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'The most powerful man in the world': Rush Limbaugh?

Posted By Kathy Shaidle On 08/19/2011 @ 11:25 am In Diversions | Comments Disabled

“So the most powerful man in the world is not the president – it’s me.”

He’s used to being called the “unofficial leader of the Republican Party,” but Rush Limbaugh had to chuckle this week when a writer at the Huffington Post blamed him personally for somehow standing in the way of President Obama’s “success.”

Watching Obama surrounded by white students and eating vanilla ice cream, Limbaugh nicknamed Obama’s latest journey around America the “White Like Me Tour,” because “he’s really losing white voters that he had wrapped around his finger in 2008″ (FREE audio).

Michael Savage

His first novel, “Abuse of Power,” hits bookstores next month, but if you can’t wait that long to sample Michael Savage’s debut thriller, you can read the second chapter of the forthcoming book free.

Banning Savage from entering Britain didn’t prevent last week’s rioting, did it?

As Joseph Farah noted: “Now that Britain is aflame – and Savage is nowhere in sight as a provocateur – I thought it might be a good time to revisit this shameful episode in British politics.”

On the air this week, Savage spelled out the reasons he thinks Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul can’t win the GOP nomination, but why Rick Perry may very well get the nod:

Sean Hannity

He may not be running himself, but Donald Trump has plenty to say about the current crop of 2012 Republican candidates. He told Sean Hannity he was leaning towards Rick Perry, and thought Michele Bachmann was a “great, wonderful woman.”

Trump also said he’d be willing to see his taxes raised from 17 percent to 25 percent, but acknowledged “a lot of people wouldn’t be. A lot of people would leave the country.” (FREE audio).

Mark Levin

He’s not “Joe the Plumber,” but when tea-party activist Ryan Rhodes confronted Obama in Iowa this week, he quickly became a media sensation. Mark Levin had Rhodes on the show to talk about what happened (FREE audio).

Someone who hasn’t been in the news lately is former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell. Now she has a new book out and she joined Levin to talk about it and her plans for the future.

Laura Ingraham

Politicians are no stranger to Laura Ingraham’s radio show, and this week was no exception. Governor Nikki Haley, R-S.C., Governor Terry Branstad, R-Iowa, and John Cornyn, R-Texas, were all Laura’s guests this week, talking about the economy and other pressing issues.

However, what makes Ingraham different is her willingness to have non-celebrities on the air as guests, too. This week, Minnesota business owner Marty Davis came on to talk about what it’s like running his business in the current climate and about stagnant job “growth” (FREE audio).

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck is counting on a huge turnout at his “Restoring Courage” rally in Israel on August 24, but is that realistic? A reporter at the Christian Science Monitor is skeptical, because, he says, Beck is alienating many ordinary Israelis.

“Last week on Beck’s online show,” wrote Dan Murphy, “he and his cohorts dismissed the hundreds of thousands of protesters who have taken to the streets of Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities complaining about rising prices, particularly for housing, as ‘from the far left’ and implied they are communists” in “a segment dripping with sarcasm.”

Beck is furious at House leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, for barring congressmen from attending the upcoming rally, for fear of a “conflict of interest.” Beck and his crew talked to Congressman Joe Walsh, R-Ill., about the travel ban (FREE webcam).

Finally, on the left side of the dial …

The only time the name I hear the name of “actress/comedian” Aisha Tyler, it’s after she’s said something outrageous on Stephanie Miller’s “progressive” radio show. This week, Tyler’s remarks were incendiary – literally.

Tyler and Miller expressed their wish that Rush Limbaugh would “catch on fire” and “burn for a good long time.” They also “joked” that they would put their threatening comments on T-shirts to “make money” (FREE audio).

Imagine the outrage if Rush Limbaugh uttered something similar about a commentator on the left. Perhaps the only thing preventing that level of (feigned) outrage is that Miller’s audience is so miniscule.


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