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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dashiel
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dashiel 03/04/09 - 02:35 pm
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Clear Channel (which pays

Clear Channel (which pays Limbaugh his $50 million a year salary) is going broke. Its parent company just posted a $5 billion loss.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 02:50 pm
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Yes Dash. Isn't it chilling

Yes Dash. Isn't it chilling to imagine a government bailout of these failing media companies?

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 03/04/09 - 02:58 pm
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Typical barry hussein

Typical barry hussein follower happy to see those evil greedy wealthy having problems. I can just picture them jumping for joy. Failure at any expense. I guess he must feel the same about those evil greed wealthy dims that don't believe in paying their taxes. Government schools = intellect, just doesn't compute. As companies fail, so does our country.

toldya
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toldya 03/04/09 - 02:59 pm
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the last thing we need are

the last thing we need are "voices" from Republicans. Whenever they open their mouths it is either to defend their actions or lack thereof or to be poor losers by picking on a President that has been in office just over a month. Republicans have said enough and their actions or lack therof speak volumes. How hard up can you be than to have Limbaugh as a spokesperson for anything other than be an addict, self-rightoeous pompus [filtered word] who solicits prostitutes, never mind speaking on beahlf of Republicans. If Republicans really want to be taken seriously, quit acting like you want this country to fail just to prove a moot point. Get over it already.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 03:05 pm
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the last thing we need are

the last thing we need are "voices" from Democrats. Whenever they open their mouths it is either to defend their actions or lack thereof or to be poor winners by picking on a President that has been gone from office just over a month. Democrats have said enough and their actions or lack therof speak volumes. How hard up can you be than to have Obama as a spokesperson for anything other than be an addict, self-rightoeous pompus [filtered word] who solicits bigots, never mind speaking on beahlf of Democrats. If Democrats really want to be taken seriously, quit acting like you want this country to fail just to prove a mute point. Get over it already.

Dollarbill
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Dollarbill 03/04/09 - 03:05 pm
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Limbaugh is laughing,

Limbaugh is laughing, chortling, and stuffing his face all the way to the bank. He cares not for progress or restoration of the American dream, only for the big sawbucks lining his pocket. He has reared his face at the buffet table only because Hannity and others were threatening to steal his lunch, er his mantle, as the standardbearer of the Loud and Proud Right. Behind his compound in Palm Beach, he is the Great and Everpresent Oz fanning the bitter and vanquished souls across the nation....only that were there something behind the curtain besides a 400-pound, pork-infested charlatan.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 03:09 pm
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Yet let anyone call a welfare

Yet let anyone call a welfare receipient a 400 pound pork infested scab on the earth and hear the cries of bigotry. Wealth envy. No more. No less.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 03/04/09 - 03:10 pm
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sab... Tell us how you

sab... Tell us how you really feel. We'll get over it when the cocaine using, arrogant, inexperienced, unqualified, do-nothing, Chicago thug agitator from the corrupt Chicago dim political machine with drug using, liars, cheats, felons, racists, crooks, socialists/marxists and thugs for 'friends' - leaves office. dims defend, excuse, distract the country from the real issues of an administration of crooks, liars, cheats, socialists, etc. that is taxing and spending money we don't have and putting the dow in the tank. We now put a piece of paper in front of the tv when pbho speaks that says: 'When he opens his mouth - he's lying'...

JackRyan
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JackRyan 03/04/09 - 03:24 pm
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saber, at least rush is not

saber, at least rush is not the coke snorting annointed one sitting in the WH. He is just a radio show host, Barry the coke head in your prez!

Dollarbill
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Dollarbill 03/04/09 - 03:25 pm
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Hey Rush! Got gout?

Hey Rush! Got gout?

Dollarbill
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Dollarbill 03/04/09 - 03:26 pm
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Hey Rush? Get oxy?

Hey Rush? Get oxy?

Dollarbill
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Dollarbill 03/04/09 - 03:27 pm
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Hey Rush? Hey Rush? Rush?

Hey Rush? Hey Rush? Rush? Can't hear me?

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 03:32 pm
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Hey $, got hate?

Hey $, got hate?

JackRyan
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JackRyan 03/04/09 - 03:35 pm
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hey bimbo obama got nose

hey bimbo obama got nose candy?

toldya
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toldya 03/04/09 - 03:39 pm
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Ok ITDOC loved the way you

Ok ITDOC loved the way you just insert yourself into my paragraph- LOL- follower huh? Come on, admit it, Repubs could find somebody better couldn't they? At least the President was VOTED in- not jammed down our throats like Limbaugh

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 03/04/09 - 03:42 pm
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Check out the Lukovich

Check out the Lukovich cartoon in today's AJC online edition. It's a beauty!

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 03/04/09 - 03:47 pm
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Rush has been around longer

Rush has been around longer than the cocaine using barry hussein who - votes present because he can't make a decision on his own. He's been around longer than pbho - who can't give a coherant speech, without a teleprompter. Oh I think pbho has been jammed down our throats by the media and the blind and gullible.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 03/04/09 - 03:49 pm
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dims could have certainly

dims could have certainly found someone better, but didn't. Just remember 'When barry hussein opens his mouth - he's lying'.

toldya
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toldya 03/04/09 - 03:59 pm
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less conservative repubs also

less conservative repubs also voted for him. can't we all just get along

dashiel
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dashiel 03/04/09 - 04:03 pm
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Niko, Thanks (LMAO)! And be

Niko, Thanks (LMAO)! And be sure you check out the animated editorial cartoon in today's Washington Post. It depicts the true Republican position regarding Limbaugh. (Hint: It's something they line up to do.)

