Willpower It’s Now Or Never

George Will made this observation yesterday on This Week with Old Conservative White Males and George Stephanopolous:

While Rick Santorum said Limbaugh’s comments were “absurd,” he said the radio host was an “entertainer” and “an entertainer can be absurd.”
“No,” Will said about Santorum’s response. “It is the responsibility of conservatives to police the right and its excesses, just as the liberals unfailingly fail to police the excesses on their own side.”

As usual, of all the candidates for President, only Ron Paul had the guts to say something that the base can’t stomach, when he stated the obvious, that Limbaugh only apologized to keep advertisers. One-trick pony Gingrich blamed the elites in their enclaves on the coast because, in Newt’s world, all bad news for Republicans is their fault. As Will noted, Santorum called him an entertainer, while Romney said it was “not the language he would have used” (meaning what–he would have called her a harlot?).

Those three seem to forget that they’re running to be the guy best suited to take Obama to the woodshed. The base driving around with their “Nobama” window decals and “Anyone Else in 2012” bumper stickers wants someone who can show the world what they believe in their hearts, that Barack Obama is the emptiest of empty suits.  But if one thing has been clear from the endless debates, and now Slutgate, it’s that Newt and Mitt, and probably Rick, don’t have the sand to do that.  Both Gingrich and Romney have been running scorched earth ads making charges that they don’t have the guts to repeat to when they’re standing face-to-face.  Santorum is happy to attack abortionists and the gays, but I haven’t seen him go after any of his opponents.

In short, as Dick Nixon would put it, when it comes down to the nut cutting, these guys run away.  If they can’t stand up to a radio host, or repeat their attack ads in person,  how can they call out Obama?  If you want to explain why the primary has been a see-saw ride, look no further than the constant and consistent gutlessness of the three main players.






70 replies
  1. 1
    SteveM says:

    (meaning what—he would have called her a harlot?).

    Jade. Strumpet. Fallen woman. I think Mitt would have used one of those expressions.

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    Narcissus says:

    Jezebel, surely.

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    ant says:

    just as the liberals unfailingly fail to police the excesses on their own side.”

    projection

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    c u n d gulag says:

    Uhm…
    George, as usual, you’re full of sh*t!

    We on the left have no radio equivalent of “The Round Mound of Sound.”

    We on the left have no TV equivalent of 24X7X365 FOX News. Sure, we get a few evening hours, and weekend mornings at MSNBC – but that’s followed in the morning with ‘Cup O’ Schmoe’s’ show, where he usually tries to counter Liberal reason with Conservative gobbledygook, aided by Mika, the Stockholm Syndrome victim co-host.

    And Ed Schultz’s apology for calling a woman a slut was a lot more of a heartfelt apology than Rush’s attempt to salvage advertisers.

    It’s too bad that Snow White Bachmann dropped out.
    And also that some other dwarfs did.
    At least it was entertaining while it lasted.

    Now, we’re left with Christ-y (Rick), Crazy (Ron), Sleazy (Newt), and One-Eighty (Mitt).

    Look at Obama, and he looks Presidential. Only Mitt does on the other side. The others are a joke.
    But the problem with Mitt is that he’s like the fake salami hanging at the counter of an Italian Deli – looks real – but is hollow inside, and completely inedible (unelectable).

    Well, Republicans, this is like what Rummy said – ‘You go to political war with the popguns you have, and not the nuclear missiles you want.’

    You had 4 years – and THIS is the best you could do?

    Up until their anti-woman rants of the last few weeks, I was worried about Obama’s reelection.
    Now, I’m much less worried.

    I’m also now more hopeful that we can hold the Senate and take back the House.
    THANK YOU, REPUBLICANS!

    Hoist by your own hubris…

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    Narcissus says:

    What’s Mormon for slut

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    If they can’t stand up to a radio host, or repeat their attack ads in person, how can they call out Obama?

    Because they do see him as a teleprompter-reading empty suit who only got where he is today because of affirmative action. They think he will be easy to beat; it’s their tough GOP opponents who are tough.

