Friday, February 27, 2009

Attacking Rush

Two labor groups (strong adjuncts of the Democratic Party, too) have decided to come out with a TV ad blasting the Republican Party and Rush Limbaugh:

"The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, one of the nation’s largest and most politically active labor unions, and Americans United for Change, a labor advocacy group, have joined together to produce a TV ad that mashes clips of Republican congressional leaders’ reactions against the $787 billion stimulus package with Rush Limbaugh’s opposition to the White House initiative. The commercial, which a group spokesman said would be broadcast on some cable networks and possibly the Sunday news shows early next week, attempts to paint Mr. Limbaugh, the talk radio show host, as the titular head of the Republican party.It intersperses clips of American workers, teachers and foreclosure signs with the leaders using the word “no.” And the ad ends with Mr. Limbaugh’s declaration toward President Obama from a few weeks ago: “I want him to fail,” and then a narrator concludes: “Tell them America won’t take no for an answer.”

Three points we should make in response: 1] of course Rush and others want Obama and his "stimulus" plans to fail--why would you want something you consider to be wrong and bad for the country to succeed? We didn't want such legislation to pass. We need not apologize for that.
2] Is this what the Democrats call "bipartisanship"? Sounds to me like a continuation of the 2008 campaign. Does the Obama administration support this ad? 3] Careful--the last president who directly took on Rush Limbaugh was Bill Clinton, in 1993-1994. What followed was that, in the 1994 congressional elections, Clinton's party lost over 50 seats.