Finding the Republican voice

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It may go down as a landmark speech in the history of conservatism and, perhaps, Republicanism.

Mainstream media outlets want to ignore it or, at best, spin it as flame-throwing extremism. So you may not have seen much of Rush Limbaugh's address to the Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend in Washington.

CNN.com even went out of its way, and misled readers in the process, in its effort to jump over what Limbaugh actually said in order to discredit his speech, with a headline Monday that crowed "Limbaugh comments called ugly." The problem: The person making that alleged assessment, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, was actually quoted before Limbaugh made his speech.)

CNN did play up the Limbaugh speech later Monday night, but only to celebrate the alleged rift between Limbaugh and Steele -- which Steele quickly closed with an apology -- and to smirk at the fact that the Republicans are letting a talk show host lead the way.

Still, Limbaugh's speech had all the earmarks of a watershed event in the conservative movement.

That, combined with a spreading "Boston Tea Party" reaction to the Obama administration's financial machinations, could light a fire under the recently moribund conservative base in the country.

Conservatives are alarmingly concerned about the far-left lurch the nation has taken since Obama's inauguration. The federal government has added to both our children's debt and its own power exponentially in just the first month of Obama's rule.

Both those things necessarily lead to less freedom.

Limbaugh's remarks were essentially a manifesto of conservatism, including support of limited government, low taxation and individual freedom.

Radical? OK, if the liberal media want to call it that.

The problem for Republicans is, Rush Limbaugh is a talk radio host. He's an entertainer, not a politician. He may be the spiritual leader for Republicans and conservatives, but he's not a political figure capable of running with that banner.

The GOP has failed in recent years to find such a political figure, too.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stormed onto the scene last year as John McCain's running mate -- and while she continues to excite conservatives with her values and common sense, she appeared unprepared for the role of national running mate, and the liberal media tried their best to pick her bones clean.

Likewise, the party may have errantly rushed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal onto the national scene when it asked him to deliver the Republican response to Obama's speech to the joint session of Congress. Jindal said all the right things, but his delivery was stilted, and distracted from the message.

One of the great conservative standard-bearers in Congress, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, told us recently he is more concerned with promoting principles than media stars. We understand the sentiment, but will respectfully disagree with the good senator: In this day and age, a party cannot get ahead with even the best principles unless they have someone telegenic and articulate and sympathetic to carry those principles to the public.

That's the GOP's challenge.

An even bigger challenge will be convincing black and Hispanic voters that conservative principles will benefit them. The media and academia have pummeled conservatives and tried to marginalize them. Meanwhile, Republicans have done an abysmal job of upholding conservative principles (see "Bush, George W.") and reaching out to minority voters. The former seems to be improving; the latter has to be Job No. 1 for chairman Steele.

The country is on the wrong track. Conservatives need to speak up. And Republicans need to find their voice.

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GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 03/04/09 - 04:45 am
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Conservative principles have

Conservative principles have put this country in the dilemma that it's in now.
It's principles are greed, selfishness and forcing it's beliefs on others. The Republican party's members include religious who would force their prayers in schools, and those who would continue to take from the workers who earn them their riches and continue to build their wealth. I've heard the same trite mantras about getting a better job, more education, et cetera, et cetera, ad nauseum. Millions have lost their jobs, and yet Republicans would still give the tax breaks to the wealthy. If the wealthy want tax breaks give them breaks for hiring new workers, for providing health care options, job security and better wages. The idea of maximizing profits at any cost or at the expense of the workers is long in the tooth. Rush is a boob, a fool and absolutely stupid. He's a drug addict, with the same moral standards as Craig, Gingrich, McCain(another philanderer, married to the addict he had an affair with, but, hey, she's got millions) and Foley. Drugs, affairs and homosexual pedophilia....great Republican principles......

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 03/04/09 - 04:55 am
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Let's back up GAC's post.

Let's back up GAC's post. Examples of Conservatives greed------ taking money from those who earn it and giving it to those who did not, while their leaders cheat on taxes. Examples of Conservatives forcing their beliefs on others---- "I don't like guns so I will put a ban on those with bayonet lugs because that will somehow make the world safer." Oh wait..that's the liberals.....Now give ONE example of someone...anyone trying to FORCE prayer in school. Try being honest just for once. "Drugs, affairs and homosexual pedophilia....great Republican principles......" Do you care for us to start listing the Dems guilty of all of this? I don't really see the point since the deck is stacked in my favor on this argument.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 03/04/09 - 05:23 am
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Never mind the fact that ol'

Never mind the fact that ol' Oxycontin-poppin' Rush looked like an utter buffoon up there bouncing around, his carotids bulging and his temples throbbing, the fact remains that so-called conservatives (a bunch of radical folk if I've ever seen them) have a bankrupt agenda and are bickering amongst themselves on the sidelines. The only common sentiment seems to be "I hope the president fails". What a patriotic bunch! The AC underestimates, as usual, how disgusted most Americans are with such mentally-challenged, self-involved displays. So, keep on fighting, boys (and 99% are boys) while the adults are trying to come up with real solutions.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/04/09 - 05:25 am
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Even this editorial confuses