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    kerFuFFler says:

    But Paul waited longer and had a better indication that people wanted His Festering Highness to be strongly rebuked. Paul’s rebuke would have seemed like leadership if he had lead with it promptly instead of commenting after the storm had passed.

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    mai naem says:

    Well, they weren’t going for the white college educated slutty coed demographic so it was okay for Rush to call her a slut. Also too, they are used to paying college educated women for sex. So there.

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    John of Indiana says:

    Mittens, Newt and the Frothy One have no stomach for having to approach the Golden EIB Microphone on their knees and then applying their lips to the twin bungholes of the Leader of Dildo-Head Nation, like every other ReTHUGlican who thought he had the stones to publicly criticize the Pigboy has had to do to keep their office.

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    zach says:

    “If you want to explain why the primary has been a see-saw ride, look no further than the constant and consistent gutlessness of the three main players.”

    The weirdest thing to me is how they avoid totally winnable issues. Newt Gingrich called Sonia Sotomayor a racist. Santorum and Romney aren’t particularly good on immigration reform, but they could’ve scored huge points in the Latino-themed debate in Florida pointing this out. Could’ve down so without angering the base. Similarly, Gingrich and Santorum have pretty regressive economic plans (not even going to think about where Paul’s America would be on that scale), but they’re nothing compared to Romney’s latest tax proposal. The other day I estimated how Romney’s plan would redistribute income — goo.gl/2KQLg — the poorest 20% of Americans lose around four grand in health benefits and the richest 1% get 150 grand in tax cuts. Santorum’s got a quasi-believable populist thing going on; he’s lagging in the polls a bit. Why wasn’t he blasting every Sunday show hitting Mitt for cutting taxes for the rich on the backs of the poor? Again, there’s plenty of ways to do so without sounding like a Democrat.

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    Shawn in ShowMe says:

    Cowering before Rush or sandbagging the primary debates has nothing to do with their willingness to call out the Kenyan Usurper. They are all members of the tribe while Obama is The Other.

    Santorum, in particular, would love nothing more than to raise his Christian Soldier freak flag during his debates with Obama. Little Ricky is a true believer. Newt would glady attack the Prez because he is a mean little man who’ll never forgive the Party of Clinton for his fall from power. He’s already foreshadowed his game plan with the Food Stamp President and Saul Alinsky jibes.

    It’s Romney, friend of the common man and Nascar owners and creator of a health care system that looks a helluva lot like Obamacare that lacks sincerity. He doesn’t believe a word he’s saying and even the most clueless wingnut can smell the fail.

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    MrSnrub says:

    Their Sista Souljah moment has come and gone.

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    forked tongue says:

    The language Mitt would have used:

    “By stating before a congressional committee that she will bestow her sexual favors only in exchange for cash, Miss Fluke has declared herself to be a courtesan, correct? It makes her a trollop, She wants to receive cash, goods, or services to engage in coitus. What does that make us? We’re her procurors. So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you fascist suffragettes, here is a proposed bargain. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have carnal knowledge, we would like something in return. We want you to post pornographic videos of yourself joining in fornication, so that we may enjoy X-rated entertainment for mature adults.”

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    MattF says:

    In fact, Will made the same point:

    …what it indicates is that the Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Not understanding this post. Do you mean that the GOP candidates will be afraid to insult the President to his face during a debate? I think they would relish the opportunity to do so.

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    JoyceH says:

    @SteveM:

    (meaning what—he would have called her a harlot?). Jade. Strumpet. Fallen woman. I think Mitt would have used one of those expressions.

    When we all know, of course, that the correct term ought to be ‘barque of frailty’.

  17. 17

    …just as the liberals unfailingly fail to police the excesses on their own side.”

    BOTH SIDES DO IT! A liberal said something mean in a comment on a DailyKos diary! Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart poke fun at Republicans all the time! Arrgh blargh! Civil discourse!

    Pfft. Who gives a crap. Rush is the de facto head of the GOP. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert hold no comparable position in the Democratic party. But whatever. The Villager meme is “both sides do it” and that shall rule the day.

    The thing is, who’s making money off of this? Every time this BS starts up my e-mail box is flooded with “Rush said something dumb, show you won’t stand for it by donating to …” (MoveOn, ActBlue, Emily’s List, etc.)

