On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh managed to blame President Barack Obama for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s affair. Limbaugh claims that Sanford said, “The hell with it. The Democrats are destroying the country, so I am going to enjoy life.” In essence, Rush is saying that it is Obama’s fault that Sanford cheated on his wife.
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
Limbaugh said, “Do you know how many frustrated Americans there are out there at what’s happening? This Sanford business, I’ve got to tell you one of the first thoughts that crossed my mind with Mark Sanford. What he did defies logic. This is more than being 180 degrees out of phase because of lust or love…This is almost like I don’t give a damn. The country’s going to hell in a handbasket. I just want out of here. He had just tried to fight the stimulus money coming to SC. He didn’t want any part of it. He lost the battle. He said what the hell. The federal government is taking over. I want to enjoy life.”
He continued, “The point is there are a lot of people whose spirit is just, they’re fed up. I don’t even want to fight this anymore I want to get away from it.” When an email asked Rush if he was serious, he replied, “No, my first thought was he said the hell with this. The Democrats are destroying the country. We can’t do anything to stop it…Before Obama takes away their money, before Obama takes away their house, or the economy takes away their house. There are people who are simply saying the hell with this. They’ve tuned out…I frankly think this is what’s wrong with the economy today. I frankly think a whole lot of people just lost their spirit.”
Limbaugh is arguing that because Mark Sanford had to accept federal stimulus funds, his spirit was broken so he cheated on his wife. Thus, making it all Obama’s fault. Limbaugh is ignoring the fact that Sanford admitted that he started talking to his mistress a year ago, which would be while Bush was still president.
Does anyone else think that Rush is projecting some of his own feelings on to Sanford? I think Limbaugh is fed up and wants to give up, not Mark Sanford. This whole rant was really about Limbaugh bemoaning Obama’s effectiveness as president.
Limbaugh sounded very Hooveresque when he blamed the economy on a crisis of the spirit. Once again, good old Rush ignored the fact, that it was George W. Bush who crashed the economy. Bush is to blame for any supposed spiritual crisis.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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