Even this editorial confuses the conservative message with the Republican message. Republican party consists of equal parts liberal, moderate and conservative members and doesn't speak with one voice like the National Socialist Democratic Workers Party. Not since the last time conservatives held the majority in the party has there been a Republican leader. (See GaCs rambling CNN comments) Limbaugh, like many editorialists before him, speaks of conservative values, honor and honesty, personal responsibility and achievement through pursuing goals that fall within these parameters. This concept doesn't appeal to many politicians, certainly none on the other side. With the Dems in control of the schools, media (for the most part) and the social programs, every loser and those that enable losers, are behind them. The only qualification for membership in the Dem club seems to be a confused lack of knowledge and some kind of envy. It's a tough field to compete with. Until the conservatives get control of the Repub party again, which O is helping with, we'll have to deal with the socialist / marxist values of the hard left. Rise up America. Accept the responsibility needed for progress.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 03/04/09 - 05:43 am
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Any political party whose

Any political party whose defacto "voice" is Rush Limbaugh is in deep doodoo. The man is a buffoon & anyone with critical thinking skills who listens to this man for 5 minutes knows that. Limbaugh has a huge popularity gap between his white male listeners & female listeners. Why is that? Rush Limbaugh is a misogynist pure & simple. I recall the triumphalism Limbaugh exhibited when the U.S. military rolled into Baghdad in April 2003. Limbaugh hailed the longest (by mileage), fastest military campaign in history. Limbaugh pooh poohed the millions who had marched in an effort to prevent this war & Limbaugh assailed critics of the war for being wrong. Limbaugh hailed the sparse loss of American lives & the lack of Iraqis refugees the invasion produced. Limbaugh's triumphalism was short lived as U.S. casualties mounted, costs spiraled out of control, millions of Iraqis became refugees & full scale guerrilla war ensued. The heady days of a quick U.S. victory soon evaporated. Limbaugh is a propagandist. If the Republican Party wants a propagandist for their spokesman or their strategic planner, that is excellent news for Democrats. Better to throw both Limbaugh & Gingrich under the bus!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/04/09 - 05:49 am
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Thank you Cain. Your post

Thank you Cain. Your post confirms the fact Limbaugh is on the right path.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 03/04/09 - 06:00 am
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Oh, PT, you absolutely crack

Oh, PT, you absolutely crack me up. You obviously ADMIRE the "big, fat idiot", to borrow from Al Franken's book of the same name. You think he has the right values, that he's courageous and incorruptible. Amazing. So, I suppose I can deduce from your dewy post that you believe he--and his faithful audience--are INFORMED, unlike the rest of us Rush-eschewing folk. Very enlightening.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/04/09 - 06:02 am
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midwest, I can't think of a

midwest, I can't think of a kind way to respond to your "knowledge". Yesterday I promised not to draw on an unarmed person again, at least in your case. I'll stick to that.

Ga Values
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Ga Values 03/04/09 - 06:05 am
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The just passed

The just passed $710,000,000,000 ombimus spending contained $70,000,000,000 of earmarks about 40% were put in by "Republicans"/RINOS. Both of our RINO/Socialist Senators voted for this waste and placed big spending items in the bill for LOBBYIST that paid them. How can we hope to have a Republican party when we have the same Congressmen taking care of their LOBByIST handlers not the taxpayer.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 03/04/09 - 06:08 am
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Whatever, PT. Yawn.

Whatever, PT. Yawn.

Ga Values
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Ga Values 03/04/09 - 06:09 am
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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/04/09 - 06:13 am
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You're right Ga.Values. The

You're right Ga.Values. The choice between these Republicans and any Democrat isn't much of a choice. These two represent why the need for a conservative leadership is so important.

dashiel
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dashiel 03/04/09 - 06:16 am
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As the G.O.P. has emerged

As the G.O.P. has emerged with neither principle nor power, Rush Limbaugh is an excellent choice for its spiritual leader. However, I question anyone's critical faculties who applies the term "entertainer" to this ego zeppelin. Limbaugh and his conservatives are entertaining in the way Hitler and his National Socialists were entertaining.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/04/09 - 06:17 am
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yeah dashiel, up is down and

yeah dashiel, up is down and black is white. Makes sense to some. Conservatives disagree. (see difference between conservative and G.O.P)

44mag
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44mag 03/04/09 - 06:20 am
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"moral standards" - you're

"moral standards" - you're list seems short and self-serving!

