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Limbaugh 'Obama Fail' Remarks Continue to Resonate


Following the exchanges this week by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele, Americans United for Change has released a new video urging people to call GOP leadership and tell them to reject Limbaugh, the party's "real leader."

Meanwhile, reactions to Limbaugh's remarks continue to resonate. CNN's Rick Sanchez asked Indiana congressman Mike Pence if he wanted Obama's policies to fail.

Said Pence: "You bet, we want those policies to fail. Because, Rick, we know big government, increases in debt, the micromanagement of the economy out of Washington, DC is a policy that will fail."

And White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs remarked on RNC Chair Michael Steele's apparent cave to Limbaugh, saying, "I was a little surprised at the speed in which Mr. Steele, the head of the RNC, apologized to the head of the Republican Party."

Watch all three clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

Robert Gibbs, and Mike Pence:

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  1. I guess no Republican over the age of...oh, thirty-five thought they'd ever see the day when Democrats would wield so much power in Washington again. Well, you aint seen nothin' yet. Wait until we get our LIBERAL, NEW OBAMA DEAL hands on the federal judiciary.

    Oh, our President doesn't want us to gloat...I don't care! It's just like the great FDR's second coming...coming to save our nation from the greedy, the selfish...

    Remember my forgotten man, you put a rifle in his hand
    You sent faraway...fight for the USA
    But look at him todaaaaaay
    Remember my forgotten man....

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 4, 2009 1:12:59 PM

  2. @ European:

    Hard as it may be to believe, there are people who legitimately believe that the policies being implemented will not rescue the American economy and will, in fact, make the problems even worse.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 4, 2009 1:14:10 PM

  3. Why are conservatives so dense? We already did what they are asking for--smaller govt, less regulation, and cut taxes for the wealthy. And what we got was the unmitigated disaster that we now have to fix. Isn't it only logical that we have to do something different to turn the country around? But their answer is let's do more of the same. Yeah, cause that has worked out so brilliantly.
    I guess we don't know for certain that Obama's policies will work but they could.
    What we do know for sure is that the Republican policies don't work and led us to this mess. Why do they keep denying reality and why on earth should we listen to them?

    Posted by: Jeffrey | Mar 4, 2009 1:28:15 PM

  4. "That extra $8 a week in my paycheck has more than made up for the massive destruction of my 401K that has occurred since your election to which Wall Street responded with a plunge in stock values. "

    This is the kind of partisan dishonesty Americans are not being persuaded by. 401(k)s did not suddenly decline from being sunshine and rainbows to in the latrine on November 5th. Anybody tracking it saw the long slide down since 2007.

    "The market reacts on a daily basis to what is going on THAT DAY - NOT to what happened 3 months ago"

    BC, yes the market fluctuates day by day. But, two things. One, the market has had "up" days as well since Nov 5th. Ascribing only the down days to Obama is partisan disohonesty.

    Two, where we are *now* is not the product of a daily fluctuation. Since 2007, the economy has been on the decline. This is not a sudden drop, but a steady recession resulting from unsustainable markets and overextension of credit, both at the personal level and in the name of Bush's imperialist venture.

    You also echo exactly the point I made previously (that I don't see posted yet): the idea that the American left somehow monolithically wanted Bush to fail was -- and is -- bullshit. The American center-left went so far as to support him at the outset. He sold us, and congress, a bogus set of goods, and many people who had relevant, good-faith criticisms were silenced as unpatriotic. Many of them were proven right, and history will remember this.

    In contrast, Obama as sat down with Republicans and listened to their concerns, and gone so far as to modify parts of his stimulus bill based on their input -- and they still shot it down. While I'm willing to believe at least some of them had a principled reason for doing so, the lock-step way they behaved, coupled with the kow-towing Steele, Cantor, and others have had to do to Rush fucking Limbaugh lest they appear to disagree with him tells me -- and currently the American public -- that the GOP has some serious problems right now, not the least of which is a problem being taken seriously.

    Posted by: AG | Mar 4, 2009 1:32:19 PM

  5. And people didn't have to pray for Bush to fail. He was really good at failing and didn't need help. He excelled at failing.
    The democrats did not call for him to fail at his job. In the beginning of his presidency, they were overly supportive. They basically gave him everything he wanted after 9/11 because they cared about the country and they knew we had to pull together. Bush took advantage of that and lied us into a needless war, authorized torture and bankrupted our nation. Now we have an even greater crisis and the Republicans are giving no support to President Obama.
    That is the difference between the Republicans and the Democrats. The Republicans are only fighting for political position, the Democrats are trying to do what's good for the country.
    That is becoming crystal clear and the polls are showing that the American people see the Republicans for what they are, and are backing away from them.

    Posted by: Jeffrey | Mar 4, 2009 1:41:18 PM

  6. Is this any different from Bush=Hitler?

    Are progressives really so thin skinned? It seems they can dish it out but can't take it.

    Posted by: Diogenes | Mar 4, 2009 1:58:17 PM

  7. I don't respect gay Republicans. At all.

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 4, 2009 1:59:55 PM

  8. MIKE: TEE. HEE.

    IMPEACH THE PREZ: I strongly believe that visitors to this site need to hear the other side as often as possible (we can get a little preaching to the choir around here). Having said that, your points are often hackneyed and shrill. My advice is for you to try and be a little more balanced.

    Admit, for instance, that The Bush administration was probably the most destructive administration since Hoover. I think that's a pretty easy point for us all to agree on.

    I too have my reservations about how OUR President is handling this crisis. I think the large corporations (especially the banks) are getting away with murder. I think you would get further if you spoke from your heart and not from talking points sent out by various right leaning websites and other media.

