"He wants people in fear, angst and crisis, fearing the worst each and every day, because that clears the decks for (him) and his pals to come in with the answers, which are abject failures, historically shown and demonstrated. Doesn't matter. They'll have control of it when it's all over. And that's what they want."
Sound familiar? Maybe it reminds you of some of the things we, on the left side of the fence, used to say about President Pinhead. Maybe it reminds you of something that you read right here in this blog. It's not. This is a quote from Rush Limbaugh's hour and twenty minute "first national address." This is the right side talking now. This is the guy who said that he wanted Obama to fail. Not in so many words, exactly those words.
This is the guy who is looking to stir up the conservative base for 2012. This is the guy who has no sense of cause and effect. He is taking issue with the new administration's attempt to repair what has happened over the past eight years. This is the guy who was once called, by the new senator from Minnesota, "a big fat idiot." What I'm saying here is that things change.
Limbaugh asked his adoring crowd, "Did the Democrats want the war in Iraq to fail? Well, they certainly did. And they not only wanted the war in Iraq to fail, they proclaimed it a failure." Could this be true? Sure it could. There are plenty of liberal voices that could be heard making such claims. Such is the nature of punditry. Now the wind has changed direction, and what feels like hope to some feels like fear to others.
There are many Republicans who are uncomfortable having Rush Limbaugh as their new figurehead. Republican National Chairman Michael Steele dismissed Limbaugh on Sunday as a mere “entertainer,” who is “ugly” and “incendiary.” Then on Monday, Steele was forced into calling Limbaugh to apologize. What a difference a day makes.
Or a year. We live in interesting times.