March 1st, 2009 15:34 EST
News Flash to All GOP Members: You Lost and W is not Coming Back
I don`t know who is the most ridiculous: Rush Limbaugh, who said he hopes President Obama fails, or Republican Congressional leaders, who are not saying that, but trying to make Limbaugh`s wish come true. Both forget that we had an election on Nov. 4 and their side lost. Handidly.
Limbaugh, the subject of a book titled, "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot," picked his words carefully when he said he wants Obama to fail.
"My hope, and please understand me when I say this. I disagree fervently with the people on our side of the aisle who have caved and who say, `Well, I hope he succeeds. We`ve got to give him a chance.` Why? They didn`t give Bush a chance in 2000. Before he was inaugurated the search-and-destroy mission had begun. I`m not talking about search-and-destroy, but I`ve been listening to Barack Obama for a year-and-a-half. I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don`t want them to succeed."
Limbaugh said his staff had warned against wishing the worst for Obama. But he ignored them, declaring, "I am last the last man standing." In predicting an uproar over his remarks, Limbaugh said, "I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: `Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.` Somebody`s gotta say it."
Obviously, he was that honored. The next day he tried to soften his attack, saying he was supportive of the new president but not his polices, as if one can separate the two.
"I support our president, like I have supported all presidents. I just don`t support Obama`s policies," Limbaugh said. "I don`t support the nationalization of banks, which has happened. I don`t support the nationalization of the auto companies. I don`t support the nationalization of the mortgage business. I don`t like Barney Frank and Chris Dodd running things. And I don`t want that to continue."
Who care whether Limbaugh likes Democrats Barney Frank or Chris Dodd? The voters like them and in a democracy, that`s all that matters. Get over it, Rush. You lost. A big fat idiot should be able to see that.
Limbaugh isn`t the only Republican acting as though the GOP won the election in November. Trickle-down Republican policies were clearly repudiated as evidenced not only by the election of President Obama but by sizeable House and Senate victories as well.
Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell that to House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). Appearing Sunday on NBC`s "Meet the Press," he said Republicans are opposing the Obama-backed stimulus plan because it is seen as "a lot of wasteful Washington spending, padding the bureaucracy and doing nothing to help create jobs and preserve jobs."
Don`t you love it when people who spend all of their time and money getting to Washington complain about `Washington spending?" Of course it`s Washington spending; this is where our federal government is headquartered.
Even John McCain is acting as though he won. Yes, that one. I read a story just last week about how "the Mc is back," how McCain had returned to his maverick ways. He wasn`t a maverick before and he`s not one now. Instead, we are being serenaded with a remix of his campaign rhetoric, the same talk that saw him go down in defeat.
The rejected Republic nominee for president was on Fox TV Sunday, blabbing about how he would not have announced the closing of Guantanamo Bay without first deciding what to do with current detainees and his objections to the proposed stimulus plan.
I am beginning to wonder if Obama isn`t too nice to the wrong people. He campaigned for Joseph Lieberman and was rewarded by the Connecticut senator`s decision to campaign against him in the general election and speak at the Republican convention in support of McCain. What did Obama do? He gently nudged his Democratic colleagues to let "Joe the Traitor" keep his Homeland Security Committee chairmanship.
A similar pattern occurred with John McCain, one of the first people Obama reached out to while he was still president-elect. Obama has sought McCain`s opinion on cabinet appointments and honored him with a candlelight dinner of the eve of inauguration. Again, Obama was rewarded with a round of criticism from McCain.
Earlier, in one of his saner moments, McCain said the public had spoken in November and voters made it clear that they want Congress to get to work and to work together across political lines. Instead, we`re seeing the same old posturing by Republicans, even after Barack Obama has met them more than halfway.
The president was right when he reminded Republicans the he won the election. Now, he needs to act like it. Conservative columnist William Kristol got it right when he wrote in the New York Times, "All good things must come to an end. Jan. 30, 2009 marked the end of a conservative era."
George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com.