Thursday, November 05, 2009

HighViz Consulting introduces 24/7 PR - PROMO Challenge (SM) -unique offer of new business concept for companies who need on-demand exposure

HighViz Consulting Group introduces 24/7 “PR PROMO CHALLENGE”(SM), unique offer of new business concept for companies who need text with on-demand exposure

HighViz Consulting introduces 24/7 PR - PROMO Challenge (SM) - boutique firm challenges new clients offer of new promo concept within one business day

HighViz establishes consultative “PR On-Demand” Program - Boutique firm challenges new clients to allow HighVizPR team work on innovative concepts
within 24 hour period

Haymarket, VA, November 5, 2009: HighViz Consulting Group, (HighViz), , a project company serving Information Technology, legal, manufacturing, small business, non-profit and associations and organizations working within federal agencies, is announcing its consulting “PR PROMO CHALLENGE”. This unique offer provides the opportunity for promising on-demand companies and organizations to kick off a value-based trial PR campaign with a senior-level Public Relations Practitioner. This includes working out the beginning concept phase to a starting campaign for each potential client.

In addition, HighViz is offering to consult with those who are interested in taking the “Challenge”, taking the customer step by step through case studies of public relations concepts. “This is how to put high visibility to a business entity’s greatest advantage” Abbe Buck, HighViz’s Principal Consultant and Lead Publicist explains, “By learning what has worked for others who have successfully used public relations promotion techniques, the business who must promote to grow will have a running start in working toward a more intuitive, viral PR planning.”


What is the HighViz PR Promo Challenge?

HighViz asks to have those who would like to consider hiring them to put them to the test by asking the team to come up with ideas for their businesses within a business day's time. Abbe Buck also notes, "If HighViz can come up with a starter road map toward a promotional campaign and a COMPREHENSIVE strategy we will do all that we can to earn [our] customer's business. As WWII and adopted HVPR mascot Rosie the Riveter says "WE CAN DO IT!" --and most times we already have."

Past Performance: Buck cites work that has been done for clients in this fashion for the ASSYST, USO of Metropolitian Washington, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Information Experts, Molen Enterprises IT, Lani Silver, (author), David Aaker Motivational Speaker, BoardBoost, Sarbanes Oxley Seminars, Jane Trevaskis Success-Catalyst and more.


USAVETBIZ to Urge Congress for Government-Wide Preference Contracting & Set-Aside Programs for all Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

HighViz Consulting's 24/7 PR – PROMO Challenge works with an on-demand concept used within Fortune 500 companies such as IBM. HVCG asks that a form is completed on their website. Once the form is completed, HighViz will contact the marketing management who made the PR Challenge request. At this point, HighViz will do an assessment of the PR campaign needs of the organization, (normally a $1500 value). After the evaluation is completed, it will be presented to the organization, with suggestions, and a suggested “BRAND” or “CONCEPT” to put to use WITHIN ONE BUSINESS DAY (24 HOURS)

“In starting out with our current clients, the 24/7 "PR PROMO CHALLENGE” has worked well because as we thrive on deadlines, we can also share in the customer’s sense of urgency to bring their ideas to fruition and their services “to market” , HighViz's Buck says. "We want to be ‘challenged’ by our customers to go the extra mile. We need these challenges! In an information-packed society, every business, from a 'mom and pop' to a major corporation, must have the opportunity to show who they are, what they provide, why they are in business. It is our job to help them showcase their best attributes.”

To take the 24/7 PR PROMO CHALLENGE, fill out the entry form at the
HighViz site:

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About HighViz Consulting Group
Short for "High Visibility", boutique PR and marketing firm HighViz Consulting Group, specializes in raising awareness for companies and organizations. The firm's services include media relations, communications, crisis management, business development, and related marketing services. The company specializes in serving information technology companies and government agencies.

HighViz is a communications and public relations firm dedicated to generating creative and effective communications programs for technology, business and consumer companies nationwide. Since 1999, Since HighViz has provided exclusively senior-level strategic counsel and execution of public relations programs that clearly and consistently deliver return on investment. Our selective client roster has included government agencies, associations, and private, entrepreneurial companies such as Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Connection Concepts, Inc., BoardBoost, Aaker and Associates, Information Experts, Stellent, Starbase, DSA, Kerrigan Media, EZ Certify, Inc., IBM, USA VET BIZ and the United Services Organization (USO). Our expertise varies from enterprise software including online collaboration to entertainment and association communications.

