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Inside the Beltway: Dream team: Rush Limbaugh and Fox News

It is must-see TV for conservatives and Republicans, of course. But Democrats might want to peek at some special programming Thursday evening on Fox News Channel when talk radio kingpin Rush Limbaugh meets cable news kingpin Sean Hannity. The pair of hosts will chat for a full hour about President Trump, the midterm elections and the ever-changing prism of vital information, political and otherwise.

Both gents have an uncanny ability to identify the rare and authentic truths which bob to the surface in the onrush of news, fake news, hearsay, opinion and cultural wreckage which streaks by moment by moment, hour by hour. Both of these veteran newsmen spot and identify important trends, and offer insight into what it all means.

Or doesn’t mean.

Mr. Limbaugh and Mr. Hannity are compelling behind the microphone or on-camera. Both are fearless too — and it pays off. Mr. Limbaugh averages 14 million listeners during his daily three-hour show. Mr. Hannity draws more nightly viewers than any other cable news host, averaging some 4 million viewers a night, with frequent spikes up to 6 million viewers, as was the case during Fox News coverage of the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. Mr. Hannity also hosts an afternoon radio program for Premiere Networks that draws 13.5 million listeners.

The prime time power pair can be seen at 9 p.m.

“I think it’s most of the hour. I’m not sure. Depends on how it goes. If I blow it, maybe only a segment or two. But if I’m on and have a good day and get some decent questions, then it could go for the whole hour. It’s going to be a festive atmosphere,” Mr. Limbaugh told his listeners Wednesday afternoon.

THE DWINDLING CELEBRITY FACTOR

When high-profile celebrities, stars or performers such as Taylor Swift get all political, do voters listen?

Uh, no.

A new Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll revealed that 58 percent of Americans say they’re not interested in the political and social opinions of celebrities they like, while only 9 percent are strongly interested in hearing what entertainers have to say.

Only 24 percent said performers swayed them politically; 11 percent were moved to donate to a party or to volunteer.

“Celebrities don’t have much influence. If anything, from a Republican perspective, being attacked by a liberal celebrity can be a badge of honor,” GOP strategist Alex Conant told the pollsters.

The survey of 2,192 U.S. adults was conducted Sept. 27-Oct. 1.

TRUMP‘S ‘WESTERN SWING’

President Trump is headed west Thursday with an ambitious schedule, embarking on what his campaign calls a “Western swing” through three important battleground states. It is an ambitious journey, and naturally includes a trio of jumbo Make America Great Again rallies.

“This trip will include stops in Missoula, Montana, on Thursday; Mesa, Arizona, on Friday; and Elko, Nevada, on Saturday,” advises Michael Glassner, CEO of Mr. Trump’s campaign.

All three rallies will take place in spacious aviation facilities, and all are get-out-the-vote efforts.

On Thursday, Mr. Trump offers support to Republican U.S. Senate hopeful and current state auditor Matt Rosendale, now seeking to unseat incumbent Democrat Jon Tester. C-SPAN will cover the rally at 8:30 p.m. EDT. All local signs point to yet another huge rally in Montana, marking the president third trip to the Treasure State since July. The Missoulian, a local newspaper, reports that all hotels are booked solid in the area, and that the local Cracker Barrel is anticipating brisk business.

“I can say it’s been absolutely crazy in the Flathead,” said local Republican official Dee Kirk-Boon — referring here to Flathead County, located in the northwest corner of the state.

“Phone messages, text messages, Facebook, everybody just calling wanting tickets. It has been a flurry of activity since the announcement — kind of like a rock concert,” Ms. Boon notes.

CRUZ CONTROL

On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz was publicly heckled by two women in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The pair were upset over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. Here’s how the encounter went, according to Daily Signal political reporter Hank Berrian:

“You think that putting a sexual assaulter on the court is a victory for women? You believe in men assaulting women. That’s what your whole custom is, senator,” one women declared.

“I believe in due process,” Mr. Cruz replied.

“Do you believe in a man lying about his alcohol in front of the Senate and perjury? Do you believe in perjury?” the second woman demanded, referring to Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.

Mr. Cruz simply replied, “Thank you for expressing your First Amendment rights.”

The second heckler, became more unhinged, according to Mr. Berrian’s account.

“So why do you support a man who abuses women? Shame on you, Ted Cruz!”

Mr. Cruz in reply, again politely: “God bless you, ma’am.”

RESULTS, NOT RESISTANCE

The Republican National Committee raised an unprecedented $ 26.2 million in September — a record for a nonpresidential year — which brings the third quarter total to $ 56.8 million, and $ 269.9 million for the election cycle.

“The choice could not be clearer: results versus resistance,” said RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. President Trump and congressional Republicans have achieved many great results for Americans. Conversely, Democrats have pushed their resistance agenda to the extreme and are now inciting far-left mobs.”

POLL DU JOUR

60 percent of the world’s population say their nation is on the “wrong track.”

34 percent say they worry about “financial/political corruption” in their country.

33 percent worry about unemployment, 31 percent cite crime and violence.

24 percent cite health care as a worry, 20 percent cite education, 15 percent “moral decline.”

15 percent cite “immigration control,” 11 percent terrorism.

Source: An IPSOS “What Worries the World” survey of 20,787 adults in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States. The poll was conducted Aug. 24 — Sept. 7, and released Monday.

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