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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Hoss4
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Hoss4 03/04/09 - 09:38 am
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When facts hit Dims in the

When facts hit Dims in the face, their responses are usually - Well, "Bush yada yada yada", "Limbaugh yada yada yada". Its truly hysterical. Why not just admit that Barry promised and has lied? Its ok, most politicians do. You can still like him, but come on people, you look pretty stupid not admitting a wrong. Watch this - Bush spent like a liberal! Wow, that hurt to be non partisan and actually tell the truth! Your turn Reader, Midwest, Shivas, Cain, GAC, etc.

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JackRyan 03/04/09 - 09:42 am
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Hey reader, explain the 70B

Hey reader, explain the 70B in earmarks and all the lobbyist is O admin, then maybe we will talk about pill popping. You do have one fact correct, Rush is a tv personality, coke snorting O is the Pres--big difference, don't you agree?

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southernguy08 03/04/09 - 09:43 am
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HOSS, good post but don't
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HOSS, good post but don't hold your breath. Don't you know that liberals are never wrong.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 09:45 am
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Why are we not seeing Jay

Why are we not seeing Jay Leno, Dave Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, etc lambasting Barack Obama as they have every president before? Does anyone remember the skewering of Bush that continued even as we were attacked by terrorists? They have no difficulty skewering Hillary, Queen Nancy, Blago, Rush, yet they speak not of Burris or Steele. They're still on Palin and McCain like stink on stimulus. I have a suspicion, but I'll wait for the more intelligent here to provide input. Thanks in advance

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reader54 03/04/09 - 09:50 am
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Jack: Yes,I agree ! One was

Jack: Yes,I agree ! One was ELECTED and one was ANNOINTED.BTW :They ALL support earmarks when in power.Remember the bridge to nowhere that was sponsored by the CONVICTED R:Stevens of Alaska

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reader54 03/04/09 - 09:52 am
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ITdoc: Maybe it's because

ITdoc: Maybe it's because Obama can orally construct a sentence.

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JackRyan 03/04/09 - 09:53 am
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Yes reader, but your boy O

Yes reader, but your boy O said he would not have lobbyist in his administration and would veto any bill coming across his desk with earmarks, what you say to that. By the way, we are not discussing a briddge to no where. we are discussing barry's lies and the sheeple who still believe them!

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reader54 03/04/09 - 09:57 am
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Jack:NEWSFLASH ! ALL

Jack:NEWSFLASH ! ALL politician lie !

JackRyan
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JackRyan 03/04/09 - 09:58 am
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Now reader, there is

Now reader, there is something we can both agree on!

Hoss4
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Hoss4 03/04/09 - 09:59 am
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He almost wants to agree

He almost wants to agree Jack, but he just cant come out and say that Obama is just like the rest.

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bdittle 03/04/09 - 10:00 am
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Rahm Emanuel masterfully

Rahm Emanuel masterfully choreographed the GOP wedge in a Rove-ish way. Steele and Limbaugh dutifully danced the dance. I'm a little surprised they followed Emanuel's script all the way to the Steele apology, but it was interesting to watch.

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reader54 03/04/09 - 10:02 am
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Jack:That's a start.BTW:O

Jack:That's a start.BTW:O isn't "my boy" but he has inherited a country with a wildfire that has set ablaze the entire economic world.It won't be put out overnight.Like him or not,he is OUR President.

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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 10:04 am
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Mr Burris, Mr Steele,

Mr Burris, Mr Steele, Hillary, Nancy, Sarah are all very good speakers. They don't interject uh, um, oh into most extemporaneous comments. Obama's popularity remains high due to none of the usual bashing is aimed at him. His policies are not as popular as he is, even with DEMS. Long after the media gave him "special treatment" in the campaign, the precedent is being followed. I'm doing a comedy gig real soon. I'll be sure to report back to you how my Obama jokes are received.

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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 10:05 am
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I thought John McCain said it

I thought John McCain said it best : (paraphrasing) Mr. President, if you're saying passage of this pork filled bill is just finishing up from the old president, is GWBush going to sign it?

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jack 03/04/09 - 10:07 am
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GAC calling Limbaugh a fool

GAC calling Limbaugh a fool is a joke. Perhaps GAC should look in the mirror to see the fool, as his rantings about conservatives are nothing more than misinformation and ourright lies. As for being a dope addickt and homosexual, you have a dope head as President and Barnyey Frank as the drag queen of Congress. Speaking of all those tax breaks given the wealthy, according to the comparative tax scales between Bush and Cliton, it seems 30K is "wealthy" to a DIMocRAT like GAC. I am sure you and your un/undreducated ilk are tired of the Republican/conservative principles o fpersonal responsibi,ity in getting and education and doing those things that have made this country great.