Media Contact: Abbe Buck, Principal Consultant, 1-800-380-2825

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Monday, November 02, 2009

______________ did a bad, bad thing....

call my 1-800 # to ask me what. And why...?!

Abbe Buck
HighViz Consulting

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Kutner (Kal Penn) gets "killed off" on "HOUSE, MD" goes to WHO / EOP (the 'White House' to the little people)

Mr. Obama welcomes actor Kal Penn to the world of Public Affairs (hear, hear!) SHOW BIZ + POLTICS collide again - 24 x 7 x 365 ....this must have been coming for quite some time. (sure! Barack picked up the phone and said, Kal, I have a job for you, ala JFK and Edward R Murrow with USIA)....Mr. Penn has been tweeting that he has been lecturing at the University of Montana and other college venues... great gig...perhaps prepping for this. I admit I am green with envy, and more. But he is smart, a fine actor and a good communicator, which is the major need. At this level, this can,  and will,  work. -- HVCG - ABPA


Actor Kal Penn joins White House team

Actor Kal Penn of the television show 'House' and the 'Harold and Kumar' movie series is joining the staff of the White House. Here, Penn is seen with President Obama - then President-elect Obama - on the National Mall in Washington on Jan. 18 during inauguration festivities.
By Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
Actor Kal Penn of the television show 'House' and the 'Harold and Kumar' movie series is joining the staff of the White House. Here, Penn is seen with President Obama - then President-elect Obama - on the National Mall in Washington on Jan. 18 during inauguration festivities.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has hired actor Kal Penn as a liaison between President Obama's administration and Hollywood.

White House spokesman Shin Inouye said Tuesday that the actor who had a recurring role on the Fox TV showHouse and has starred in several movies would join the staff as an associate director in the Office of Public Liaison. His role will be to connect Obama with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities, as well as arts and entertainment groups.

Penn starred as Kumar in the movie, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.

Penn was an Obama supporter during the campaign. The White House says a start date for Penn has not been set.

The hire was first reported by Entertainment Weekly.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.  

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Saturday, April 04, 2009

THE JOB SHOW: Jobless make TV ads pitching themselves for work

Unemployment rate highest since 1983 Play Video AP  – Unemployment rate highest since 1983

Producer/director Kristyn Silk tracks the monitors inside the control room on AP – Producer/director Kristyn Silk tracks the monitors inside the control room on the set of 'The Job Show' …

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – Jayna Dinsmore dressed in a sharp pink blouse and black slacks and made the pitch she hoped would end her five months of unemployment: Experienced marketing manager and analyst. Diverse background. Trade show experience.

Only she wasn't talking to an interviewer. She was talking to a TV camera.

After sending resumes, attending networking events and blogging about her search for employment, Dinsmore joined a small but growing number of unemployed people who have made television commercials about themselves to try to get directly into prospective employers' living rooms.

"I figure any exposure I can get is a great thing," said Dinsmore, a 33-year-old married mother with a newly minted master's degree in marketing from Bentley University.

"The New England Job Show," a new public cable access production, allows hungry job seekers to record 30-second commercials in a studio at a middle school in Chelmsford, near the New Hampshire state line. Volunteers — all also unemployed — then put the commercials into a half-hour episode that includes discussions on dressing professionally, personal finances and health care options.

About a dozen job seekers have taped commercials, and none has landed a job yet. But the first commercials just started airing last week.

The job show airs on at least five area public access stations. Comcast spokesman Jim Hughes said the cable company, which operates in many of the Massachusetts towns, didn't have viewership numbers.

Creator and executive producer Ken Masson said the show's uniqueness will catch eyes. "Everyone talks about being cutting edge. Well, this is cutting edge," said Masson, himself an unemployed community banker.

The commercials are different from personalized online videos that have exploded on YouTube because employers don't have to actually search for these.

