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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Rush For Hillary

posted by on February 7 at 13:55 PM

I’m not convinced Hillary Clinton is unelectable, but she’s certainly the right-wing choice for the D nominee:

Conservative talker Rush Limbaugh had an unorthodox solution to Mitt Romney’s departure from the Republican race; he’s thinking about raising money for Hillary Clinton.

Don’t be mistaken: There’s been no sudden change of heart on Limbaugh’s part toward the woman who’s been among his favorite targets for scorn over the last 15 years. Limbaugh is operating under the assumption that the Republican party — now represented by presumptive nominee John McCain — would have a better chance of retaining the White House if anti-Hillary fervor drives GOP voters to the polls in November.

“The reason I’m raising money for Hillary is because, apparently, my party, the Republican party, is relying on fear and loathing of Hillary to unite the party,” Limbaugh said.

Rush’s slogan for the fund-raising drive: “Keep her in it, so we can win it.”

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ECB has a new friend!

Posted by tsm | February 7, 2008 2:21 PM

Okay, in general I disapprove of people taking pot shots at ECB, but that was pretty funny @1. I still love you, Erica.

Posted by arduous | February 7, 2008 2:23 PM

isnt this what i said?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | February 7, 2008 2:23 PM

This is exactly why a Hillary Clinton nomination scares me. It's unfair, I know, but her name would be a rallying cry for every crazy republican wing-nut.

Posted by Cori | February 7, 2008 2:26 PM

and not even every republican nut! many people who are independent and leaning towards obama simply dislike hillary, the clintons , and how theyve been targeting obama. I also dislike her asinine policy ideas regarding sub prime mortgages. I dislike how she takes a good idea but turns it into something larger than what is possible. She has enough people that don't like her in the middle, that it will be hard to win.

and before sven rushes in here with "BUT THIS POLL HAS HER BEATING MCCAIN" we need to find an updated poll that has mccain paired with various people as his running mate. huckabee, crist, etc etc.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | February 7, 2008 2:33 PM

less than a week ago rush was trashing mccain as a pseudo-conservative. now he's backing mccain backing hillary...??? i know he ain't right in the head, but this is just fucking weird [not to mention extremely entertaining].

Posted by brandon | February 7, 2008 2:38 PM

Who's this Rush person? I thought they were some kind of band in Canada?

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 7, 2008 2:39 PM

This is bullshit. The only person who benefits from Hillary being in the race here is Limbaugh.

People don't vote against. They vote for. Remember Kerry and Bush? Republican turnout will be based on McCain's performance, not the Democrat's. If anything, the Republican party faithful's fixation on her will weaken their appeal to centrists.

Posted by blank12357 | February 7, 2008 2:43 PM

Did he say anything about Anal Poisoning?

Posted by Fnarf | February 7, 2008 2:46 PM

...and another thing. Can you imagine the Republicans saying to each other "Don't nominate Dubya - those liberals hate him too much." Fuck no. They celebrated the fact that liberals hated him - it was one of his biggest selling points.

Posted by blank12357 | February 7, 2008 2:47 PM

I'm going to caucus strategically, I am going to caucus for the Democrat who can win. I'm going to caucus strategically, I am going to caucus for the Democrat who can win. I'm going to caucus strategically, I am going to caucus for the Democrat who can win. I'm going to caucus strategically, I am going to caucus for the Democrat who can win. I'm going to caucus strategically, I am going to caucus for the Democrat who can win....

Posted by Andy Niable | February 7, 2008 2:49 PM

blank, an incumbent president is more likely to win. also, this election is a bit different than kerry/bush. kerry wasn't well liked by his base, but he also was well liked by independents at all. bush was well liked by his base and liked by independents.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | February 7, 2008 4:12 PM

uh, what's Rush gonna do if Hillary gets the nomination, and Obama goes VP?

In 11 of the races on Tuesday, Hillbama finished either 1st or 2nd, OVERALL and the winner of the Republican primary finished a distant THIRD.

And that's nice he's NOW behind the apparent Republican frontrunner, (which is something ALL Dems/Liberals need to remember once we have a frontrunner; whoever gets the nomination, despite personal feelings, SUPPORT them. Do you really want 4 more years of Republican rule?)
but judging by voter turnouts on the Republican side, there's not much love for their candidates. And McCain is screwed. The far righties in the Republican party hate him as much as a lot of Dems hate Hillary. And if McCain picks Huckabee, or some other nutjob far rightie as the VP, he's going to alienate a lot of his moderate supporters.

Posted by michael strangeways | February 7, 2008 4:39 PM

Obama won't be Hillary's VP. Hillary won't be Obama's VP.

It's not going to happen. There is no advantage at all for Obama in either scenario. He's either be third banana in the white house and thus get jack accomplished, or he'll have an establishment, "old guard" politician as a running mate, dragging down the ticket.

People need to realize that it is not going to happen.

Posted by Ed | February 7, 2008 6:44 PM

Totally agree, Ed. It's more likely that Hillary would select Wes Clark or Evan Bayh, and Obama would choose someone like the former Senator Sam Nunn (a white Southerner) who is an expert in foreign affairs, and knows his way around DC.

Posted by Fitz | February 7, 2008 7:02 PM

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