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This, from a Limbaugh call on Friday:

RUSH: Tom in Atlantic City, New Jersey, you're first on Open Line Friday.  Hi.

CALLER: (chuckling) That's funny. (silence)

RUSH:  Tom, are you there?

CALLER:  Yes, I am here.

RUSH:  It's your turn, sir.  You are on Open Line Friday.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hi.  You're one of my heroes, and just to address one thing: I make a lot of observations, and I just hope the American people aren't as stupid as they're made out to be, 'cause everything that comes out of these people are lies.  But on the issue of Obama couldn'ta done anything about this economy, am I right in thinking that when we were attacked on 9/11, they decimated our financial system and really put us back to zero at the starting gate? And Bush, he brought us back. In his four years, he brought the economy back and got us going forward.

RUSH:  Well --

CALLER:  So Obama saying again that he couldn't do anything about this means he's an empty suit and his absent on the job.

RUSH:  No.  It's that his policies will never work because he's a socialist.  His policies won't work.  That's why he can work as hard as anybody ever has, and as long as he implements his policies, it isn't gonna work.  But I saw something the other day that I think Reagan inherited an actual, in certain statistical ways, worse economy than Obama did.  And Reagan fixed it.  Reagan inherited a much worse economy than Obama inherited from Bush.

This is all... It's all just poppycock.  But that's why I'm trying to make a big point of it here.  You said: I hope the American people aren't stupid.  We have been told that they are! That's what all of this adds up to: The American people are stupid.  There is no other way the American people could think what they think if what the Republican pollsters are telling us is right. [emphasis added]

  —Rush Limbaugh: If Obama Wins, He'll Inherit a Worse Economy Than the First Time Around

"There is no other way the American people could think what they think if what the Republican pollsters are telling us is right."

What do the "Republican pollsters" tell us? It is a little difficult to comprehend exactly what Rush is talking about here. Both Fox News and Rasmussen currently have President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney. But let us assume for a moment that Rush is referring to Unskewed Polls, which puts Romney ahead across the board. Unskewed Polls is a parasitic, re-interpretive website that publishes revised polls based upon a "cosmological constant", a concept which Einstein adopted then abandoned when he realized that adjusting his calculations to fit pre-conceived notions about the universe was unscientific.

Rush and the Republicans are ensconced on the horns of a similar dilemma: their pre-conceived notions won't allow them to accept the tentative, but widely accepted result of mathematical calculations showing polling leads for Obama.

Now I know that Rush sometimes says the opposite of what he really means to mock those he disagrees with. So I'm not placing too much weight on his actual words. But if we should accept his statements at face value, then this is my interpretation of what he's trying to say:

Rush concludes if Unskewed Polls' use of a "cosmological constant" to fix the numbers is correct, there can be no other conclusion to explain the social circumstance: "the American people are stupid". According to Rush, "there is no other way the American people could think what they think."

Indeed, after a little consideration, I'm certain that's exactly what Limbaugh meant. If Obama can refer to the "unbelievable American system" and have his "you didn't build that" comment considered only within its own context (by Rush and many of his ilk), then I'm certain the new standard for such considerations must apply to Rush as well!

Rush believes the American people are stupid.

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment.

  —Albert Einstein

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Follow me on Twitter: @denverunionguy

    by Richard Myers on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 09:02:18 AM PDT

  •  Hell Rush even Blamed Obama for 2008 free-fall (2+ / 0-)
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    Richard Myers, luckylizard

    "We don't need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen." ~ Grover Norquist

    by Lefty Coaster on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 09:39:03 AM PDT

    •  Hell, Rush blamed Obama in Nov 2008 (2+ / 0-)
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      Two days after Obama was elected, he called it "the Obama recession." Of course, that was based on the stock market dropping. Rush for years would blame Obama whenever the stock market fell, ignoring the massive increase during the Obama years.

      The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Reason (

      by JohnKWilson on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 01:14:38 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Just now Rush is touting Fast and Furious as a (2+ / 0-)
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    reason for Hispanics to be unhappy with Obama, but he slipped up and called Hispanics "Mexicans". Yeah Rush that will change a lot of minds won't it?

    "We don't need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen." ~ Grover Norquist

    by Lefty Coaster on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 09:44:25 AM PDT

  •  well, Rush is partially right... (2+ / 0-)
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    There ARE a lot of stupid people in this country.

    We can gauge approximately how many by checking his show's Arbitron ratings...

    "Glenn Beck ends up looking like a fat, stupid child. His face should be wearing a chef's hat on the side of a box of eclairs. " - Doug Stanhope

    by Front Toward Enemy on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 09:46:23 AM PDT

  •  Of course, the cosmological constant came back... (4+ / 0-)
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    Richard Myers, Joieau, atana, luckylizard

    Einstein added in the cosmological constant to cancel out his theory's prediction of an expanding universe.  He removed it when observations proved that, yep, the universe is expanding after all.

    But recently, it was discovered that the universe's expansion is constantly accelerating.  To account for that, physicists put the constant back in, only with an opposite sign, so that instead of holding everything in the universe together, it pushes everything apart.

    The analogy would be if Mr. Unskewed is actually tweaking the polls in the wrong direction, and we're headed for an Obama landslide.


    •  I'm still counting on Einstein's 2nd thoughts (1+ / 0-)
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      being right; & i'm not yet convinced that "dark matter" and "dark energy" really are what many scientists think they are. Fascinating concepts, tho'; wish i had more time to spend on cosmology.

      Follow me on Twitter: @denverunionguy

      by Richard Myers on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 09:58:09 AM PDT

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      •  I'd love to agree with you... (0+ / 0-)

        ...but the evidence has pretty much beat me down.  As much as dark matter and dark energy both seem like transparent hand-waving kludges to fix problems with the current theory, all the evidence that comes in supports it and hurts alternative explanations.

        I hate the idea of magical invisible stuff filling the universe and affecting physics, but in the end, I gotta agree with the observations.


  •  Another solid diary from Richard Myers (2+ / 0-)
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  •  it was amusing... (1+ / 0-)
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    how Rush set the table with "in certainly statistical ways" (whatever that means) to suggest that Reagan inherited a worse economy; the qualifier suggesting that it was a close call. But then, seconds later, once established, come suddenly, with no further evidence, or even "evidence", the additional "much".

    So we go from maybe if you squint just right, the economy Reagan inherited was possibly kinda worse than the one Obama did, so let's just call that "much worse" because hate and freedom and stuff.

    It's the right-wing method. Contort some morsel of data from somewhere (never say where it came from, further than "some people say") that might suggest something is possibly so, and then declare it is clearly and overwhlemingly so.

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 10:31:30 AM PDT

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