Rush Limbaugh off his game?

Look, I tune in to the maharajah at lunch time in ye olde kitchen, regaling myself with cream cheese on whole wheat or p.b. and jelly and activa yogurt. Got into habit of wine or beer but am dropping that. Flip goes the switch to WLS-AM and Rushbo.

I have loved it for the news items (sound clips), his insights delivered with unique panache and sometimes laugh-out-loud humor. He has exuded confidence. Did. Now — I date it from the Roberts decision to OK Obamacare — he’s off his game, worried. Hard to listen to.

Maybe I don’t spend enough time with him — only a fraction of his three hours. Maybe I am misreading his tone. But Cassandra has a rival these days, I fear, and it’s he.


Informed rejoinder from Reader D:

The Economy Alone Doesn’t Equal an Automatic Win for Republicans – The Rush Limbaugh Show

Don’t think I can agree in general with your Rush/Cassandra comparison.
In this transcript he sounds pretty sure Obama will lose — but I think he is torn between bolstering the base and whistling in the dark in this campaign — he is suspicious of the Republican establishment, and Republican consultants and Republican Old Guard, etc. But Rush isn’t telling us it’s time to head to New Zealand YET, but I think he’s looked over the travel brochures.
The Roberts decision threw Rush completely. I think it threw the other conservatives on the court, too.
When I listen to Rush it’s usually for the full 3 hours. I didn’t hear him this Mon-Tues, and he had subs on for a few days last week that I don’t listen to. I like Mark Styne as a sub.
Rush has been supportive of Romney — as he said during the primary — Anyone But Obama.
The joys of interactivity.

How Santorum has come from nowhere: the magic word

It’s freedom.

Amid ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, the $800 billion stimulus injection and a federal spending boom, something snapped in the steady-state relationship between many citizens and Washington.

A lot of people feel the government, finally, is really starting to crowd them. It has made them uneasy. For the Santorum audience, the call-and-response word to push back against the unease is “freedom.”

What Santorum should do:

Rick Santorum should stay in the race, repeating from now till summer the perverse link between the ObamaCare mandate and the American idea of freedom. It looks like the best argument the GOP nominee will have for a win in November.

Don’t tread on us.

(Column by WSJ’s Henninger, h/t Real Clear Politics)

Sister Rosemary in a perp walk

Is it Barbara Frietchie time in Chi?

“The contraceptive mandate imposed on health plans by the Department of Health and Human Services also violates freedom of conscience,” said a Catholic priest.

“Imagine the impact on a revered Chicago Catholic institution like Misericordia, which is a home to the mentally disabled.”

Barbara Frietchie retrieved the flag shot down by Johnny Reb as he marched through “Frederick town”
and hurled her defiance at Stonewall Jackson’s Confederate soldiers:

‘Shoot, if you must, this old gray head,
But spare your country’s flag,’ she said.

At 90, she’d come by her gray hairs honestly.

Context: Cardinal George defies Obama, screams Sun-Times

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“We cannot — and will not — comply with this unjust law,” states the cardinal, who is vehemently opposed to the new Obama administration rule requiring religious organizations to include contraceptive health insurance coverage.

“People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens because of their religious beliefs. . . . Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights.”


. . . but nowhere runs his letterLeft-wing hothouse, like most mainstream newsrooms.

Later: And what’s here comes after five days of nothing, reader Pat Hickey notes below!