After Democrat Charles Schumer called tea partiers “extremists” during a phone call with journalists, Rush Limbaugh let loose with a classic response, informing Schumer and his fellow elites that, “The tea party is the backbone of the country” (FREE audio).

Mark Steyn sat in for a Rush this Thursday and Friday. A favorite with listeners, Steyn talked about, among other things, being in downtown London at the same time that “anarchist” rioters were smashing shop windows (FREE audio).

On a lighter note, Los Angeles morning DJ Gary Bryan quipped this week: “Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh have the same birthday. So much for astrology.”

Michael Savage

Speaking of birthdays, California’s John Lillpop sent his best wishes to Michael Savage by way of his online column, writing, “March 31 … just happens to be the birthday of Dr. Michael Savage! Why not designate March 31 as ‘Michael Savage Day’ throughout the length and breadth of our great state?”

At WebCommentary, columnist Andrew Durham praised Michael Savage’s talent for pointing out the “irregularities and contradictions in the euphemisms we use to make ourselves feel better.”

For example, Durham writes, “As Savage points out on his radio show of March 28, there is no such thing as an ‘international community.’ In fact, I would go so far as to say that the term is an oxymoron. The root word of ‘community’ is the word ‘common.’ The sovereign nations of the earth actually have little in common.”

On the air, Savage offered his in-depth, real time analysis of President Obama’s speech justifying military action in Libya (FREE audio).

Sean Hannity

“The Hannity Doctrine”: That’s what the radio host is calling his views on U.S. interventions abroad, which diverge considerably with President Obama’s somewhat confusing actions in Libya (FREE audio).

Former GOP presidential candidate John McCain joined Hannity to add his concerns about the mission in Libya, saying, “It would be counterproductive to put boots on the ground” (FREE audio).

Sean Hannity has embraced Twitter like few of his radio colleagues. The decision seems to be paying off. This week, his active social media presence he was recognized and rewarded by both TIME magazine and researchers at Duke University.

Mark Levin

Mark Levin has some choice words to describe followers of Congressman Ron Paul, whom he complains are regularly targeting him for abuse on his Facebook page.

On that popular page, Levin bemoaned the fact that he had “so much educating to do, and so little time to do it,” as he tried to explain the powers that Congress has (and doesn’t have) in times of war.

Taking up a familiar theme, Levin once again urged Republican politicians to “go for the political jugular” and “go on the offense. You can destroy these leftists, if you give it a try” (FREE audio).

Laura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham made news when her guest, possible presidential candidate Donald Trump, declared, “I’m proud to be labeled a ‘birther’!” (FREE audio).

Later in the week, Rudy Giuliani joined Ingraham to discuss what he called “Obama’s failures” at home and abroad. Governor Scott Walker talked about the latest developments in his battle with Wisconsin’s unions, and Governor Tim Pawlenty defended the president’s no-fly zone over Libya (FREE audio).

Glenn Beck

Media Matters has egg on their face again. The George Soros funded “media watchdog” (really a Democratic Party attack dog) have gleefully reported that Glenn Beck’s radio show had lost enough stations that he could no longer claim, as he does on his website, that the show is “heard on over 400 stations.” However, it appears they got some of their math wrong:

Business Insider got in touch with Premiere Networks, the company that syndicates the show. Premiere says that Beck has actually gained an additional 88 stations this year in addition to the seven he lost.

Foreign corresponded Michael Yon was Glenn’s guest this week. Rolling Stone magazine recently ran a story accusing American soldiers of war crimes; Yon – who has been embedded with U.S. forces in Afghanistan – told Beck the story was “bull****.” (FREE webcam).

And now, from the left side of the dial …

Sort of. This week,, ran a delightful piece by self-described “card-carrying liberal” Orrin Onken, who confesses that he is addicted to listening to conservative talk radio.

He’s as confused about this affection for the genre as his friends are, but his efforts to get to the heart of his “habit” help reveal why liberal talk radio consistently goes down in flames:

“I wonder if Air America didn’t fail because it depended too much on policy wonks and true believers,” he writes. “The right-wing talkers understand that there is a time-tested call-in format made up of on-air talent, inflammatory politics and careful call screening. The successful stations don’t mess with it.”

Exactly. Liberals call themselves intellectuals, yet for some reason – and with notable exceptions like the author of that essay – these simple facts seem to be beyond their comprehension.

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