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Right-Wing Endorsement of Clinton is a Scam

February 10th, 2008 · 11 Comments

Desperate for a strategy and hungry for any news coverage they can get, right-wing talk dogs Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter have tried to grab headlines by seemingly rejecting Republican candidate John McCain in favor of Hillary Clinton.

Their strategy is as simple as it is deceitful. Coulter and Limbaugh are hoping that enough moderates and liberals will be so turned off by their poker-faced, right-wing “endorsement” of Clinton that they will run, not walk, to the side of Barack Obama. They, like many conservatives, believe that McCain’s chances are better against Obama, and that Hillary Clinton poses the larger threat, particularly among moderates and unpredictable swing-voters.

In other words, their “endorsements” are a scam. A planned attempt not at duping their own base, but a substantial base of right-wing leery, Bush-weary Democrats.

It’s a dumb strategy, born out of desperation, but Limbaugh, Coulter and company have nothing to lose. The hardcore conservatives they cater to will vote Republican in any event. Meanwhile, the majority of America is ready for a change of guard, not just literally but philosophically. If the right-wing can help lose votes for its most feared challenger by way of a false and temporary alignment — if they can use their own growing unpopularity to cast aspersions on their main rival — then they’ll do it, integrity be damned.

McCain’s their man. Don’t let them fool you into believing otherwise.

How dangerous is McCain? His reverence for Karl Rove is just one clue.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Alison // Feb 10, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    I agree completely. Beware of Republicans talking up Hillary– it’s unquestionably insincere and part of a larger plot. Especially when it’s emanating from the wingnut brigade. Nice try Karl, we saw through it.

  • 2 Rebecca F. // Feb 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    The neocons are becoming irrelevent to this election and beyond. Yeahhhhh!

  • 3 Patty G. // Feb 11, 2008 at 7:45 am

    When Ann Coulter was on the Today Show last week, I knew immediately this was a major “set-up” and a scam. I am not a fan of Ann Coulter at all. This woman’s heart is made out of “steel”. Although I have a lot more to say, but I have to control my thoughts!

  • 4 allison // Feb 11, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Ditto to all of you! Hah
    I hope people take note: We get McCain, we get more Bush war…period
    Oh yeah, and of course stimulus packages to “help the economy…as Rosie says “same same same”

  • 5 ellen // Feb 11, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Jane,
    My thoughts exactly on the latest bamboozle attempt by the tight-y right-y Rush Limpbow and his latest co-hort, the Devil in a blue dress, Ann Coulter.
    I swear that these people think because you are a minority in some way, or kind hearted by nature, or peace preferring (or any of the other qualities that might possibly make you a democrat), that you are also a certified MORON who cannot connect the dots!
    I am simply beyond my own sense of normal, and way too far gone for jaded, when I think about what’s happened with politics in this country over the last 10 years. Nothing shocks me now that I am fully aware of the anything goes, idealistic, and oh, did I mention oil funded? media dip sticks that fill the minds of Americans with exactly, and only, what view they want them to hear.
    The good thing is that I believe that no matter how hard they try, they can’t know what people who really care DON’T want. They can skew things enough to look real, like it is what we want through various ideas and mis-leads, but they can never tell us what we don’t want.
    For example, I know I don’t want religion in my politics. At all. Okay, I know that it’s not just the republicans. I know that some of the religion in this campaign is coming from the 2 year junior senator, “Oprah candidate of the month club”, gospel gripping man from Illinois. He preaches as if he’s actually running for a high ranking official position of the Jesse Jackson Rainbow Coalition instead of President of the United States. It’s in an effort to inspire, but I think religion is what tears countries apart, not unites them, and frankly we are much too diversified now for that to fly for very long.
    I also know I don’t want a tax break from, or money spent on, rebates and wars that are being charged on credit card accounts we’ve opened with Chinese banks and brokers.
    Mostly, I don’t want to be influenced. I can make up my own mind about the best person to run our country. I don’t want the media, or the goofballs representing these silly microgroups that glue themselves to talk radio and worship these creeps as if they were God on earth, to have any influence on this so very important election.
    I certainly don’t want to be prey for the self proclaimed know-it-alls (a.k.a the mainstream news media) who create stories based on well calculated and implemented planned events to keep us watching and ultimately sway our vote. They are really just big business project managers if you think about it, pushing the pedals to drive the election their way.
    Anyhow, I agree. Let’s wise up and get past these manipulations by pointing them out to the masses. It’s time to let our voice be heard by NOT saying what we don’t want and showing it at the polls instead, and by getting rid of the likes of these two added on to our own little project list in order to drive an honest election to it’s own conlcusion.

