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Entry from May 31, 2013
Limbaugh Theorem

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh often talked aboutthe “Limbaugh Theorem” in 2013. On Febrayr 13, 2013 ("It Finally Hit Me: Barack Obama Will Never Be Held Responsible for Anything"), Limbaugh said, “That’s the reason for the perpetual, never-ending campaign. It is why, in eight years, he will never allow himself for even one day to be seen as actually governing or presiding over any of this.” On February 26, 2013 ("The Limbaugh Theorem Gains Traction"), Limbaugh said, “By the way, the Limbaugh theorem is picking up traction.  It’s gaining traction, although I’m not being named in it. I got sound bites here, the Republicans are demanding, ‘Mr. President, stop campaigning, start governing.’” The “Limbaugh Theorem” is when a legislative leader (such as U.S. President Barack Obama) continues campaigning for causes and doesn’t take responsibility for the present state affairs.

On March 5, 2013 ("Understanding the Limbaugh Theorem: Obama Inflicts Pain for Political Gain"), Limbaugh explained:

“Somebody said, ‘Why are you calling your theory a theorem?  You’re calling it the Limbaugh Theorem.  Are you just trying to use big words on us?’ No.  I’m glad I got the question.  Snerdley, do you know the difference?  Just a little test.  I’m not trying to embarrass you.  You’re used to not knowing things. (laughing) Seriously, do you know the difference in a theory and a theorem?  Did you just take a wild guess at that?  He got it.  He got it pretty close.  He said a theorem is more based in fact.  In fact, a theorem is something that is not self-evident but nevertheless proved by a chain of reasoning.”


Wikipedia" Rush Limbaugh
Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (/ˈlɪmbɔː/, LIM-baw; born January 12, 1951) is a conservative American radio talk show host and political commentator. Since he was 16, Limbaugh has worked a series of disc jockey jobs. His talk show began in 1984 at Sacramento radio station KFBK, featuring his ongoing format of political commentary and listener calls. In 1988 Limbaugh began broadcasting his show nationally from radio station WABC in New York City. He currently lives in Palm Beach, Florida, from where he broadcasts the The Rush Limbaugh Show, the highest-rated talk-radio program in the United States. Talkers Magazine in 2012 lists Limbaugh as the most-listened-to talk show host with a weekly audience of 15 million.

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It Finally Hit Me: Barack Obama Will Never Be Held Responsible for Anything
February 13, 2013
(...)
RUSH: Those people all voted for Romney, and they—even the people that voted for Romney—do not associate Obama with any of the problems in the country. This is what you and I are gonna have to learn and learn fast. No matter what is said, no matter what evidence happens, no matter what’s reported, it will not be possible to connect Obama to the negativity that’s happening in the country today because he’s campaigning against it himself. That’s the reason for the perpetual, never-ending campaign. It is why, in eight years, he will never allow himself for even one day to be seen as actually governing or presiding over any of this.

He’s always going to be running against the very things he’s doing.

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The Limbaugh Theorem Gains Traction
February 26, 2013
(...)
RUSH: By the way, the Limbaugh theorem is picking up traction.  It’s gaining traction, although I’m not being named in it. I got sound bites here, the Republicans are demanding, “Mr. President, stop campaigning, start governing.” The Limbaugh theorem, I tell you how I arrived at it.  There’s a lot of things that have never made sense to me.  How is it that Obama wins elections and has massive public approval when everybody disagrees with his agenda?  When a majority disagree with his agenda, when a majority think the country’s headed in the wrong direction and yet he wins the election and has a positive approval number?  How’s this happen?

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Understanding the Limbaugh Theorem: Obama Inflicts Pain for Political Gain
March 05, 2013
BEGIN TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: (...) You know, there’s an editorial today, the Washington Examiner, and there’s an excellent point in this piece.  It’s about the sequester, and it’s also about the Limbaugh Theorem, in a way.  That’s what these people are all urging me to talk about.  I am being inundated with e-mails from you in the audience who are telling me that you can’t turn on the television these days or read anything without hearing somebody mention my theory about Obama never governing, always campaigning, always appearing as the outsider, you know, that whole spiel that I started two weeks ago.  Basically I got people e-mailing me saying, “Everybody’s using that now, but nobody’s mentioning your name.”
(...)
There have been criticisms of Obama in this regard, and this is also from people picking up the Limbaugh Theorem and adapting it in their own ways.  One of these adaptations holds that Obama is not being president.  He’s just purely political.  I mean, he’s spending his time campaigning and he’s attacking half of the people in this country.  Anytime he goes after the Republicans, he’s going after the people that vote for them.  You know, the old adage is the president’s the president of everybody.  The president’s not particularly ideological.  The president’s not particularly political.  The president, in this case, however, is, and he’s spending all of his time campaigning, not governing.  He doesn’t want his name attached to anything so that whatever goes wrong, it can’t be associated with him.  And it isn’t being.
(...)
BREAK TRANSCRIPT
RUSH:  You know, I just got a good question in the e-mail.  Somebody said, “Why are you calling your theory a theorem?  You’re calling it the Limbaugh Theorem.  Are you just trying to use big words on us?” No.  I’m glad I got the question.  Snerdley, do you know the difference?  Just a little test.  I’m not trying to embarrass you.  You’re used to not knowing things. (laughing) Seriously, do you know the difference in a theory and a theorem?  Did you just take a wild guess at that?  He got it.  He got it pretty close.  He said a theorem is more based in fact.  In fact, a theorem is something that is not self-evident but nevertheless proved by a chain of reasoning.