But the commercials cast a wide net: There's no guarantee that hiring managers in the jobseekers' industries will see them. Those taping the spots said they were hoping to get lucky with the TV ad while also pursuing more targeted and traditional job search methods.

Other cable access stations have job programs: For two decades the state of Michigan has produced its own cable access job show featuring experts talking about employment trends, personal finance and career tips; and KSAR-15 TV, the public access station in Saratoga, Calif., airs a show on job hunting for California's Bay-area viewers.

But the personal pitches from job seekers appear to be a new twist, said Robert Thompson, a professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

"So many Americans are now comfortable with making a short video. It seems like a natural progression," Thompson said. "And TV, in spite of all the technology, is still the dominant medium."

Masson said he and friends from a networking group launched the show with $100 and the help of a local rotary club.

Kristyn Silk, who was laid off from Fidelity Investments in November, immediately volunteered to direct.

"Basically, this is a project and we all have some project management experience," said Silk, of Merrimack, N.H. "Our goal is to get people jobs."

The show's host, Ajita Perera of Shrewsbury, is a recently laid off market manager who worked as a reporter for CNN in Sri Lanka in the 1980s.

"It feels like coming home," Perera said.

So far, the group has recorded four episodes. The first show aired March 23 and will rerun on participating stations for two weeks. Stations will get two new shows every month, Masson said.

Thompson compared the 30-second commercials to speed-dating lunches. But like speed dating, it's unclear if lasting matches can be made.

That doesn't bother Libby Dilling, 42, of Stow, who has been looking for a nonprofit job for eight months. During a recent taping, Dilling recorded her pitch, but spoke too long and slightly fumbled over her words.

After some coaching, the group decided her third take was what she needed to land a job in the nonprofit world.

"I've never done something like this before," Dilling said. "We'll see what happens."

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Friday, March 20, 2009

President Barack Obama, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki at VA this week

The President speaks at the Department of Veterans Affairs
(President Barack Obama speaks Monday, March 16, 2009 at the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Conference Room at the Department of Veterans Affairs to 70 seated guests and a group of 150 watching from the balcony. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, whom President Obama praised for his distinguised career in the Army and his service to men and women in uniform, listens to the President's remarks, at left. White House Photo/Chuck Kennedy) 
 Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

A 21st Century Department of Veterans Affairs

Today President Obama helped mark the 20th anniversary of the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Cabinet-level agency with remarks in Washington, DC.
The President paid tribute to this department, which was formed in its first incarnation over 70 years ago under President Herbert Hoover, and today stands as the second-largest of the 15 Cabinet departments, by pointing to the original vision of Abraham Lincoln "to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan."
In recalling his grandfather's service in Patton's army, President Obama expressed his profound gratitude to our nation's service members on behalf of the entire nation:
And I think about my grandfather whenever I have the privilege of meeting the young men and women who serve in our military today. They are our best and brightest, and they're our bravest -- enlisting in a time of war; enduring tour after tour of duty; serving with honor under the most difficult circumstances; and making sacrifices that many of us cannot begin to imagine. The same can be said of their families. As my wife, Michelle, has seen firsthand during visits to military bases across this country, we don't just deploy our troops in a time of war -- we deploy their families, too.
The President also expressed full support of Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, who is one of our nation's finest veterans -- having served a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Army. Under the leadership of Secretary Shinseki the Department of Veterans Affairs will be transformed for the 21st century. 
Over the next five years, the budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs will increase byover $25 billion (pdf). These funds will be used to expand the VA health care program so that in can serve an additional 500,000 veterans by 2013; to implement a GI Bill for the 21st century; to provide better health care; and to dramatically improve services related to mental health and injuries like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. The funds will also be used for technology that will ease the transition from active duty to home for our nation's service members. (((  Since this announcement he has much improved on even this. )))
For the entire Administration, the 20th anniversary of the Department of Veterans Affairs is a reminder of our debt of honor to the men of women who have fought to defend our freedom and for all involved it is an honor to undergo the work of transforming the Department for the 21st century.


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Thursday, March 19, 2009

MOAA "Our voices were heard" - White House scratches VA plan for private insurance

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White House caves on veterans plan, but what was it thinking?
McClatchy DC ^ | March 18, 2009 | David Goldstein

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 5:40:01 AM by 2ndDivisionVet

The Obama administration on Wednesday abandoned a controversial plan to make veterans use private insurance to pay for costly treatments of combat-related injuries.

