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Rush to Victory Why is Harry Reid acting like David Koresh? - (Impact of Rush Limbaugh)

Posted on 04/28/2005 10:49:53 PM PDT by CHARLITE

Why is Harry Reid acting like David Koresh? Becuase conservatives are winning.

In 1987, Rush Limbaugh sat down at a microphone at radio station KFBK-AM in Sacramento and began broadcasting something called "The Rush Limbaugh Show."

The rest is history.

The "rest"--the inexorable 15-year rise of conservative ideas and clout across what Howard Stern calls "all media"--is described in a provocative new book by Brian C. Anderson, "South Park Conservatives." What was once a mostly exclusive liberal country club--television, the press, book publishing, even the campuses--has become heavily integrated with aggressive, even crude, conservatives.

As described by Mr. Anderson, a writer with the Manhattan Institute, conservatives established their first beachhead in the early 1990s with talk radio. Then Fox conquered cable news and finally a virtual Mongol horde of conservative-to-libertarian bloggers swept across the Internet. In the 2004 election, these electric horsemen (apologies to Jane Fonda) pulled down Dan Rather and haunted John Kerry's war hero with Swift-boat ghosts.

It is no news that America has become a big backyard pool of opinion, awash with Sean Hannity, Hugh Hewitt, Ann Coulter, Dennis Prager, the Drudge Report and, I'm told, Al Franken.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: conservative; democrats; dhpl; fright; harryreid; losingparty; panic; philosophy; rushlimbaugh; talkradio

1 posted on 04/28/2005 10:49:54 PM PDT by CHARLITE
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Hey!! Cartman's photo is on this article too!!

2 posted on 04/28/2005 10:53:08 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberals believe in their good; a good that is void of honesty and character)
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To: ThreePuttinDude; Beth528; Billthedrill; HonestConservative; SMARTY; Ghost of Philip Marlowe; ...

FYI Ping!

3 posted on 04/28/2005 10:57:32 PM PDT by CHARLITE ("People are not old, until regrets take the place of their dreams." - John Barrymore)
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From what I've seen, none of these "most influential" lists ever have Rush on them.

Instead they have have movers and shakers such as Nicole Kidman and Hilary Swank.

If not for Rush, what would this country look like?

4 posted on 04/28/2005 11:13:42 PM PDT by I still care (America is not the problem - it is the solution..)
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To: I still care

Rush will be viewed, in retrospect, as an epic, larger than life legend who dramatically and permantantly changed the political landscape.

5 posted on 04/28/2005 11:18:34 PM PDT by Prince Caspian (Don't ask if it's risky... Ask if the reward is worth the risk)
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Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee listen to witnesses' testimony against one of President Bush's judicial nominees.

A former State Department employee testifies that Ambassador to the U.N nominee, John Bolton, once yelled at her. "He is not fit for the position!" she cried, while moaning "Help me! Somebody, please hep me!"

6 posted on 04/28/2005 11:27:20 PM PDT by Daaave (I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it.)
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To: CHARLITE; Loud Mime

"You will respect my authori-ty!"

7 posted on 04/28/2005 11:37:57 PM PDT by Darkwolf (Jean Shepherd audio:
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To: Loud Mime

Cartman says woo-hoo! Americans are not pu$$ys and never will be...take that Harry Reid and stick it...yo's....
Gotta read the rest of that book!

8 posted on 04/29/2005 12:21:56 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero.)
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To: iopscusa
Keep readin' and thinkin', especially publications like City Journal/Manhattan Institute and the WSJ...IMO, both show a bit of the near-future of the MSM or rather what the Media of the 3rd Millenium is beginning to encompass. I do think it is a time for Freedom to Reign! Woohoo!
9 posted on 04/29/2005 12:33:59 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero.)
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To: everyone

Two comments on this foolish, chest-pounding column.

One, the fact that we have more of a presence in the media doesn't mean that we're winning. The fact that conservatives are now able to hear more conservative voices and less biased news does NOT produce victories on the policy level. The Rats control almost everything in this society, including the vast majority of the media. We are winning very little on the policy level. Indeed, the enemy is using its enormous power as ruthlessly as it ever has. Yes, it's in a more defensive posture. But it looks to me like it's still winning ... if we go by cold, hard facts, not vague atmospherics.

Two, even if I'm painting slightly too bleak a picture, Henninger's column is still worthless. The reasons is this: It is never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever good to be complacent in politics.

10 posted on 04/29/2005 1:04:16 AM PDT by California Patriot
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To: everyone

One more comment: This column is an absolutely classic "thumbsucker." It could have been written at any time in the last five years, with just minor changes.
There isn't a shred of substantively new material here.

Normally, Henninger is smart and worth reading. Not this time.

11 posted on 04/29/2005 1:06:10 AM PDT by California Patriot
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Harry Reid and Ted Kennedy have turned the Senate into a Branch Davidian compound.

This might explain why Janet Reno was seen at a Miami Costco buying a case of matches.

12 posted on 04/29/2005 1:18:56 AM PDT by Redcloak (But what do I know? I'm just a right-wing nut in his PJs whackin' on a keyboard..)
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To: Daaave

LOL! Great pictures!

13 posted on 04/29/2005 2:28:47 AM PDT by maryz
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To: California Patriot

And, Patriot, as you probably know, Henninger is inaccurate. The Fairness Doctrine may have been knocked down in 1987, but Rush sat down before the microphone at KFBK in 1984. Small point, but important.

14 posted on 04/29/2005 2:47:45 AM PDT by norge
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I disagree with Mr. Henninger that a "price" has been paid in terms of a weakened political discourse. What happened is that, for the first time EVER in our lifetimes, the liberal mindset has been challenged, and they don't like it---and still haven't accepted it.

In a nutshell, the libs are still in DENIAL---they still haven't figured out they lost, nor are they willing to play by the rules where the losers accept the verdict of the voters. So rather than leaving the field, they are trying to tinker with the timekeeper (the filibuster), bribing or stacking the referees (judges), and running the old stall hoping the game doesn't end until they get back in power.

In other words, the system isn't broken at all: these PEOPLE are broken---they are liars, cheats, and frauds.

15 posted on 04/29/2005 5:02:40 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: b4its2late; Recovering_Democrat; Alissa; Pan_Yans Wife; LADY J; mathluv; browardchad; cardinal4; ...

16 posted on 04/29/2005 9:35:54 AM PDT by Born Conservative ("Mr. Chamberlain loves the working man, he loves to see him work" - Winston Churchill)
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I am ready to accept my accolades.

17 posted on 04/29/2005 10:03:28 AM PDT by RushCrush (Hey hey! ho ho! Kerry! sign that one-eight-oh!)
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To: Prince Caspian

With half his brain, tied behind his back.

18 posted on 04/29/2005 10:08:19 AM PDT by rabidralph (My truck appreciates the rest of you driving fuel-efficient vehicles.)
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