“I never got out of the radio station faster than I did that night. You normally had to kick me out,” said Rush Limbaugh this week, remembering speeding home from one of his first broadcasting jobs in 1969, to watch Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the moon. He praised the great American hero, who passed away over the weekend. (FREE audio).
Limbaugh praised some GOP confab speakers, such as Mia Love and Arthur Davis, but noted, “It’s clear that this convention is not going to criticize Obama. … And the prevailing reason is, ‘Well, everybody knows, so we don’t need to say that.’”
Rush warned Republicans that that is exactly the wrong strategy to adopt (FREE audio).
Reacting to the death of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, Savage remarked, “I guess that event was the height of America’s prominence in the world.
“I can’t believe how far we have fallen,” he continued, “from a nation that led the world, to a nation that elected its first communist president, who then gutted NASA” (FREE audio).
Savage also told listeners that a visit to one of his favorite restaurants gave him an unexpected glimpse into “America in microcosm.”
“Here you have immigrants from India working virtually 20 hours a day, trying to run a little restaurant,” Savage explained. “I suppose they eke out a living, with their ‘all you can eat’ buffet for $8.95″ (FREE audio).
“And now the Indians are about to go out of business, because the Mexican gardeners figure if it says ‘all you can eat for $8.95′ and they’re poor and they’re hungry and they’re big, strapping men, then they’ll eat and they’ll eat and they’ll eat,” Savage said. “And they’re driving the other immigrant group bankrupt. That Indian restaurant is like America itself.”
In an explosive segment, Juan Williams and Ann Coulter battled over Juan’s description of Ann Romney as a “corporate wife” who’d “never worked a day in her life.”
“My remarks were a criticism of her speech and not Mrs. Romney,” Williams explained. “I was talking about the economic argument that she was trying to say, that she knew the economic struggles of people trying to make it today, I just didn’t buy it.”
Coulter laughed off the controversy, saying, “Juan is the liberal and he needed to find something to criticize” (FREE audio).
Aaron Klein broadcast live from the Republican National Convention this week, and his scheduled guests included Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin, whose group has vowed to disrupt the event.
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton told Klein that Obama was a “radical” who is sacrificing national security while pushing through his flawed economic vision. Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, on the other hand, assured Klein and his listeners that Jewish voters should “trust” the president when it comes to Israel (FREE audio).
Utah congressional candidate Mia Love became an overnight sensation after her barn-burning speech at the GOP convention. Levin talked to her about her small government philosophy, and asked his listeners to donate to her campaign (FREE audio).
Levin criticized other convention speakers, however, for failing to attack Obama’s record more directly. He compared this presidential campaign to the 1980 battle between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, reminding listeners that while “everyone knew” Carter’s record was awful, Reagan “still pounded the h— out of it in speech after speech” (FREE audio).
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., joined Laura Ingraham to discuss her controversial allegations regarding Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the White House and assured listeners that she and her fellow congressmen had no intention of backing down.
Speaker of the House John Boehner shared his thoughts on the GOP convention shortly after it got underway in Tampa. He singled out the speech by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for particular praise.
In a break from politics as usual, Buzz Aldrin came on to remember his friend and fellow astronaut, the late Neil Armstrong (FREE audio).
This year, Glenn Beck came in at No. 11 on the Forbes “Highest Paid Celebrities” list, edging out Rush Limbaugh, who ranked No. 15.
And now, from the left side of the dial …
Eliot Spitzer called Chris Christie a “buffoon.”
It’s true: Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer of “Client No. 9″ infamy insulted (sitting) Gov. Christie after the latter’s highly anticipated address to the Republican National Convention (FREE audio).
It’s obvious just by looking at him that Eliot Spitzer doesn’t own a mirror, but come on: Doesn’t he have a trace of self-awareness, either?
Spitzer spat out his critique on Bill Press’s show earlier this week. Beneath his self-conscious employment of multi-syllabic words, it was obvious that Spitzer is deeply envious of Christie.
After all, the New Jersey governor was the one in the national spotlight, while Spitzer will always be just an embarrassing historical footnote and the punch line to a dirty joke.