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Limbaugh Says, Without Him as Piñata, MSNBC Ratings Will Plummet

May 19, 2009

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh challenged MSNBC on Tuesday to go 30 days without mentioning his name on television.

“Throughout the busy broadcast day, MSNBC cannot go an hour without mentioning me or playing video of me or having me discussed,” Limbaugh said. “I challenge you, MSNBC! Thirty days without anything mentioning me. No video of me, no guests commenting on me. See if you can do it.”

Limbaugh accused the cable network of trying to “build its ratings on my back” by making him a frequent subject of discussion and portraying him as a leader of the Republican Party.

“It seems that the liberalism that is MSNBC isn’t selling as well as they would like because they cannot — from the Scarborough show in the morning, all the way to night, they cannot … go any appreciable length of time without showing video of me, the CPAC speech or excerpts from this radio show or having a bunch of hack guests on to discuss me,” he said, according a transcript on his website.

Limbaugh also suggested that the network may not be able to withstand a ratings plunge if mentions of him were pulled from the network.

Read more: http://www.politico.com
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Top Ten Reasons The Republican Party Will Recover

May 13, 2009

Here’s our Peace and Freedom list of the top ten reasons to expect the Republican Party to make gains over the course of the next two to four years:

1)  The economy: Despite the huge spending measures already enacted by the Obama administration, including the stimulus and the many ‘bailouts,” the economy may not even start any really significant recovery until this time next year.  Voters are already tiring of the recession and showing discontent.

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2)  Democratic leaders like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and John Murtha.  There is already rumbling that our Congressional leaders are disappointing voters.  Most polls rate congress very poorly even though some 60% like Obama.  Scandals, a lack of integrity and broken promises on transparency can add to the woes of Democrats easily over time.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during a news ...

3)  National debt, deficit and spending.

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4)  Taxes.  Taxes will go up.  There is just no way to support all our current spending let alone the promises of overhauls to health care, education, and the environment without raising more money and that means raising taxes.

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Gov. Rick Perry, Texas
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5)  Unexpected world events.  Just as nobody could have predicted 9/11, there could well be an event as yet unknown that unfolds to change the game for everyone before long.  Just as Joe Biden predicted last year, this president will be tested….

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6)  Democratic Infighting.  This is the party that has, for a long time, been unable to get along with itself, for too long, before all hell breaks loose….

7)  Inflation.  With all the borrowing of the federal government, inflation is indeed likely.  Nobody will like that one bit.  Which will hurt incumbents….

8)  Loss of buying power and credit.  Obama’s current campaign to rein in the credit card companies is admirable but it may result in millions of people unable to get the credit they’ve grown used to….Expect retail sales to lag other indicators of recovery…..

Retail sales remain slow in April:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Reta
il-sales-drop-apf-15227744.html?.v=3

9)  Broken Promises.  “Green jobs” won’t be as numerous or high paying as once promised and work for good jobs will dry up as GM and Chrysler and others move more jobs overseas….The health care overhaul may actually harm enough people that there could be a backlash that wants to punish lawmakers…

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10) Desire for Change/Hope (The Pendulum): In our American system, the pendulum has been swinging to and fro; from Republicans to Democrats and back again for almost all of time.  People will tire of our current way of doing business and even the euphoria over Obama will wane.

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Bonus:

11) Traditional Republican Discipline.  The Republicans in general have traditionally shown much more discipline and togetherness than Democrats.  The current squabbling over Cheney, Powell, Gingrich, Rush et al can be expected to wind down as elections near.

12)  The law of unintended consequences.  President Obama has changed so much, so aggressively, so often, so soon in his presidency that the effort is unprecedented.  But this could mean that there is trouble lurking that has not been foreseen.  And we know how well our government foresees things: like the current recession….

13)  Bad Obama planning and staff work.  Nobody had time to read the stimulus?  This will come back to hurt the president and the Democrats in Congress.  Many other examples of stupidity an ineptitude come to mind…..

14)  The “Tea Parties.”  “The real genesis of the tea party movement was not taxes, but out-of-control spending and the debts we are leaving our children,” wrote Paul Gessing in the Albuquerque Conservative Examiner.  “The tea party movement (at least in Albuquerque) is not simply a bunch of angry Republicans who don’t like Obama and understand their own self-interest. Rather, the tea party here was organized by average citizens who are terrified of what the government is doing to our economy. The fact is that America can’t live on borrowed money forever.”  The fact that people are taking to the streets — people who are both Democrats and republicans — is unprecedented.John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
In this photograph released by the White House, Air Force One ...

 

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Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/1
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Republicans Are Not Dead Yet (And Not Extremists Either, Polls Show)

May 10, 2009

Within hours of Arlen Specter’s Democrat defection last Tuesday, the press pronounced the Republican Party dead.

All three broadcast evening news programs told their viewers that Specter was forced out by the right-wing of the GOP, with NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell calling the moment “a seismic shift.”

By Noel Sheppard
Associate Editor, Newsbusters.org

Her colleague Chuck Todd said on the following morning’s “Today” show, “[F]or the Republican Party it’s devastating, not just to their hopes of slowing President Obama’s agenda in Congress, but for what it says about the future of the GOP.”

