Leonard Pitts absolutely nails Limbaugh on his latest bit of stupidity:
”I hope he fails.” — Limbaugh
It is, of course, a calculated outrage.
Meaning, it was spewed by a clown in the media circus to kick a familiar sequence into motion: angry denunciation by bloggers, pundits and supporters of President Barack Obama (the ”he” whose failure is hoped), followed by Rush Limbaugh refusing to retract a word, a courageous truth teller who will not be moved. And, trailing behind, like the folks with brooms trail the elephants in the circus parade, Limbaugh’s devotees, complaining that their hero has been misquoted, misunderstood or otherwise mistreated. “What Rush meant was . . . yadda yadda yadda.”
A calculated outrage.
And it’s a good idea to call it precisely what it is. And to point out precisely what it means:
But do you ever hope he fails? Knowing his failure is the country’s failure? Isn’t that, well . . . disloyal?
The irony is that Limbaugh and the other clowns would have you believe they are bedrock defenders of this country, that they love it more than the rest of us, more than anything.
That’s a lie. Limbaugh just told us so, emphatically.
But I want to take it one step further as well and point out that there are people on the left who wanted the same thing of George W. Bush. They may not have admitted it, but I have no doubt they existed. This is the logical conclusion of blind partisanship, and that is not limited only to one party. There are blindly partisan Democrats just as there are blindly partisan Republicans, people who put party and ideology above principle. They are all clowns, to use Pitts’ language. And they are never bigger clowns than when they point the finger at one another and react with feigned outrage at their disloyalty, as Limbaugh has done many times, while engaging in the same behavior themselves.