Rush Limbaugh: Is he serious right now?
"My hope, and please understand me when I say this. I disagree fervently with the people on our side of the aisle who have caved and who say, 'Well, I hope he succeeds. We've got to give him a chance.' Why? They didn't give Bush a chance in 2000. Before he was inaugurated, the search-and-destroy mission had begun. I'm not talking about search-and-destroy, but I've been listening to Barack Obama for a year-and-a-half. I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don't want them to succeed. If I wanted Obama to succeed, I'd be happy the Republicans have laid down. And I would be encouraging Republicans to lay down and support him. Look, what he's talking about is the absorption of as much of the private sector by the U.S. government as possible, from the banking business, to the mortgage industry, the automobile business, to health care. I do not want the government in charge of all of these things. I don't want this to work. So I'm thinking of replying to the guy, 'Okay, I'll send you a response, but I don't need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.' (interruption) What are you laughing at? See, here's the point. Everybody thinks it's outrageous to say. Look, even my staff, 'Oh, you can't do that.' Why not? Why is it any different, what's new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what's gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here. Why do I want more of it? I don't care what the drive-by story is. I would be honored if the drive-by media headlined me all day long: 'Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.' Somebody's gotta say it."I am very concerned with Mr. Limbaugh's sentiments. There are many things blatantly wrong with his beliefs about both the Obama administration and the Bush administration that makes his yearning for the failure of Obama even more egregious.
When Bush was elected, the feeling by many in the country was that the election was stolen. What separates Bush from Obama is that they were coming in with very different levels of goodwill from the general American public. Even with that said, I do not remember people hoping for his failure. While people were very hesitant in wanting him to be President, I truly do not believe that Democrats wanted to see him fail.
Wanting to see a President fail is very unpatriotic. The Constitution allows for the peaceful transfer of power every 4 or 8 years. Invariably the nature of an election would guarantee that many people would vote against the winner. Wanting the opposition to fail to me means that you want the country to fail as well. I can not believe that in a time like this, that one of the leading conservative pundits would hope that the president, therefore this country, would fail. The goodwill for President Obama has been exceptionally high. His approval ratings is in the 80's, even more than 60% of Republicans approve of him. Yet here we have Rush Limbaugh hoping for his failure! Are you serious right now??