The other day, perennial political tool Rush Limbaugh was on CNBC defending his now infamous “I want Obama to fail” comment. His argument went something like this (paraphrasing):
Yes, I want him to fail. His policies are liberal policies and I want liberal policies to fail. I want conservative policies to succeed.
I find this to be a stunning argument because what it really says is “I am an unrepentant partisan ideologue. I am a political clown.” It’s a shinning example of us-versus-them, as-long-as-my-side-wins-at-any-cost hackery. I guess it’s nice to know that his position isn’t personal against president Obama, but how can you hope for failure when the national (and indeed, global) consequences of failure are so dire? Someone might argue that they suspect certain policies to fail, or fear that certain policies will fail, but that’s completely different from hoping that they do. There were a great number of Bush policies that I expected would fail (and they did), but I didn’t, for example, actively hope that the Iraq war would turn into the king of colossal clusterfucks.
Apparently, for Rush and idiots like him, it is more important that your political ideology and your personal biases and prejudices be confirmed true than for the myriad problems facing the country and its citizens come to a just and fruitful end. And while a bulbous red rubber nose makes a clown easily identifiable at 100 paces, statements such as Limbaugh’s are every bit as telling but much farther reaching.