    Where's RB? He was a Republican who knew how to argue his points rationally. Have I just missed his postings? Has he morphed into the rabid IMPEACH THE PREZ?

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Mar 4, 2009 2:13:28 PM

  9. What can be said of Conservatives that has not already been said about Hemorrhoids?

    Those here trashing Obama just because he is not following the failed policies of Bush and the Republicans need to get a fucking life. YOUR people fucked the country up and left us to pick up the pieces. LAUGHABLE how one person is even blaming Obama for the Stock Market troubles.

    At this point I have given up on expecting ANY kind of help from the GOP in the attempts to right the country. They are acting like petulant little pissants and refusing to go along with anything... well, kids, if you don't wanna play in the sandbox, STFU and let the adults try to sort out your shit-heap-mess you created. The voters told you who they trust to lead... get used to it!

    Wanting the policies that are trying to right the country to fail? Seriously? To those that say that: FUCK YOU ALL, you good-for-nothing morons!

    Posted by: CK | Mar 4, 2009 2:32:24 PM

  10. For once, I don't think that I could possibly add anything more of value... With one, tiny minor exception;

    WE let the Republicans drive us into an unjust and immoral war and our economy into the ground while WE allowed the Democrats to not lift a finger or a voice in disagreement to this tyranny. And WE sat back and allowed them both to relocate our jobs elsewhere so WE could further glorify the almighty dollar. There is no way that point could honestly be negated and to defend it is what is truly an "unAmerican" posture and a bald-faced lie.

    It is not just the parties themselves but all Americans who are guilty. Because in pursuit of our greed and our lust for individual power, we chose not to raise our voices loud enough in defense of our Constitution or our Bill of Rights. WE each are guilty in the complicity of a way of life that seeks to always subjugate someone else to ourselves and until we personally accept and learn this lesson as well our responsibilities individually, WE will continue to slide further and further into a vacuous moral and ethical standard.

    It is not the size of government or the party in power that is the problem, it is the inability of its citizens to accept responsibility for its problems.

    What ye sow, so shall ye reap!

    I for one am not altogether unhappy at this turn of events. We needed a wake up call. It remains to be seen if we will heed it and become a cohesive people at last. Because since the creation of those two documents above which we are supposed to hold so dear, we've been anything but a truly UNITED states.

    Shame on us all.

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 4, 2009 2:53:00 PM

  11. I'm delighted that this is being talked about so much. The more Limbaugh's presumptive status as head of the republican party is touted, the stronger third party prospects to supplant it become. And thankfully there are a good deal of republicans on this comments section looking to defend Limbaugh's desire that the president's economic policies fail. You are literally writing yourself out of political relevance. MORE PLEASE!

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 4, 2009 4:22:24 PM

  12. As a democrat, I never had to either hope or pray that Bush and is policies would fail - just had to sit back and watch. Knew it was coming.

    To me this suggests that Rush has no idea whether President Obama will succeed or fail, and has absolutely no ideas to counter what President Obama is putting forward. I mean, I only pray and/or hope when all else fails.

    I've also thought of this in terms of, say, doesn't the thief always hope that the law will fail? Doesn't the autocrat always work to undermine democracy?

    Posted by: Brian Griffin | Mar 4, 2009 7:38:15 PM

  13. AG: give me your definition of bi-partisan. Because as I said above, the votes AGAINST the stimulus were more bi partisan than the votes for. Bi-partisan does not mean to fully agree with the left.

    Posted by: BC | Mar 4, 2009 10:43:04 PM

  14. @AG (again): sorry I didn't see the rest of your post before I hit "post." The far left had absolutely NO respect for Bush from day one, and had 9/11 not happened, it would have continued. There was a brief push of support mainly because they got smart and saw that if the terrorists see us completely divided, they will have succeeded. There was absolutely nothing that Bush could have done post 2004 that the liberals agreed with. Liberals were ruthless in their personal attacks on Bush. Notice that I am not attacking Obama personally.

    And he did allow Pelosi to write the bill and then kept his hands clean of it. Same thing he is doing now with the pork-filled budget.

    Posted by: BC | Mar 4, 2009 10:50:37 PM

  15. Also, what does a multimillionaire like Rush care if Obama's "stimulus" fails? He's got nothing that he needs to lose. He's luring a lot of very financially vulnerable folks into chanting for their own demise. The republican party, like christianity, has become a death cult (a while ago, actually). His standard of living will be completely unaffected even in a depression; you guys (republicans of modest means supporting this rich elitist douche) out there will be suffering. I can say that about a lot of the republican politicians intoning his call for america's failure.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 4, 2009 10:59:22 PM

  16. oh, for gawds sake. no apologies here. i frankly despise bush and cheney for the simple reason that they condemned thousands of young americans to death and mutilation and a lifetime of hurt for themselves and their families in a costly and completely unnecessary war. for the piss-ants who want to tear down our new prez, i urge you to use a dental dam when you firmly stick your tongues into limbaaugh's big, fat ass. (can anyone imagine what that might smell like? ugh.) why people listen to that pill-popping, lard butt is beyond me. but, perhaps, he is the harbinger of the death of the repug party.

    obama is not leading us to war. 'nuff said?

    Posted by: nic | Mar 5, 2009 5:05:01 AM

  17. Mike:

    You misunderstood my comment. Smart people can disagree. In fact, they do all the time.

    My point was that hoping someone will fail when that failure would also hurt you is, in my humble opinion, not smart.

    Posted by: european | Mar 5, 2009 5:05:19 AM

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