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Rush: Conservative Obama Supporter ‘Obviously A Plant’

February 13, 2008

With the recent shift in momentum that Obama has picked up, it’s no wonder that the conservative pundits everywhere are scrambling to cope with ‘Obamamania’.   In the last few contests, exit polling is showing that Barack is getting votes from virtually every demographic.  Just the other day, I heard Bill Maher tell Larry King that there was even such a thing as “Obama Republicans”, and this was a testament to the senator’s broad appeal.  I hesitated to accept that, but today, while listening to the radio, it appeared that Rush had stumbled across a real live specimen:

RUSH: Jared in Spokane, Washington, you’re first today. Nice to have you here.

CALLER: Hey, thank you, Rush, thanks very much. As I told your screener, I am a conservative in Washington State — in eastern Washington, a more conservative part of the state — and even I am considering voting for Obama just because of the way he communicates; understanding, I know, that a lot of what he says doesn’t have a lot of substance to it. But the reason why —

RUSH: Do you realize what you just said?

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: RUSH: All right, folks, before we get to the Obama speech sound bites, a quick question. How many of you spent some time, as I suggested, processing the last call that we just heard on this program? If you did, let me ask you a question. How do you know that it was a plant? Because it was. That call was so obviously a plant. Am I the only one? Probably so. That’s why I’m host.

Also see my post: Conservative Talk Radio Has Become Almost Comical Lately

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26 comments

  1. I saw a Republican focus group on one of the 24/7 news channels, and when asked how many of them would consider voting for Obama, a few raised their hand. None of course would consider voting for Hillary. I don’t know how significant that is, but it’s pretty remarkable. That could very easily change, as Obama has not yet be subjected to Republican attacks.

    Whether or not it’s a plant, you can’t really say for sure. But Rush was right to be incredulous at the caller’s statements. The caller admitted he doesn’t support Obama’s policies, he just likes his speeches. When that happens, that’s the end of democratic politics.

    There is a legitimate reason to vote for Obama over McCain though. Basically, if you want to blow up the party, start all over again. Do what the Minnesota Timberwolves did, abandon your franchise player (players in this case, Bush and McCain), tank the election season, give it to Obama and start looking hard next year in the draft to maybe make a comeback in the next couple cycles. Look for that Ronald Reagan which will restore the conservative movement to prominence. Bobby Jindal maybe, or JC Watts? But if McCain gets elected… that’s all out of the question.


  2. I’ll raise my hand.
    I think it will be a good, decent race between McCain and Obama. Both will bring centrists and moderates into the political arena, which is a good thing. Obviously McCain is not as partisan as a lot of the far right Republicans would like, but that will work to his benefit. Obama surely talks like he’s not partisan and that gives him an appeal to people like me.

    I can live with either one of them in the White House. This election is shaping up to be a good one. Even Huckabee (although he has no chance) seems to be less partisan in his rhetoric then most politicians on either side. Now if we can just get Hillary to drop out of the race, all will be good with the world.


  3. Sage- I’m glad to see that you’re not blinded by partisanship.

    I’m come across a few conservative blogs who are making it their ‘duty’ to dig up dirt and most likely spin any Obama-related story that finds its way into the political discourse. They’re just coming right out and saying it. It’s interesting to see the shift in focus for some of the fierce partisans out there. Once it became clear that Obama was going to have a good chance to take this thing, the Hillary hate is being temporarily shelved. The same thing goes for the talk radio pundits. It’s been a little while since Hannity mentioned the “Stop Hillary Express”, and now he’s calling his person on the street to grill Obama supporters. And it’s only going to intensify. I think the problem they’ll have is making anything stick, however. Obama’s relative lack of experience works both for and against him. On the one hand, they can point out that “he doesn’t have any accomplishments” (the latest popular conservo-meme), but on the other, they don’t have much to go on as far as criticism for anything specific. And he’s so damn likable! lol


  4. Limbaugh likes to accuse people of being “obviously” plants. Come to think of it … I think that he uses the word “obviously” the same way Hannity does (which means, as a synonym for “in my delusional world”).

    Were I to call, I would fit his definition of a seminar caller. I’m a former hardline Republican who has shifted a lot of things.

    I might not be willing to consider voting for Sen. Obama, but that’s because he’s virulently pro-choice (to the point that he wouldn’t even support protection for abortees that wind up being born alive) and I’m … well, … pro-life. But he’s absolutely charismatic and has a lot of positive attributes.


