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Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh may be America's most prominent bumper sticker partisan. The splenetic talk show host is master of the baneful buzz word, and unquestionably infamous for perjoratives such as feminazi and NAG. Limbaugh intentionally defines these terms to be the most hurtful. For example, his negative connotations for both feminazi and NAG were reinforced with this vile attack: "love your body, 'because nobody else does'."

Limbaugh preaches such noxious poison into the right wing echo chamber for 780 hours each year, over more than 600 radio stations. Pundits, newspaper columnists, cable television hosts, bloggers, and assorted ditto heads across the country echo Limbaugh's talking points each and every day. There is no comparable propagandist on the left. No left wing pundit has a similar following, and no U.S. politician — representative, senator, nor president — has ever enjoyed such a platform. We ignore Limbaugh's perverse impact on politics at our peril.

Many of Limbaugh's favorite buzz words are intrinsically offensive. Others are offensive only in their use and potential for abuse. For example, Rush seems to like the word "disown":

"Obama has disowned his white half. He's decided he's got to go all in on the black side."Rush Limbaugh

"Obama denounced Don Imus, but won't disown Reverend Wright."Rush Limbaugh

"This is the essence of Barack Obama, to go around the world, apologize for America, admit what he thinks are the imperfections, to disown and ignore the entire concept of American exceptionalism."Rush Limbaugh

Limbaugh has frequently predicted that the left will disown Obama. Here is Rush hitting that theme this past summer:

They are now beginning to speak among themselves.  If Obama loses, it can't be because of liberalism.  It can't be because of leftist ideology.  It can't be because of socialism.  It can't be because of Marxism.

So what they're gonna be forced to do if Obama loses is start writing stories explaining the defeat and dumping it all on Obama.

  —Rush Limbaugh: Quick Hits Page, July 31, 2012

As one example of Limbaugh's nefarious influence, today a right wing website (that I won't bother linking to) rehashed this bile:
A month ago Rush Limbaugh discussed how the Left would deal with such a defeat. Rush predicted the Left would ruthlessly disown Obama, toss him rudely under the bus, and focus on saving Liberalism. The Left would insist that their own ideas were doubleplus good. Any bad results were entirely Obama’s fault.
The same article echoes Limbaugh's attempts to falsely pigeon-hole Obama:
Barack Obama was the most far-left Senator we ever had and the most far-left President we ever had. All his friends and family members were Communists, Marxists, or Socialists of some variety. These people cherish the same small set of collectivist ideas, which promise paradise but usually end up causing poverty and misery, except for themselves.
In fact, many on the left consider Obama to be more conservative than progressive, and far more capitalist than collectivist. That said, is the left really any more suspicious of Obama than the right is of Romney? Given the campaigns we've witnessed to date, can such claims by right wing nutters be anything other than projection?

In fact, Limbaugh has also claimed,

If Obama wins, let me tell you what it's the end of: The Republican Party. —Rush Limbaugh

As recorded in a Daily Kos Diary by Richard Myers: Rush Limbaugh's great idea

Imagine, if you will, the aftermath in the conservative movement if Romney loses the election, as predicted by Limbaugh himself. Disown, anyone?
       
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Originally posted to Richard Myers on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 08:02 AM PDT.

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  •  I shrug and say meh as Rush slides into (10+ / 0-)

    oblivion on his own spittle.  Good things come to those that wait and we have waited for the golden silence that will replace him.

    •  I tipped you, because I see merit to your (6+ / 0-)

      views though I don't entirely agree with them. There are probably times when we can starve a known provocateur into blessed silence by ignoring them.

      On the other hand, I believe Richard is absolutely correct that the way to topple Rush Limbaugh is by continuing to dog him. If we don't continue to beat this thing, pressuring his advertisers, his noxious attack on Sandra Fluke will "blow over." People will forget about them, and he'll start out new. We don't want Rush Limbaugh to start out new. We want him publicly shamed as the monster he is.

      Again, I can point to misery in my life that this man and his acolytes have directly, personally caused. If it hurts me, it stops.

      I want him off the air.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 08:21:00 AM PDT

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      •  Each Daily Kos diary that i write (4+ / 0-)
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        brings more folks into the anti-rush campaign. Some diaries bring in six or ten, some have brought in 50, 100, or even 300. And of course, these are just the ones that i am able to easily count.

        The anti-rush campaign is like pulling the leaves off of a giant Oak. Once everyone thought that no one could bring down that Oak. But after Sandra Fluke, many of the great branches (the national advertisers) quickly fell away, after just the initial whiff of scandal. Yet the Oak, now somewhat stunted, continued to survive.

        The rest of us began to pull away the leaves (the local advertisers). Of an estimated 18,000 leaves (the number of sponsors Rush claims), we've pulled away more than 1,000. But many of the remaining leaves haven't yet been touched.

        The radio networks don't want us to know how much damage we've already done to their great money tree. But we know; the damage is already so significant they cannot keep it quiet.

        If enough of us continue the task of pulling away the leaves -- if enough of us join the cause, and are persistent -- Rush Limbaugh's 25 year talk radio career will eventually take a drastic downturn, and he will either need a transplant into some different soil (like Glenn Beck losing his career at Fox News), or he will be forced into retirement. That's the day that we will have won.

        Follow me on Twitter: @denverunionguy

        by Richard Myers on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 08:45:21 AM PDT

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        •  As much as Rush is a hate peddler I have to agree (1+ / 0-)
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          with the idea of Democrats disowning Barack Obama. I mean we have seen so many of them utterly stomping all over the President who has passed the Affordable Care Act, ending DADT, saving the US economy, the US automoble industry, signed fair pay legislation for women, expanded pell grants for college aspiring individuals, and so many other great accomplishments, all because they claim he didn't win the last debate against Romney.... They would stomp all over the President, even at the risk of affecting down ticket races come November. I am sorry to say this but they would not only disown him, they would trash him in a heart beat. Yup, a broken clock can be right twice a day, and on this? I think Rush the bloviator has a point....

          •  I don't see this phenomenon (0+ / 0-)

            you're describing. People who were sold on Obama before the debate, seem to me still to be sold on him.

            It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

            by karmsy on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 02:28:22 PM PDT

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    •  20 yrs of 'meh' for RW radio is why we're in this (0+ / 0-)

      mess.

      meanwhile the left moans and whines and wonder cluelessly  about why they've lost so many political battles the last 20 years, why obama can't get more progressive, why he has to compromise.

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 05:35:31 PM PDT

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  •  just more of limpballz's magical wishful thinking. (2+ / 0-)
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    it's a good indication of how desperate the rw is, too.  

    wasn't this one of the tactics kkkarl rove pitched to the party's organizers -- turn obama voters into romney voters? -- b/c he said the r's could never win unless they did.

    :)

  •  Hey you fat flatulence ridden pustul we DIDN'T (3+ / 0-)
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    disown Carter . . . we aint disowning Obama'

    too bad your side can't say that about Bush 43

    Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

    by Clytemnestra on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 11:23:30 AM PDT

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