Rush Limbaugh

Ignore Rush Limbaugh. The sequester is no Y2K. It's dangerously real.

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From Zuccotti Park to the streets of Oakland, the Occupiers have been careful to define their ideology as broadly and vaguely as possible. That has been a wise decision. If you claim to represent the “99 percent,” it would be contradictory, as well as self-defeating, to assert there is just one correct explanation for what caused the economic crisis and just one true way to achieve economic justice for the heterogeneous majority.

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With all the chaos and rioting in the streets of London, it’s proven quite difficult for the media to parse out exactly who is participating in the unrest and what sort of grievances or agenda they might possess. Some have located the cause in the police shooting of Londoner Mark Duggan on Tuesday, August 4. Others have taken a more sociological approach, pointing to issues of race, class, and social alienation in the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

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Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen argue that the Tea Party redefined the purpose of the GOP as opposition to spending: The Republican Party is undergoing a messy but unmistakable 20-month transformation from fanatically anti-Obama to fanatically anti-spending, providing top party officials a new and intriguing playbook for recapturing the White House in 2012. To understand the current evolution, flash back to late spring of 2009. The GOP was disoriented and adrift, its leadership void filled by the bombastic voices of Palin, Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

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The newest issue of Commentary has an ode to the goodness of Rush Limbaugh, authored by Wilfred M. McClay.

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As you may have heard by now, the Chevy Volt took top honors at the North American Auto Show this week, winning "Car of the Year." The show takes place in Detroit and the voters are all American or Canadian journalists, so you can be forgiven for suspecting the honor reflects a little favoritism. Domestic cars win the award more often than not. But it's not like this is the first time we've heard good things about the Volt.

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Panic In Detroit

Last year, Motortrend selected the Chevy Volt as Car of the Year, driving climate science skeptics George Will and Rush Limbaugh batty. Now the same car has won car of the year at the Detroit Auto Show. Another cog in the socialist-scientist plot reveals itself.

Rush Limbaugh lambasted Motortrend for giving its Car of the Year award to the Chevy Volt, on the grounds that nobody has purchased a Volt yet. Motortrend's Todd Lassa takes him apart:  [O]ur credibility, Mr. Limbaugh, comes from actually driving and testing the car, and understanding its advanced technology. It comes from driving and testing virtually every new car sold, and from doing this once a year with all the all-new or significantly improved models all at the same time.

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Karl Rove put himself on shaky ground earlier this year when he sided with near shoo-in Mike Castle over no-shot Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware GOP Senate primary, then compounded his mistake on election night by conceding the obvious reality that O'Donnell has no shot.

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Uwe Reinhardt flags this exchange between Rush Limbaugh and William Shatner: Shatner: “Here’s my premise, and you agree with it or not. If you have money, you are going to get health care. If you don’t have money, it’s more difficult.” Limbaugh: “If you have money you’re going to get a house on the beach. If you don’t have money, you’re going to live in a bungalow somewhere.” Shatner: “Right, but we’re talking about health care.” Limbaugh: “What’s the difference?” Shatner: “The difference is we’re talking about health care, not a house or a bungalow.” Limbaugh: “No. No.

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