  • 6 Laurie // Feb 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you Jane! I thought something was funny and off about that whole thing, and this makes perfect sense!

  • 7 Barbara // Feb 11, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Good Jane. Now can you tell the six million or so people who don’t get this, and who actually believe this crap from Colter and Limbaugh?

  • 8 Joni // Feb 27, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Jane, that McCain would say that about Rove is downright scary.

    Also you can add Glen Beck to the list. I saw a couple minutes of him last evening and he was talking up Hillary. I couldn’t believe my ears! I was looking for the debate and I thought it was going to be on NBC and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t, lol so started flipping through the channels and happened to catch Beck talking about Hillary, saying he couldn’t believe he was actually speaking out for Hillary. Now I know why. Wouldn’t that be a hoot if it would all backfire on them and they ended up helping to get her elected. Well I hope that happens!

    I finally found the debate on MSNBC, lol.

    I don’t understand how some people can’t reason how Hillary would make the best president. She knows her stuff and I believe she is the best for the job. She has been getting a bum rap from the getgo and I for one am sick of it.

  • 9 peejays // Mar 23, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Jane, and all, I agree the right wing’s touting of HC is a big ol’ effing farce, a charade. But I always thought it was because they are worried about McCain versus Obama in the general election. I thought (and I didn’t think I was alone in this theory) that the right wing wants HC to win the nomination, because they know the right wing base will crawl over broken glass to vote for anyone one running against HER. All those angry white men I know who have been appalled at her since BC’s first run for the presidency, just because she is a strong, independent woman.

    Obama is the one who I’ve thought (I’m not referring to polls here) conventional wisdom said was appealing to Independents. So that makes him scarier to the right wing.

    This has been my logic. But I see it’s the opposite of your conclusions. But we all agree that Ann Coulter, et. al.s ’s so-called endorsement of HC over McCain is a big ol’ crock.

  • 10 Jane Devin // Mar 23, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Peejays, Limbaugh proved to be predictable. I just read about his recent pro-McCain, anti-Hillary comments — which is what I suspected he’d do after either, a) her nomination was assured, or b) she was pretty much out of the race.

    The media’s consensus seems to be that she’s out, or at least that there’s only a minimal possibility.

    Part of that consensus, in my opinion, is due to the fleecing of Michigan and Florida voters. I think it’s terrible what the Democratic party did to their voters in these two states. More terrible is the oft-cried shout of “split the delegates in half”, which negates the entire collective voice of voters as surely as not counting their votes at all.

  • 11 Sebastian // Mar 29, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Mcain Wins: Limbaugh’s popularity is maintained by his faithful “dittoheads” like it has been in the Bush administration.

    Clinton Wins: Limbaugh gets a whole new Clinton administration even better than the first one that made him rich. He is overwhelmed with material, new and old. He spends much of his air time making the foulist sexist remarks about having a female president, angering people on the right and left, getting a lot of press, and driving his ratings through the roof.

    Obama Wins: Limbaugh spends the next four to eight years trying to smear Obama while desperately squirming around the race issue, and he is slowly adopted by white supremacists as their new spokesman.

    Good move supporting Hillary, Rush!

    Could there be some unspoken motives behind Operation Chaos?

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