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Rush Limbaugh urged conservatives to turn against me in the past but I didn't take it personally and today, I am defending him against those who are attempting to hypocritically smear his name

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The False Controversy Over Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh urged conservatives to turn against me in the past but I didn’t take it personally and today, I am defending him against those who are attempting to hypocritically smear his name

Rush Limbaugh said, everyday, for four of the six weeks before the primary election in Utah, that conservatives needed to beat me to send Congress a message that we needed to do what conservatives wanted. Fortunately, two weeks before the election, Rush stopped, and I won the primary, and went on to win the general election.

I didn’t take it personally.

I happen to agree with Rush that many conservatives in Washington lost their way and we needed to clean house.

I believe Rush was the single most important factor in conservatives retaking the House in 1994. Given that kind of power, it is obvious why Rush is being attacked. The left rightly hates Rush.

In the case of Rush’s “phony soldiers” comment, perhaps Senator Reid, after his performance on the Senate floor, should consider a new line of work as an actor in Hollyweird. Such umbrage about America’s brave soldiers from a man who, not long ago, declared the war lost, is political chutzpah worthy of a Daily Show segment.

I personally believe the war is well on its way to being won.

With successes being reported throughout Iraq, what is the left doing?

As I write this, the Pelosi majority are attempting to apply United States criminal law to Blackwater USA and other private security firms in Iraq. What’s next? Supplying Moqtada al-Sadr with a taxpayer funded trial lawyer? The same people who clamor for a “diplomatic and political solution” are trying to hamstring the very people who have a 100% success rate in protecting diplomats. If this makes no sense to you, you may have what it takes to be a free-thinking conservative.

So when Rush takes on one of their erstwhile heroes, like Jesse MacBeth, who will be serving time for lying to the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the phantom that the left hoped and prayed was telling the truth, Scott Thomas Beauchamp, they try to play bait and switch with the American people and conflate their loathing of a strong America with Limbaugh’s loathing of phony soldiers. When the public affairs officer in Iraq announced, “An investigation has been completed and the allegations made by PVT Beauchamp were found to be false,” the folks at Media Matters must have cried into their carbon neutral tissues.

Are there phony soldiers? Yes. Congress had Wes Cooley. Utah had a one term Congressman in the 50’s who exaggerated his heroics as well. Anyone who watched the clip of Rush’s comments know he was moderating intense feeling. You could see the anger and frustration on his face as he distinguished between real heroes, unsung heroes, and quiet heroes who are winning this war, with phony heroes.

It is amazing to me that the left has been able to create a furor over this. It is facially false. Maybe the politicians on the left are just auditioning for a new career. Let’s hope so. They seem to have the same acting capacity as some of our best Hollywood stars. They ought to be making millions. Why aren’t they rushing to the left coast?

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Chris Cannon is a Republican Congressman from Utah.

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