I'd like to hear Joe Klein or Arianna Huffington explain this one away.
In purportedly sowing the seeds for his transcendent brand of bipartisanship (*guffaw*) among Beltway types, The One said on Friday, "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done."
As Robert Stacy McCain from "The Other McCain" pointed out, can you imagine the media's reaction if President Bush would have said the same thing about Keith Olbermann?
I don't listen to Limbaugh. In the past, I have noted on this site that the conservative movement will be in a perpetual state of intellectual discord as long as Limbaugh is its preeminent voice. (And with an average listenership of 20 million, El Rushbo isn't going away.) In a democratic republic that requires the approval of two houses of Congress as well as the president's signature, compromise is often necessary. How can there be a "conservative" position, for instance, on something like climate change?
But the fact that the president of the United States chose to call out a talk-radio host is beyond laughable.
A year from now, I believe we will be able to look back on Obama's shot at Limbaugh as a sentinel event in turning the scattered Republican minority into a unified opposition against the Changemaker's left-wing agenda. The 41-seat (plus Joe Lieberman) Republican minority in the Senate could make things incredibly difficult for Team Hope.
Attacking Rush Limbaugh doesn't quite demonstrate the transformative spirit of hope, change and bipartisanship that I was promised.
Obama has now apparently succumbed to the Limbaugh/Bush derangement syndrome that has caused the Democratic Party -- despite a decade of impotence and corruption within the GOP -- to languish as merely the lesser of two evils in the minds of most voters.
And he's the president.
For those of us with any shred of knowledge of the Obama's political past, this is far from surprising. He ran as a moderate, but in reality, is anything but. This is a man who has shown an unwillingness throughout his political career to step out of lockstep with his party on anything of substance, and who only is interested in compromise so long as the opposition moves his way.
The fact that he would call out a talk-radio host demonstrates a personal animus that is unbecoming of the high office he holds.