    I’m pretty fucking sick of it. Everyone getting frothy mouthed all the time until we all Breitbart ourselves into an aneurism.

    Our system is set up for this. No one talks about policy, everyone talks about hysterics. That’s where the ratings are. Our national conversation is so stupid. Rush called women sluts, well it’s not the first time. Why don’t we just turn him OFF? Turn off Joe Scarborough and all of these idiots?

    Gah. I’m so sick of it.

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    JGabriel says:

    George Will:

    It is the responsibility of conservatives to police the right and its excesses, just as the liberals unfailingly fail to police the excesses on their own side.

    This is only half right. I agree with Will that it’s conservatives responsibility to police their own, because they’re the ones who want a police state — and they ought to lead by example.

    But why should liberals police the excesses of our side? We believe in excess. There’s a reason a large helping is called a liberal portion. Personally, I’d like liberal wages, and liberal salaries, and liberal health benefits, and liberal educational opportunities, and liberal pensions, for everyone.

    .

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    jibeaux says:

    @forked tongue: SNL had a good bit early on with the five Romney sons, all dressed alike and all giving their names as something very similar to Taggart, and saying that they understood young people, and that they enjoyed the same things, such as sport, cinema, and do-wop.

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    Emrventures says:

    Temptatrix.

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    JGabriel says:

    @Narcissus:

    What’s Mormon for slut?

    “Osmond”?

    .

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    Kirbster says:

    Every purveyor of the lazy “both sides” meme should be promptly tased on the gun’s lowest setting each time he/she goes there. I’m not a cruel person, but these overpaid and over-indulged pundits need to be trained, dammit, and I think some sort of aversion therapy would be very effective in curbing their worst habits.

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    Rommie says:

    Somebody said it on GOS, and I agree: Rush is getting pistol-whipped by his dittoheads not so much for the lame apology – but that he got his ass kicked by a girl. A smart girl.

    There’s been so much projection over the last month that they could use the Moon as the backdrop.

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    dmsilev says:

    Semi-OT, but this is an awesome piece of artwork. Kudos to The New Yorker for their inspired choice of cover.

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    4tehlulz says:

    meaning what—he would have called her a harlot?

    I’ll go with Whore of Babylon.

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    jibeaux says:

    @Rommie: Are they really saying things like that? I mean, not that I mind if they’re mad at him, but if I tried to think like these people, I wouldn’t even know where to start. She was trying to talk to a Congressional committee, and they wouldn’t let her, so she talked to a videocamera. She wasn’t talking to Rush, she didn’t mention Rush, she didn’t respond to Rush when he insulted her, she didn’t engage him in any way. Undoubtedly that’s the best way to deal with the man, but why on earth would you view this whole thing as some sort of fight between the two of them — is it the logical extension of “both sides do it”?

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    DougJarvus Green-Ellis says:

    Good title.

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    LarsThorwald says:

    We have unemployment standing above 8 percent, the economy remains (for now, but what bright light is that ahead at the end of the tunnel?) sluggish, and if one wanted to one could make hay out of the need for deficit reform at a time when discretionary spending is, depending on how you want to present the stats, as high now as it was when Reagan took office. You could go after Obama on his weak support of Israel, his squishiness on Iran, the decision to abandon Iraq, the slog in Afghanistan. You could grab the populuist reins about gas prices and bailouts and stimulus and a host of other things having to do with paycheck matters, and of course, you could go after Obama for the biggest expansion of healthcare spending on a program that hits the President hardest on the core philosophical issue of the size and trustworthiness of Government.

    And while all of those attacks — to be clear, all of them — would be, of course, wrong factually, they would be at least something that would appeal to some segments of independent voters who may, just may, be driving these wrong-track numbers.

    But no. Instead, those Republican fools have to go after contraception, which hasn’t been a focal point of cultural debate since 1968, and in the process call a dignified young private citizen, who the vast majority of men and women can identify with, a slut and a prostitute.

