Obama vs. Rush? Well, some people see it that way
Politico has learned that tomorrow Americans United for Change, a liberal group, will begin airing radio ads in three states Obama won — Ohio, Pennsylvania and Nevada — with a tough question aimed at the GOP senators there: Will you side with Obama or Rush Limbaugh?
“Every Republican member of the House chose to take Rush Limbaugh’s advice,” says the narrator after playing the conservative talk radio giant’s declaration that he hopes Obama “fails.”
“Every Republican voted with Limbaugh — and against creating 4 million new American jobs. We can understand why a extreme partisan like Rush Limbaugh wants President Obama’s Jobs program to fail — but the members of Congress elected to represent the citizens in their districts? That’s another matter. Now the Obama plan goes to the Senate, and the question is: Will our Senator"—here the ad is tailored by state to name George Voinovich in Ohio, Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, and John Ensign in Nevada—"side with Rush Limbaugh too?”
As some White House-allied left-leaning groups begin running ads attacking GOP lawmakers who oppose President Obama’s stimulus package, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives says an air war could threaten a spirit of bipartisanship.
“(Wednesday’s) vote was only the beginning of the process and House Republicans are committed to working with President Obama to find real economic solutions. We should not allow politics to destroy this process. Threats from unnamed White House sources undermine our national spirit of bipartisanship,” House GOP Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia who issued the statement of protest a day after the stimulus package passed in the House without a single GOP vote, including his own.
“In addition, President Obama should immediately disavow plans by some political groups who announced they will run attack ads against Republicans. Let us be clear: attack ads will not create jobs or help struggling families but will only serve to undermine our nation’s desire for bipartisanship. Instead of thinking about winning at any cost, we should all be thinking about creating the jobs Americans need,” Canter [sic] added.
See, that’s weird. The number two Republican in the House disagrees with Rush
Recently, Limbaugh has garnered attention for his January 16 comment regarding Obama: "I hope he fails." And in a January 21 interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Limbaugh stated: "We are being told that we have to hope he succeeds, that we have to bend over, grab the ankles, bend over forward, backward, whichever, because his father was black, because this is the first black president."
Obama thinks Limbaugh’s wrong too:
President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.
"You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.
John McCain, on the other hand, thinks Rush deserves more respect
Today on Fox and Friends, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) further circled the wagons, saying that Obama shouldn’t have made critical remarks about Limbaugh (which were made in a private meeting with Republicans and then leaked to the press):
McCAIN: I don’t know why he would do that. Mr. Limbaugh is a voice of a significant portion of our conservative movement in America. He has a very wide viewing audience. He is entitled to his views, and he has a lot of people who listen very carefully to him. I don’t know why that the President would take him on. He’s part of the political landscape, and he plays a role.
Alrighty then. So we know how the leader of the Republican congressmen who are terrified of Limbaugh because they live in gerrymandered safe wingnut districts feel about Limbaugh, and we know how the most recent Republican candidate for president who Limbaugh tried to defeat feels about Limbaugh.
How do the people in the Republican party who hold the checkbook feel about Limbaugh?
One of the candidates for RNC chair gave a CD of songs from Rush’s show as a christmas gift. You may have heard about one of the songs, Barack the Magic Negro (you’ll be amazed to hear that he didn’t get in too much trouble for that. Politico actually thought it might help). Then someone contacted the press and flagged another song on the CD. Problem.
Though the inclusion of a song called "Barack the Magic Negro" on a holiday CD was probably enough to scuttle Chip Saltsman’s hopes of becoming chairman of a Republican National Committee eager to be seen as inclusive, NDN’s Melissa Merz just pointed out this song, also on the album, titled "The Star Spanglish Banner."
And indeed, though offense given to Hispanic voters is perhaps less of a media hot-button, the hostility to Hispanics among portions of their base is obviously more of a problem for the Republican Party. The GOP doens’t appear likely to break 10% of the black vote any time soon, regardless of the race of its new chairman, and it’s won modern elections with virtually no black support. But the fact that there’s no Hispanic in the running may be as notable as the widely-noted fact of two African-American frontrunners, and there’s no real path back to power for the GOP that doesn’t involve repairing its image with Hispanics.
Hispanics, see, are a growing constituency, and they’ve been really pissed since Limbaugh led the GOP nativist anti-immigration drive.
Saltzman dropped out today. The job went to this guy
"It’s time for something completely different," Steele said following his victory. "And we’re going to bring it to them."
Later, he called his election "a remarkable moment."
"We’ve been misdefined as a party that doesn’t care" about minorities and average Americans, Steele said. "Nothing can be further from the truth."
The most moderate candidate in the field, Steele defeated the more conservative Katon Dawson, the head of the South Carolina GOP, in the sixth round of balloting. He took 91 votes, six more than he needed to win.
If you agree with both the Democrats and Republicans who aren’t on crack and the guy the Republicans decided should be their public face that Rush doesn’t speak for you, you might want to sign the dtrip petition and let him know