AMEN. No, DOUBLE AMEN.
Rush Limbaugh made himself look like a complete loser, along with Sean Hannity by stating he wants Obama to fail. Did he not get the memo on November 4th? The country, America needs him to succeed, so we the people will succeed.
This line of division would have been applauded, applicable Republican talk during the hey day of the Bush Administration, but it is totally wrong now.
There is no doubt that Bush-Cheney ruined this country and their Republican Party. It was this party that did not stand up and challenge the many grevious and illegal offenses caused by that administration. Instead of showing leadership the Republicans fell in line and was dictated by the White House. They did everything that Bush-Cheney told them to do and now look where they are at; out of power, in the weeds and irrelevant.
Barack Obama is absolutely right to call them out for continually using the Rush Limbaugh playbook. Do they think that Rush Limbaugh is the savior to their party? If so, they are about to lose some more seats in 2010.
"You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.
One White House official confirmed the comment but said he was simply trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.
"There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats," the official said. "We shouldn't let partisan politics derail what are very important things that need to get done."
There is a fundamental struggle going on here. Rush Limbaugh with all his oxycotin glory is becoming insignificant to the Republican Party. It was his rhetoric that did not help them in 2006, remember the "Micheal J. Fox incident" which helped Claire McCaskill win in Missouri? Rush surely did not help himself nor his party with that behavior. And do you think Rush was a help for McCain? Rush was totally ineffective in 2008. While Rush is watching Obama soar in solid red states by the recent polling numbers, he is losing his bully pulpit. Oh, there is that 22-25% that will listen to him to the end, but overall folks are tired of his nasty, divisive rants. Like Bush, they are just tuning him out. This is what the Republicans need to do in Washington, D.C., but more importantly they need to find a way to win again and it ain't with the anti-immigrant, good old white boy, rhetoric of Rush Limbaugh.
As Obama justly told the Republicans firmly, "I Won", he is also giving the Republicans a chance to get their act together if they want to work with him. Obama did win, this country won, and the Republicans need to get over it.
Cross-posted @ Daily Kos