The Insanity Begins – Rush Limbaugh, Obama, and the comming pundit wars

The pundits on the extreme right have begun their crusade. The war of words began with Rush Limbaugh’s comment that he hoped President Obama would fail. President Obama stood up for himself, as I would hope any president right of left, would do. Obama recently said to GOP leaders, “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.” A Whitehouse official followed up saying, “There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats. We shouldn’t let partisan politics derail what are very important things that need to get done.” Well you would think Obama said Rush kept a copy of Stupid White Men hidden under an Atlas Shrugged slipcover.

Rush shot back saying “One prong of the Great Unifier’s plan is to isolate elected Republicans from their voters and supporters by making the argument about me and not about his plan. He is hoping that these Republicans will also publicly denounce me and thus marginalize me. And who knows? Are ideological and philosophical ties enough to keep the GOP loyal to their voters?”

There are quite a few holes in Rush’s argument. Obama came right out with a message of unification in his inauguration speech. Rush bashed Republicans who were joining the post-partisan spirit. “We are being told we have to hope he succeeds, that we have to bend over and grab our ankles … because his father was black, because he’s the first black president, we’ve got to accept this.” The President called Limbaugh out on his attempt to crack the spirit of cooperation.

I knew this would happen. If Rush, Coulter, and whoever else started saying, “You know this country is crashing down. It might be time to put our agendas aside and pick up this country together.” Instead he gives us more rabid yelling without really giving a solution. Oh wait. There’s the Obama-Limbaugh Stimulus Plan of 2009. Really, I’m not joking here.

Limbaugh now fancies himself as a great uniter. First you despise unity. Now you embrace it. Make up your mind, Rush. I wont rehash the entire plan here; you can read it yourself. I will say however it was a bit like read a high school student’s economics project. Maybe I’m giving it a bit too much credit. Rush says 54% of American voted for Obama and 46% for McCain. In Rush’s plan the one trillion stimulus would be split on those lines; $540 billion for Obama to spend “his way” and $460 billion goes to “the other people of this country who did not vote for his way…spent the way they would like it spent.” The way they would like it to be spent apparently means “tax cuts, as determined by me” to Rush Limbaugh. To think that Rush Limbaugh represents 10% of the population let alone 46% is bordering on delusional. Obama has only been in office a week, in case you forgot. I think you all remember that famous line from All About Eve that would be appropriate here.

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4 Responses

  1. Your "I hope Obama will fail" was taken out of context which is pretty typical. Secondly, someone saying they're bipartisan doesn't make it so. You don't bother to point out that Obama calls for SWIFT action yet only a small portion of his stimulus package goes into effect by the end of this year and much of it will be over 18 months from now. So perhaps you're accusing the wrong part of hypocrisy. And make fun of it all you want, but the proposal put forth is truly bipartisan and the tax cuts could be made retroactive & put that $$ into the marketplace immediately to stimulate job growth and purchases. Isn't that what you're wanting?

  2. I certainly want a truly bipartisan stimulus. To think that Rush Limbaugh has the plan to save this country is ridiculous. We need the stimulus to create and generate jobs. Tax cuts, though we do need some, especially in business, wont do that. Tax cuts at this point will only lead to more spending, but also more savings until the economy turns around. It wont generate the kind of market spending we want.

    However, I do agree with the point Rush has buried underneath all his ranting. We need to have some partisanship. Debate needs to happen on this and other government proposals. To have everyone just immediately go along with everything under the guise of bipartisanship is not what democracy is about.

    Just so we’re clear, I’m no fan of Olbermann or the far left either. We need sensible voices in these troubling times.

  3. On a side not – Rush is an easy target and fun to pick on. Still I promise that Olbermann will say something I’ll take issue with soon enough. Both men are like lightning rods. I can’t help it sometimes.

  4. With the mounting job casualties, here’s hoping SCOTUS either finds someone, somewhere, has standing to require BHO’s birth certificate or fixes attention on a criminal indictment before he wins his War on Prosperity.

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