Limbaugh & the Race Card

What is the deal with Rush and the race card.? He said today that nominating Sotomayor is the equivalent of nominating David Duke.

Rush believes Sotomayor hates white people you see, and he is convinced she’s a racist.

Recently he was imagining that Democrats were garden tools.  Seem strange?  Yes, but it allowed Rush to call Hillary a “hoe” and Obama a “spade”.

And now, the man has the unmitigated gall to call others racist?  Rush either has absolutely no shame, or he is going certifiably crazy.  I am not sure which…

Iggy Donnelly

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15 responses to “Limbaugh & the Race Card

  1. lilacluvr

    Or the other possibility….Rush knows his target audience very well. Angry white males make up what percentage of the loyal dittoheads?

  2. jammer5

    Rush is all about the money. He could care less what people think. If he has power over his audience, he makes money.

  3. lilacluvr

    Rush also likes the ego trip. Rush is a shock jock and loves to stir up controversy. The more the controversy, the more his ego gets stroked and the more money he makes. It’s a win-win for Rush.

    I just wonder if Rush will inadvertently go too far one day and actually cross the line into legally actionable libel or slander against someone who is not afraid to take him on?

    Or will the elected Republicans, who have to go back to their home state and try to win their seats in spite of Rush’s big mouth in the general election, try to shut him up long enough for the general public to forget the many stupid remarks this ego-maniac has uttered.

  4. It’s telling about our society when — is it 10 million? — people hang on the angry words he spews and follow them like gospel.

    I agree with all of you that for Rush himself it’s about the money.

    I know we’ve talked about it before, but I still think the worst and greatest threat to America are these very easily angered, and often well armed Americans. They seem to want someone to shoot. I think they are one of the mental illnesses which should be added to that book.

  5. Here’s a little scuffle of angry men.

    Seems the Oklahoma Hi-Po were responding to a call. On the same road is an ambulance taking a woman to a hospital. So the ambulance doesn’t yield the road to the Hi-Po which angers the highway patrolman and he pulls the ambulance over.

    Lots of testosterone going on here. Inside that ambulance is a woman going to a hospital, but obviously she isn’t nearly as important as this angry highway patrolman! What happened to the original call the Hi-Po was on anyway, the one that was soooo important the ambulance must yield the road?

    http://www.disinfo.com/content/story.php?title=Cops-Stop-Ambulance-On-Way-To-Hospital-Fight-With-EMT

  6. Pedant

    Limbaugh is in the strawman business.

    Here’s how it works.

    Often Limbaugh begins with an observation that’s pretty much unassailable in its common sense (national security is a valid function of government, or that we should never spend more than we make, or something). He then begins to make up stuff about Democrats and how they oppose common sense. He gets angrier and angrier as he sketches a Democrat position that, if its held by any living American, is held by like 0.04% of all Democrats. Like most American polemicists, Limbaugh indicts all Democrats for positions that may or may not exist in real life. His skill is that he’s able to make this strawman spring to life if you’re weak minded enough to mistake fiction for fact (the fiction is in the Democrat position itself).

    Most of his loyal fans will believe nearly anything about Democrats, so it’s not a problem with them that Limbaugh spends most of his time missing the mark set by the Democrats and instead quite humorously and utterly destroys a Democrat position that is at best marginal.

    When Democrats really do screw up, however minor — think about Clinton/Lewinski, Rostenkowski, Kerry’s political tone deafness, Blagojevich, John Murtha, etc. — Limbaugh naturally pounces (to be fair, he can be quite funny when that happens). Of course this helps to breathe life into all his dead strawmen and to encourage his listeners to perceive non-existent vigor in all future strawmen.

    I’ve often thought that his radio program would be better, or more accurately titled, Working With Straw While Lathering Up.

  7. jammer5

    The funny thing is Sotomayor’ so-called racist comments, if taken in the context of her entire Berkley speech, is in no way racist:

    Let us not forget that wise men like Oliver Wendell Holmes and Justice [Benjamin] Cardozo voted on cases which upheld both sex and race discrimination in our society. Until 1972, no Supreme Court case ever upheld the claim of a woman in a gender discrimination case. I, like Professor Carter, believe that we should not be so myopic as to believe that others of different experiences or backgrounds are incapable of understanding the values and needs of people from a different group. Many are so capable. As Judge Cedarbaum pointed out to me, nine white men on the Supreme Court in the past have done so on many occasions and on many issues including Brown.

