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At the LA Times blog – A special message to Ticket readers from Rush Limbaugh

The Ticket posts some thoughts on the brewing Obama vs. Rush battle – key points:

“A growing number of Democratic supporters are wondering now if this is really a good fight for the youthful Obama administration to have against a lowly, verbose broadcaster.”

Nope.

“Remember, Ronald Reagan’s political dictum for a president was: ‘Always fight up. Never fight down.’ ”

“Is Limbaugh pompous? Is Mt. Everest tall? He even tells jokes about it, as you’ll see below. That infuriates his opponents, who can’t grasp why that shouldn’t disqualify him from popularity. And Limbaugh loves that. And so do his listeners. Fun political theatre.”

This, I think, hits on a very important point. It’s undeniable that Rush is very pleased with himself, and he has no problem sharing his self-satisfaction with you. That’s part of his charm for a ton of his listeners. Self-confidence and self-assurance can be a very attractive trait, but for it to work with Americans it needs to be balanced with the ability to make fun of that same absurd level of bravado. Rush does that better than anyone.

But Obama has built the exact same image of all-knowing, better-than-you haughtiness, but with none of the fun. Instead of having fun with his own intelligence, Obama lords it over you, making people feel lucky that he deems them worthy of receiving it in small doses. Rush dishes it out in heaping spoonfuls, but with ample side dishes of over-the-top humor and self-deprecation. This is where Rush is going to be able to tear Obama apart. Both are very smart, both can grab and hold an audience, but where Obama is Ivy League and arugula, Rush is state college and a burger.

If Obama persists in this vein, he’s going to come out of looking like a pompous, overbearing bully, king of the schoolyard until he accidentally pissed off the starting linebacker. Who also happens to be captain of the debate team.

The post also contains Rush’s wonderful CPAC speech in its entirety (good for you, Ticket), along with an added intro from Rush himself, making his case to any liberals who might be reading. If you haven’t read (or heard it) please go read. It’s long, but it’s incredible. And if you’ve already read it, do so again. For those of us hungering for a little talk of freedom and a return to what made America great it’s a welcome treat.

Just a small part:

“Let me tell you who we conservatives are: We love people. [Applause] When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don’t see groups. We don’t see victims. We don’t see people we want to exploit. What we see — what we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and see the average American, the person that makes this country work. We do not see that person with contempt. We don’t think that person doesn’t have what it takes. We believe that person can be the best he or she wants to be if certain things are just removed from their path like onerous taxes, regulations and too much government.”

Thank you Rush.

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03/06/2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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