  5. Chen, the only reason I’m considering voting for Obama is because he comes across as bi-partisan. He seems willing to work with Republicans as well as Democrats. I won’t attack anyone who is open to working across party lines.
    I don’t pay attention to the far Right any more then you pay attention to the far Left, i.e., Michael Moore, the Berkley City Council, ect…
    Obama will be able to win the primary against the much despised Hillary Clinton, but he won’t be able to win the general unless he picks up centrists and moderates. McCain has those people pretty much locked up IMHO. For Obama to get my vote, he has to make a deal with me, a “pact” if you will. He cannot let the far Left run amok as if they have some kind of mandate to change our country into a Socialist nation. If I get the sense that the far Left are getting the idea that they’re about to inherit the country, all bets are off, he will lose my vote, and many more like mine. I will be watching Obama closely for the next six months, as I will be watching his followers and sycophants.
    I like Obama because of his honesty (I guess he’s honest?) and his non partisan nature. If he shows himself to be partisan just to appease his Leftist base, then I may as well vote for McCain…who has proven to be able to work across party lines.

    This is just a word of advise Chen, rein in the far Left. The far Right has already been reined in by the apparent nomination of McCain.


  6. Chen, I’m disappointed that I haven’t had you refute my last post yet. I figured that you, being the Obama supporter that you are, would have something to say 🙂


  7. @ Ryan – that sounds like a dare. 🙂


  8. Chen,

    I find it humorous when you attempt to mock the establishment when your side can’t even field a team.

    When is the last time Randi Rhodes even rated an audience (in that conservative bastion of NYC) unless she was screaming to kill Dick Cheney. You guys dragged out the left’s best shot in Al Franken and he couldn’t even dredge up an audience with Soros bankrolling the failing flagship.


  9. This is what I think of when I picture the typical Obama supporter…note the deep root of thought. Obama’s going to bring us change! And there’s 50MM just like her.

    George Washington must be rolling in his grave about now. And no, I don’t figure most here will understand.


  10. Tex-

    I find it humorous when you attempt to mock the establishment when your side can’t even field a team.

    When is the last time Randi Rhodes even rated an audience (in that conservative bastion of NYC) unless she was screaming to kill Dick Cheney. You guys dragged out the left’s best shot in Al Franken and he couldn’t even dredge up an audience with Soros bankrolling the failing flagship.

    Maybe there simply isn’t as much demand on “our side” for spoon-fed talking points and ideological reassurance?


  11. Maybe there simply isn’t as much demand on “our side” for spoon-fed talking points and ideological reassurance?

    More likely not enough cumulative brain power from your party to formulate anything other than a “feeling.”

    If that is true that all us poor, dumb Republicans need to be spoon fed and nothing more to alleviate our deep-seated weaknesses, why are you libs always complaining about talk radio? You ought to be encouraging more of it.

    I’ve never seen rubes more threatened. You damn sure have attempted to start your own talk radio, only to fail again and again and again and…


  12. Chen,

    As Joe Lieberman (D,CT) has stated for the record, “Dimocrats are vested in defeat.”

    I can hear KKKos cheeks chafing about right now.


  13. Tex-

    If that is true that all us poor, dumb Republicans need to be spoon fed and nothing more to alleviate our deep-seated weaknesses, why are you libs always complaining about talk radio? You ought to be encouraging more of it.

    I haven’t been complaining about it, have I? I thought I said in the last thread on the topic that I like it and find it humorous. I love the sycophantic callers. Gimme more! lol


  14. You mean crazed sycophants like this?

    GUFFAW! This is to classic to miss. I must publish it again.

    Here’s some more Obama “planning”, picture included, of course.

    http://patdollard.com/2008/02/bhussein-obamas-global-plan/


  15. ooops…to/too


  16. Here Chen,

    Here’s the new rules I’ve implemented for my two teenage daughters to prevent them bringing home any lefty boyfriends. Daddy’s can’t be too careful!

    😦 Daddy’s Rules for Dating 😦

    Rule One:
    If you pull into my driveway and honk you’d better be delivering a package, because you’re sure not picking anything up.

    Rule Two:
    You do not touch my daughter in front of me. You may glance at her, so long as you do not peer at anything below her neck. If you cannot keep your eyes or hands off of my daughter’s body, I will remove them.

    Rule Three:
    I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys of your age to wear their trousers so loosely that they appear to be falling off their hips. Please don’t take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete idiots. Still, I want to be fair and open minded about this issue, so I propose this compromise: You may come to the door with your underwear showing and your pants ten sizes too big, and I will not object. However, in order to ensure that your clothes do not, in fact come off during the course of your date with my daughter, I will take my electric nail gun and fasten your trousers securely in place to your waist.

    Rule Four:
    I’m sure you’ve been told that in today’s world, sex without utilizing a ‘Barrier method’ of some kind can kill you. Let me elaborate, when it comes to sex, I am the barrier, and I will kill you.

    Rule Five:
    It is usually understood that in order for us to get to know each other, we should talk about sports, politics, and other issues of the day. Please do not do this. The only information I require from you is an indication of when you expect to have my daughter safely back at my house, and the only word I need from you on this subject is: ‘early.’

