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Tuesday, August 05, 2003


Limbaugh running scared

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, August 05, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Howard Dean mentioned Rush Limbaugh in the same sentence as Bush - and Limbaugh must be soiling his expensive suits in fear:

Dean can't demonize Bush because Bush is not a right-winger. Bush is offering a certain percentage of elements from the liberal agenda, which makes it hard to demonize him.

There's also something else about all this. Howard Dean throws my name out there with the hope that I'm going to mention it and play the sound bite. He understands the reach of this program. Let me just give you the bottom line to all this, folks, and thanks to all of you who called and gave this a shot. The Democratic Party has been doing a lot of focus grouping lately. Tom Daschle let the cat out of the bag after the November '02 elections, when he said experts have told us that it is people other than Republicans who listen to my program and like it. That shocked them.

For the longest time they thought this audience, you, were all conservatives, and that I was just preaching to the choir. Hence, they didn't need to worry about it. Then they got some devastating polling news. I'm sure Howard Dean and all these other candidates are out there doing focus group research themselves. Dean no doubt got some back that led him to believe that he could gain favor with the crowds he's talking to if he speaks to me in a defiant way.

The contradiction and sheer paranoia in the Soiled One's remarks are bursting at the seams. Let' see if I can get this straight: Bush is not a right-winger, and has adopted the liberal agenda, which is good? There are liberals listening and supporting Rush? So by attacking Rush, Dean is going to curry favor with... the same liberals who listen to Rush and support Bush's liberal agenda?

The Soiled One is in rare form. But just wait, he goes on from here to argue that teh Democrats will, out of some fear of Dean, make Hillary the nominee to crush him!? :

I think he's one of the few guys, at least by virtue of this, who seems to understand the reach of this program. He hopes that if he gets his name on the program, it will distance him and separate him from the other dwarves about whom we're not talking in any detail. He's giving us news to talk about in that sense, and I'm sure that's by design. To which, I'm sure you're saying, "Why are you doing it, Rush?" I'm not worried. The Democrats are going to do whatever they have to do to strike this candidacy down if it looks like it's going to go anywhere, and if it gets that close, it's going to be Hillary Clinton who steps in to do it, mark my words.

if there is a logical order to any of this, it would suggest that Rush should be supporting Dean, because either (1) Dean is liberal and so is Bush and so are Rush's leaders, or (2) because illary will try to crush Dean. Then again I dont fully understand the paranoid craven partisan mindset so it's not surprising I am confused.

The entire piece is a confused paroxysm of nonsense. If Dean can so easily discombobulate Rush, things are going well indeed.


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