    I swear to God, if I were to pen a novel documenting the kind of absolute political incompetence the Republican Party has subjected the American public to in the past few months, it would be rejected by any publishing house as utterly incredulous. Laughable. Other-worldly.

    I have never seen a party — and this includes the Democrats, which says a lot — so completely bereft of self-awareness and so totally, totally fucking tone deaf. It is to take one’s breath away.

    I hope the Republicans keep their freak flag flying, because at this rate they will make the Whigs of 1860 look like a formidable electoral power.

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    Those three seem to forget that they’re running to be the guy best suited to take Obama to the woodshed.

    Not the way I see it. They Republiclowns are just there to make a lot of noise and continue the pretense that we have a democracy.

    Obama is going to win in November. And he’ll then spend his second term doing what he’s done in the first: making sure the plutocracy is well rewarded and protected.

    I predict that he’ll get those Social Security cuts he’s been jonesing for his entire first term, probably in exchange for some portion of the Bush-Cheney-Obama tax cuts for the wealthy.
    ~

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    @c u n d gulag:

    And Ed Schultz’s apology for calling a woman a slut was a lot more of a heartfelt apology than Rush’s attempt to salvage advertisers.

    Not only that, but SHITLOADS of liberals, especially feminists, went after him to demand that apology.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©:

    The fact that Obama hasn’t outlawed guns social security yet is just part of his nefarious plot to outlaw guns social security.

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    Frank says:

    @ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©:

    So Obama is not a Socialist then as the tea partiers claim?

  34. 34

    @MattF: That was my favorite part. It’s rare that I agree with the bowtie of baseball pontification, but that’s dead on.

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    rikryah says:

    the spinelessness that is Willard is a sight to behold.

    and, they pretend that ANY of these jokers should be on the other end of the 3am call?

    G-T-F-O-H

  36. 36
    Quincy says:

    The candidates dont take on Limbaugh because they are terrified of the base. That’s why the supposed dream candidates like Christie and Ryan stayed out of the clown car they knew a crack up between the ditto heads and the village-approved sociopaths was coming. I just can’t figure out if Will is a frontrunner trying to get out ahead of the recriminations to come, or if he’s only now realized that his party is no longer run by well-bred William f Buckley types he embodies but that it’s been Rush’s party for 30 years.

  37. 37
    ET says:

    Limbaugh is more than an “entertainer” he is a leading dim bulb on the right. Anyone how tries to marginalize him and his influence by saying he is “only an entertainer” is being fatuous – and they damn well know it. Politicians on the right take their cues from Limbaugh ALL THE TIME he isn’t just an entertainer.

    (and note to George Will – the left does police it’s voices)

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    Punchy says:

    I believe this is what Cole was referring to when he told Ohio they could eat a bag of dicks if they complained about their dickhead gubbner. They’ve had a strong taste of Teh Crayze, yet the elected Dems on the state are still very much in questionable re-election territory. Looks like Ohio just refuses to learn their lesson. Dumbasses.

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    amk says:

    Heh, these guyz can lick iranians with their hands tied, ok ? Just ask the israelis.

  40. 40
    Gary Fuckett and the Mindless Gap says:

    That’s Lady Willpower to you salty dicks.

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    If they can’t stand up to a radio host, or repeat their attack ads in person,  how can they call out Obama?

    With a little help from Citizens.

  42. 42

    @Frank:

    LOL! Of course not. Obama is a right-wing D.N.C. corporatist, as should be clear to anyone paying attention to what he’s done in his first 3 years.

    (Hint: the banksters aren’t suffering.)
    ~

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    catclub says:

    @Chyron HR: The difference bewteen guns and social security, though, is that he has not said word one about restricting guns. He has made various offers that involve Social Security.

    [Actually, I think he has not made offer that include SS, since he does know that SS is not really part of the future budget problem — Medicare is. But even I have the impression that his big offers, which the GOP turned down, included things they should not have included.]

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    geg6 says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Gah. I’m so sick of it.

    Mission accomplished.

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    geg6 says:

    @Kirbster:

    I like your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

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    Frank says:

    @ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©:

    So one group claims he is a left-wing Socialist and another group claims he is a right-wing Corporatist.