Stung by the angry reaction to the proposal, the administration made the decision after a meeting between officials from 11 veterans advocacy groups and top White House officials.

"Our voices were heard," said Norbert Ryan, the president of the Military Officers Association of America. "They made the right decision on this."

The plan would've reversed a longstanding policy of providing government health coverage for all service-related injuries. Few details emerged beyond its reported savings of $540 million, however.

Most veterans use private insurance only for health problems unrelated to their military service.

"This is a moral issue for us," said Paul Rieckhoff, the executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

What was most puzzling to experienced activists and others was that the White House floated the idea in the first place. Several said that the administration came off as politically tone deaf to the importance of the issue.

"They've grabbed hold of the 'third rail' and they shouldn't have done this," said Rick Weidman, director of government relations for Vietnam Veterans of America. "If they had asked anyone informally, we would have informed them, 'Are you kidding? All hell will break loose.'"

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that the intent of the plan had been to "maximize the resources available for veterans."

He said, however, that President Barack Obama, who met with the veterans groups on Monday in their first trip to the White House, recognized their concern that it could "under certain circumstances, affect veterans and their families' ability to access health care."

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

WAPO: Veterans Groups Denounce Private Insurance Proposal

("Shame on you, Mr. President.") About our Vets and their Benefits

Veterans Groups Denounce Private Insurance Proposal

Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 18, 2009; Page A04

An Obama administration proposal to bill veterans' private insurance companies for treatment of combat-related injuries has prompted veterans groups to condemn the idea as unethical and powerful lawmakers on Capitol Hill to promise their opposition.

Nevertheless, the White House confirmed yesterday that the idea remains under consideration, and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and leaders of veterans groups are scheduled to meet tomorrow to discuss it further.

The proposal -- intended to save the Department of Veterans Affairs $530 million a year -- would authorize VA to bill private insurance companies for the treatment of injuries and medical conditions related to military service, such as amputations, post-traumatic stress disorder and other battle wounds. VA already pursues such third-party billing for conditions that are not service-related.

Veterans groups said the change would be an abrogation of the government's responsibility to care for the war wounded. And they expressed concern that the new policy would make employers less willing to hire veterans, for fear of the cost of insuring them, and that insurance benefits for veterans' families would be jeopardized.

Lawmakers explicitly ruled out the proposal yesterday in budget recommendations from the Senate and House veterans' affairs committees.

The chairman of the Senate panel,  Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii), said a majority of the committee members say the plan is fundamentally unfair.

"America's veterans and their families pay the true cost of war everyday, and we must pay for the care and benefits they have earned. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Administration to pass a budget worthy of their service," Akaka said in a statement.

 Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a senior member of the Veterans' Affairs and Budget committees, warned VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki last week that the idea would be "dead on arrival," and she vowed yesterday that any budget containing the provision "is not going to pass."

"The VA has an obligation to pay for service-related care, and they should not be nickel-and-diming vets in the process," she said in an interview. "This proposal means that family members will be hurt because, if a vet meets the maximum [benefit amount] for their insurance, their wife and kids would not be able to get insurance [benefits] anymore. . . . God forbid a wounded vet from Iraq has a wife who gets breast cancer."

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said yesterday that the Obama administration has not made "the final . . . decision on third-party billing as it relates to service-related injuries."

At the same time, Gibbs noted that the administration is seeking an 11 percent increase in discretionary spending in the VA budget, a decision lawmakers and veterans groups have praised. "This president takes very seriously the needs of our wounded warriors that have given so much to protect our freedom on battlefields throughout the world," Gibbs said at a White House news conference.

VA and the Office of Management and Budget did not respond to requests for more details on the proposal.

Veterans groups said the plan was a puzzling political misstep by the new administration in its relations with the 25 million Americans who have served in the military. Obama heard firsthand about such objections Monday when he met with leaders of the groups at the White House.

"To ask veterans to save $500 million in a [VA] budget of over $100 billion is not only bad policy, it is bad politics," said Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, who attended the meeting.

