuse

No one can whip out crocodile tears faster and harder than those thin skinned conservatives. What a bunch of spoiled babies.

Posted by: geezjan | May 11, 2009 7:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of Rush's, though a Republican. These comments, however, were unnecessary and only add to a pervasive aura of hate. Sure, Rush contributes to this aura as well, but to wish someone's kidneys fail is beyond the pale (sorry). This woman is a comedian? She'd better find another line of work.

Posted by: landsn | May 11, 2009 6:58 AM | Report abuse

Limbaugh has spent years with his hateful speech against liberals and Democrats.He said he hopes Obama fails. Good for Sykes to take him to task,Limbaugh has hurt America, Cheney would choose Rush over Colin Powell, a war hero. Cheney and Rush, 2 birds of a feather.

Posted by: paprikaofm | May 11, 2009 6:54 AM | Report abuse

hmmm...and Palin calling Candidate Obama a terrorist was OK?

Posted by: vancouver1999 | May 11, 2009 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Considering all of the outrageous and false things Limbaugh has said over the years, I find it ironic that the Republicans think Sykes was over the line. Boy - they dish it out but they sure can't take it. We need more like her to call these fanatics on their messages of hate and intolerance.

Posted by: msdillo | May 11, 2009 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Geez, I must have missed the jokes about the Air Force One flyover New York, Biden's warning on how to avoid catching swine flu, Rangel's apartments and Pelosi's memory of water boarding briefings. Maybe next year...

Posted by: tobetv | May 11, 2009 6:41 AM | Report abuse

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