Readers Debate Focus on Limbaugh
My Goodness, our Readers Who Comment are having fun today debating House Minority Leader John Boehner's op-ed, in which he says Democrats are trying to divert attention from their profligate spending by attacking talk radio's Rush Limbaugh.
The early burst of comments were overwhelming Democrat sounding, but Republican voices have found their way into the debate this morning. Essentially Democrats allege that all Boehner does is complain about spending without offering alternatives in the midst of the nation's economic crisis. The party of no, they say.
Republicans ask why Democrats are so obsessed with calling out Limbaugh and pointing fingers at his attacks on President Obama, most notably a speech in which he wished that the president would fail. They buy the Boehner argument that such talk is no more than a diversionary tactic by the White House.
We'll start with dutchess2, who wrote "I hope the next time some Republican from the Hill decides to write something in WAPO its a proposal to help Barack Obama do what the people hired HIM to do. If you don't intend to help row the boat, then get out and let people who will in..."
But jammer881 said, "Of all the ills of our society going on right now and our current administration is failing miserably to fix these ills, it seems that all this administration is concerned about is right wing talk show hosts. What a shame!"
markijamison wrote, "The problem, Mr. Boehner, is that you and your Republican colleagues have absolutely no credibility on these issues. The simple fact of the matter is that Republicans have embraced Mr. Limbaugh in a way that makes his incendiary and irresponsible remarks a central issue..."
yarbrougharts asked, "Hey John, what are your solutions again? you didn't include them here. How would you save the banks, create jobs and reform healthcare? Perhaps if you stop following the greatest hits of Limbaugh, Obama's diversionary tactics will have less effect. Think about it, he's slicker than you thought."
dwatkins1 said, "Got an alternative plan, Mr. Boehner (other than more and more taxcuts, which have worked so well to this point)? If not, then get behind the wagon and push, before we are all crushed while you whine..."
VirginiaGal2 wrote, "Bottom line - you can look at the polls. Most of us are happy with how President Obama is doing. Most of us believe he is doing the best he can to clean up a mess that was, in large part, created by Republicans. Rush is a rallying point because he symbolizes what independent voters do not like about the Republican Party."
But LNER4472 said, "...The whole Limbaugh kerfuffle is exactly like the magician using distraction to get the audience to look at the wrong hand as he uses sleight of hand to deceive them--only in the case of a magician, there's an implicit agreement between audience and magician that the former will be deceived, and only for the duration of the performance. If only it were that way for the ramifications of Congress and Obama's actions."
vatownsend asked, "Hey for all you people out here commenting on Boehner and Rush; how is your 401k doing right now? Have you pulled your money out of the stock market yet?"
Campoton wrote, "No matter what rationalization the Republicans do, the people have seen them as elephants in a circus. They stick together, holding each other trunk-tail, walking and stepping in cadence and in single file... Boehner or Steele or McConnell and other Republican perceived leaders are scared that Master Limbaugh might actually hit them with his whip!..."
chod1560equines said, "Mr. Boehner you have hit the nail on the head and much of the press is too dumb or too liberal to print the truth. Granting Limbaugh the opportunity to have his every statement repeated over and over again is a dream come true for Rush and it covers, to some degree, the terrible mistakes being made by Obama and his appointees..."
And CatGut wrote, "Congratulations...this is the REAL story behind a sudden obama circle obsession with Limbaugh (other than they're just super thin-skinned). There may be promise yet for the Post someday."
Axisofstupidity1 said, "Leader Boehner - with all due respect, House Republicans are earning the moniker the "party of no" because they keep voting no on everything. This isn't a straw man creation, this is a factual reference to the voting record of your caucus... If you don't want to be the party of no, stop saying no, and come up with solutions that don't start, continue onto, and then end with tax cuts..."
tmaffolter wrote, "I am still waiting to hear a Republican offer serious, conservative solutions to our current predicament. The silence is deafening."
battleground51 said, "People are writing obituaries for the Republican party. How stupid! Every party goes through cycles of victory and loss... Do you know what the secret for Republican success in American elections is?? Liberal Democrats! When those Bozos weasel their way into power, a Republican comeback is guaranteed."
We'll close with thake who summarized the situation pretty well in writing, "...All you or any of your colleagues need to do to end this is to publicly state that Limbaugh does not speek for you and disavow his more anflammatory comments. And resist the urge to grovel when the ensuing firestorm breaks loose,of course."
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