    Isn’t he just possible he is somewhere in between?

    By the way, Obama proposed closing Gitmo while Bernie Sanders objected and wanted to keep it open. I guess this means Bernie Sanders belongs in the Tea party crowd then…

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    geg6 says:

    @ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©:

    Oh, jesus. Go back to FDL. I have a man in the hospital, a horrid respiratory illness brewing and have just about had enough of the slut shaming without some asswipe like you hanging around saying stupid shit from the left side of the craziness factor.

    I’d rather have our wingnut trolls hanging around than the like of you.

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    Jamey: Bike Commuter of the Gods says:

    If they can’t stand up to a radio host, or repeat their attack ads in person, how can they call out Obama?

    Do you really have to ask? Uncle Rusty and their primary opponents aren’t a black soshulyst. There are still lotsa folks under the GOP tent who will rush to the defense of Limbaugh and the candidates, so one has to tread lightly to stay on the straight and narrow.

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    gnomedad says:

    just as the liberals unfailingly fail to police the excesses on their own side.

    The right has been too stupid lately for Will not to take notice, so he had to follow up with a warding-off-evil gesture – the pundit equivalent of knocking wood.

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    Original Lee says:

    I think Romney would have called her a strumpet, assuming at least one of his sons is astute enough to look at Urban Dictionary for synonyms for “whore”.

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    ...now I try to be amused says:

    @LarsThorwald:

    But no. Instead, those Republican fools have to go after contraception, which hasn’t been a focal point of cultural debate since 1968…

    “They make a big election about small things.” — Barack Obama, 2008.

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    eemom says:

    @ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©:

    Second geg6. Go back to FDL.

    Whatcha doing here anyway, you brain dead twat? Your wee-wee get raw from the circle-jerk over there?

  53. 53
    Donald G says:

    @ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©:

    For God loves us so, he gave us pie.

    Hah! Did you think that you could make it difficult to get pie filtered by employing superscripts and symbols? If so, it didn’t work.

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    gwangung says:

    @ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©: Hint: Pay attention to the makeup of Congress. That’s YOUR responsibility, too, you know.

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    harlana says:

    ever wonder what kind of dirt Rush has on the GOP that they are so terrified of him?

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    ellennelle says:

    ya know, i have some very conservative friends, and i have to tell ya, not a single one listens to rush, and moreover, not a single one would listen to rush. they actually do not like him and find him to be a festering a**hole.

    which i find interesting, given the ratings this guy claims. but funny thing, those ratings can’t be substantiated; there is no evidence for them. this is true across the board for radio, so they can assert just about anything they like.

    which leads me to loads of questions, like who’s paying rush limpboy 40 mill? yeah, he’s got that link to romney, but that’s a whole lotta jack, especially when clear channel is hemorrhaging money and laying off staff.

    another question is, how did his show land the armed services plum? how do you get to be the show of choice for the military? do you pay for that? if so, whom, and if not, who decides and on what criteria?

    another question is related, and brings in fox (how does fox get the airports and hotel lobbies?), to which the previous question also applies: do these radios and tvs that are apparently rigged for rush and fox get factored into their reported ratings?

    how does all that work? it seems – not to mention potentially destructive to democracy – but also all smoke and mirrors to me, prompting a very excited anticipatory thrill at the prospect of someone pulling back the curtain.

    anyone have a connection to maddow? would love to see her take this one to town.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Southern Beale:

    You sound like my co-worker, who is still a huge Obama supporter, but wants all of these goddamn politicians to DO THEIR GODDAMNED JOBS instead of bickering about stupid culture wars shit. And I can’t say she’s wrong.

    @Kirbster:

    I envision wiring all of their chairs with Percepto, with certain viewers at home given control of the button, like Nielsen families. It would certainly enliven the Sunday talkers.

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    harlana says:

    @ellennelle:

    do these radios and tvs that are apparently rigged for rush and fox get factored into their reported ratings?

    YES, – have always wondered about this – here where it live, it’s everywhere (including, restaurant/bars, dentists, lawyers, doctors’ offices – many unwilling viewers forced to watch) – i guess it’s not exactly the same thing but anyway, i have opined here in the past about even being trapped in an elevator with a teevee tuned to Fox with no channel change button which was infuriating.