"It could be a rookie mistake," he said. "Ultimately, it's only going to hurt the president."

Another problem, critics said, is that the proposal could hurt wounded veterans' employment opportunities, particularly with small businesses.

"A small company is not going to want to take on the burden of increased premiums" by hiring a wounded veteran, said Craig Roberts, media relations manager for the American Legion. He added that the proposal could make buying private health insurance prohibitively expensive for these veterans.

Details of the proposal remained unclear yesterday, and a spokesman for the health insurance industry said its potential impact is difficult to assess. "We are going to carefully evaluate any proposal that is made," said Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for the trade association America's Health Insurance Plans.

Lawmakers and veterans advocates said VA could save $500 million by simply collecting from private insurers all that it is authorized to bill for non-service injuries each year.

More broadly, the issue underscores a significant challenge confronting the administration: ballooning health-care costs for veterans and active military members taking up an ever-larger share of VA and Pentagon budgets.

It is uncertain how many veterans would be affected by the proposed change, which would concern only those with private health insurance. As many as 7 million veterans are enrolled in the VA health-care program, and about 5 million use VA facilities each year.

Some veterans groups voiced concern that the administration's plan could represent a move toward privatizing VA benefits.

Other experts said it reflects the broader dilemma of how to increase cost-sharing for medical care in comprehensive programs such as the VA one. "There has been no change in cost-sharing features for 10 or 12 or more years," said William Winkenwerder Jr., the Pentagon's former top health official, who runs a private health strategy and consulting firm in the Washington area. "That is what is most responsible for driving up the cost of those programs to the government," he said.

Still, any proposals to increase cost-sharing "tend not to be very popular politically, especially at this time," Winkenwerder said.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President's Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment

"There is simply no logical explanation for billing a veteran's personal insurance for care that the VA has a responsibility to provide. While we understand the fiscal difficulties this country faces right now, placing the burden of those fiscal problems on the men and women who have already sacrificed a great deal for this country is unconscionable."

-Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion

The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President's Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment


Contact: Craig Roberts of The American Legion, +1-202-263-2982 Office, +1-202-406-0887 Cell

WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization says he is "deeply disappointed and concerned" after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.

"It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan," said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. "He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it."

The Commander, clearly angered as he emerged from the session said, "This reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate ' to care for him who shall have borne the battle' given that the United States government sent members of the armed forces into harm's way, and not private insurance companies. I say again that The American Legion does not and will not support any plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability at the very agency that was created to treat the unique need of America's veterans!"

Commander Rehbein was among a group of senior officials from veterans service organizations joining the President, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and Steven Kosiak, the overseer of defense spending at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The group's early afternoon conversation at The White House was precipitated by a letter of protest presented to the President earlier this month. The letter, co-signed by Commander Rehbein and the heads of ten colleague organizations, read, in part, " There is simply no logical explanation for billing a veteran's personal insurance for care that the VA has a responsibility to provide. While we understand the fiscal difficulties this country faces right now, placing the burden of those fiscal problems on the men and women who have already sacrificed a great deal for this country is unconscionable."

Commander Rehbein reiterated points made last week in testimony to both House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees. It was stated then that The American Legion believes that the reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate that VA treat service-connected injuries and disabilities given that the United States government sends members of the armed forces into harm's way, and not private insurance companies. The proposed requirement for these companies to reimburse the VA would not only be unfair, says the Legion, but would have an adverse impact on service-connected disabled veterans and their families. The Legion argues that, depending on the severity of the medical conditions involved, maximum insurance coverage limits could be reached through treatment of the veteran's condition alone. That would leave the rest of the family without health care benefits. The Legion also points out that many health insurance companies require deductibles to be paid before any benefits are covered. Additionally, the Legion is concerned that private insurance premiums would be elevated to cover service-connected disabled veterans and their families, especially if the veterans are self-employed or employed in small businesses unable to negotiate more favorable across-the-board insurance policy pricing. The American Legion also believes that some employers, especially small businesses, would be reluctant to hire veterans with service-connected disabilities due to the negative impact their employment might have on obtaining and financing company health care benefits.

