Notes: Chapter Eight

Chapter Eight: The Brakes Fail
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“President Obama, in a meeting”: Ali Frick, “Obama tells GOP: Don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh,”, January 23, 2009.

“Representative John Boehner”: Hugh Hewitt, “House Republican Leader John Boehner on the non-stimulus bill and Rush,”, January 26, 2009.

“Limbaugh responded”: Matt Corley, “Are Republicans Starting To Hit Back At Limbaugh For Throwing ‘Bricks’ From ‘The Extreme Right’?,”, January 28, 2009.

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“Representative Phil Gingrey”: Jonathan Martin, “Gingrey apologizes over Limbaugh,”, January 28, 2009. See also David Neiwert, “Rush Rooolz! GOP Congressmen Cower Before the Mighty Limbaugh,”, January 28, 2009.

“A similar fate”: David Neiwert, “I smell a right-wing feud in the offing: Limbaugh vs. Steele,”, March 2, 2009.

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“The next day”: John Amato, “Rush Limbaugh attacks Michael Steele and then Steele apologizes to RushBo,”, March 2, 2009.

“Steele, too”: Mike Allen, “Steele to Rush: I’m sorry,”, March 2, 2009.

“Meanwhile, there were”: John Amato, “GOP tells Michael Steele: Shut up about Limbaugh or you’re fired,”, March 3, 2009.

“Senator John Cornyn”: Ben Smith, “Cornyn petition: Limbaugh attack is an ‘outrage’,”, March 5, 2009.

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“But by early October”: Alex Isenstadt, “Tea partiers turn on GOP leadership,”, October 11, 2009.

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“Incumbent Republicans, too”: John Amato, “Lindsey Graham gets teabagged by climate change deniers at Town Hall: ‘You’re a Traitor’,”, October 15, 2009.

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“Local Republicans”: David Weigel, “The Lindsay Graham Censure,” Washington Independent, November 12, 2009.

” ‘I believe in the Constitution’ “: Shaila Dewan, “South Carolina Rift Highlights a G.O.P. Debate,” New York Times, November 29, 2009.

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“The battleground chosen”: “2009 New York CD-23 Special Election: Dede Scozzafava (R) vs Bill Owens (D) vs Doug Hoffman (C),”, chart of aggregated poll results.

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“Then Hoffmann picked up”: Eric Kleefeld, “DeMint Endorses Conservative Party’s Hoffman In NY-23,”, October 27, 2009.

“and Republican representatives”: Eric Kleefeld, “GOP Reps. Cole And Rohrabacher Back Conservative Party’s Hoffman In NY-23,”, October 27, 2009.

“On the 21st”: Glenn Beck Program, “Glenn interviews candidate Doug Hoffman,” October 21, 2009.

“Beck is my mentor”: The Week, “Video: Doug Hoffman: Glenn Beck is my ‘mentor’,” November 3, 2009.

“Meawhile, on the 22nd”: “Palin: Ready to shake things up in New York,” Reuters, October 22, 2008.

“This set off”: Andy Barr, “Top Republicans jump ship in NY-23,”, October 24, 2009.

“Scozzafava did draw”: Tony Romm, “Gingrich endorses Scozzafava in NY-23 race,” The Hill, October 16, 2009.

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“On Saturday, October 31″: Mike McAndrew, “Republican Dede Scozzafava urges friends to vote for Democrat Bill Owens after exiting NY-23 House race,” The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY), November 1, 2009.

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“The initial response”: Erick Erickson, “In NY-23, Conservatives Win,”, November 4, 2009.

“Glenn Beck’s denial”: Amanda Terkel, “Hoffman ‘Un-Concedes’ The NY-23 Election After Prodding From His ‘Mentor’ Glenn Beck,”, November 16, 2009.

“A week later”: David Weigel, “NY-23: Hoffman Concedes, Again,” Washington Independent, November 24, 2009.

“The disappointed conservatives”: Michelle Malkin, “Newt for 2012? No, thanks,”, October 26, 2009.

“At”: Alex Koppelman, “Conservatives revolt over congressional candidate,”, October 16, 2009.

“But more important”: John Amato, “Rush Limbaugh blames Newt Gingrich for Hoffman’s loss in NY-23,”, November 5, 2009.

“So Gingrich”: John Amato, “Newt Gingrich the latest Conservative to bow down to Rush Limbaugh,”, November 5, 2009.

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“Three weeks after the election”: Logan Murphy, “Palin Disaster in NY-23 Prompts GOP To Call For Party Purity,”, November 24, 2009.

