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Democrats Engage Rush Limbaugh — Smart or Foolish?

Whether you love him or hate him, Rush Limbaugh has been dominating the news cycle. Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel fired the first shot in the latest battle this weekend, calling out Rush as the head of the Republican party.

When it came to the surface that RNC chair Michael Steele criticized Rush as an incendiary "entertainer" Steele quickly apologized to Rush, just like Rahm had dictated. For a second it seemed like Rahm was the head of the Republican party!

But some progressives say the "brilliant" strategy of elevating Rush serves Rush, and the GOP. A former adviser to Hillary Clinton wrote in the Huffington Post yesterday:

The idea that making him more powerful in the hopes that it somehow illustrates the weakness of GOP ideas is too Rube Golbergy for me. Why not just conceive and implement smart, good, Dem policy, use Bush as a constant reminder of Republican failures, and let the results speak for themselves?

While some think it's smart for the Democrats to equate the GOP with extreme voices like Limbaugh, others think the White House's attention has elevated the stature of poisonous political discourse. If you're a Democrat this might not be the best thing, since Republicans could use an influential Limbaugh to do their "dirty work."


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jackiered jackiered 8 years
The real pity should be directed at Mr. Obama and his cabinet who have to stoop so low as to attack private citizens to deflect from their pathetic leadership and miserable failures.
sw33tlovin sw33tlovin 8 years
i actually feel sorry for the republicans .. that they can be considered to have an association with rush.
jackiered jackiered 8 years
Titanic sinking as Steph rearranges deck chairs.
stephley stephley 8 years
Still no support for the claim.
jackiered jackiered 8 years
and Steph, by all means please grab a bucket & pitch in. Rome is burning. :hug:
jackiered jackiered 8 years
Pathetically, Rush is being used by Obama & his silly cronies merely as a decoy to deflect from their miserable and embarrassing leadership thus far.
stephley stephley 8 years
We should note that no support for the claim that Rush and Limbaugh are longtime friends has been offered.
jackiered jackiered 8 years
ah, undave, you've noticed too that Obama actually plays the fiddle quite well.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I didn't realize that Obama could play the fiddle? ;)
stephley stephley 8 years
See, the depth of that insight...
jackiered jackiered 8 years
Nero fiddles while Rome burns.
stephley stephley 8 years
I'm just not as serious and intellectual as you are I guess. Just trying to verify a claim.
jackiered jackiered 8 years
The FDIC insurance may be insolvent this year and we're talking about Rush Limbaugh's friendship or lack of with Michael Steel?
stephley stephley 8 years
"Steele and Limbaugh are friends and they go way back. People on here obviously don't know what they are talking about and buying in the the bs the libs are selling when thinking that a friend apologizing to another friend must mean that this man controls the republican party" Do have personal knowledge of this friendship or did you read about it somewhere? Neither man indicated a long-time personal relationship in their most recent comments.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Steele and Limbaugh are friends and they go way back. People on here obviously don't know what they are talking about and buying in the the bs the libs are selling when thinking that a friend apologizing to another friend must mean that this man controls the republican party. That is very shallow, surface level thinking. It's taking the first shallow answer that pops into your head instead of searching for the real answer.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
This move makes the democrats seem petty. I don't know if any of you watch the real housewives of the OC, but it seems like when Tamra tried to make Gretchen look the fool, she ends up implicating herself in that role instead. Democrats need to take a play from reality tv and quit when you're ahead. :oy:
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
Sorry, I had to go home yesterday, so I didn't have a chance to respond. To wackdoodle...I appologize for being so flippant yesterday (though I still think you let your emotions run your argument). I suppose I haven't watched Limbaugh close enough, or I would've known that. But actually, that kind of gives me more respect for him than I had before. To turn yourself in for that sort of thing is no easy task. Piggy sue? ...please
jackiered jackiered 8 years
Right again UnDave! Nothing like creating a diversion off the real issues at hand. Rush can hold his own. Let's see if the Dems are up for the job. so far....uh....not impressive. Massive spending- unprecendented!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Foolish - Giving Rush their attention only legitamizes Rush's. Rush has a huge audience, but right now it's only the extreme right that really listens and believes. Now that the left is engaging that voice, more people are going to pay attention and wonder if Rush is actually right, since the left is now attackig him so bitterly.
stephley stephley 8 years
He'll work with the GOP as long as they continue kissing up.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
And from the way they've been kissing up to him, I bet Rush would have no problem working with the GOP ;)
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Hausfrau - can I has a cupcake please?
Ms-Bunny Ms-Bunny 8 years
There just going to make him like people who used to freak out about Madonna made her, EXTREMELY POPULAR! Bring it on Lefties!!!!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Yea I cant think of any job that doesnt require teamwork except for maybe if you own your own business and you're your only employee! Just because we don't like someone doesn't mean they can't work with others.
jackiered jackiered 8 years
Rush is still going strong after 20 years on little ole AM radio. The new left wing Pres. has been in office a little over 20 days. You figure it out. GO RUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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