Entries Tagged as 'Rush Limbaugh'

Which is More Useless? Limbaugh or a Classics Major?

November 2nd, 2011 at 1:48 pm 87 Comments

Dear Mr. Rush Limbaugh,

I see you have let your own educational insecurities shine through in your latest rant in which you “bravely” attempted to decipher the “sad-sack story” of a Classical Studies scholar. Bravo. If only you had taken a philosophy course about the Sophists, you might have been better at debating your point. Unfortunately, your rhetoric fails you and you blunder through your argument, proving the limited grasp you have on the concept of higher thinking.

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Cain Was Not Playing A ‘Race Card’

October 4th, 2011 at 2:03 pm 111 Comments

There is a difference between being post-racial and racially blind. Herman Cain’s resume is as long as my driveway. He is highly intelligent and energetic, prostate a mathematician and Navy man who exudes positivism and confidence and has accomplished much. He will tell anyone who listens that he owes much of his success to the opportunities afforded him by the USA. This is a someone who has expressed no residual anger against the USA for the stains of the racist past, sale ones which Mr. Cain, patient as a Black man growing up in Jim Crow Georgia, surely experienced first hand. Instead he has chosen to base his message on America’s best todays rather than its worst yesterdays.

Now, he has been reluctantly pulled into a controversy over an offensive word that was reportedly etched on a rock outside of a hunting ranch leased by Governor Rick Perry. Apparently the word “Niggerhead” was what it read, until painted over after some time in the early 1980s by Perry. Still, Cain has been repeatedly asked, what does it say about his opponent for the nomination?

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Limbaugh: How Dare Cain Find “Niggerhead” Offensive

October 4th, 2011 at 7:34 am 127 Comments

After a story this weekend unturned the most famous rock in the recent history of presidential politics, some made a prediction which I hoped would prove incorrect: The person most at risk of harm from a racial controversy in the GOP race would prove to be Herman Cain. Cain has thrived in part by reassuring Republicans on race. The speech that won him the Florida CPAC straw poll passionately denied that there was any racial component to opposition to the Obama administration. But what would happen if Cain deviated from this script?

He deviated this Weekend. He said of the painted stone on the Perry Hunting tract: “Since Governor Perry has been going there for years to hunt, I think that it shows a lack of sensitivity for a long time of not taking that word off of that rock and renaming the place.”

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No Rush for Christie

September 29th, 2011 at 2:06 pm 59 Comments

Chris Christie’s speech last night has produced a schism on the airwaves. Whereas conservative talkers from Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity would previously fawn over Christie’s every YouTube moment, and Glenn Beck would even go so far as to label audio of the New Jersey Governor taking on opponents as “common sense porn,” now the discussion on the AM dial has suddenly become more subdued.

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Decline and Fall

David Frum August 11th, 2011 at 12:16 pm 66 Comments

Conor Friedersdorf laments in The Atlantic about the tendency of some conservatives to fixate on the supposed decline & fall of the Western world.

Why single out conservatives? Much of modern environmentalism is a literature of doom. Nobody would call writers such as Gore Vidal, Edmund Wilson, or George Kennan “conservative,” yet they devoted half their careers to prophesying the end of everything.

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Limbaugh Loses a Listener

August 10th, 2011 at 1:39 pm 69 Comments

Conservative writer and radio host D.R. Tucker is no stranger to challenging conservative orthodoxy. On FrumForum he published his Confessions of a Climate Change Convert and now he has written about why he can no longer support Rush Limbaugh.

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Is Romney Pulling a Limbaugh?

August 1st, 2011 at 6:23 pm 31 Comments

How seriously are outside conservative groups opposing the debt ceiling compromise negotiated in part by Republican Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell?

Not very seriously, here it seems. Ultra-hardliner Erick Erickson, site the proprietor of RedState.com, appeared to praise the compromise just days after he said he could offer “no absolution” on a debt deal. Click here to read more


David Frum July 29th, 2011 at 2:38 pm 205 Comments

I listened to about 45 minutes of the first hour of Rush Limbaugh in the car today.

The dominant theme of the hour, repeated over and over: “You” – meaning, Limbaugh listeners – are not “losers.” It’s Obama’s who’s a “loser.”

The word “loser” must have been repeated dozens of times, half as reassurance (that’s what you are not!), half as epithet (that’s what President Obama is!)

The psychological interpretation of what’s going on here is almost too obvious to remark. But what I can’t decide is whether it’s more sinister or more sad.

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Clear it with Rush

David Frum July 25th, 2011 at 3:29 pm 37 Comments

I heard Rush Limbaugh talk in his first hour today about the details of the Boehner plan. I was in the car returning from the gym, and I just assumed I’d missed the release of the plan earlier.

But no. Limbaugh indeed got the scoop.

It’s worth noting that for all the conservative obsession with the dreaded Mainstream Media, it is really the Republican party that is far more in thrall to its pet media organizations. A Democratic plan proposal can survive the disapproval of the New York Times. But Rush Limbaugh has veto power over the GOP as now constituted.

It’s incredible, it’s self-defeating, it’s absurd … but it’s the way it is.

When Talk Radio Listeners Buy Into The Persuasion Machine

David Frum June 18th, 2011 at 9:41 am 44 Comments

At the Economist blog, Will Wilkinson has a useful amplification — and correction — on my piece about talk radio pay-for-play.

He perceives the construction of a whole new system of reality creation.

What we’re seeing is a set of once disparate pieces coming together into a powerfully unified persuasion machine. Rich and not-so-rich people give to think tanks and advocacy groups because they believe, mostly correctly, that these organisations can do more with their money to promote their political values than they can do on their own. But the influence of these organisations is limited both by their budgets and their ability to get their messages out. Conservative talk radio has proven itself an incredibly popular and powerful persuasive force. They offer Washington politics and policy shops both a huge potential donor base and a megaphone. It helps Heritage immensely to have Mr Limbaugh citing their studies on air. But the persuasive force of their message is even greater when Mr Limbaugh’s listeners choose to literally “buy in” to the Heritage Foundation by becoming donors. Over time, Heritage’s financial support subtly and not-so-subtly shapes Mr Limbaugh’s message. He, and thus his audience, comes to think ever more like Heritage. And his audience, who become ever more personally invested in Heritage, become correspondingly more receptive to his Heritage-influenced messages. The partisan public has its independent general policy instincts, but it tends to adopt its more specific policy opinions from trusted partisan elites. Traditionally, these elite opinion-leaders have been politicians. But I think we’re witnessing a process through which professional “movement” elites in Washington, DC political non-profits are actively shaping public opinion via sympathetic mass-media intermediaries. Conflict between the Republican “establishment” and the tea-party movement may well reflect this shift in the balance of elite persuasive power.

And one might add: unlike the politicians, this new opinion elite is not very concerned for the functioning of the American political system as a system. They are willing to do more radical things, and run bigger risks (e.g.  debt default), in pursuit of more aggressive ideological goals.