    However, to understand takes time and effort, something that not all people are willing to give. For others, their experiences limit their ability to understand the experiences of others. Other simply do not care. Hence, one must accept the proposition that a difference there will be by the presence of women and people of color on the bench. Personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see.

    […]

    I am reminded each day that I render decisions that affect people concretely and that I owe them constant and complete vigilance in checking my assumptions, presumptions and perspectives and ensuring that to the extent that my limited abilities and capabilities permit me, that I reevaluate them and change as circumstances and cases before me requires. I can and do aspire to be greater than the sum total of my experiences but I accept my limitations. I willingly accept that we who judge must not deny the differences resulting from experience and heritage but attempt, as the Supreme Court suggests, continuously to judge when those opinions, sympathies and prejudices are appropriate.

    Compare it to Alito’s senate confirmation speech:

    ALITO: I don’t come from an affluent background or a privileged background. My parents were both quite poor when they were growing up.

    And I know about their experiences and I didn’t experience those things. I don’t take credit for anything that they did or anything that they overcame.

    But I think that children learn a lot from their parents and they learn from what the parents say. But I think they learn a lot more from what the parents do and from what they take from the stories of their parents lives.

    And that’s why I went into that in my opening statement. Because when a case comes before me involving, let’s say, someone who is an immigrant — and we get an awful lot of immigration cases and naturalization cases — I can’t help but think of my own ancestors, because it wasn’t that long ago when they were in that position.

    And so it’s my job to apply the law. It’s not my job to change the law or to bend the law to achieve any result.

    But when I look at those cases, I have to say to myself, and I do say to myself, “You know, this could be your grandfather, this could be your grandmother. They were not citizens at one time, and they were people who came to this country.”

    When I have cases involving children, I can’t help but think of my own children and think about my children being treated in the way that children may be treated in the case that’s before me.

    And that goes down the line. When I get a case about discrimination, I have to think about people in my own family who suffered discrimination because of their ethnic background or because of religion or because of gender. And I do take that into account. When I have a case involving someone who’s been subjected to discrimination because of disability, I have to think of people who I’ve known and admire very greatly who’ve had disabilities, and I’ve watched them struggle to overcome the barriers that society puts up often just because it doesn’t think of what it’s doing — the barriers that it puts up to them.

    So those are some of the experiences that have shaped me as a person.

    It’s fairly obvious the right wing of the Republican party could be in deep do do if any thinking, reasonable person were to put this together and use it at the senate hearings. In fact, wouldn’t it be appropriate if Sotomayor were to quote Alito’s entire speech? Not that the pundits, Limbaugh, Rove, Coulter, Hannity, Beck, et al, would do the wailing and gnashing of teeth thing, but my bet is squirming would increase dramatically.

  8. Bad Biker

    From my vantage point, I say “Go, Rush, go! Go get ’em! Let ’em have it!”

    Rush Limbaugh only appeals to the Republican base – the one that the GOP can’t win without, but it is an ever shrinking base.

    Rush Limbaugh alienates moderate Republicans, independents and, of course, Democrats, an ever growing segment of the population.

    America showed in the last election that we are collectively sick of fear and hate based politics. Limbaugh is the epitome of that political model.

    So, “Go, Rush, go!” Shrink that base, Limbaugh!

  9. jammer5

    Time for some serious emailin’:

    # Rush Limbaugh
    ElRushbo@eibnet.com

    # Charles Krauthammer
    letters@charleskrauthammer.com

    # Ann Coulter
    tom@anncoulter.org

    # Lou Dobbs
    E-mail: lou.dobbs@turner.com

    # Newt Gingrich
    Newt Gingrich
    1301 K Street NW
    Suite 800 West
    Washington, DC 20005

    # Sean Hannity
    hannity@foxnews.com

    # Chris Wallace
    FNS@foxnews.com

    # The Rush Limbaugh Show
    1-800-282-2882
    rush@eibnet.com
    fax: 212-563-9166

    The Rush Limbaugh Show
    1270 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10020

    # Lou Dobbs Tonight
    Lou Dobbs Tonight
    # Premiere Radio Networks
    Premiere
    Radio Networks
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    15260 Ventura Blvd. 5th Floor
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

    Main: (818)377-5300
    Fax: (818)377-5333
    Toll Free: (800)533-8686

    # Fox News Channel
    FOX News Channel
    1-888-369-4762
    1211 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10036