    Rule Six:
    I have no doubt you are a popular fellow, with many opportunities to date other girls. This is fine with me as long as it is okay with my daughter. Otherwise, once you have gone out with my little girl, you will continue to date no one but her until she is finished with you. If you make her cry, I will make you cry.

    Rule Seven:
    As you stand in my front hallway, waiting for my daughter to appear, and more than an hour goes by, do not sigh and fidget. If you want to be on time for the movie, you should not be dating. My daughter is putting on her makeup, a process than can take longer than painting the Mona Lisa. Instead of just standing there, why don’t you do something useful, like changing the oil in my car?

    Rule Eight:
    The following places are not appropriate for a date with my daughter: Places where there are beds, sofas, or anything softer than a wooden stool. Places where there is darkness. Places where there is dancing, holding hands, or happiness. Places where the ambient temperature is warm enough to induce my daughter to wear shorts, tank tops, midriff T-shirts, or anything other than overalls, a sweater, and a goose down parka – zipped up to her throat. Movies with a strong romantic or sexual theme are to be avoided; movies which feature chain saws are okay. Hockey games are okay. Old folk’s homes are better.

    Rule Nine:
    Do not lie to me. I may appear to be a potbellied, balding, middle-aged, dimwitted has-been. But on issues relating to my daughter, I am the all-knowing, merciless god of your universe. If I ask you where you are going and with whom, you have one chance to tell me the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I have a shotgun, a shovel, and five acres behind the house. Do not trifle with me.

    Rule Ten:
    Be afraid. Be very afraid. It takes very little for me to mistake the sound of your car in the driveway for a chopper coming in over a sand dune in Baghdad. When my depleted uranium poisoning starts acting up, the voices in my head frequently tell me to clean the guns as I wait for you to bring my daughter home. As soon as you pull into the driveway you should exit the car with both hands in plain sight. Speak the perimeter password, announce in a clear voice that you have brought my daughter home safely and early, then return to your car – there is no need for you to come inside. The camouflaged face at the window is mine.


  17. Tex-

    So I was right! The Che flag was in the office was the work of some scatterbrained lady. Scandal!

    BTW- We’re debating the Global Poverty Act in Ryan’s thread.


  18. Here’s the thing, talk radio is entertainment. The Left has their form of entertainment…movies, television, college professors, ect…
    And the right has their form of entertainment…talk radio, Nascar, tailgate parties, ect…
    When the Lefties try to make a talk radio work with their type of format, well…it just isn’t very entertaining. They come off as mean, vicious, venomous and vindictive. Basically, their true colors come out, that’s why it doesn’t work for them.


  19. So I was right! The Che flag was in the office was the work of some scatterbrained lady. Scandal!

    Scatterbrained? I could have sworn she was posting on this blog holding a “Ready for Change 2008” sign!


  20. Sage- some people may view the talk radio as entertainment, but as we’ve been discussing in this thread and the other one, there are those who take it as gospel. Lately these pundits have been debating their own relevance and ability to sway voters, and we’d be kidding ourselves to sit here and argue that they don’t have influence. It’s a question of how much influence. Sure, I may listen just to get the core news and a few laughs, but a good % of, say, Rush’s listeners are quite literally “Dittoheads”.

    There is also an element of argumentum ad nauseam at play, ’cause since the average listener may only tune in for a block of 10 min or so they feel like delivering some of that would be more efficient than building an argument and moving on to the next. It would certainly explain why Hannity can sound like a Chatty Cathy doll. In other words, those guys were trying to make sure that everyone who tuned in knew that McCain voted for “amnesty”, even if you had only been listening for a few minutes.


  21. Chen-
    I listen to talk radio when I get the chance, and I do it, like millions of other people, because I find it informative and entertaining. But listening to talk radio will not sway the way I vote, no more then watching Fahrenheit 9/11 swayed people to vote for Kerry.
    As an example, a Democrat will probably win the presidential election this year in spite of the New York Times (and their falling market share), not because of them. Same with talk radio. If the population in general agrees with what they are saying, and support the candidate who the talk radio hosts supports, then the talk radio hosts look like geniuses. The opposite is also true. Talk radio hosts are not omnipotent.


  22. Sage- Again, like the rest of us, you can certainly speak for yourself on this in the micro sense, but on the macro level there is an effect. I don’t think there’s much question that swaying people is their goal at least, otherwise they wouldn’t have newsletters to send to “Dittoheads” from the “center for advanced conservative studies” or announce that they’re trying to “Hannitize the vote”.


  23. otherwise they wouldn’t have newsletters to send to “Dittoheads” from the “center for advanced conservative studies” or announce that they’re trying to “Hannitize the vote”.

    Chen, you take these things too seriously. “Dittoheads” and “Hannitize the vote” aren’t going to sway people one way or another.
    People are smart enough to make their own decisions about who they’re going to vote for regardless of what they hear on talk radio.
    People are going to make their own decisions who they’re going to vote for no matter what the NY Times tells them either.


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