Posts Tagged ‘Rush Limbaugh’
The first week of 2016 brought something that I hadn’t expected: President Obama and I are in agreement. Last week, the president previewed his State of the Union Address from the Oval Office saying, “Since I took office seven years ago, in the midst of crisis, I don’t think I’ve ever been more optimistic abut the year ahead.” (odd for him to say considering in January of 2009 he had his vision of change and a Democrat Congress to achieve it, but I guess “yes, we can” was less convincing to him than his followers.) What’s more, we both agree on at least one cause of this optimism: that this is his last year as president.
My other reason for optimism, Paul Ryan’s speakership, is likely not shared by the president. Ryan’s ability to communicate the way in which conservative principles can improve Americans’ daily lives and his Midwestern, earnest and steadfast promise keeping will be refreshing for the Republican base and the House Freedom Caucus. If Speaker Ryan says he will do something, it’s going to happen.
2015 closed with a budget deal that had Rush Limbaugh shrieking the “GOP [sold] America down the river.” In a nutshell, the pundits and many in the Freedom Caucus were frustrated that Ryan didn’t threaten a government shutdown in order to defund Obamacare and Planned Parenthood—two things that won’t happen while Barack Obama is in the White House. Political punditry and showmanship are easy, governing is hard; it requires wisdom and patience, uncommon virtues in Washington. Thankfully for Republicans, Paul Ryan has both.
Upon assuming speakership, Ryan was handed a budget deal that was a fait accompli. He had two options: blow the deal up, shutdown the government, and start the 2016 Election Year in turmoil; or snatch a few important victories within the deal and start 2016 with a clean slate on which to write a clear, conservative vision for the country. Paul Ryan withstood pressure from the “politics-over-governance crew” and chose the latter.
The budget deal permanently removed the ban on oil exports, strengthening our position in dealing with the Middle East and Russia while boosting our economy at home; prevented the sequester from hitting the military so that our beleaguered forces get the resources they need in this dangerous world; and protected free speech by preventing the IRS from transforming abusive tactics into sanctioned policies. The IRS provision alone was worth the price, because we can undo spending in the future easier than re-instating First Amendment rights taken away. Not bad for an admittedly crappy bill.
Then, in the first week of the New Year, Paul Ryan did exactly what he promised, sending to Obama’s desk a bill that defunds Obamacare and Planned Parenthood. Of course, the president vetoed it, but the public discussion will be about the issues presented in the bill, rather than inside-the-beltway gridlock and bickering. Moreover, passage of the bill shows the American people that Republicans are capable of governing.
As the year continues, with Speaker Paul Ryan’s help, Americans will realize that “a more prosperous, a more secure, and a more confident America is possible.”
Yes Mr. President, I’m very optimistic.
Democrat strategists are working with the Obama White House to try to make Rush Limbaugh the most hated Republican in America. Politico’s Jonathan Martin (one of the best reporters in Washington) has a fascinating piece with some very interesting inside scoop on the thinking of Democrats.
I love their strategy, because it is going to backfire in a big, big way. The New York-Washington Democrat elitists have never understood Rush or his influence. He is the most-listened to radio personality in the history of radio, and at a time when most radio programs are struggling, Rush is still going strong. The more the D.C. Democrats try to demonize him, the more attention he’ll get and the more people will listen to him, and the more people will become dittoheads.
There is a lot of “flyover” country that includes Democrat districts that can easily swing back to the Republican column. The more out-of-touch Democrats appear to be with middle America, the better it is for Republicans.
Look, Rush is so influential, that he creates weather with utterances. What Democrats haven’t figured out, is that Rush is going to rain on their parade come election day 2010.
CPAC ended with a bang with a closing speech by Rush Limbaugh. It was a tour-de-force that will go down in the annuls of CPAC speeches as one of the best ever. He had the audience of thousands (and thousands more packed into three separate ballrooms watching on big screens) on its feet dozens of times during his speech.
After the speech I grabbed a bite to eat at Stoney’s in D.C. At a table near me, I overheard a lady sitting with three of her friends talk about how she was flipping through channels and came across Rush Limbaugh on CSPAN. She said that she had never listened to him before and that she was surprised by “how good he was and how funny he was.” She went on to provide an explanation about how Rush explained what he meant when he said that he “hoped Obama failed.” She argued, with skeptical dinner mates, that Rush’s point was that Obama’s policies are very bad for the country and that his desire that Obama fail, was justifiable because he disagreed with the policies.
I was riveted by the conversation, which was difficult to hear at times (not only was it kind of loud, those who know me well, know that I am nearly completely deaf in my left ear, and they were sitting to my left). As friends made comments, she came back with responses.
I don’t know whether she convinced her friends that Rush was right, but she was clearly a newly minted ditto-head who was vigorously defending him only hours after hearing him for the first time. Now that is the power of persuasion, especially when it is articulated in a clear, concise and humorous way. Well done Rush.
CPAC 2009 will be remembered as the beginning of the resurgence of the conservative movement. There was a multitude of great speeches ranging from Members of Congress, Governors, activists and personalities. Gov. Mark Sanford and former Governor Mitt Romney proved that they are viable for a presidential run in 2012. Rush Limbaugh proved that he will continue to be the conscience of the conservative movement. Young conservatives in attendance proved that there is plenty of energy and vigor to continue the fight.
And CPAC proved that it remains the preeminent conservative conference for the movement. Make plans now to attend CPAC 2010 from February 18-20, 2010. You’ll be glad you did.
Georgia Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey is telling Rush Limbaugh to butt out. Not smart.
Rush Limbaugh has the most listened-to radio show in the history of the earth. As a result, he is closer to the pulse of conservative, grassroots activist than most Members of Congress.
Gingrey was elected long after the 1994 GOP Revolution, so he can be somewhat forgiven for not recognizing the power of Rush. After the 1994 election, the new freshmen held a dinner at Camden Yards that featured Rush. Rush was made an honorary member of the 1994 Republican Freshman class. I was there, and it was historic.
(It was also memorable, because it was the first time in my life that I ate an anchovy. They served a Caesar salad, with, what looked like to me, brownish little bacon strips. I had a pretty rude surprise when I popped one in my mouth!)
That night, Rush talked about the clamoring for change the American people wanted and it was their desire for change that motivated them to get out and elect Republicans to the majority. He said that the Members of Congress had an obligation and a duty to hold fast to the principles they campaigned on.
Sadly, very few of the Members listened and absorbed. Of the 74 there that night, I can name, on one hand, those that have stuck to principle: John Shadegg (still in Congress), Tom Coburn (now in the Senate), Mark Sanford (Governor of South Carolina), and two who have been pretty good: Saxby Chambliss (now in the Senate) and Sam Brownback (now in the Senate).
Others who stayed principled, but who are no longer in office include Matt Salmon (AZ), Steve Largent (OK), J.C. Watts (OK), Mark Neumann (WI) and Gil Gutnecht (MN).
Gingrey should be figuring out ways to follow Limbaugh’s lead – not get in the way.