I’m calling a moratorium on all Rush Limbaugh talk here at The Contrarian, but not until we have a look at what I consider to be the ultimate summary of the fat goon’s twisted relationship with the Republican Party, courtesy New York Times blogger Timothy Egan. I encourage you to read the whole thing, but here are some choice bits:
Obama, Limbaugh has said since, is waging a “war on capitalism.”
There is a war, all right. We are witnessing the worst debacle of unfettered capitalism in our lifetime brought on by — you got it, capitalism at its worst. It cannibalized itself. Government, sad to say, had nothing to do with it — except for criminal neglect of oversight.
Now that government has been forced to the rescue, just who is insisting on taxpayer bailouts? Who is in line for handouts? Who is saying that only government can save capitalism? The very leaders of unregulated markets who injected this poison into the economy, the very plutocrats that Limbaugh celebrates.
And, of course, let us never forget that the bailouts of banks and insurance companies were initiated by the Republican president Limbaugh defended for eight years.
I particularly enjoy Egan’s opening volley, where he calls Limbaugh a “sweaty, swollen man,” lambasting the jock for “misstating the Constitution’s intent while accusing President Obama of ‘bastardizing’ the document,” and making fun “of one man’s service in Vietnam, to laughter.” Ah, CPAC. Can’t they have that circus more often? So very entertaining.
An excellent companion piece to the Rush article is this Politico report from a couple of days ago, which itemizes the gaffes of RNC honcho Michael Steele:
Steadily becoming a dependable punch line, Steele has brushed back Rush Limbaugh, threatened moderate Republican senators, offered the “friggin’ awesome” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal some “slum love,” called civil unions “crazy” and promised more outreach to “urban-suburban hip-hop settings” via an “off the hook” public relations campaign. He even threw a shout-out to “one-armed midgets.”
In other words, he “be da man.”
At this rate, it’s looking like Joe the Plumber in 2012.