President Barack Obama has discovered that there is one man who is unmoved by his (Obama’s) awesomeness and this fact has evidentially unnerved him. How else to explain why Obama suggested that Republicans not listen to Rush Limbaugh?
Rush Limbaugh, for those who might not know, is a radio talk show host whose five days a week program is listened to by upwards to twenty million people. Rush Limbaugh has been a thorn in the side of liberal Democrats and back sliding Republicans alike. What this means to President Barack Obama is that Rush Limbaugh will be spending fifteen hours a week excoriating Barack Obama’s policies and Barack Obama’s character.
During the White House meeting with Congressional leaders about the stimulus bill, Barack Obama chided Republicans by saying, “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.”
Conservative wags have suggested that had Republicans actually listened to Rush Limbaugh, Barack Obama would still be a Senator, and Congressional Republicans would be discussing a stimulus package based on tax cuts with a Republican President while Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fumed. But that would have supposed a world in which elected Republicans had not gotten too much in love with power and had not become domesticated to the wicked ways of Washington.
President Barack Obama’s swipe at Rush Limbaugh suggests that Obama is a little bit afraid of Rush. That is not something that Barack Obama should have allowed to slip because Rush Limbaugh, like a predator cat, responds very enthusiastically to the smell of fear.
The blogger Ann Althouse had this charming image to impart:
“Ha ha. Obama is being alpha and he’s deliberately tweaked that other alpha who just loves to hear his name invoked by his enemies. I’m picturing Rush delirious with glee, pacing the cavernous rooms of his mansion, booming out monologues to his kitty cat Pumpkin, as he waits for Monday noon to finally roll around. This will be good.”
Poor Pumpkin to be subjected to the full rehearsal of what Barack Obama is going to get on Monday.
Rush Limbaugh himself responded even before the beginning of the broadcast week and suggested that there is method to Barack Obama’s madness.
“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.”
Rush went on to say:
“Obama’s plan would buy votes for the Democrat Party, in the same way FDR’s New Deal established majority power for 50 years of Democrat rule, and it would also simultaneously seriously damage any hope of future tax cuts. It would allow a majority of American voters to guarantee no taxes for themselves going forward. It would burden the private sector and put the public sector in permanent and firm control of the economy. Put simply, I believe his stimulus is aimed at re-establishing “eternal” power for the Democrat Party rather than stimulating the economy because anyone with a brain knows this is NOT how you stimulate the economy. If I can be made to serve as a distraction, then there is that much less time debating the merits of this TRILLION dollar debacle.”
The ability to make this kind of cogent analysis and articulate it simply makes Rush Limbaugh a dangerous person indeed. Barack Obama is right to be afraid of Rush Limbaugh. But Barack Obama erred in letting others know that, since by doing so he has only raised Rush’s prestige and visibility. Barack Obama has guaranteed that a lot more people than usual will be listening to Rush Limbaugh on Monday, hanging on to every word about the real purpose of the stimulus plan.
Source: Obama to GOP leaders: Stop listening to Rush Limbaugh, Allahpundit, Hotair.Com, January 24th, 2009
Obama to congressional Republicans: “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.”, Ann Althouse, Althouse, January 24th, 2009
Limbaugh Responds to Obama, Byron York, The Corner, National Review Online, January 24th, 2009