Two days later, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas proclaimed on PBS’s “Inside Washington”: “I don’t think the Republicans would appreciate the comparison, but they’re exactly like the Labor Party in England in the 1970s. They’re letting their extremists take them straight down.”

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But the critical diagnoses didn’t just come from liberal media members. Former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan said in a Wall Street Journal piece Saturday, “In the party now there is too much ferocity, and bloody-mindedness.”

On the following day’s “Meet the Press,” former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough told David Gregory, “We have not been conservative as a party, we’ve been radical.”

Yet, all this hand-wringing ignored some realities about the current American ethos that have absolutely nothing to do with Specter’s act of self-preservation, for on the same day the senior Senator from Pennsylvania announced his latest strategic metamorphosis, Rasmussen Reports revealed Republicans leading Democrats in a generic tracking poll of the 2010 Congressional elections.

In something practically out of a Marx Brothers movie, while the press performed last rites over the GOP’s supposedly rotting corpse, 41 percent of Rasmussen’s respondents said they’d vote for their district’s Republican candidate as opposed to 38 percent backing an unnamed Democrat.

According to Rasmussen, “Democrats are currently at their lowest level of support in the past year while Republicans are at the high water mark.”

Sound like the GOP is dead to you?

Further evidence of the premature nature of last week’s post mortems came Thursday when the Pew Research Center released findings of its must recent survey concerning the nation’s views on abortion and gun control.

Quite contrary to the conventional wisdom that Obama’s election and Specter’s defection signaled an end to conservatism, Pew, for the first time in its history, found almost as many Americans believing it’s more important to protect gun rights than legislate stricter laws over such (45 percent to 49 percent respectively).

This represented – using Kelly O’Donnell’s words! – a seismic shift, for a year ago 58 percent felt controlling gun ownership was more important, while only 37 percent took the NRA’s view.

Similar changes in the nation’s attitude towards abortion were identified by Pew as the number saying it should be legal in all or most cases now stands at 46 percent. This was down from 54 percent last August, and represented the first time since at least the mid-’90s that such responses weren’t in the majority.

Read the rest:
http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.c
om/2009/05/07/sheppard_specter/

Cheney Joins Limbaugh, Excludes Colin Powell From Republican Fold; McCain, Gingrich Favor “Bigger Tent”

May 10, 2009

Former Vice President Dick Cheney denounced former Secretary of State Colin Powell saying that Powell was no longer a Republican.

Cheney said he’d go with the advice on being a Republican from Rush Limbaugh.

Read more and see video:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2
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owell-side_n_201324.html

This should come as no suprise as Dick Cheney had a hand in sending Powell to the United Nations to make the case for the invasion of Iraq on February 5, 2003; then Cheney had a hand in getting Powell out of the Bush Administration a few years later.


Colin Powell

In September 2005, Powell was asked about the speech during an interview with Barbara Walters and responded that it was a “blot” on his record. He went on to say, “It will always be a part of my record. It was painful. It’s painful now.”

We are not sure the Cheney “my way or the highway” view of the Republican party will be helpful.  Cheney and Rush represent a shrinking party if polls are to be believed.

Today on ABC’s “This Week,”  John McCain said the Republicans needed a “bigger tent” and he said he loved and welcomed even his daughter’s pro gay views into the Republican Party.
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“We’re in a word game here,” McCain said about critical comments from former Vice President Dick Cheney and others that the party shouldn’t “moderate.”

Asked if Republicans should welcome candidates and voters who support abortion rights or gay marriage, McCain said, “It means that we can have people in our party who do not have the same views on specific issues as long as we share common principles.”

“We have to understand that maybe a candidate that can win in one part of our country, like the South, may not be able to get elected in Pennsylvania,” McCain said.

McCain’s daughter Meghan won headlines for criticizing conservative Republicans for fighting to deny marriage rights to gay couples.

“I don’t agree with my daughter on specific issues,” McCain said on Sunday, “but I do believe there is a place for her in the Republican Party.”

Newt Gingrich made similar noises about a bigger tent on “Fox News Sunday,” with Chris Wallace.


Gingrich recently on Meet the Press

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From Fox News

Colin Powell has left the Republican Party, former Vice President Dick Cheney charged Sunday. 

Cheney had tough words for the Bush administration’s former secretary of state when asked about the controversy over Powell’s recent suggestion that the GOP move more to the center. He was asked specifically about conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s call for Powell to join the Democrats. 

“I think my take on it was Colin had already left the party. I didn’t know he was still a Republican,” Cheney said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” 

Asked to clarify, Cheney noted that Powell endorsed Barack Obama, a Democrat, for president shortly before the general election. 

“I assumed that that is some indication of his loyalty and his interest,” Cheney said. 

Limbaugh criticized Powell last week for saying the Republican Party is in trouble and needs to be more moderate, urging Powell to officially switch parties. Powell had also said divisive figures like Limbaugh are hurting the party. 

Asked which spokesman better stands for the GOP, Cheney said he’d go with Limbaugh over Powell. 

Read the rest:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009
/05/10/cheney-powell-left-republican-party/

See also Politico:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/politicolive/