    # CNN
    CNN
    One CNN Center, Box 105366, Atlanta, GA 30303-5366
    Phone: 404-827-1500
    Fax: 404-827-1906

    # Fox News Radio
    Phone: (212) 301-3000
    Email: foxnewsradio@foxnews.com

    # MSNBC
    Mr. Phil Griffin,
    Senior Vice President, News
    NBC Television Network
    30 Rockefeller Plz
    New York, NY 10112
    phil.griffin@nbc.com

    Steve Capus,
    President, NBC News
    steve.capus@nbc.com

    MSNBC
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    30 Rockefeller Plz
    3rd Fl
    New York, NY 10112
    (212) 664-4444

  10. jammer5

    My email to the 650 lb fat white guy:

    It strikes me as un- American when one, such as yourself, starts calling someone, specifically Judge Sotomayor, a racist without providing unassailable proof. You took something out of context, spun it into something disgusting, and called it racist. Have you read her entire Berkley speech? Have you read Alito’s Senate speech? Have you compared to two? I seriously doubt it, because it would throw cold water on your attempts to slander this fine woman. Comparing this fine woman to David Dukes, a disgusting piece of human waste, puts you in good standing with a long line of complete idiots who, for no other reason than their egos, ruined the Grand Old Party. The GOP went from the Grand Old Party to the Grand NO Party to the Grand Tea Party, and it has people like you to thank for it.

    You wonder why your politicians lost so many seats? Take a good look in the mirror and you will see a hate filled individual who’s only claim to fame is spreading that hate around at the expense of building a party that used to stand for something good. People like you, Hannity, Coulter, Beck, Rove and a long list of others are part of the problem, and wouldn’t know a solution if it bit you on your teleprompter. As so-called Americans, you disgust me. And you know what really disgusts me? If there were more money in Liberal radio, you’d jump ship in a New York minute. You are indeed one sorry human being.

  11. 6176746f6c6c65

    Jammer,

    Do let us know if a personal response is received.

    I can see it now, in pertinent part: There is absolutely a difference between the two. Unlike Judge Sotomajor, Justice Alito never said that being of Italian descent and a male made him a better judge than nine old white men.

    Which, of course, is the point. Comments like those contained in Justice Alito’s testimony are OK, as he, after all, a white man and it need not be stated that only white males have the ability to be Supreme Court justices. What about Justice Thomas, you might ask? No comment.

    However, let a female nominee of any ethnicity make a similar comment, then the firestorm begins, with the conflagration made more intense if the nominee is a “minority”. Implicit in this is that there are no probable nominees to SCOTUS who have what are generally considered to be the minimum qualifications for the same who are not politically left of Ann Coulter, which makes them and each of them not acceptable to Rush, Hannity, et al.

  12. 6176746f6c6c65

    BTW, as there are no requirements, statutory or Constitutional, that SCOTUS be made up of lawyers, much less judges (past or present). In the early days of the Republic, there were a number who were not. So, Ms Coulter would be “qualified” for nomination.

    I’ll leave you to contemplate this at your leisure, as I suddenly have an overwhelming need for an immediate shower. NURSE….

  13. Bad Biker

    “So, Ms Coulter would be “qualified” for nomination.”

    Not that I am defending Coulter (puke) but she is a lawyer – don’t know if her license is up to date, however. She attended (double puke) the University of Michigan.

    I wonder if I can get the Wolverines to disown her, after all I also attended U of M for a short time.

  14. 6176746f6c6c65

    Hmm; guess I need to check things a bit closer. Thanks, Biker.

    http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/judge-sotomayor-and-race/ is interesting.

  15. tosmarttobegop

    I had a dream about fox news and Rush, no not a wet one! It was inspired by the rant started by a know nothing Conservative blogger. He simply said that the car dealers were closed based on they gave money to the GOP.

    My dream was that by putting out there something like Rush is a undercover Liberal who’s intent is to make Conservatives look evil, heartless and stupid. The source being a Conservative blogger claim to have found evidence in the form of a transcript from one of his shows. But in the margin is hand written notes how this will fool all those morons.

    Maybe a note on the Fox blog that is so outlandish and senseless they can not over look it and use its as a news story. But that is will make them look even more foolish and ruin one of their stars.
    O’Reilly saying he would go broke if Conservatives ever got wise or Hannity is seen spitting on a Army recruiting poster as he walks by. But neither would work with Fox it might work in a general public though.

    Reality and facts need not be there for it to work.