Rush Limbaugh


That was super-blogger Glenn Reynolds’ reaction to Limbaugh’s stirring opening monologue on Tuesday.

The talk-radio giant warned the “Beltway” GOP that, if they failed to heed populist outcries in November, a third party would be the inevitable result:

Rush also called out veteran Republican strategist Michael Barone for his criticism of the tea party (FREE audio), but Barone says Limbaugh misunderstood his comments – and good-humoredly reminded him that he does get things right once in a while:

“I should add by way of explanation that I first met Rush around 1990, when he was just getting started as a national talk-show host,” Barone writes, “and that I wrote a short item in U.S. News & World Report, I believe right after Bill Clinton’s election as president, predicting that Rush would become a major leader of conservatives and Republicans. One of my better predictions.”

On Monday, Rush took a lot of grief for opining that Obama looked “demonic” in recent unflattering photos.

Limbaugh has been a longtime supporter of Delaware Republican candidate Christine O’Donnell and came to her defense again this week when she was smeared by the media for allegedly “misunderstanding” the First Amendment (FREE audio).

Mark Levin

Mark Levin has also endorsed Christine O’Donnell and devoted much of the week to explaining to callers that O’Donnell’s interpretation of the First Amendment was correct. Coming from an expert on the Constitution like Levin, his explanation of “separation of church and state” carries a great deal of weight (FREE audio).

Levin also told listeners that “Democrats plan to steal our pensions” in a lame-duck session of Congress – something he’s been warning about for two years (FREE audio).

Politico is reporting that Sarah Palin cancelled an interview with Mark Levin at the last minute – and Levin is furious:

“This is a flat-out lie,” he told fans on Facebook. “Sarah Palin never backed out of any interview with me. Period. And John Martin, the reporter, never contacted me to ask me directly. I insist on a retraction.”

Anti-Semitism? MSNBC host Keith Olbermann – who enjoys scolding conservatives for alleged bigotry – ventured into that territory this week.

Mocking Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann for talking about which public figures she’d like to have dinner with, Olbermann seemingly indulged in some stereotyping when he quipped, “[Mark] Levin would run out on the check.”

Sean Hannity

On Monday, Kentucky GOP candidate Rand Paul told Sean Hannity that bizarre allegations about a long-ago college prank were “all lies, completely untrue. It’s been on the Internet blogs about an anonymous woman who I have no idea who she is.”

Hannity slammed the NAACP for releasing a report accusing tea-party groups of harboring white supremacists and anti-Semites.

“I’ve pointed this sort of thing out many, many times in my career,” said Sean. “This is as predictable as the day is long. As we get closer to an election and Democrats get more desperate, they try to energize a particular portion of their base – so the race card is played.”

As the election draws closer, Hannity continues to welcome Republican candidates as guests. Along with Carl Paladino (New York) and Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania), he also spoke to political experts Michael Barone, Newt Gingrich and Scott Rasmussen to speculate on the outcome (audio is members only).

Laura Ingraham

The unexpected firing of liberal commentator Juan Williams from NPR set off a firestorm on Thursday. Laura Ingraham was one of the first to weigh in on the incident (FREE audio).

Also this week, Laura warned that “Red China is on the march,” spoke to Charlie Gasparino about “Obama’s love of Wall Street” as well as Colorado Republican candidate for Senate, Ken Buck. Plus the Chamber of Commerce is fighting back against Obama’s baseless “foreign money” charges, and Ingraham has the details (FREE audio).

Michael Savage

On his website, Savage related a “prophetic” dream he’d had, which reinforced his view that “Barack Obama is a disciple of Mao Zedong. … He has hired one Maoist after another, including Anita Dunn.”

Savage added, “I was put here to alert America and the world to the dangers of this false Messiah.”

Elsewhere, Savage proclaimed that “Obama came across as a Robin Hood, who was going to rob from the rich to give to the poor. The exact opposite is true. He’s not robbing from the rich to give to the poor. He’s shrinking the middle class, to give to the rich and the poor.”

Savage found himself on the other side of the mic when fellow talk-radio host Monica Crowley interviewed him at length about his new book, “Trickle Up Poverty” (FREE audio).

Glenn Beck

Last weekend, Glenn Beck delivered the keynote address at the 2010 Talk Media Conference and Boot Camp.

His advice to budding on-air hosts? “Just be yourself,” he said, adding, “the world is looking for someone authentic.”

Glenn Beck insisted that NPR’s firing of Juan Williams was connected to billionaire George Soros’ huge donation to the broadcaster earlier in the week (FREE audio).

Meanwhile, Beck has yet another book coming out. This one, called “Broke,” is a “plan to fix America.” Beck promoted the book with a goofy “trailer” on Facebook (FREE video).

And now, from the left side of the dial …

The uproar over NPR’s firing of Juan Williams dominated talk radio and the nation’s punditry at the end of this week, and rightly so.

However, that meant a weird comment by liberal broadcasting hero Norman Lear went largely unnoticed. Lear, whose credits include “All in the Family” and other classic television shows, fantasized about what would happen if Rush Limbaugh “exploded.”

Over at the Huffington Post, Lear wrote, “Folks, I’m worried about Rush Limbaugh. Has anyone ever exploded, you know, burst apart, like if we humans had seams and they just burst open and guts and s–t shot out in every direction?”

Liberals frequently entertain violent fantasies about conservatives, as I’ve documented in this column, week in and week out.

The only thing that surprised me when I heard about this latest example was finding out that Norman Lear is still alive.

Barring some form of spontaneous combustion, some liberals are resurrecting another plan to “hush Rush.”

“Bring back the Fairness Doctrine, which required holders of broadcast licenses to present controversial issues of public importance in an honest, equitable and balanced fashion.”

That’s high-profile Democratic analyst Donna Brazile, opining about “What the World (Really) Needs Now” in the latest issue of Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine.

Weirdly, Brazile also calls for the elimination of “pundits on TV” – while acknowledging that she’s a pundit herself.

“Remove punditry and you’d bring back civility,” she explains.

You first, Donna. I doubt she’ll be turning down any TV offers, but then, failing to follow her own impossible ideals while telling others how to live just makes her a typical Democrat.

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