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bdittle 03/04/09 - 10:11 am
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Limbaugh is no fool. He

Limbaugh is no fool. He makes a ton of money off of you conservatives with his rantings. He IS a hypocrite though... or maybe the reason he knows so much about the sanctity of marriage is that he has personally completed 3 of them.

jack
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jack 03/04/09 - 10:14 am
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GAC and you other ignoratn

GAC and you other ignoratn azzed DIMocRATs,here are the tax tables for Cliton and Bush. Your boy BimbObama will let the Bush tax rates expire in 2010 and guess who pays more:
Taxes under Clinton 1999 Taxes under Bush 2008
Single making 30K - tax $8,400 Single making 30K - tax $4,500
Single making 50K - tax $14,000 Single making 50K - tax $12,500
Single making 75K - tax $23,250 Single making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 60K - tax $16,800 Married making 60K - tax $9,000
Married making 75K - tax $21,000 Married making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 125K - tax $38,750 Married making 125K - tax $31,250

jack
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jack 03/04/09 - 10:25 am
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Cain, you calling ANYONE a

Cain, you calling ANYONE a buffoon is the joke of the day. Try looking in the mirror to see a real buffoon. Limbaugh was right about our rapid defeat of SH-fastest in history of warfare. He was also right about our success in Iraq in spite of Dingy Harry's statement that the "war is lost". Limbaugh is the principle but not only spokesperson for conservatives at this time and has been consistent with his conservative principles for decades. Too bad you DIMs don't have a buffoon like Rush, maybe Airhead America could survive. Let's face it, Rush, Hannity, Ingrham and Levin are getting the message to the people who are waking up to the lunge towards socialism BimbObama and your de facto President, Princess Pilosi and royal consort Prince Harry are taking this nation to and are rising in protest. 2010 ain't that far off, thank God.

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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 10:27 am
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Jack: Keeping in mind please,

Jack: Keeping in mind please, that I espouse neither party nor any ideology, I have no problem with tax rates rolling back to what they were when Clinton left office. William Jefferson Clinton may have been morally bankrupt, but to not give him credit for the management of our economy is to be as blind as the DIMocRAT's against whom you rail. He did it with pure conservative tactics too, of which I'm sure you're aware. Obama's plans to reduce itemization and charitable deductions will never pass anyway. It's likely distraction materials to keep folks who can learn the real agenda busy while they push it through. Let's skip the bait and get to the meat, shall we?

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jack 03/04/09 - 10:29 am
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GA Values, if you are going

GA Values, if you are going to blather about your congressmen, at least get your facts straight. $7T has 12 zeros, not 9 and NEITHER of your senators voted for the porkulus package. ONLY the three RINOs voted for it on the Republican side of the aisle.

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jack 03/04/09 - 10:30 am
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Shivas, with a dope head for

Shivas, with a dope head for your President, I wouldn't be throwing rocks at some one who got addicted to pain medicine.

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Dan White 03/04/09 - 10:36 am
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Where's Ronald Reagan when we

Where's Ronald Reagan when we need him? McCain destroyed the Republican party's conservative platform with his whimpy bipartisian rhetoric and refusal to play hardball in the campaign. Now, we have a Obamanomics, stock market tanking, Iran on the verge of The Bomb, and a Cabinet full of tax cheaters.

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justus4 03/04/09 - 10:37 am
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The Truth: Rush couldn't get
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The Truth: Rush couldn't get elected to gardner, but the Republicians worship his blessings. A big mistake and the new president knows it. Talking is easy. Talking about a ideology is easy. Getting people to believe your ideology is difficult. Just like allowing Bush to spend recklessly, start un-necessary wars costing billions, and giving Wall Street too much rope, the Republicans are failing to properly understand their reality: The Party is getting smaller. No one really believes that THEY believe what they are saying. They cannot be trusted. And to allow Rush to get even richer, by using the party, will again demonstrate why Republicans will remain a majority non-minority party.

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reader54 03/04/09 - 10:39 am
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IT: Touche !! Nothin like the

IT: Touche !! Nothin like the truth !

jack
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jack 03/04/09 - 10:41 am
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Truthteller, you claim that

Truthteller, you claim that conservatism doesn't work. 'splain to us how, if conservatism doesn't work, Bush had 6 years of growth in GDP, brought us out of a recession from the Cliton admin, had lowest unemployment in recent history and no more 9/11s because of a strong national defense/military. 'splain to us exactly who tried socialism and it succeeded. 'splain how the DIMs have controlled Congress for only eight years and we now have the economy in the toilet (thanks to Freddie and Fannie, et al that the DIMs said wasn't broke), 7.5% unemployment and rising, and in only 6 weeks has approved spending more money than this country has spent from our origin as a nation to the day of BimbObama's inauguration. Think about spending $1M a DAY since Jesus until today (2000 years) and that's what BimbObama and you DIMs have saddled us and our kids and grand kids with in debt.

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jack 03/04/09 - 10:44 am
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He's a hypocrite like so many

He's a hypocrite like so many Conservatives.You know,do as I say,not as I do !
Posted by reader54 on Wed Mar 4, 2009 9:17 AM....Speaking of drug addicts and hypocrites, let's not forget the crack head you elected as President who tells us to turn down our thermostats while his is at 82 degrees so he can feel like he's in Hawaii.

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reader54 03/04/09 - 10:46 am
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Jack: A miilion isn't what it

Jack: A miilion isn't what it used to be ! Is it ?(:

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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 10:46 am
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Reader54, please remember

Reader54, please remember that when you disagree with me, k? I am an equal opportunity annoyer.

jack
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jack 03/04/09 - 10:48 am
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Reader, Rush's listening

Reader, Rush's listening public (approx 20M) pay for him, and yes, many of his listeners are us conservatives. Speaking od shills, there is no bigger political shill than your boy BimbObama. After all, he shilled himself into the WH.

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