Rush Limbaugh knows his audience. Caught a soundbite yesterday where the radio guru used the right-wing’s favorite Obama slur, “Raum Emanuel is a dirty Chicago street thug, just like Barack Obama is dirty Chircago street thug.” Rush loves the “name-calling device,” appeals to listeners with a collective IQ of a garden slug.
Have you noticed the right’s post-election talking points? Last night Brit Hume and “The Fox All-Stars” – Mort Kondrake, Charles Krauthammer and Mara Liasson – continued the argument that the United States is now “center-right.” Everyone from Joe Scarborough to Bill O’Reilly is using this mantra to thwart any suggestion Obama’s victory indicates a move left of center. “Center-right.” Listen for it.
And, how about a little double-speak?
From The Progress Report, Center for American Progress, 6 November 2008 (LINK):
“Pundits also are claiming that Obama's margin of victory does not give him a mandate for progressive change. Columnist Robert Novak wrote yesterday that Obama ‘neither received a broad mandate from the public nor the needed large congressional majorities.’ But in 2004, as Bush crowed about his ‘political capital,’ Novak argued that Bush's narrow victory was ‘of course’ proof of a conservative mandate. Winning 52.4 percent to McCain's 46.3 percent, Obama's popular vote margin stands at 7,401,289 -- more than twice Bush's 2004 vote margin -- and he netted 63 more electoral votes than Bush. Novak also dismissed the 57-seat Democratic Senate majority (with two more seats potentially up for grabs). But conservativism's so-called 2004 ‘mandate’ netted only four new seats, for a total of 55.”
10:42 a.m. EST, Nov 7 '08 – Obama: 349 electoral votes, 53% of the popular vote, 65,000,916; McCain, 163 electoral votes, 46% of the popular vote, 57,140,394.
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