"I got the distinct impression that the only hope of this plan not being enacted," said Commander Rehbein, "is for an alternative plan to be developed that would generate the desired $540-million in revenue. The American Legion has long advocated for Medicare reimbursement to VA for the treatment of veterans. This, we believe, would more easily meet the President's financial goal. We will present that idea in an anticipated conference call with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel in the near future.

"I only hope the administration will really listen to us then. This matter has far more serious ramifications than the President is imagining," concluded the Commander.

SOURCE The American Legion


Friday, March 06, 2009

What Bush (P.#43) Hath Wrought - The New Depression

4.4 Million lose jobs in the last 14 Months. It is going to 10%. This is what we should be concerned about. Not SHOW BIZ FEUDS. Not Madoffs. Not Barney Frank and Chris Dodd turning their heads while Countrywide Mortgage and others  ENABLED million$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ !

(((( and Shipley Associates has 140 out of 180 of their Associates out of work and instead of the CEO having me help, he was so despertate he used me. Well, it is desperate times....and desperate measures... if only Steven Shipley could come back and take the reins again....))))

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"Show Biz" HighViz aside, what was the dems dastardly plan concerning MAHA RUSHMORE?

from our pals at politico:

((( and Jonathan, olbermann, mark levin, take heed: michael steele is the head of the r n c and he is not so bad )))

Rush Job: Inside Dems' Limbaugh plan

Top Democrats believe they have struck political gold by depicting Rush Limbaugh as the new face of the Republican Party, a full-scale effort first hatched by some of the most familiar names in politics and now being guided in part from inside the White House.

The strategy took shape after Democratic strategists Stanley Greenberg and James Carville included Limbaugh’s name in an October poll and learned their longtime tormentor was deeply unpopular with many Americans, especially younger voters. Then the conservative talk-radio host emerged as an unapologetic critic of Barack Obama shortly before his inauguration, when even many Republicans were showering him with praise.

Soon it clicked: Democrats realized they could roll out a new GOP bogeyman for the post-Bush era by turning to an old one in Limbaugh, a polarizing figure since he rose to prominence in the 1990s.

Limbaugh is embracing the line of attack, suggesting a certain symbiosis between him and his political adversaries.

"The administration is enabling me,” he wrote in an e-mail to POLITICO. “They are expanding my profile, expanding my audience and expanding my influence. An ever larger number of people are now being exposed to the antidote to Obamaism: conservatism, as articulated by me. An ever larger number of people are now exposed to substantive warnings, analysis and criticism of Obama's policies and intentions, a ‘story’ I own because the [mainstream media] is largely the Obama Press Office.”

The bigger, the better, agreed Carville. “It’s great for us, great for him, great for the press,” he said of Limbaugh. “The only people he’s not good for are the actual Republicans in Congress.”

If Limbaugh himself were to coin a phrase for it, he might call it Operation Rushbo – an idea that started out simply enough but quickly proved to be deeply resonant by a rapid succession of events, say Democrats inside and outside the West Wing.

The seeds were planted in October after Democracy Corps, the Democratic polling company run by Carville and Greenberg, included Limbaugh’s name in a survey and found that many Americans just don’t like him.

“His positives for voters under 40 was 11 percent,” Carville recalled with a degree of amazement, alluding to a question about whether voters had a positive or negative view of the talk show host.

Paul Begala, a close friend of Carville, Greenberg and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, said they found Limbaugh’s overall ratings were even lower than the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s controversial former pastor, and William Ayers, the domestic terrorist and Chicago resident who Republicans sought to tie to Obama during the campaign.

Then came what Begala called “the tripwire.”

“I hope he fails,” Limbaugh said of Obama on his show four days before the president was sworn in. It was a time when Obama’s approval ratings were soaring, but more than that, polls showed even people who didn’t vote for him badly wanted him to succeed, coming to office at a time of economic meltdown.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was the first to jump on the statement, sending the video to its membership to raise cash and stir a petition drive. 

