Rush Limbaugh

If the election were held today, Obama would be “toast,” declared Rush Limbaugh this week, “just as Jimmy Carter was toast, and nobody knew it until election night [in 1980].”

Limbaugh also lashed out at Republican candidate Rick Perry. After the Texas governor called Mitt Romney’s work at Bain Capital “vulture capitalism,” Rush denounced the characterization as “indefensible” (FREE audio).

Michael Savage

Savage declared that the GOP could take back the White House in 2012 simply by focusing on the one issue they refuse to touch: illegal immigration.

After Obama announced a de facto amnesty for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens this week, Savage explained that candidates are afraid of the “Hispanic lobby.”

“Politicians are catering to them,” he said. “They would rather cater to an imagined illegal demographic than to a rock-ribbed conservative demographic.”

Savage also mocked Obama’s attempts to put a positive spin on the nation’s economy. He reminded listeners that “our debt now equals our GDP. That means we’re broke. We’re like Greece.

“But Obama asked for another $1.2 trillion last week,” he added. “I guess that’s what they mean by balancing the economy: printing money and giving it to their cronies” (FREE audio).

Sean Hannity

On Wednesday, Hannity invited author and pundit Pat Buchanan on to explain why he’d supposedly been suspended as a commentator at MSNBC.

“Look, for a long period of time the hard left, militant gay rights groups, militant … people of color, Van Jones, these folks and others have been out to get Pat Buchanan off TV, deny him speeches, get his column canceled,” he told Sean. “This has been done for years and years and years, and it’s the usual suspects doing the same thing again. But my view is, you write what you believe to be the truth.”

Mark Levin

A frustrated Mark Levin lashed out at almost every Republican candidates in an epic rant. He even took some jabs at former President George W. Bush (FREE audio).

Levin also welcomed Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to the show. Rubio talked about the issues he thinks the Republican candidates should be talking about, and complained of a lack of leadership in the Senate today (FREE audio).

Laura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham got lots of attention for her interview with Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., who declared that the Republican Party could learn a lot from Ron Paul.

DeMint explained: “I don’t agree with him on everything, but he is right about the out-of-control and unaccountable Federal Reserve. He’s right about the need for limited constitutional government and the importance of individual liberty” (FREE audio).

Ron Paul himself was a guest on Ingraham’s show this week, as was pundit Tucker Carlson, who reviewed the state of the GOP race so far (FREE audio).

Glenn Beck

Right after being parodied on The Simpson’s last Sunday, Glenn Beck continued to attract attention after throwing his back out and having to take a leave of absence from the radio show. Beck’s on-air crew joked their boss had “jumped on a coffee table” because “he was just a little too enthusiastic about” moving his headquarters to Texas.

Back on the air (although still not in the studio), Beck opined that Ron Paul might actually make for a “solid” GOP candidate if only he could distance himself from his “crazy” supporters (FREE audio).

And now, from the left side of the dial …

Et tu, Belafonte?

One of Obama’s staunchest supporters, singer Harry Belafonte, took the airwaves and told his fellow African-American progressives Tavis Smiley and Cornel West that he was disappointed by Obama’s performance as president.

At least, that’s what is sounded like. See if you can make sense of Belafonte’s rambling over at the Radio Equalizer blog.

Maybe Belafonte should go back to singing simple songs instead of trying to make complicated arguments.

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