The early bits I saw reported, along with video clips of the Donald’s usual digressions and by-the-ways, made me cringe. I even put up a comment at Instapundit suggesting it would be wiser if Trump avoided these things as much as possible. (And was roundly shot at with both barrels at by his beloved.)
Then I read Rush Limbaugh’s transcript and laughed along with him. Trump is Trump. You either like him or you hate him. I like him, bombastic, New Yorker-style and all. Hey, this guy grew up in the Bronx. You expected smooth and sophisticated? What planet do you live on?
Even the WSJ editorial page liked it. And they did not support his nomination or his election. As WSJ commenter John Schwaebe put it: “Trump seemed to be talking directly to the people. Telling us what he and his staff were working on. Unfiltered, straight up [with] no need for nuance.”
Nuance plainly is not the Donald’s thing. I might prefer a polite Southerner who was more subtle in twisting the knife. But most New Yorkers aren’t like that. Chicagoans, either. We forget that Obama also spent his early months attacking the news media, if mainly in the form of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.
And even the latter didn’t pile on the hate for Hussein the way the MSM has done with Trump since he was nominated. And Barry, too, couldn’t handle extemporaneous very well. WSJ: “President Obama tended to filibuster at his press events, and he’d have reached perhaps the third question by the 60-minute mark.”
All in all, I decided, I liked the presser. “Bully Trumpet,” the WSJ headlined their editorial. Just so. And bully for Trump, too.
Speaking of abortion… Jake Tapper has become an abortion, buying into the whole Democrat wheeze now that he’s taking money from CNN, one of the dead-last cable newsies. But his latest target Carly Fiorina hung him out to dry.
Rush has the moment. It’s a doozy. Be sure to go here and read it all.
“So he’s asking Carly Fiorina, ‘What do you think about abortion law without exception rape or incest?’ It’s right in the Democrat media manual, how to entrap a Republican: ask about rape or incest. So here’s what she said. This is the first of two sound bites:
“Let’s talk about what extreme is. It’s not a life until it leaves the hospital. That’s Hillary Clinton’s position. It’s Hillary Clinton’s position that a 13-year-old girl needs her mother’s permission to go to a tanning salon or get a tattoo, but not to get an abortion. It’s Hillary Clinton’s position that women should not be permitted to look at an ultrasound before an abortion and yet people who are trying to harvest body parts can use an ultrasound to make sure that those body parts are preserved so that they can [be] sold. That, Jake, is extreme.”
You probably didn’t see or hear this, unless you’re one of the minority who even pays attention to CNN, second only to MSNBC in the cable newsy cellar. Let alone Carly who, unfortunately, has no chance at the nomination. Which is a real pity because she’s just about the only one in the GOP who could beat Ma Barker.
Via Rush Limbaugh.
BLITZER: Do Mexican police go around asking for papers of people they suspect are illegal immigrants?
CALDERON: Of course! Of course!
BLITZER: If somebody sneaks in from Nicaragua or some other country in Central America through the southern border of Mexico and they wind up in Mexico, they can going get a job?
CALDERON: No, no, no.
BLITZER: They can work?
CALDERON: If somebody do that without permissions, we send — we send back them.
Via Rush Limbaugh and Ann Althouse.
Barry’s assaults on Rush Limbaugh and Fox News scare some people. They make me laugh. What a doofus. Sure, it’s the Chicago Way. But, guess what, Barry, you’re not in Chicago anymore.
UPDATE: Others better qualified at wordsmithing than I are laughing at Mr. Tough Guy, too.
Camille Paglia is a Rush Limbaugh fan?
"As a student of radio and a longtime listener of Rush’s show, I have gotten a wealth of pleasure and insight from him over the years."
She especially likes the way "he goes his own way," and, in particular, his "feminazi" rants.
When was the last time we had a president who decided to cheapen his office by fighting in public with a pundit? Some say Richard Nixon’s assault on the Dan Rather of old. A few might remember Harry Truman’s battle with critics panning his daughter’s singing. In any case, it’s only serving to enhance the pundit, Rush Limbaugh:
"Demand for his air time hs suddenly become so intense, Limbaugh told The Examiner’s Byron York earlier today, that his network sold 80 percent as much advertising in January 2009 as it did in all of 2008, and expects to sell-out the year by the end of March. That was before Obama and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel launched an explicit counter-attack against Limbaugh that seems only to be making him bigger."
Utterly predictable. People who’ve never heard Limbaugh will flock to hear what the fuss is about. I learned to like Rush after 9/11, but he rambles too much for me to make him a steady diet. But now that Barry boy seems to have decided to let the stock market collapse and impoverish us all, I might actually become a fan.
UPDATE: RedState has a good analysis of what’s going on here. A little Dumbocrat game of hide the pea.