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POTUS # 44 ENEMY # 2: Jim Cramer and a David Mamet play - this about sums it up, babe

Friday, March 6, 2009 

Capital Commerce

Barack Obama, Jim Cramer, the Stock Market and Glengarry Glen Ross

March 04, 2009 12:00 PM ET | James Pethokoukis | Permanent Link | Print

Let me explain what is going on with Barack Obama's economic policies and the stock market, off 30 percent Election Day. And let me explain it this way: You know the film, Glengarry Glen Ross? At the beginning, Alec Baldwin gives a speech to a room full of underperforming real estate brokers. It's not exactly a pep talk. This is a representative portion:

Nice guy? I don't give a [expletive]. Good father. [Expletive] you, go home and play with your kids. You want to work here, close. You think this is abuse? You think this is abuse, you
[expletive]. You can't take this, how can you take the abuse you get on a sit. If you don't like it, leave.

And that, my friends, is how the financial markets work. They don't care about hope. They don't care about change. They don't care about charm. They want results. They want economic growth. They want governments that can pay their debts. And if they think policies of high taxes or runaway spending means slow growth or default, they will brutally punish a country's stocks, bonds and currency.

So the White House can dismiss this slow-motion market plunge because, you know, a market "bobs up and down day-to-day." And it can dismiss CNBC's Jim Cramer's comment that Obama is running a "wealth-destroying" administration as the mutterings of someone from a cable channel that's geared toward "very small audience." But the market's will not be dismissed. They want results and have grave doubts about the course of the U.S. economy. And to quote Baldwin's character again: "You get the picture? You laughing now?"

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Limbaugh HIATUS! Let him get his "HIGH - VIZ" on W A - P O, Day 4

Reuters: White House enemy No. 1: Rush Limbaugh

Thu Mar 5, 2009 11:59am EST

By Steve Holland - Analysis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has seen the enemy, and his name is Rush Limbaugh.

President Barack Obama's team is helping lead an effort to cast Limbaugh, a polarizing, conservative talk radio show host, as the Republican Party's new face, using campaign-style attacks against a high profile target.

Democrats are taking advantage of a power void within the Republican Party now that George W. Bush has passed from the scene.


Thursday, March 05, 2009

WHAT? NO SHOW-BIZ FEUD on HIS show? What the DNC hath wrought -- NOW! ....... .... (((GROAN)))) ..........abbebuck on twitter: when does it end?

DSCC - Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
"I hope [Obama] fails….  Someone's gotta say it.
Rush Limbaugh, January 16, 2009

Dear Friend,

This isn't just some radio host mouthing off.  Rush Limbaugh is the leading voice of the Republican Party.  Make no mistake.  When Rush says jump, congressional Republicans say how high?

Tell Senate Republicans to reject Rush Limbaugh's disgraceful words.  Click here.

From the day he entered office, President Obama has extended his hand to Republicans in a spirit of bipartisanship and asked them to work with him to solve America's problems.  Thus far, they have preferred to kowtow to extremists like Limbaugh rather than accept the good faith outreach of our president.

The times are too serious for this nonsense to continue.

That is why today I am asking you to join me in telling Senate Republicans to go on record and declare their independence from Rush Limbaugh.   Your comments will be sent to Republican leaders.

Click here to join the DSCC in demanding that Senate Republicans reject the disgraceful words of Rush Limbaugh and declare their independence from the divisive politics of the past.

America can't afford this childish posturing anymore.  We are in crisis -- and President Obama needs everyone in Washington -- including Republicans -- to work on constructive solutions to get America moving again.

Senate Republicans can begin working with our president to tackle the defining challenges of our time or they can continue pandering to the narrowing and increasingly irrelevant angry right personified by Rush Limbaugh.

Click here to sign the DSCC's petition -- which will be sent to Republican leaders -- demanding that they reject the disgraceful words of Rush Limbaugh and start working with President Obama on real solutions for the American people.

For years, Republicans have been taking their marching orders from Limbaugh.  In 1994, they named him an honorary member of Congress.  Leading national Republicans have called him, "a great leader," "a great American," and "the number one voice for conservatism in our country."

Lately, Limbaugh has grown so powerful that two leading Republicans have had to ask for Rush's forgiveness after they dared to criticize him.

Rush Limbaugh is free to say whatever he wants.

But when people like Limbaugh start dictating the behavior of Senate Republicans and begin jeopardizing the future of America; it is time for an intervention.

It is time to send a message.

Please join me.


JB Poersch

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