Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Very Height Of Bloviating: Rush Limbaugh's Last 100 Days

No doubt about it. Last week was truly a high point for Rush Limbaugh's last 100 days (and it was National Bloviating Week, too!). The man was at his POP - Peak of Pomposity. This was the week that the Great One, the Boss, descended from his throne on high (Oxycontin again?) to rub the noses of the little people in the dirt. He made some of his best declarations: as he continued to gloat about his show’s success, Limbaugh mocked the idea that Americans are suffering, noting, “I’ve never had financially a down year” despite the “supposed” recession.

On Palin:

Why -- you see how easy the conventional wisdom is? The conventional wisdom is that Palin is a dork, that Palin is an idiot, that Palin's unsophisticated, or Palin's this or that, she doesn't know the lingo or she has a bad wardrobe, all this irrelevant stuff! To try to destroy her, to destroy her credibility with people, to impugn her. I just listened to what she said, I liked what she said, and I liked the way she said it. It's no more complicated than that.

(Rush, you're right - that "Palin is an idiot" stuff is VERY irrelevant)

On Barney Frank (from Lavender Newswire):
Later in the broadcast, Limbaugh played a parody song, titled “Banking Queen,” featuring an impersonation of Frank by comedian and frequent Limbaugh contributor Paul Shanklin. In the parody, Frank, who refers to himself as “the banking queen,” threatens banks to make loans or they’ll “be fined,” adding: “My friends at Fannie sure need it, do it my way or beat it.”

And on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough invited Rep. Mike Pence to respond to Limbaugh’s criticisms, but in doing so, warned him to “be careful” about criticizing "the boss."

On Obama's Diplomacy efforts:
RUSH: We're coming up on this mythical 100 days of the Obama administration. I'd like to refer to it, my friends, as "finals week," and I put together a list of things that I have noted since the outset of this administration. Just today, I think you'd have to say Obama's failing, because Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has just ripped him a new one; and his buddy, Fidel Castro, just called him superficial.
He has run around the world and apologized for the greatest, the most compassionate, the most innovative and freedom-loving country in world history.
On Obama's speech to Turkey:
"He said that the Islamic faith has done so much over the centuries to shape the world, including in my own country. Well, I think 9-11 did have a big shaping factor here. The Twin Towers are gone. The Pentagon had a hole in it. Three thousand people are dead. That did reshape America."
On Rush Limbaugh telling Matt Drudge to "Disappear from public life" (New York magazine's Daily Intel):
This reasoning for why Limbaugh might urge him to lay low makes sense — though it ignores the more obvious conclusion: that Matt Drudge is perhaps the only more important or relied-upon conservative media authority in America than Rush Limbaugh. And as long as Drudge remains in hiding, the radio host doesn't have to face that fact.
One hundred days of unstoppable bloviating, of being crowned the de facto head of the Republican Party, of telling America how he hopes "Obama will fail." One hundred days filled with apologies and genuflections. One hundred of total hypocrisy crowned by someone who thinks Obama has a "messianic complex"

I wish we could look at Rush Limbaugh's "VERY LAST 100 days" but that would be wishful thinking on my part.

The following video was put together by Media Matters and shows Rush Limbaugh amongst his contemporaries like Michael Savage and Fox News. It will demonstrate his vitroil and the company he keeps.