There was some unmitigated hate mongering going on a few nights ago on the Hannity show. More than the normal hate mongering that's Sean Hannity's stock in trade. The special occasion was a visit from David Limbaugh, Rush's brother, who has a new book out called The Great Destroyer. You probably didn't need me to tell you who that "destroyer" is.
In case you're wondering, David LImbaugh is a chip off the old Limbaugh block and maybe then some. In any case, his Limbaugh relatives were surely pleased with his comments that included the following (excerpted from the FoxNews.com transcript but the video is posted below, too):
LIMBAUGH: I don't think (Obama) believes in the American idea. I don't think he believes in our Constitution. He doesn't believe in the constitutional republic. He says democracy is messy. He kind of wishes he had it like China.
...HANNITY: Do you feel that America as we know it goes away (if Obama is re-elected)?
LIMBAUGH: Yes. We'll lose America for a generation. He is undermining our defense capabilities. He's taking -- driving us over the financial cliff. He has a war on business and war on oil.
He's developing these quixotic economic green boondoggles that throw billions of dollars down the drain, corrupt. I mean, it's something like we have never seen.
I can't believe people are not more up in arms.
This is not some fringe internet radio program, folks, but the number one cable news network promoting this kind of talk as legitimate analysis. Fox even called its video of the segment, President Obama 'The Great Destroyer?'
Sadly, I think we're only in for more and more of this as the election gets closer.
Divider – you mean the way that the GOP made a point of voting against anything he proposed and anything the Dems in Congress tried to pass, even if they had previously passed similar material?
Polarizer – you mean the way that Mitch McConnell publicly stated that his top priority was not to do anything about the economy but instead to try to keep Obama from being able to be reelected? Or maybe the way that Rush Limbaugh hatefully announced “I hope he fails!” at the beginning of the Obama presidency?
Insulter – you mean the way that GOP cranks have regularly made comments about the President somehow not being born here? Or how those same cranks have tried to say that the President is some kind of secret Muslim? Or how the same people have tried to keep the lie going that the President “went on an apology tour”?
The conduct of the GOP over the past three years will be judged harshly by history. It is a display of partisan obstinance that goes far beyond just having principled differences. This was deliberate obstruction with the stated goal of undermining anything the Obama Administration was doing. When GW Bush was president, the Dems in Congress actually gave him a lot of leeway, voting for his various policies much of the time and approving his appointments except in a very few extreme cases. They rolled over most of the time and let him and the GOP do the things they wanted to do. Contrast that with what the GOP has done since 2008, and you have a picture both of sore losers and of deep hatred.
This latest hate book about President Obama is just another wing of attack. It’s interesting that you have David Limbaugh painting him as a deliberate master of destruction, where a week ago, Hannity was enjoying Ed Klein’s attack book painting him as “The Amateur.” Hateful and Bitter much?