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Posted by on Mar 22, 2009 in Politics | 3 comments

Another Republican Takes Rush Limbaugh’s Name In Vain And Backtracks

And the Republican politico backtracked so quickly that some could virtually put their prediction on a timer …

The dynamics of this are now becoming interesting for political junkies who aren’t wedded to either party. There are now increasing signs that President Barack Obama is starting to lose some of the independent voters who backed him (for instance, just look at the posts here on TMV by writers here who enthusiastically or reluctantly backed Obama and who are now re-evaluating). Obama will try and could turn this around via detailed explanation of his plans and motives — which he’ll try to do on 60 Minutes tonight and in a press conference slated for 8 p.m. EST tomorrow.

But Limbaugh remains a net negative for the GOP. He’s loved by his party’s conservative base but there are some voters who will not cast their votes for candidates or a party that enables the kind of attitude and exclusionary advocacy that Limbaugh does. In a national sense, GOPers and their party would do better in expanding their base without him — but loyalty to Limbaugh is a must due to the Republican’s existing customers who love him and the potent power of the talk show host’s microphone to destroy those in his party of seriously question or dismiss him.

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  • Leonidas

    As far as Obama and independents, “Hope” and “Change” promises might get you some independent support, but it takes “Performance” to keep it.

  • Jim_Satterfield

    And performance cannot be adequately measured in a matter of less than 90 days.

  • pacatrue

    I’m sure it’s obvious, but I think the reason Limbaugh is so important right now to the GOP are that his voters are the most reliable members of the GOP. The large majority of them will vote GOP or stay home if unsatisfied. The moderate wing of the GOP is not seen as dependable in large enough quantities. It would be a huge risk for a politician to pursue moderates without that conservative base. Only a few extraordinary people will do so. Most politicians try to move to where the people are, not try to move the people to them.

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