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    ...now I try to be amused says:

    @harlana:

    ever wonder what kind of dirt Rush has on the GOP that they are so terrified of him?

    Rush has the most useful kind of dirt: the great unwashed! aka the Base, which he sics on apostate Republicans.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @ellennelle: These are excellent questions, Ellen. I would suspect that Limbaugh’s company has aggressively sought deals that guarantee him payments and access to markets. I think he has paid to air in some markets before. (At one time–in the 1990’s when he was quite in demand, they paid to get him.) I think there are a few blogs that follow local radio and keep an eye on him.

    I don’t think Fox is the only one in airports. All of the major news channels do airport versions, I think. That’s going to depend on management. Check out cable channels at hotels. Depends on chain. Some will block MSNBC.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    ABC News: 7th Advertiser Pulls Support for Limbaugh’s Show

    Okay, so some nice tidbits here. His syndication company has a contract with him until 2016. They are running around screaming “Spee Freech!” Clear Channel is now owned by venture capital. Bankrupcy in future? Well, Limbaugh’s show is contracted to the syndicator which is a layer of protection, but CC could go into Chap 11 and renegotiate their contract with the syndicator, I suppose.

    Also, too, unlike previous attempts to make Limbaugh pay for his horrific excesses, this one finally has legs (thanks, Susan Komen Foundation!) and seven mainstream advertisers have pulled out. Limbaugh’s getting paid by contracting advertising for big buxxx based on supposed national reach, even if he has to pay cash money for that reach in some markets. Kind of a like a newspaper that gives papers away on college campuses b/c nobody’s buying so they can juice their circulation lies figures.

    If even twerpy George Will is piling on it seems the invincible Limbaugh has finally met his Waterloo moment. Pile on, y’all. (Remember last time, when a bunch of Republican manly men had to make like spanked little boys and apologize for calling Limbaugh out? Not this time…)

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @harlana:

    YES, – have always wondered about this – here where it live, it’s everywhere (including, restaurant/bars, dentists, lawyers, doctors’ offices – many unwilling viewers forced to watch)

    It’s not magic, it’s a guide to which businesses are either owned or run by members of the Chambers of Commerce, the pro-big-bank, anti-union, taxes-are-for-the-little-people society with a branch in every town.

    Take your business elsewhere, if you can. In my town, the small businesses have wised up and left the CoC. Why should minnows dump themselves in the tank with the sharks because the shark promised to be nice (this one time)?

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @…now I try to be amused:

    Rush has the most useful kind of dirt: the great unwashed! aka the Base, which he sics on apostate Republicans.

    Come on, the great unwashed know better than that. I mean, look at who came to Glenn Beck’s rally? Certainly not the great unwashed. (They showed up to Occupy, however.) It was the Great Blue Hairs (with their great motorized scooters and not-so-great fasting bloodsugar numbers). The 27% are petty bourgeois who sometimes hornswaggle the great unwashed into voting with them with the promise that it will make their life better.

    It never does.

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    ellennelle says:

    @Another Halocene Human:

    thx, but the questions have been bugging me forever. especially given that murdoch has always run fox as a money sink, practically giving away free advertising in the beginning, which has – aw, too sad – kinda locked them into low rates since. in that light, it would not surprise me if they just paid to have all these placements, like top shelf stuff.

    as for msnbc, first of all, not sure it’s blocked, but i’ve often wondered why we have to pay extra extra to get it on cable. what’s up with that? is it another case of top-shelf payment that msnbc won’t pay? i’ve tried to discover the answers to these questions with feeble googling, and was totally unsuccessful. would love someone with resources pick up the story and run with it.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    Gays, guns, and god has finally backfired. The promoters of it never thought it would backfire because authoritarians like that imagine that their temporary control of the unhappy is really permanent control of everyone. They think if they raise their children “right” they will be mindless little puppets. This never works, btw.

    Gays–a new generation came up, said “fuck this” and even turned their parents into supports of same-sex marriage. Oops. They ran on that one issue for thirty fucking years.