44mag
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44mag 03/04/09 - 06:21 am
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"moral standards" - left out

"moral standards" - left out hypocritical, sorry!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/04/09 - 06:23 am
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44mag, who's(who is) "moral

44mag, who's(who is) "moral standards"? or is it whose (possession) "moral standards"? your two posts are a little confusing. (I think you may have meant your instead of you're. either way it's confusing)

Hoss4
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Hoss4 03/04/09 - 06:43 am
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I think its hilarious that

I think its hilarious that all the sheep have followed Mr. Obama and the liberal media's bait over to Rush Limbaugh in hopes that no one will notice that country is being destroyed by this administration. I've never seen a sitting president his admin. talk so much about an radio entertainer that disagrees with him like this one does. He's got all of you dims talking about him too. Can anyone tell us anything positive that Mr. Obama has caused since January 21? Oh yeah, I forgot, some will be getting $13 extra dollars a week. Wonderful! Thats the change we need!

belle
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belle 03/04/09 - 06:44 am
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I have NEVER given time to
Unpublished

I have NEVER given time to listen to any loudmouth obnoxious publicity seekers. This includes Limbaugh, Sharpton, Jesse and Austin Rhodes.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/04/09 - 06:51 am
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I no wat u meen harryp. I

I no wat u meen harryp. I knot reed gready newpapr words, ither.

shivas
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shivas 03/04/09 - 06:51 am
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The biggest challenge is the

The biggest challenge is the Republican and right-wing message of failure for America. For 8 years the right-wing demonstrated failed policies, and now they preach a hope for failure for this President. Obama's approval rating is the highest it has ever been, while the right-wing continues to spout hate and fear, and has taken a sideline approach to dealing with the economic crisis they created. Yes, Rush is your voice, which is truly sad to say about the leadership and direction of the Republican party. At least the AC can admit the right-wing is being led by an entertainer who only cares about ratings.

robaroo
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robaroo 03/04/09 - 06:52 am
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It may be too late for the

It may be too late for the Republican party - they appear to be following the same path as the Whig party. During 8 years of the presidency and control of Congress, they nearly destroyed the US. I'm not a big fan of socialism, but the Republican philosophy is a complete failure. Let's just get over it and start looking for new political parties to replace it.

CH
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CH 03/04/09 - 06:53 am
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GACOP, MIDWEST, & CAIN, it

GACOP, MIDWEST, & CAIN, it absolutely amazes me how you manage to throw all the blame on the Repubs. Your party has been in control since 2006, about the same time things started to go to Hell! And since OBAMMY has taken over, the Dow has taken a steady dive. His answer to this it to compare the Dow to political polls. Funny, he and his supporters while he was campaigning put a lot of creedence in the polls. Face it guys, your boy is even more incompetent than we had before, his inexperience is showing clearly, and the congress is acting like Larry, Moe, and Curly! Congratulations America. You wanted change? You sure as Hell got it!

Hoss4
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Hoss4 03/04/09 - 07:09 am
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Fear you speak of Shivas?

Fear you speak of Shivas? Your boy Obama is the one trying to scare everyone with gloom and doom everyday. Even dims favorite BJ Clinton advised Obama to be more positive on the economy. Good try Shivas

Hoss4
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Hoss4 03/04/09 - 07:13 am
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It its amzing CH! These

It its amzing CH! These twits keep saying the "last 8 years". The first 6 years of Bush the economy was growing and the unemployment was way down. What happened after that? Oh thats right, Pelosi (the devil with a skirt) came into power. She's doing great. By the way, she and Reid are the puppet masters now. Obama just reads the teleprompter.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 03/04/09 - 07:13 am
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The Democrats have not been

The Democrats have not been in control since 2006. In what universe, CH? A slight majority in Congress and an obstructionist Republican Party, as well as some wimpy Democratic leadership (I'll admit) kept them from having any impact. And you're blaming the Dow on Obama, as if this slide wasn't born and nurtured under Dubya. Believe what you want; no one will be able to dissuade you. But you're wrong.

dashiel
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dashiel 03/04/09 - 07:21 am
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The Conservative Political

The Conservative Political Action Conference is the yearly weekend meeting that gives conservatives a chance to exchange ideas. But what do they do for the other 47 hours and 58 minutes?!

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 03/04/09 - 07:22 am
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For all the dire predictions

For all the dire predictions about the Republican party it sure seems funny that they have been the choice of most Americans for much of the last 40 years.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/04/09 - 07:28 am
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Read the panicked posts of

Read the panicked posts of the misinformed left and the message they purport, then read the Limbaugh message. Only when the GOP drifts from the conservative direction do the socialists have a chance. Unfortunately, the GOP drifts to the left way too often.

teharper428
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teharper428 03/04/09 - 07:33 am
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"Meanwhile, Republicans have

"Meanwhile, Republicans have done an abysmal job of upholding conservative principles (see "Bush, George W.") and reaching out to minority voters." Where was that sentiment during his time in office????

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