Rush Limbaugh is a champion of the values crowd.
Rush, a man who muscled his maid into getting him hillbilly heroin; a sexual predator who travels with someone else's Viagra; a guy who can't stay married, despite his millions, for longer than it takes his wives to get past their gag reflex.
Recently he's said he hopes Obama fails. In other words, he hopes you're unemployed, your children go hungry and your wife can't see a doctor, rather than be proven wrong.
Now, I don't know about you, but every time I've voted for the losing candidate, and that's been a lot, I've always hoped I'd been wrong. I've been skeptical, and maybe even jaundiced, but I've always hoped the American president, whoever he is, succeeds.
But not Rush. "I hope he fails," he said.
Those four words have stirred up some questions about Rush's sanity, patriotism, empathy and ability to shed his skin. So, he's retreated to the refuge of all dishonest scum - he claims to have been "taken out of context."
So let's, at the risk of our own gag reflex, listen to what Mr. Limbaugh actually said to that brain trust, Sean Hannity:
I would hope he would succeed if he acts like Reagan, but if he's going to do FDR, if he's going to do the new, new deal all over which we will call here the raw deal, why would I want him to succeed?
Look, he's my president. The fact that he is historic is irrelevant to me now. It matters not at all. I — if he is going to implement a far left — look it. I think it's already decided. $2 trillion in stimulus? The growth of government. I think the intent here is to create as many dependant Americans as possible looking to government for their hope and salvation.
If he gets nationalized health care, I mean, it's over, Sean. We're never going to roll that back. That's the end of America as we have known it because that's then going to set the stage for everything being government owned, operated, or provided.
Why would I want that to succeed? I don't believe in that. I know that's not how this country is going to be great in the future, it's not what made this country great.
So I shamelessly say, no, I want him to fail, if his agenda is a far-left collectivism, some people say socialism, as a conservative heartfelt, deeply, why would I want socialism to succeed?
Did you follow that? If Obama uses Keynesian economics to get us out of this mess, rather than the debunked Milton Friedman monetarist school, if he brings US health care in line with every other industrialized nation (our competitors), then Rush hopes Obama fails.
Because Rush can't even contemplate that he might be wrong. Even though Rush has been wrong about more things than David Brooks, and that's a big steaming heap of wrong. Rush would rather see America sink into the status of a third world power and its citizens driven into the streets; cold, sick, hungry and unemployed; than be wrong.
This is a man who hasn't gotten anything right. Yes, he's got a successful radio program, but the rest of his life is as fucked up as a trailer park meth addict's. He has money, and that's the only difference.
So, once again, I am gobstruck that anyone, and I mean anyone, gives this guy head space. Even I feel as cheap as a Domincan hooker just letting him share my little 40-watt spotlight.
What an asshole.