Citing a scheduling conflict, Barack Obama chose not to speak at the NAACP conference today, sending Joe Biden in his stead. Let's see what the President had on his calendar that would keep him from speaking to the most venerable civil rights organization in America…
Wow, that's… not very busy. This must be one of those days where the President is focused on nuzzling people and protecting job-killing lizards, rather than doing his job.
Perhaps there's an alternative explanation. Always keen to improve the state of American race relations, Rush Limbaugh explained that Mitt Romney was jeered because he's white, while his speech was ill-received because the remarks went "over these people's heads." Let's see how "these people" responded to the Vice President's appearance…
Biden received sustained applause throughout his address. When he spoke about civil rights and administration efforts to expand voting rights and not diminish them, the crowd stood up and loudly cheered. When Biden said, "Did you think we'd be fighting these battles again?" people in the crowd answered in unison, "No."
Biden said there was a lot more he could say on protecting voting rights but that he was "preaching to the choir." "Say it, say it," many in the crowded responded. As Biden was wrapping up, he said, "Let me close, my friends," prompting members of the audience to boo and yell, "No!"
Okay, so they did boo him a little… for closing out the speech, but the general response was overwhelmingly positive. I guess if we're going to trust Limbaugh's analysis — and why not? — Obama must have sent Biden because he wanted the NAACP to hear from the nation's first African American Vice President.
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Rush Limbaugh on his role as a job-creator…
"I have created more jobs than Obama and Romney put together, damn right. And I've been doing it longer!"
I beg to differ. Being married to Rush Limbaugh may be incredibly difficult and thankless, but it does not technically count as "a job."
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After a brief spike in ratings immediately followed Rush Limbaugh's careful, fair-minded examination of the contraception coverage controversy, the conservative radio host has experienced a double-digit decline in listenership, which fell 27 percent in the key 25-54 demographic in New York City and 31 percent in Houston-Galveston.
Now, thanks to Missouri's Republican-controlled state legislature, we know who Limbaugh's last viewer is going to be — a taxpayer funded security camera…
The Missouri House has spent more than $1,100 in taxpayer money on a security camera to keep watch over a new bronze bust of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, the House clerk said Thursday.
Clerk Adam Crumbliss said he authorized the camera after discussions with Republican legislative leaders because of concerns the sculpture of Limbaugh's head and shoulders might be vandalized…
Limbaugh was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians last week during a closed-door ceremony in the House chamber as police stood guard to keep out any uninvited political opponents or protesters.
One might wonder why a statue of a "famous" as opposed to infamous Missourian requires special government-funded security. Other statues in the Capitol rotunda honoring President Harry S. Truman, Walt Disney and Stan Musial don't require the same degree of protection.
Yet I understand Republicans' security concerns. Drug tweakers are notoriously destructive and are liable to expect that any place harboring Rush Limbaugh is also a good place to find some Oxy.
On the other hand, maybe spending tax dollars on statue security — the bust itself was privately financed – in a time of austerity is misguided. There are plenty of discarded bronze molds of horse's asses littering artist's studios. Were Limbaugh's visage ever defaced, the Missouri legislature could swap in one of those backsides. It'd be a near perfect replica.
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* Walter Shapiro highlights the grim future that lies ahead for Joe Biden should he and Obama fall short in November.
* New Bridge to Nowhere discovered in New Hampshire.
* Rush Limbaugh has not shown his face in Chicago since Occupy Wall Streeters started protesting him. This would mean something if he was in Chicago.
* George W. Bush is being coaxed away from his Texas ranch long enough to visit the White House for the first time in two years for the the unveiling of his official portrait and to pick up some old Doobie Brothers records he left behind.
* Rahm Emanuel is "livid." Which, I suppose, counts as a news item.
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