Is Rush Limbaugh evidently, at least according to President Obama.

From the New York Post:

WASHINGTON — President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.

“You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.

A White House official while confirming that President Obama made this comment noted that he was trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.  Ok, sure.  Not helpful. 

Why am I getting the feeling that bipartisan = Democrat agenda?  Or post-partisan also equals what liberals want?

Limbaugh did make some controversial remarks recently on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News.  Watch below.

HT: Ft. Hard Knox

I am torn.  I do not want “failure.”  I want our country to succeed.  I want us to prosper.  However if success means socialized medicine, the passage of FOCA, big government, etc – I don’t want that either.

Regardless, I would hope that President Obama will realize that bipartisanship is a two-way street.  Yes, he did win.  Yes, Democrats do have control of Congress (but ask President Clinton how long that lasted for him after catering to the fringe left)  The GOP does need to face up to that reality, and I don’t think anyone in that room with President Obama thought for a second they would agree on everything.  I think his openness to some of the GOPs suggestions is a good start.

Bipartisanship doesn’t mean laying aside your major principles, but finding a way to work together and finding a way forward where you can agree.  It also doesn’t mean closing your mind, and just nodding your head yes either.

Update: Rick Moore makes a pretty good point regarding the GOP and Limbaugh.

First of all, the GOP stopped listening to Rush awhile back. That’s why they got their heads handed to them in two straight elections. If the GOP follows the rookie’s advice (and of course, he only has their best interests at heart) they’ll continue to do things that turn off their base and guarantee their defeat in future elections.

Conservatism wins when it’s tried, but the GOP hasn’t been conservative in policies or practice since at least 2004. Now is the best opportunity they’ll have for awhile to differentiate themselves from the liberals and they better do it. If they don’t, they can look forward to ever shrinking minorities in Congress.

  1. Unfortunately, to the libs bipartisan does = Democrat agenda – just as the Fairness Doctrine would only apply to talk radio and not to all the liberal propaganda that is spewed on ABC, NBC, CBS, & CNN and numerous Newspapers.

  2. I'm not torn. What's good for this country is increasingly at odds with Pres. Obama's political career.

    Personally, I hope the bailout gets bogged down and everyone sees that it was a good thing.

  3. Unless I am forgetting something.. it seems that El Rushbo didn't support any of the Republican candidates in the primaries.. maybe if he did a more conservative candidate would have gotten the nomination?

  4. I know he didn't like McCain so I think you are right, I don't think he endorsed him. He did like and spoke very highly of Palin though.

    I don't remember during the nomination process who he seemed to favor.

    I listen to him very infrequently.

  5. That is true. The Fairness Doctrine really bothers me. Watching Hannity and Colmes though, Alan Colmes said that he was against it. So some liberals don't want to see it implemented.

  6. You know I think the birth certificate issue is a non-starter.

    There were other real, tangible problems in his background that people should have been focusing on. Like how he never stood for reform and change his entire career, and his support of the political machine in Chicago.

    If he had been seriously vetted by the media that would have come out.

  7. I think that he could have helped a more conservative candidate get the nomination.. of course.. if he did it might affect his ratings if his candidate lost.. might not be good for the bottom line.. division gets him listeners.. unity doesn't 🙂

  8. Not defending el Rushbo, but I'm not sure that he ever endorses candidates, but like I said, I don't listen to him often enough.

    I agree with you that an endorsement from him would have gone a long way.

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