“Titled ‘Resolution”: Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, “A GOP Purity Test?” First Read (, November 23, 2009.

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“When President Obama”: Nicole Belle, “Staying Classy the GOP Way: Cong. Joe Wilson Yells Out ‘You Lie!’ During Obama’s Speech,”, September 9, 2009.

“It was unheard of”: David Neiwert, “Obama heckler Joe Wilson a member of neo-Confederate SCV, fought to keep Dixie flag flying in South Carolina,”, September 10, 2009.

“In short order”: Carl Hulse, “In Lawmaker’s Outburst, a Rare Breach of Protocol,” New York Times, September 9, 2009.

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“Among the Tea Party crowd”: Erick Erickson, “Joe Wilson: Great American Hero! Bob Bennett: Unrepentant Fool,”, September 9, 2009.

” ‘There are a lot of folks”: Andy Barr, “Joe Wilson: Right-wing folk hero,”, September 16, 2009.

“Former president Jimmy Carter”: Mark Murray, “Carter: Race Plays Role in Obama Dislike,” First Read (, September 15, 2009.

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“Michael Steele at”: Ben Smith, “Steele denounces ‘race card’,”, September 16, 2009.

“Meanwhile, on all the cable shows”: Media Matters, “Reaction to Carter, Pelosi comments show media reluctant to discuss racism, extremism in Obama attacks,”, September 18, 2009.

“So had longtime Fox anchor”: David Neiwert, “Brit Hume says that crying racism is bad. What about when Glenn Beck does it?,”, September 19, 2009.

“Another former president”: Katie Escherich, “Bill Clinton: Race ‘Not Driving Opposition to President Obama on Health Care’,” Good Morning America, September 22, 2009.

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“Karl Rove appeared”: David Neiwert, “Karl Rove adamantly denies health-care debate is connected to race. But the numbers suggest otherwise,”, September 23, 2009.

“As it happened”: Marc J. Hetherington and Jonathan D. Weiler, “Health Care, Race and Political Polarization,” Washington Post, September 21, 2009.

“After Glenn Beck appeared”: David Von Drehle, “Mad Man: Is Glenn Beck Bad for America?,” Time, September 17, 2009. See also David Neiwert, “Dear Time Magazine: About that subscription renewal …,”, September 18, 2009.

“former Bush speechwriter”: Peter Wehner, “Glenn Beck: Harmful to the Conservative Movement,” Commentary, September 21, 2009.

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“Joe Scarborough”: David Neiwert, “Joe Scarborough agrees: Glenn Beck is bad news for the conservative movement,”, September 22, 2009.

“New York Times columnist”: David Neiwert, “David Brooks: The problem for Republicans is that race-baiters like Limbaugh and Beck own them,”, September 21, 2009.

“Peter Wallsten”: Peter Wallsten, “Some fear GOP is being carried to the extreme,” Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2009.

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“WND had been especially keen”: See, e.g., Joseph Farah, “Y2K, FEMA and ‘domestic terror’,” WorldNetDaily, December 13, 1999; David M. Bresnahan, “Government plans for the worst in Y2K,” WorldNetDaily, March 4, 1999; David M. Bresnahan, “Clinton set to declare national emergency,” WorldNetDaily, November 29, 1999; and David M. Bresnahan, “Is the government hiding something?,” WorldNetDaily, March 4, 1999.
“In 2009″: See, e.g., WorldNetDaily, “Is this really smoking gun of Obama’s Kenyan birth?,” WorldNetDaily, August 2, 2009; WorldNetDaily, “Obama’s ‘birth certificate’ not acceptable in Hawaii?,” WorldNetDaily, June 7, 2009; and Bob Unruh, “New bid to unseal Obama’s birth certificate,” WorldNetDaily, May 28, 2009.

“A story by”: David Weigel, “Far-Right Site Gains Influence in Obama Era,” Washington Independent, September 4, 2009.

“Some conservatives”: Jerome Corsi, “Bill creates detention camps in U.S. for ‘emergencies’,” WorldNetDaily, February 1, 2009 .

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“The spread of the falsehood”: Jon Henke, “Organizing Against WorldNetDaily,” TheNextRight, August 31, 2009.

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“As David Weigel explained”: David Weigel, “Joseph Farah Responds to WorldNetDaily Critics,” Washington Independent, September 2, 2009.

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“On the October 13 edition”: David Neiwert, “Sean Hannity helps Jerome Corsi promote his black-helicopter ‘New World Order’ conspiracy theories,”, October 14, 2009.

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