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article imageOp-Ed: Obama Campaign Against Rush Un-American, Doomed to Backfire

By Johnny Simpson     Mar 4, 2009 in Politics
According to a Politico report now topping Drudge, President Obama and the Dems are making their campaign against private citizen Rush Limbaugh far too personal. Not only is this effort Nixonian in its overtones, it is un-American and doomed to backfire.
From Drudge, via Politico:
'Top Democrats believe they have struck political gold by depicting Rush Limbaugh as the new face of the Republican Party, a full-scale effort first hatched by some of the most familiar names in politics and now being guided in part from inside the White House.'
That's all I needed to read.
"Guided from inside the White House"? An officially approved political campaign against a private citizen in order to demonize him?
That's scary. Isn't this what liberal Democrats despised about Nixon and Tailgunner Joe McCarthy? Then why is it okay now? Because it's Rush?
What? Has Rush forfeited his right to be free of political persecution because he's a right-wing Nazi?
I'm sorry, but I only see one Nazi maneuver in play here: unjust political persecution from on high..
Sure, he's a highly public and controversial figure. If anything, set Babara Streisand or Air America after him. That's fair game. Using the incredible political weight of the White House to turn Rush into America's political focus of evil is just plain, well, evil. And it's totally un-American in every possible way.
And it's backfiring already. I was totally consumed with Third Reich in Iran issue. Do I have to worry about a Third Reich in America now?
Rush wasn't even on my mind.
But now he is. And I doubt I'm far from alone now. This headlined Drudge!
What is President Obama doing staging an official political campaign against a private citizen from the White House? Can you imagine if President Bush had done the same to Michael Moore or Al Franken?
Bush was already considered a Hitler by Moore adherents and many others. Can you imagine the outrage if he had gone after Moore both personally and politically from the official confines of the Oval Office?
I am a Republican, and I can tell you even I would have been screaming for his scalp. One Nixon was enough.
So why is it acceptable for President Obama to take that approach toward Rush Limbaugh?
Upset that Rush said he wished Obama failed? Why the outrage? Who on the other side of the political aisle didn't wish a lot worse on Bush? It's part of the job! Even Bush knew that!
Is The President trying to make Rush the Emmanuel Goldstein of the Republican Party? All that will do is create more Winston Smiths!
This is not only a very bad move politically, it is both un-American and doomed to backfire severely.
We Americans may be divided on many issues, but when it comes to these kind of fundamentals, look out!
If this is all true, President Obama and The Democrats are making a very serious political mistake.
Worse, they're playing right into Rush's hands. By controversies like this, Rush's audience is only going to swell, because Americans are going to want to hear his fired-up and outraged responses!
I know I will today, and I haven't listened to Rush in YEARS!
How stupid can you be? Let sleeping dragons lie!
Ironically, in this instance, The President would be well-advised to follow the path of his predecessor: stick to doing his job and accept there are a lot of people in the country who don't like him and never will. That goes with the territory. Whatever you think of President Bush, he took the heat without seeking political revenge on those who effectively hammered him both publicly and relentlessly, like Moore and Franken.
Mr. Obama would in fact would be a lot better off hunkering down and attending to the crucial matters of state.
Lot more important and pressing matters to attend to, I would imagine.
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