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More Fun with Rush Limbaugh (Is Rush Being Played?)

Michael Wolff, writing at Off The Grid has a theory that Rush Limbaugh's recent attacks on President Obama might be the product of a little jealousy.

"Right now Rush is being played. The Obama dinner with conservative columnists, shortly before his inauguration, was as much about excluding Rush as coddling the columnists. Not only did the conservatives fawn, but Rush fumed. It got under his skin. Indeed, the rumor that he might in fact be there (likely coming from the Obama camp), and then his evident lack of an invitation, highlighted the slight. He's tried to make it out to be a political point ever since, but mostly he sounds like a guy who's hurt he didn't get invited to the hot party," Wolff wrote.

Rush has recently said that he hoped Obama's Presidency would become a failure and that Obama's well-wishers amount to so many cult members. Last week, Obama suggested that Congressional Republicans stop listening to Rush if they want to more effectively address America's problems. Rush has responded by suggesting that President Obama is afraid of him and that Obama is, "more of me than he is Mitch McConnell. He's more frightened of me, than he is of, say, John Boehner, which doesn't say much about our party." Politico has the video:

Now it looks like some Republicans are tiring of Rush's infantile whining. Politico also reported that Representative Phil Gingrey, R-GA, said, "it's easy if you're Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You don't have to try to do what's best for your people and your party. You know you're just on these talk shows and you're living well and plus you stir up a bit of controversy and gin the base and that sort of that thing." Gingrey said that these talking heads are not in positions of true leadership.

True, that.

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I don't know about you, but I have to pinch myself when I hear stuff like this--particularly, those decent comments from a Southern Republican congressman. Too good to be true.

More on this:
Some Republicans are even saying that Limbaugh is a negative influence on the party. Speaking to the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, former McCain adviser John Weaver called Limbaugh one of “the most controversial voices on the extreme right,” adding that it is dangerous if he is perceived to “speak for all members of the center/right movement.”
http://thinkprogress.org/2009/01/28/gop-respond-limbaugh/

Mr. Weaver is exactly right.

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