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March 5, 2009


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“Sixteen electrodes do not anywhere come near compensating for the spectrum range that 40,000 hair cells can detect. So, for example, in the case of music, all music that I have not heard before sounds the same note. If I haven’t heard the music before I can’t listen to it because it all sounds the name note.” — from: “Rush to get bionic tune up.”(Show transcript/

With Emanuel on Face The Nation, then Gibbs on Monday calling out Limbaugh’s speech at CPAC on Saturday, Rush — and his desire to see Obama fail — has been the political focus of the week. Despite plenty of options to choose from, both WAPO and the NYT ran the same picture of “the head of the Republican Party” within the past few days. Why?

1.) Corpulence.

2.) The classic harangue (I guess this really should have been #1, and maybe #2 and #3 also).

3.) The appalling evidence the man was actually in the White House within the past few months.

4.) View of the cyborg-like implant device — the hearing problem being the central metaphor.

5.) The embellishment of an unindicted war criminal.

6.) The practically stereophonic alter-ego-like, “good times-still-rolling,” red-faced cackling suits just behind.

And, don’t miss the January ‘09 photo caption below — which couldn’t be more amusing at this point.

(image: J. Scott Applewhite/AP. caption: In this Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009 file photo, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh talks with former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, left, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Out of power and out of favor, the Republicans must choose: work with a popular new president who is seeking their input or set themselves apart by opposing his economic rescue plan and pray that it fails. So far, it’s been a touch of both.)

  • marc sobel

    I had a knee replacement and was given an oxycodone prescription. When I looked up the side effects, it all became clear. As I told my friends, I was very worried about becoming a limbaugh. Side effects are constipation and hearing loss. In other words you can’t hear other people and you become full of shit.

  • bystander

    “Boss” Jefferson Davis Hogg. That’s good,,etc. I’m old enough to remember The Dukes of Hazzard. And, “Limpbough” is just arrogant and self-absorbed enough to not see the resemblance.

  • Felecia

    He looks like someone whose basement should be searched for missing boys. Smiling in public, but hiding terrible secrets.

  • Paula

    Ugh. I hate being drawn into this winger tendency to judge everyone on their personal, private stuff. But David Frum has the imagery right:
    “On the one side, the president of the United States: soft-spoken and conciliatory, never angry, always invoking the recession and its victims. This president invokes the language of “responsibility,” and in his own life seems to epitomize that ideal: He is physically honed and disciplined, his worst vice an occasional cigarette. He is at the same time an apparently devoted husband and father. Unsurprisingly, women voters trust and admire him.
    And for the leader of the Republicans? A man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as “losers.” With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence – exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party. And we’re cooperating! Those images of crowds of CPACers cheering Rush’s every rancorous word – we’ll be seeing them rebroadcast for a long time. “

  • Kingelvis

    Two words: “Tone Deaf.”

  • Danm

    Rush, the fledgling Borg.
    “Stimulus is futile.”

  • g

    God, what a disgusting bag of gas.

  • Alan

    That’s a great line, really.

  • Russ Nichols

    Look at the photo. There is Mr. Republican, for all to see.
    Come on, we should be grateful that Rush Limbaugh, the Face of the Republican Party is a disgusting bag of gas, a bloated drug addict and full of shit. This guy is the de facto LEADER of the Republican party and is increasingly being viewed as such by the American public. We progressive types should all rejoice and celebrate the fact that Rush is the heart and soul of the Republican party incarnate. He has crippled the Republican Party and with his idiotic public statements helped boost the Democrats’ chances of enacting an effective recovery.
    And it doesn’t hurt any that his photographs reveal him as a corpulent self-righteous fool.

  • Alan

    Well, I don’t want to miss out on the Rush bashing, because lord knows he deserves it. When I look at this photo and behold the majestic corpulence of the man who touts himself as having “talent on loan from God”, I can’t help thinking how glad I am he’s a conservative. I’d hate to have him “our” side. He’s a good salesman, but what he’s selling is toxic waste, and his product seems perfectly suited to his personality. If I had to use just one word to describe this man, who really is the leader of his party, I think I’d say – Unclean.

  • martin

    I have always thought of Mr. Rumsfeld. Exactly within the frame of reference of his own CV. The oldest and youngest (ever) Secretary of Defence. As the youngest; he bequethed a legacy. As the oldest – to date – he leaves, immortalises even, an attitude.
    Personally, I have him down as, ‘The most consummate politician of my generation”
    If Nelson Mandela was a candidate for consummation, I am not sure that I would recognise him so easily from the backside.
    There is something about the slickness: an oily metaphor – that marks these particular political players. One: a full face; the other masked. Run; dont run. Hide even. I got ya opchen..

  • cenoxo

    [Do we have runaway italics after Alan's "Unclean" comment above?]
    Rush Limbaugh is an easy target — many might say ‘cuz he’s a BIG target — for cheap shots, slurs, and personal insults. Instead of dismissing him with a turned-up nose, Progressives had better listen to (and try to understand) the propaganda that he’s been putting in the ears of millions of Americans for nearly two decades. Clearly he’s saying something that a large number of people want to hear.*
    Apparently the progressive Air America network doesn’t, however. They didn’t even come close to gathering competitive radio audience share against Rush, and consequently failed to gain enough advertising revenue to avoid bankruptcy.
    With the economy, unemployment, foreclosures, and big bank bailouts steadily getting worse, there are many, many opportunities for failure, and there’s a good possibility that Team Obama can’t turn things around, no matter how perfectly behaved and styled the First Family is. And then there’s the unintended consequences of an expanded, protracted war in Afghanistan; the fallout from Ahmadinejad sticking his tongue out at Netanyahu; another unforeseen terrorist attack on Americans; and G_d knows what else might pop up. Yes, we can’t do everything.
    This won’t happen through Obama’s lack of honest effort, good intentions, or heartfelt diplomacy, but because the problems are so long, so complicated, and so co-dependent. Obama will fail at something, and Rush will pounce on that (Dems would do exactly the same thing if they had an equivalent voice in Radio Land.) He’ll gain more audience and more advertisers — including liberal business owners (it’s not personal, folks) — because any consumer ears are as good as eyeballs during the 9 to 5 workweek.
    Even though the current Administration may use the same basic strategy that the Republicans tried, excuses won’t matter in the end. America has a short memory for losers, and it lasts less than four years. Lose the economy, lose the war, lose something big, and the political capital loaned to Obama during his election will spent very quickly (every pun intended).
    If things don’t get noticeably better in Barack’s first term, it’ll be time for a change again, but back to what? Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
    (*Nope, not me. I prefer National People’s Radio.)

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