Obama's victory strategy: "Rush is the enemy"

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  1. DontEatTheFigs
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    People as varied as Stalin and Orwell (and Bloomberg, recently) have
    pointed out that every great leader needs enemies, and if he doesn’t
    have them he must create them.

    The problem for Obama, if you want to call it a problem, is that the
    GOP is now in such disarray that they don’t even have unified
    philosophies, strategies or goals anymore – they are completely lost,
    with moderates under fire from true believers, and supply siders
    clashing with culture warriors clashing with neocons. And by the same
    token, they don’t have clear leaders. Last time I checked, they hadn’t
    even agreed on an RNC chair yet. McConnell is too busy trying to hold
    his troops together for possible filibusters, but fully one third of
    his Senate Republicans have voted with Obama, not against him, on a
    majority of the bills proposed so far. On the House side, Boehner is a
    heinous fake suntan with no brain, pursuing the same unanimous-
    rejection strategy on the current stimulus package, that Gingrich used
    on Clinton’s stimulus package in 1993, a package which helped generate
    20 million jobs and reelect Clinton. D’oh!


    So right now Obama doesn’t really have a clear enemy to campaign
    against. Clinton had the Gingrichs and Atwaters of the world, and the
    Bush administration provided an incredible rogue’s gallery of
    irresistible targets for Democrats to shoot at, from Rumsfeld to Craig
    to Vitter to Gonzalez. But now, nobody. Obama can’t really use Bush as
    a target, because the Republicans are already targeting Bush
    themselves, accusing him of betraying their conservative principles:
    when Obama attacks Bush, a Republican simply says “me too!” And
    demonizing a Capitol Hill Republican makes it hard to serve
    bipartisanship and seek GOP votes to get things done, at least for
    this year (2010 is an election year of course so the gloves come off).
    And America’s GOP governors are mostly people that no one has ever
    heard of, with a few exceptions like Palin.


    So did Obama fume in frustration? No. He picked Rush Limbaugh as his
    enemy. And notwithstanding all the handwringing from Democrats, it was
    brilliant. Rush is not a lawmaker of any kind, he perfectly reflects
    everything America hates about the GOP, he’s an easy target since he
    has no expertise in practically anything, and most importantly he
    actually wants to be that target.


    Rush has walked right into Obama’s trap. After proclaiming that he
    hopes Obama’s efforts fail, Rush is now gassing away in the Wall
    Street Journal about his own proposal for the economy. He insists
    Obama’s plan is all pointless partisan pork. He claims that Keynesian
    economists, supply-side economists, and the American people all would
    prefer his own plan, which is essentially a big tax cut for the rich
    and corporate fatcats. Rush grandly proposes to combine Obama’s plan
    and his own, and call it the Obama-Limbaugh Stimulus Plan of 2009, by
    spending half the money on Obama’s alleged pork and half on Rush’s tax
    cuts. And he caps it all off with this: “The leader of the Democrats
    and the leader of the Republicans (me, according to Mr. Obama) can get
    it done.” He has promoted himself to party leader already.


    Incredibly, Republicans are now waking up into a new world in which
    Rush has in fact taken over the leadership of the party, because no
    one else had what it takes to seize the reins. A GOP Congressman who
    had told Rush to back off, was forced to call Rush on his show and
    apologize for his “stupid comments”, calling him a “conservative
    giant”.


    Let’s remember that Obama, one of the most gifted politicians of the
    last century, will have no trouble outsmarting Limbaugh. Rush, who has
    been proclaimed by his drooling fans to be America's anchorman,
    America's truth-detector, a living legend, Doctor of Democracy, the
    Mr. Big of the vast rightwing conspiracy, the most dangerous man in
    America, talent on loan from God, the man who is running America, the
    mandarin of talk radio, chief of the non-existent “Excellence In
    Broadcasting Network” and the “Limbaugh Institute of Conservative
    Studies” – is actually an empty suit. After two semesters at the
    hardly-brutal cow college of Southeast Missouri State University, Rush
    flunked out and spent the 1970s wandering up and down the dial as a
    DJ, before finally stumbling into the no-talent-required world of talk
    radio. So essentially he’s never been able to successfully hold a real
    job in the real world, and has no expertise of any kind in any of the
    topics he bloviates about – economics, national security, foreign
    policy, anything. So setting Rush up as an enemy, and then destroying
    him, will be child’s play for Obama.


    So Rush, is dangling from a tree branch, dressed in holiday colors
    like a gigantic piñata, shouting “Look at me! Look at me!”…while Obama
    is walking up with a Great. Big. Stick.


    And after he spends two years whupping up on Rush as the poster boy
    for GOP incompetence, winning the 2010 elections handily in the
    process, he will train his sights on Palin and the other 2012
    contenders. And win handily again.


    Rush’s economic “plan”:
    Rush Limbaugh: My Bipartisan Stimulus - WSJ.com
     
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    NO ONE has or does attack FREE SPEECH more than LIBERALS.
     
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    Is that why when liberals attacked Bush and his policies we were called traitors and anti American? Sorry, but conservs aren't the most open to free speech they disagree with.
     
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    Attack???????


    He merely said if you "listen" to Limpballs we cant come together.


    He so obviously meant if you incorporate the Lush Limpballs ideas into your philosophy then we cant come together.


    Since when is calling an massive partisan a massive partisan harming freedom of speech???????


    Get a grip folks.
     
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    Says the hysterical screamer :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    I like hysterical screamers. If they are women.
     
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    Saying you are a traitor or anti American is not violating your speech; in fact, it's exercising free speech maybe it's not what a certain group of people want to hear. Just because a person doesn't like being called a name is by no means denying them anything other than good feelings. I was in the mix bashing Bush and the neo-cons for misguided foreign policy, in fact, I spent most of the Bush administration bashing the gross expansion of government, the lack of transparency, the ill founded foreign policy, and the encroachment upon privacy. Because of this, I have been called many things. Fine by me but be prepared for redirect fire. This is part of being American...anything less is anti-American.
     
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    No, you're called traitors because you promote treasonous causes. For example, fostering friendships with enemies of freedom and specifically, the US. Demonizing traditional families and beliefs. Dismantling the economy and defense.

    It's things like that.

    And then declaring that we aren't allowed to discuss "patriotism" with you.

    I get called a fascist at least once a day because I believe in the sanctity of life and freedom, by some sermonizing, backwards little twit. When you attack freedom, and say things like it's "patriotic" to attack your own country, provide succor to her enemies and kill off her children, then you get called a traitor. Get over it.
     
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    yeah, but only when your having sex with them

    ;)
     
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    Sure they were called names but were they threatened with their jobs? No.
    That's the difference between US freedom loving Americans and YOU fascists.

    (Edit: Look up the definition of Fascist RayBoy, it fits you Liberals perfectly)
     
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