    God–a new generation raised up entirely in the new fundagelical environment is not rejecting God but is rejecting religion. Top reason given: church people. Allying religion with politics has, as the conservatives warned decades ago, abased both and delegitimized religious leaders. Oops.

    Guns–Democrats wised up (or became more craven, you decide) but the truth is that urban gun violence is way down, so the pressure from urban activists to do something about guns has largely evaporated. Which means that for younger people, gun bans are like the boogeyman under their bed that never does jump out when the lights are on… plus there’s the entertainment value of watching the goobers overpay for ammunition because Nobummer’s gunna taek ur gunz away. Lol.

    So what DO they have to run on? Love the job creators. Fear the job creators. Oops, economic crash destroyed that one. Frankly, most people have become agnostics, no longer believing the holy writ that job creators CREATE jobs. INFIDELS!!! Youyouyou come back here! You didn’t even kiss my bishops’ ring!

    Speaking of bishops, the RCC has now fully committed themselves to the cause of evil supporting Republican candidates who pledge to blur the lines between church and state but they’re doing it without their flock. It’s been a long time coming–and they were already political destroyed in many of their fastnesses, such as Massachusetts, but this year is the year they finally jumped the shark. I hope we see same-sex marriage soon in RI (the RCC was the sole power blocking it).

    Just on that note, if the RCC cared so much about social justice, then why is RI such a shithole? Admidst all the wealth of New England, RI has the worst economy, worst life (it seems) for the poor, and laxest tax system. Okay, so it’s not a social experiment like NH’s attempt to run a society purely on nastiness and bile, but it is so so sorry, for a place where old money plays. At least MA takes the attitude, “Oh, so you had enough play money to buy a YACHT? Hrm, how about a donation to the blind widowed orphans fund? 7% would be just about fair. And you can write it off on your federal taxes. You decline? Tut, tut. It’s the law. It’s going to a better place, trust me.”

    And it does. I mean, that BRCA corruption slush fund doesn’t fill itself.

    No, seriously, just kidding–it buys some pretty damn good government. (Not kidding about corruption either–that’s why we need a real opposition party, not just crazies.)

    ETC: sharp to shark. If it was a Freudian slip I must say my subconscious is not very clever today.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @ellennelle: I don’t know that much about cable, although in a basic sense I think the cable carrier is paying the cable companies fees (which are passed on to you) which somehow still turns into AE doing 20 minutes of advertising for each 40 min of program (much of which recaps on resume and teasers before stopping, so more like 30 mins of real program. LAME). The cable company also sells local ads which it runs in place of national ads.

    My area includes MSNBC in the basic package (it’s at the end of the dial next to Animal Planet, which is fine b/c I like Animal Planet), but I know some places don’t.

    I don’t know why.

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    Catsy says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Because they do see him as a teleprompter-reading empty suit who only got where he is today because of affirmative action. They think he will be easy to beat; it’s their tough GOP opponents who are tough.

    It’s mind-boggling how none of them remember what happened when Obama debated the Republican Congress. I earnestly hope they cling to this delusion.

    It will make their tears so much sweeter when Obama destroys their nominee in every debate.

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    gene108 says:

    @ellennelle:

    ya know, i have some very conservative friends, and i have to tell ya, not a single one listens to rush

    I know of no conservatives, who admit to listening to Rush, yet they all parrot his talking points and phrases, such as “Feminazi”, “Drive by Media”, etc.

    Guess Rush is a guilty pleasure for many right-wingers.

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    piratedan says:

    @Gary Fuckett and the Mindless Gap: ty Gary, Thought I was going to have to finally intervene with some follow up like “Don’t Give In to Him” as an oblique reference to Rushbo or perhaps an homage that Conservatards have trouble getting “Over You” or the like… but now I don’t have to

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    Gary Puckett earworms: now that’s freakin’ EVIL.

    Just in case mistermix is reading comments, I’m returning fire:

    Young girl, get out of my mind,
    my love for you is way out of line…

    Woman, oh woooomaaaan, have you got cheating on your miiiind?

    Why am I losing sleep over you,
    reliving precious moments we knew?

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