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Obama Affirms the Limbaugh Theorem
March 14, 2013
BEGIN TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: Obama went out and addressed the people at his campaign organization. It used to be called Organizing for America. The same bunch of people, the same leaders. They just changed the name. Organizing for Action. And it is nothing more than the continuation of the Obama campaign. He actually tells the people gathered at this meeting that he really doesn’t like this permanent campaign, at some point he’s gonna start governing. One more bit of evidence of the Limbaugh Theorem.

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The Limbaugh Theorem Expanded to the Republican Establishment
March 20, 2013

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New York Times Redefines the Limbaugh Theorem as “Fine Line” Obama Must Walk
April 08, 2013
BEGIN TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: The New York Times today by Jackie Calmes: “Obama Must Walk Fine Line as Congress Takes Up Agenda.” Why? What in the world’s Obama got to worry about? Obama’s not up for reelection. No, no. Seriously, now. Why in the world is there a fine line for Obama? What? Why? He’s the president of the United States and he’s got an agenda, and his agenda is “long-range deficit reduction.” Ha! Is that what it says here? (laughing) Long-range deficit reduction!

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Boring Obama Employs the Limbaugh Theorem at Press Conference
April 30, 2013
BEGIN TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: I’d like to know, is Barack Obama boring on purpose or is that just who he is?  Did you see this press conference at all?  I expected a fireball coming out here today.  I thought he’d lead off with Jason Collins.  He got to him eventually.  I thought he would lead with Jason Collins and a number of other things.  I thought he’d be a fireball whipping up the Democrat base.  But he was flat.

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Liberals Aren’t Happy with Obama’s Limbaugh Theorem Press Conference
May 01, 2013
BEGIN TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: I have this entire stack here today, folks, of reports on media people and other Democrats who are—what’s the correct way to say this?—really, really concerned over Obama’s press conference yesterday, his appearance, his demeanor, his detachment.  And what was on display yesterday, that entire Obama press conference was the Limbaugh Theorem being proved, the Limbaugh Theorem being illustrated.  Everything he was asked about, be it Syria and chemical weapons, be it Boston and the bombing, be it details of Benghazi, he didn’t know anything, he had nothing to do with it.

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Limbaugh Theorem in Action at WH Briefing
May 14, 2013
BEGIN TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: Wow. I just checked a little bit of the White House press briefing. The spokeskid, Jay Carney, is kind of under the gun. Jessica Yellin of CNN is really having at him on this IRS business. One of the reasons why is that Jay Carney is sitting here talking about the IRS scandal, and he said, “Well, if the IRS reports are true, then the president would be outraged.” What do you mean, “if” the IRS reports are true? The IRS has admitted all of this! They’ve already apologized for it!

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The Drive-Bys Haven’t Turned on Obama—They’re Helping Him Cement the Limbaugh Theorem
May 16, 2013
BEGIN TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: Now, folks, I want to try to accomplish two things today, in addition to the latest details of the IRS scandal, the latest details on the AP, the telephone scandal and the Benghazi e-mail dump.  Because I’m sensing an opportunity here, based on some questions I had to answer today from friends in the e-mail.  And one of the threads from friends was about the press and whether or not they’ve turned on Obama.

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Everyone Gets the Limbaugh Theorem as the IRS Scandal Unfolds, But They’re Missing the Purpose of Obama’s Strategic Detachment
May 20, 2013
BEGIN TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: Look, I don’t mean to make this personal.  I really don’t.  You people in this audience that have been here for years and years understand that, for example, when I say that this past weekend, today, all of last week, the Limbaugh Theorem has been in full display, I don’t mean to make that about me.  Remember what we’re about here.

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