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Rush Limbaugh started the week by expressing his exasperation with conservative elites and their rabid hatred of Sarah Palin.

“I’d vote for Elmer Fudd if the Republicans nominated him, if Obama’s the Democrat,” declared Rush (FREE audio).

Speaking of future Republican candidates, Limbaugh told listeners: “I wish [new Florida Senator] Marco Rubio would run for president.”

His off-hand endorsement came after Rubio expressed his frustration at the budget process on Capitol Hill (FREE audio):

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following clip contains instances of minor obscenities.

Michael Savage

Following the disaster in Japan, animal lover Michael Savage invited geologist Jim Berkland to explain how unusual animal behavior can predict earthquakes.

“I think Hillary Clinton has become insane, personally,” Savage remarked later in the week. “She saluted Al-Jazeera last week. Now she’s in Egypt while the country is in turmoil, and she puts America down.”

Sean Hannity

In the wake of the Japanese tsunami and earthquake that went on to threaten that country’s reactors, Sean Hannity invited a trio of experts on nuclear energy to discuss its pros and cons.

To those opposed to building more reactors in the United States, Hannity said, “Every time you drive your car is dangerous. We can’t live in a danger-free world, especially when energy is the lifeblood of human advancement.”

“Obama is largely notable by his absence,” Hannity added, wondering why the president would spend so much time on the golf course while crises raged around the world.

Marco Rubio, Michelle Bachman and Steve King were among the elected officials who joined Hannity as his guest this week (all audio is members only).

Mark Levin

Mark Levin joined Rush Limbaugh in wondering if Marco Rubio would run for president in 2012, going so far as to tell Rubio to enter the race when he was his guest this week (FREE audio).

Levin also issued a clarion call to the people of Israel (FREE audio):

“No more land, no more peace,” Levin said. “Be prepared for war at all times. … Tell Obama to go to hell; tell Hillary Clinton to get lost. And be done with them.”

Laura Ingraham

Phyllis Schlafly, one of the great pioneers of the 20th century conservative movement, male or female, launched her latest book this week. The 86-year-old activist’s first stop on her tour to promote “The Flipside of Feminism” was the Laura Ingraham show. Guest host Raymond Arroyo called the book “fantastic.”

Arroyo later talked to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who is being mocked by the media for her gaffe over where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired (FREE audio).

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck was under fire this week for his comments about the disaster in Japan.

“I’m not saying God is, you know, causing earthquakes – well I’m not NOT saying that either! What God does is God’s business; I have no idea,” Beck said. “But I’ll tell you this – whether you call it Gaia or whether you call it Jesus, there’s a message being sent. And that is, ‘Hey you know that stuff we’re doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.’”

In a similar “I’m not saying” vein, Beck declared on Thursday’s show, “I’m not saying Obama is with terrorists … but he is sympathetic to their cause” (FREE webcam).

And now, from the left side of the dial …

“Libtalker” and Democratic Party strategist Bill Press made a rather surprising point on this Wednesday show. Observing the calm, well-organized post-earthquake reaction of the Japanese people, Press opined that following similar natural disasters, the American people act like “ruffians and thugs” (FREE audio).

Oddly enough, when “rightwing” pundits used identical language to describe disturbing behavior witnessed in New Orleans after Katrina – such as the pointless looting of plasma televisions – the likes of Bill Press were quick to condemn their conservative colleagues as heartless “racists.”

Time will tell if Press will be similarly condemned for his “insensitive” remarks. Somehow I doubt it.

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