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 04:05 pm
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Sab: I am not REP. GW took

Sab: I am not REP. GW took care of that. I am not DEM, Jimmy Carter took care of that. I am not Libertarian, Greenpeace or any other party. I am not lib, I am not con. These are all things that exist to divide us. I am American. Rush is not shoved down anyone's throat. I have never listened to his program, nor have I ever listened or watched the political commentators. If you do not like what he says, do not listen (which is a decidedly liberal viewpoint, no?) I do not watch TV for news. I was blessed by parents who taught me to read, comprehend and seek out answers for myself. I need not the interpretations of others to form my thinking.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 04:08 pm
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I am 100%, absolutely

I am 100%, absolutely anti-hate. Every problem confronting us today is the fruit of the teaching of hate. Hate is taught by parents to children, for they are most certainly born without hate. If we could ever teach our children tolerance before hate, if we could teach them to READ and THINK for themselves, all those divisive labels just wouldn't matter. Can't we all just get along is my dream. Peace.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 04:11 pm
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I took your post and changed

I took your post and changed it because it remains true. I'll continue to take hateful posts that offer no solutions and are filled with hate and turn them 180 degrees. There is no innocent party, person, or ideology. Stop the hate, maybe we can respect one another enough to work toward solutions that better the nation for our children. When you insult and degrade people with differing viewpoints, you've just inserted a barrier to compromise, compromise vital to our children's lives.

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DMac_357 03/04/09 - 04:39 pm
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Rush is the voice of the

Rush is the voice of the Republican party but it scares the Repub leadership because they don't know what he's going to say when he opens his mouth. Steele was right on in saying that Rush is an entertainer whose remarks are incendiary and ugly. Maybe Steele had fooled himself into thinking that the party had changed but I think he was quickly brought back to reality when he was forced to humble himself and shuffle back over to "masah" and apologize for being out of line. LOL He got egg on his face for thinking he has some power. He didn't realize that he's just a token not to be taken seriously, just to be used as a black man to confuse other blacks into thinking that Republican care about them. Hasn't happened yet. Republicans can keep jumping on the Rush train but make up your mind whether he speaks for all of you or not. It seems when he gets on his racist rant, no one wants to claim him but otherwise, he's the one. The AC has the nerves to print something about CNN trying to mislead readers when the AC does this everyday and doesn't even try to portray their brand of journalism as unbiased.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 03/04/09 - 04:50 pm
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The country is in economic

The country is in economic crisis and what are the blind and gullible dims concerned about - Rush. This could be laughable, if it weren't so serious. This shows the mentality of those that think barry hussein and his administration are doing a good job. Shows why our country is being destroyed by an administration in the shortest amount of time of any previous administration. $2trillion here -- $2trillion there.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 04:54 pm
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Maybe Steele had fooled

Maybe Steele had fooled himself into thinking that the party had changed but I think he was quickly brought back to reality when he was forced to humble himself and shuffle back over to "masah" and apologize for being out of line. LOL He got egg on his face for thinking he has some power. He didn't realize that he's just a token not to be taken seriously, just to be used as a black man to confuse other blacks into thinking that Republican care about them... DMac, would you actually tell a brother they're a "token" to their face? I cannot find any evidence at all of Steele being forced to apologize. I cannot find any evidence at all to back up your claims. I am looking high and low. You were kind enough to lead me to the Bush Time article. could you please lead me to your supporting evidence?

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 03/04/09 - 05:07 pm
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Please explain "when he gets

Please explain "when he gets on his racist rant" about Rush. Hey dm, if you don't like 'when the AC does this everyday and doesn't even try to portray their brand of journalism as unbiased', the best advice is to not read it. We still have freedom of speech and freedom of choice. You better take advantage of that choice, while we still can.

toldya
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toldya 03/04/09 - 05:14 pm
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ITDOC: My post wasn't

ITDOC: My post wasn't hateful- call it as I see them. Actually, I too, am not a Repub or Dem. I am a verteran and I am listed as Independent, I don't want to be pigeon holed. I'm glad your parents raised you as they did- refreshing quite honestly. I, too raised my son the same way; look out for others, help them if they need it, don't lie and don't follow; look for yourself and learn for yourself.

JackRyan
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JackRyan 03/04/09 - 05:18 pm
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Hey dmac, the liberal dims

Hey dmac, the liberal dims said rush was the voice of the repub party, I don't think the repub party has annointed him as such. So, next time, try to keep your facts lined up, ok? It makes for a much better argument.

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Niko Mahs 03/04/09 - 05:28 pm
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DASHIEL, Thanks for the

DASHIEL, Thanks for the Washington Post reference. You got to love the way the dittoheads just back up in honor after kissing their trophy. The article in the W Post on Minority Leader Limbaugh is also quite good. Thanks again.

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